Old and new world French traditional cuisines abound at au coeur de La Cite, La Café Bicyclette, warm local colour year-round.
Known as Highland Park at the turn of the last century, Bonnie Doon, meaning “pretty river” was renamed in 1906 by then Premier A.C. Rutherford in memory of his Scottish homeland.
The area is known as the French Quarter locally, with a rich cultural and architectural history, nestled amongst the brick buildings is the La Cite Francophone. A modern building blending angles, glass and wood encircling a charming European courtyard.
Café Bicyclette, une petite merveille off the courtyard of La Cite, is a winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice, Top Restaurant, and voted Best Restaurant in Edmonton by Avenue several times. This Café is a must for the food and atmosphere, as well as a healthy injection of romantic French charm.
The Café deserves its high rating with traditional or nouveau crepes, omelettes, croques (fried sandwiches with cheese, ham or egg), along with various dinner items, many of which are specials made according to the seasonal ingredients available.
During the summers, the courtyard is filled with flowers and umbrellas, and invites you to linger with a book over your drink of choice, from espresso to wine, to a selection of rustic local and imported biere. A few hours spent here is almost an expectation.
In winter, there are both indoor and outdoor events including the Sugar Shack Festival, with live music, outdoor fireplaces, and maple syrup candy to top it all off.
The staff at the Café speak French and English and seem to enjoy interpreting or making recommendations on their menu.