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Winnipeg Shopping Guide: The 5 Top Shopping Districts in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Shopping

Top Winnipeg shopping can be found here, in the Exchange District (Photo: Travel Manitoba)

Exploring Winnipeg’s shopping scene is a fantastic way to experience the diversity of the city. Locally owned and operated boutiques are as unique as the neighbourhoods they call home, from trendy Osborne Village to upscale Academy Road. Below, our local experts take you on a Winnipeg shopping tour, hitting the top five Winnipeg shopping districts and suggesting stores that will let you get the most out your excursion.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: Osborne Village (Photo: Oggie Dog)

Where to shop in Osborne Village

Osborne Village is one of the most vibrant ’hoods in Winnipeg, thanks to the shopping available at trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants that cater to cool people of all ages. The three-block strip is a hotbed for local businesses, where legendary Winnipeg shops exist alongside promising newcomers. Don’t miss:

• Silver Lotus. A neighbourhood staple populated by conversation-starting cocktail rings and gorgeous statement necklaces. 103 Osborne St., 204-452-3648, website, map and reviews.

• Rooster. This funky shoe shop is lined with unique kicks from casual boots to gorgeous heels. Charming accessories including leather purses, patterned umbrellas, and socks. 105 Osborne St., 204-219-7008, website, map and reviews.

• The Canister. A must-stop for coffee lovers. The city’s first coffee specialty store offers over 60 varieties of regular and flavoured coffee beans, and more than 100 kinds of tea. 121 Osborne St., 204-474-0407, map and reviews.

• Style Bar. Tucked in an upstairs space on River Ave, just off the main drag, this upscale boutique stocks chic men’s and women’s fashion. Get the royal treatment with personal style services in this lounge-like atmosphere. 470 River Ave., 204-505-1351, website, map and reviews.

• Roger Watson Jewellers. This longstanding local jeweller has been gilding Winnipeg shoppers since 1979. Custom design work is available. 236 Osborne St, 204-956-2096, website, map and reviews.

Winnipeg Shopping

Top Winnipeg shopping districts: Corydon-Lilac (Photo: Jezz)

Where to shop in Corydon-Lilac

Upscale boutiques and opulent galleries speckle the converging Lilac and Corydon strips. Originally Winnipeg’s Little Italy, this district has become diversified over recent years, and is now home to more sushi than manicotti. 

• October Boutique. Up-to-the-moment styles ranging from casual denim to night-out dresses are stocked at this ultra-hip boutique. Stylish purses, accessories, scented candles, and footwear also sold. 847 Corydon Ave., 204-452-0737, website, map and reviews.

• Frescolio. Go ahead and sample at this sleek oil and vinegar tasting room. More than 65 varieties of extra-virgin oliveoil and balsamic vinegar in tantalizing flavours, such as cilantro and roasted onion infused oil and dark chocolate balsamic. 2-929 Corydon Ave., 204-505-1455, 5-1604 St. Mary’s Rd, 204‑615-3885, website, map and reviews.

• Stoneware Gallery. This co-op studio displays stunning teapots, dish ware, coasters, vases, and art pieces made by its members. Perfect for a one-of-a-kind souvenir. 778 Corydon Ave., 204-475-8088, website, map and reviews.

• Radiance Gifts and Books. Manitoba’s go-to for all things metaphysical, including wellness products, health books and jewellery that employs the beauty and power of crystals. 875 Corydon Ave., 204-284-4231, website, map and reviews.

• Nunavut Gallery. An extensive collection of Inuit art, with more that 450 artists represented, is contained in this neighbourhood gallery. Sculpture, prints, drawings, and wallhangings. 603 Corydon Ave., 204-478-7233, website, map and reviews.

Where to shop in Academy Road

One of Winnipeg’s most glamorous promenades, Academy Road hosts an array of high-end fashion boutiques and extraordinary décor and gift stores. The old road, built in 1903, was originally named for St. Mary’s Academy Catholic School for girls, which still anchors the east end of the strip today. 

• Cornelia Bean. This tea and coffee shop boasts an impressive array of bean and leaf imported from around the world. Unique tea blends, brewing accessories, and sweet mugs. 417 Academy Rd., 204-489-5460, website, map and reviews.

• Therapy/Eyelet Dove. A single building houses these essential shopping spots, for a perfect one-stop experiences. Browse trendy duds at Therapy, and swimwear, lingerie, and sleepwear at Eyelet Dove. 485 Academy Rd., website/website, map and reviews.

• Lake Life. Offering a taste of cottage country, Lake Life stocks women’s clothing for relaxing and entertaining, as well as garden accessories, linens, tableware and rustic décor pieces. 440 Academy Rd., 204-256-9875, websitemap and reviews.

Portico Indoor & Outdoor Living. Unique home decor pieces with a focus on environmentally friendly, fair trade, and sustainable items. 580 Academy Rd., 204-691-6774, website, map and reviews.

• Blue Hills Design. Find funky and fun accessories for yourself and your home at this stylish shop. 444 Academy Rd., 204-487-1151, website, map and reviews.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: The Forks Market (Photo: Travel Manitoba

Where to shop in The Forks

Once a meeting place for fur traders, today The Forks—at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers—is a top draw for travellers to Winnipeg. Buzzing with year-round events, the adjacent Forks Market is home to great restaurants and tempting shops. We recommend the cinnamon bun from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co. and Deli as a great way to fuel up before hitting the shops. 

• Bayshore Gifts in Glass. Located one floor above street level, this charming shop sells hand-blown bottle stoppers and sparkling jewellery. 1 Forks Market Rd., second floor, 204-415-7228, website, map and reviews.

• The Forks Trading Company. This visitors’ favourite stocks made-in-Manitoba souvenirs, including hand-shaped pottery, stained glass, exquisite quilts and stone carvings inside its 2,000-square-foot space. 1 Forks Market Rd., second floor, 204-949-1785, website, map and reviews.

• Wah-sa Gallery. There’s more great shopping to be found inside the Johnston Terminal, located just adjacent to the Forks Market. Purchase, or simply walk around and take in, the awe-inspiring handcraftsmanship of the Aboriginal art featured in the Wah-sa Gallery. 25 Forks Market Rd., Johnston Terminal, first floor, 204-942-5121, website, map and reviews.

• Global Connections. Imported, fair trade items including women’s clothing and accessories, masks, folk art carvings, and world instruments are housed in this colourful boutique. Fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate is also sold. 25 Forks Market Rd., Johnston Terminal, second floor, 204-989-2173, website, map and reviews.

• Generation Green. Well stocked with eco-friendly products and gourmet, made in Manitoba pantry staples, this locally minded shop is a must-visit. 1 Forks Market Rd., first floor, 204-808-9848, website, map and reviews.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: The Exchange (Photo: Garry9600)

Where to shop in
The Exchange District

The Exchange District has an eclectic vibe with its historic buildings that house quaint boutiques and eateries. Once filled with horse-drawn carriages, this well-aged area is bursting with hidden stories, an artistic community and many shopping choices—particularly along the main drag of McDermot Avenue.

• U.N. Luggage. Stock up on natural leather purses and handbags by Aunts & Uncles. Most products are handcrafted with vegetable-tanned, sun-dried premium leather. 175 McDermot Ave., 204-943-1068, website, map and reviews.

• Tiny Feast. Stationary, gifts, and artwork are displayed in this mod, aesthetically-minded space. Pick up a travelling companion in the form of a chic stainless steel water bottle or Field Notes journal. 217 McDermot Ave., 204-942-5889, website, map and reviews.

• Warehouse Artworks. Crafts by local artists line the floor and walls, with eye-catching Manitoba scenes at every turn. Many of the paintings are framed, so come ready to take home a wall-worthy souvenir. 222 McDermot Ave., 204-943-1681, website, map and reviews.

• Hilary Druxman. Pick up modern, minimalist pieces at the flagship location of this popular Winnipeg jewellery designer. Most of the items are made in the workshop behind the store. 258 McDermot Ave., 204-947-1322, website, map and reviews.

• Toad Hall Toys. Over on Arthur Street, take in the charm and whimsy of Manitoba’s largest and oldest independent toy store. You can also pick up gadgets and toys imported from over 50 countries. 54 Arthur St., 204-956-2195, website, map and reviews.


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