After a long holiday season of giving, we at Narcity believe it's time for you to start treating yourself. After all, how can you be expected to give to others without giving to yourself first?
You may not have hundreds of dollars to spend on a luxurious getaway to the tropics, or an all-out spa day, including a massage, facial, and a mani/pedi. That's okay, though. There's plenty of little ways in which you can treat yourself that are just as effective as spending a ton of money.
Treating yourself can be something as simple as trying a new food, going out for drinks with your crew, getting your eyebrows waxed, or getting some fresh air outside. All these seemingly small activities can do you much more good than you'd realize.
A new year means a chance for a fresh start. Make sure that in 2018, you take the time to put yourself first, and give the necessary care that you deserve. Not only will your body thank you, but your mind and soul will too. We've compiled a few lists of Edmonton's best treats for you to try, all you need to do is clear your schedule, and get ready to relax.
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Grilled Cheese from Red Star
Why you should treat yourself: You can never go wrong with a grilled cheese. Wash this delicious treat from Red Star down with a cold one; you won't regret it.
Pizza from Tony's Pizza Palace
Price: $17.50 - $26 for a large
Why you should treat yourself: Pizza is arguably the best comfort food you'll find. Tony's offers everything from Original New York Style to Alla Pescatore. No matter your toppings of choice, you'll find something to enjoy.
Chicken and Waffles from The Common
Why you should treat yourself: Chicken and Waffles has become a super trendy choice at many restaurants, and it's delicious to boot.
Donair Burger from The Burger Joint
Why you should treat yourself: Ever conquered a burger bigger than your head? Now's your chance. For just $9, this massive, delicious concoction can be yours.
Truffle Mac & Cheese Dog from It' Dog
Why you should treat yourself: This hot dog basically combines two of your staple childhood foods into one. For just $8, you can conquer this massive, unique hot dog full of tasty toppings.
Garlic Burger from Rockin Robyn's Diner
Why you should treat yourself: As if regular burgers aren't good enough, this one is sandwiched between two delicious pieces of garlic toast. Classic diner food with a twist.
Brunch Pirate Poutine from The Local Omnivore
Why you should treat yourself: Shoestring fries, house pirate spice, two fried eggs, and citrus hollandaise. The ultimate brunch, or hangover cure.
Southwestern Club from Press'd
Why you should treat yourself: If you're looking for a healthier alternative to a burger, try a delicious sandwich from Press'd.
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Negroni from Bar Bricco
Why you should treat yourself: Negroni is a classic Italian drink, that goes great with the delicious Sputini options on the menu. Spend a Saturday night here with your crew, or relax after work.
Hennessy & Green Tea from Baijiu
Why you should treat yourself: This unique combination combines bad and good. We all know what Henny does to you, and we also know how good green tea can be for you.
Devil's in the Details from North 53
Why you should treat yourself: El Jimador Blanco, Yellow Chartreuse, Fresh Lemon, Coconut Sencha Syrup, Salt. All of these delicious ingredients combine to make one drink you won't forget.
Sprout from Bar Clementine
Why you should treat yourself: This trendy spot, relatively new to YEG has been making big waves with it's amazing cocktail selection. Try the Sprout, with Aquavit, Chartreuse Episcopal, Lime, Basil, and Black Pepper.
Caesar from Tavern on Whyte
Price: $5.50 on Saturdays
Why you should treat yourself: Not your average Caesar. Tavern on Whyte serves up an entire meal on top of your favourite drink; good luck finishing this one.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate from The Sugar Bowl Cafe
Why you should treat yourself: You can't be expected to make it through winter without hot chocolate, and Sugar Bowl Cafe has some of the best. This rich, creamy drink will make you forget all about your winter blues.
Milkshake from RE:GRUB
Why you should treat yourself: Winter doesn't mean you have to forget about ice cream. A good milkshake can make you forget all about the cold weather outside, and RE:GRUB is dishing out the cream of the crop.
Bubble Tea from Dream Tea House
Price: $5 - $7
Why you should treat yourself: Bubble Tea has become a super trendy drink over the past few years, and Dream Tea House is the spot to go if you're craving some in Edmonton.
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Lash Tinting from Dandy Salon Spa
Why you should treat yourself: Lash tinting is a blessing. It cuts a significant amount of time out of your morning routine. Wake up without the worry of applying mascara, and head out the door.
Soothing Hands Manicure from Healing Waters Spa
Why you should treat yourself: A fresh manicure can give you all the confidence you need. Show off your fresh new polish after a relaxing manicure from Healing Waters Spa.
Eyebrow Tinting from Kaya Kama Day Spa
Why you should treat yourself: Eyebrow tinting is another perfect way to cut time out of your morning routine. Roll out of bed with picture perfect brows and get on with your day.
Full Face Waxing from Chrome Spa Salon
Why you should treat yourself: There's no better feeling than a perfectly smooth face. Head down to Chrome Spa Salon and let the folks take care of you and leave your skin looking radiant.
Make-up Lesson from Focus On You
Why you should treat yourself: If you're someone who's not super comfortable with applying make-up, maybe this year is the time you learn! For $39, you can get lessons from a pro on how to keep your face looking fresh.
Spray Tan from Body Polish Day Spa
Why you should treat yourself: Losing your tan in the winter months sucks, but you don't have to stay pale. Head down to Body Polish and treat yourself to a spray tan that will keep you glowing.
Express Flash Exfoliation from Epic Beauty Boutique
Why you should treat yourself: Give your skin the love it deserves this winter. This exfoliation treatment will firm, tone, and brighten your skin, leaving you looking and feeling beautiful.
Aroma Steam Therapy from Spasation Salon & Spa
Why you should treat yourself: Steam therapy will help you sweat out all your stresses, and the added aroma will help clear your mind and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
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Take a trip to Jasper National Park
Price: Roughly $30 for gas
Why you should treat yourself: Jasper is beautiful, and just far away enough from Edmonton to be the perfect day trip. Pack your bags, drive, and get exploring!
Do some shopping on Whyte Ave
Why you should treat yourself: There's noting better than a little shopping spree. Whyte Ave is full of fun little boutiques and restaurants for you to check out.
Night Skiing at Mount Norquay Ski Resort
Why you should treat yourself: Skiing is a great winter pastime, and also a great way to stay in shape during the colder months. A night ski pass at Mount Norquay is just $30.
Snowshoeing through the River Valley
Why you should treat yourself: Walking in the snow can be challenging, but snowshoeing makes it that much easier. Get outside and explore our cities beautiful parks. If you don't have snowshoes, you can rent them from River Valley Co.
Relax in the Miette Hot Springs
Why you should treat yourself: There's nothing more relaxing than a soak in the hot springs, especially with a view this great, and prices this affordable.
Check out your favourite animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Why you should treat yourself: There's nothing better to cure your winter blues than some cute animals. Head to the zoo to do some exploring and maybe learn something new.
Explore the Ice Castles
Price: $17 - $20
Why you should treat yourself: These amazing Ice Castles are making major waves all around Edmonton. They're great for exploring and taking pictures, and are definitely a once in a lifetime site.
Rabbit Hill Snow Resort
Price: $38 for five hours
Why you should treat yourself: Rabbit Hill is Edmonton's best spot for skiing and snowboarding. You and your friends will have a blast riding these slopes.
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Outdoor Skating in Victoria Park
Why you should treat yourself: Skating is part of what makes winter so fun. Lace up your skates and hit the outdoor rink before it melts.
Take some cute Instagram pictures
Why you should treat yourself: If you're like me, you always want to keep your Instagram feed looking fresh. I'm that annoying friend who always begs my friends to take pictures of me, but it's worth it. Explore the city with your friends, and snap some super cool pictures!
Take a stroll through Rundle Park
Why you should treat yourself: Some fresh air can do you a world of good. Get outside and see what one of the cities' most beautiful parks has to offer. Go solo, bring your dog, or a friend!
Tobogganing in Hawrelak Park
Why you should treat yourself: Sledding can always be fun, no matter how old you are. There's plenty of city-maintained hills for you to sled at this winter, try and hit up as many as you can!
Cross Country Ski at Mill Woods Park
Why you should treat yourself: Enjoy a beautiful day of outdoor fun at Mill Woods Park. Strap on those cross country skis and have a blast staying fit this winter.
Explore Elk Island National Park
Why you should treat yourself: This park is just as beautiful in the winter as it is the summer. Dress warm, and bring a friend so you can see what this popular Edmonton hangout has to offer.
Explore Chinatown during the Chinese New Year
Why you should treat yourself: This year's Chinese New Year falls on February 16th. Make sure you head Downtown to Chinatown to explore and experience some of the culture.
Window Shopping at West Edmonton Mall
Why you should treat yourself: A lot of people are feeling the financial struggle after the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you can't do some window shopping.