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The 7 Can’t-Miss Winnipeg Art Galleries in the Exchange District


Winnipeg Art Galleries Exchange District

This way to the best Winnipeg art galleries in the Exchange District (Photo: Andrea_44)

Winnipeg’s Exchange District is the historical home to many thriving private galleries, making it the epicentre of the city’s substantial art scene. There are plenty of opportunities to take classes and purchase art pieces, but for those on a budget, we recommend swinging through the Exchange District for the popular First Fridays series. This event, held on the first Friday of every month, offers free access and great specials at many of the art galleries. Whenever you go, keep this guide handy to get the most out of what the Exchange district has to offer.


Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges in Winnipeg


Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges in Winnipeg

The top 10 cocktail bars and lounges in Winnipeg (Photo: Dinner Series)

A night out doesn’t have to be a full-on affair of dinner, drinks and dancing. In Winnipeg, there is a large selection of excellent cocktail bars and lounges that are perfect for a low-key evening with friends or co-workers in a swanky setting. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the top cocktail bars and lounges in Winnipeg.


Top 5 Sandwich Spots in Winnipeg

Best Sandwiches in Winnipeg

Best Sandwiches in Winnipeg: the bánh mì at Viva Restaurant

Sandwich lore contends that the bread-bound dish was invented by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, as a one-handed solution to sustenance while playing cards. While the historical accuracy of this is contested, the sandwich’s mobility and versatility are undeniably universal. After much lifting and chewing, we’ve selected the best five sandwich spots in Winnipeg, listed here.


The Top 5 Shops in Winnipeg for Sunglasses


Wide-open prairie summer skies demand stylish sunglasses. Whether it’s oversized Jackie Os for lounging poolside or sporty shades for rousing beach volleyball tourneys, treat your eyes to a pair of spectacular new sunnies. (more…)

7 Must-See Pieces of Free Winnipeg Art

Public Winnipeg Art: Monument

Public Winnipeg Art: Michel de Broin’s Monument

Monument @ La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

Underneath their granite veils, two anonymous figures stand hauntingly in the Jardins des sculptures on the lawn of La Maison des artistes visuels francophones. Eschewing classical sculpture rules, Monument artist Michel de Broin shrouds the identity of these figures. This artistic rule-breaking plays on the old-versus-new theme inherent in Winnipeg’s French Quarter. Visitors can find other works about a block and a half east of the Provencher Bridge. The newly developed sculpture garden at this artist’s centre houses permanent and temporary pieces for contemporary tastes.
• La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, 219 Provencher Blvd., 204-237-5964, maisondesartistes.mb.ca
• Map and reviews


The 5 Winnipeg Architecture Marvels You Don’t Want to Miss

Winnipeg Architecture

This building is one of our Winnipeg architecture marvels. Click it to find out what it is! (Photo: AJ Batac)

At the turn of the 20th century, Winnipeg architecture earned the city the title “Chicago of the North.” The Peg’s reputation as an architectural mecca didn’t begin and end with the boom of the 1900s, of course. Many structures from before and after that period are marvels and offer many stunning photo ops. With Where.ca as your guide, delve into the legends and lore of five Winnipeg architecture jewels—and gawk at these breathtaking pictures, too.

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Where to Have the Most Memorable Winnipeg Shopping Experiences

Winnipeg Shopping

Unique Winnipeg shopping experiences: a stop for awesome kitchen tools

In an era of click-and-it’s-yours retail, nothing replaces the multi-sensory satisfaction of a real-life quest. Here are five Winnipeg shopping opprtunities that offer more than just great buys—they offer unique experiences and products that will remind you of Winnipeg long after you leave.


Top 10 Restaurants in Winnipeg for Manitoba Regional Cuisine

Beet Stained Arctic Char - Fusion Grill

Top restaurants for Manitoba regional cuisine: beet-stained Arctic Char from chef Lorna Murdoch of Fusion Grill

Of all the restaurants in Winnipeg, those that use the bounty of Manitoba as their ingredients and inspiration have a special place in locals’ hearts. Whether they use grass-fed bison or Lake Winnipeg-caught pickerel, these 10 restaurants in Winnipeg serve great food that you can feel good about.

See the list of top 10 restaurants in Winnipeg for regional cuisine »


Second Hand Stores in Winnipeg: 5 Best Vintage and Consignment Shops


Courtesy of Vintage Glory

Second hand stores in Winnipeg may trade under different names—vintage, consignment, thrift—but whatever you call them, these shops are a natural fit for this renowned art city, home to many creative types oozing personal style. Locals in the know frequent second hand stores in Winnipeg to score one-of-a-kind items and designer duds without having to suffer from sticker shock. Below, our shopping guide to the best such stores will help you suit up in pre-loved style with unique hard-to-find items.

See the list of the top five second hand stores in Winnipeg »

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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Winnipeg’s 5 Best Crème Brûlée Offerings

Winnipeg Creme Brulee

Our guide to Winnipeg’s Crème Brûlée (Photo: mrgarin)

This French classic can be found here, there and everywhere, but it takes a true torch and sugar master to nail it. Here, we bring you a rundown of the Winnipeg’s best crème brûlée offerings. Indulge in local chefs interpretations of this rich dessert topped with tantalizing discs of crackling caramelized goodness.


Top 5 Unique Winnipeg Food Finds

Winnipeg Food Finds

Just one of our unique Winnipeg food finds—see “Stop #3”

Manitoba’s agricultural bounty and ingenious entrepreneurs make for many unique, fresh and coveted gourmet products. Pop into these local markets to score amazing culinary treasures and to stumble upon other great Winnipeg food finds.