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One of my favorite cafes in Edmonton is Elm Cafe, located on 100, 10140 117 Street. I usually order a large cappuccino and either sit indoors, enjoying the ambience of the tiny cafe and the current art hanging on the walls; or I sit outdoors on their equally tiny patio to take in the weather and changing seasons while sipping the best cappuccino I have ever tasted.
You can imagine how happy I was to visit the Devonian Botanical Garden (DBG) last spring and find that Nate Box of Elm Café had opened The Birch Patio.
The Birch Patio offers a unique and tasty menu of al fresco treats and showcases many local producers, including fresh produce grown right there at the gardens. The menu changes daily and is inspired by the seasons. The Birch Patio also offers a selection of beer, wine and seasonal libations.
On my visit in May, I had the kaitas sandwich and the pickle soup; both were very tasty. Last month, I simply had a cappuccino and a gourmet cookie (double chocolate).
If you’ve taken in any of the DBG’s date nights (June-August) this past spring and summer, then you would have had the opportunity to experience one of The Birch Patio’s themed dinner menus and activities, including long-table dinners, country fair, summer in Paris, seniors’ night and summer dances.
The DBG closes its doors for the season after October 14th so be sure to stop in even if only for lunch or a mid-day snack in a beautiful location. It will be well worth the drive!
Click here to go to The Birch Patio’s website. (They offer catering!)
Click here to go to the Elm Cafe’s website. (They offer catering!)
Click here to go the the Devonian Botanical Garden’s website.
The Birch Patio Hours
May 1-31 11 am – 3 pm weekdays 10 am – 5 pm on weekends
June 1 – Sept. 2 10 am – 6 pm daily and Date Night Thursdays until dusk
Sept. 3 – Sept. 30 11 am – 3 pm weekdays 10 am – 5 pm on weekends
Oct. 1 – Oct. 14 (Thursday – Sunday only) 10 am – 3 pm