Today’s feature was the very first of its kind in Edmonton. Table Top Cafe was opened in August 2013 by Brian Flowers, a friend of mine from college.
At Table Top Cafe, instead of giving a gift of something tangible, give an experience. For $5 you can come in, pick any game you like and play for as long as you want. There are literally hundreds of games to choose from and if you don’t know how to play one, you can learn!
Quoted from their website, “Table Top Cafe is a trendy alternative to current coffee shops as well as a unique way for people to spend their leisure time. It has all the regular trappings of a cafe with a wide selection of board games to play. The store is a comfortable place where people can meet with friends, play a game, share a drink and connect face-to-face.”
And when I say hundreds of games, I’m not kidding. I mean hundreds. They’re listed in alphabetical order on the website; everything from Cards Against Humanity (the crazy game that took holiday wish lists by storm last year), Ninjago, Walking Dead: The Board Game and The Farming Game, which I’ve never played but I feel like I would love!
Some of the most popular games this season are Catan, Pandemic, Camel Up, Splendor, Betrayal at House on the Hill and Patchwork which is a game about quilts! Unreal. They’ve got all the old time faves too – Monopoly, Jenga, Clue, Snakes and Ladders, Risk, and one of my personal favourites from my childhood, The Game of Life.
Not only can you play all day for $5, but you can eat while you do it too. While you’re there you can order food from their big bites menu, Supreme Pizza Panini, Chicken Parmesan Wrap, Ultimate Burrito. Wash that down with an AlleyKat or a Strongbow because they’re also LICENSED and when you’re done with your meal, move on to the desserts – cookies and candy, brownies, carrot cake with an espresso or mocha.
If you’d like to bring a game home instead of giving a gift certificate for the experience, Table Top also sells to the public. Come in, test out the game and if you like it, take it home and wrap it up. They’re open every single day of the week, Fridays and Saturdays until 2am.
A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign. I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way! I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area!