If people watching from sunny patios is your thing, head to Corydon Avenue. The main strip spans approximately 15 city blocks and is lined with charming bakeries, bars, and boutiques. Can’t miss spots include The Roost – named one of Canada’s 50 best bars for its great food too and a #adorbs atmosphere; The Pennyloaf Bakery (for incredible sourdough and pastries); Saperavi (one of Canada’s very few Georgian restaurants); and Cocoabeans (where everything is gluten-free, vegan and delicious).
A national historic site that has become a hotbed for creative types, the Exchange District is Winnipeg’s newest hip ‘hood, even recognized in Vogue. Amongst circa 1880s handsome brick and mortar buildings you’ll find fantastic restaurants – like deer + almond, Clementine, Amsterdam Tea Room, Cordova Tapas and Wine and Peasant Cookery – eclectic shops, impressive museums, Winnipeg’s theatre district and numerous live music venues.
The invitingly walkable stretch of this boho-chic enclave boasts a block party vibe, especially in the summer during street festival season. Located just south of downtown, small-scale boutiques, consignment shops and record stores stand hand-in-hand with some of Winnipeg’s best restaurants and bars. It all makes for a gem of a place to visit, night or day. For dining you can’t beat Segovia – Winnipeg’s most acclaimed restaurant, or Sous Sol – the city’s most tongue-in-cheek restaurant where the French food rocks, while you’ll fall in love with new shops like Small Mercies which has jewelry, giftware, and a little café featuring a hidden courtyard patio that is beyond charming.
Saint-Boniface is the heart of Manitoba’s francophone culture and an outstanding spot for foodies looking for pastries, chocolates, coffee and French fare. Visit Fort Gibraltar and Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum for a lesson in Métis and Manitoban history, then wander the grounds of Saint-Boniface Cemetery and Cathedral, the eternal resting place of Louis Riel, considered to be Manitoba’s founder. Chocolatier Constance Popp remains a mainstay for unique Manitoba-centric gifts, while groups will relish dining at Promenade Café and Wine where the dining room looks out on downtown and The Forks.
The West End
The colourful West End continues to grow as a vibrant culinary and cultural destination in the city, due to the waves of immigrants who have populated the area. The neighbourhood features nearly 1,000 businesses spread across 200 blocks, including more than 150 restaurants and worldly food markets. Standouts including Pho Hoang, Sargent Taco, the nationally acclaimed Feast (which is Indigenous owned and operated), and The Good Will Social Club and West End Cultural Centre for live music.