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Editor’s Pick

Top 5 Buys to Get Active

Woodcock Cycle. Photo by Derek Kitching

Woodcock Cycle. Photo by Derek Kitching

With so many outdoor activities to do during your stay, rely on these stores to get you prepared.

Cyclists will love the variety of bikes, accessories, and apparel found at Bikes and Beyond. The store carries a wide selection of fun bike accessories by Electra like colourful mesh baskets and matching patterned basket liners.

  • 227 Henderson Hwy, 204-669-5590

Set a new personal best with a new pair of runners from Canadian Footwear. This store has one of the largest athletic shoe collections in Winnipeg, and experts to help find the perfect fit. 

Find seasonal sporting equipment available for purchase or rent at Woodcock Cycle. Check out the Lucky collection, flashy and lightweight scooters that are taking over skate parks across Canada.

  • 433 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑253‑5896

Before heading to the lake, shop Manitoba line Deadfish paddleboards that are specially designed for lakes and rivers at Peepers. Sun protection t-shirts and hats are also on hand for lake goers.

  • 866 Corydon Ave, 204-474-2861

Find stylish swimwear at Hula Hut. Shop SKYE collection for classy one-piece suits with playful open backs.

  • 1504 St Mary’s Rd, 204-237-0457

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Top 5 Rooftop Patios

Stella's Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Stella’s Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Besides food, the best way to a Winnipegger’s heart is the word “patio”. These spots take it to the next level—literally—with rooftop spaces to dine al fresco.

Local favourite Stella’s Cafe & Bakery has 8 locations across the city, and the newest, on Pembina Highway, boasts a sweet rooftop patio. Go at dusk when the cafe lights come on and cast a romantic glow over quinoa dragon bowls and plates of Scandinavian gravlax.

  • 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204‑275‑2001

Tucked among the treetops, The Roost‘s intimate rooftop setting gives a bird’s eye view on bustling Corydon Avenue. Clever and complex craft cocktails and elegant small plates have us crowing.

  • 651 Corydon, 204‑414‑9313

Cravings for pub grub and powerful frozen margaritas are sated on Tavern United‘s sleek patio. Get an unbeatable view of downtown’s SHED (sports, hospitality, and entertainment district) and watch ground being broken on the new True North Square.

  • 260 Hargrave, 204‑944‑0022

Learn what Dean Martin was crooning about while dining outdoors at Pasquale’s. The St. Boniface area restaurant has a secluded rooftop patio perfect for winding down with a glass of wine and a hearty plate of lasagne.

  • 109 Marion St, 204‑231-1403

Take in an iconic Winnipeg intersection from above at Confusion Corner Bar and Grill. The smoky barbeque chicken pizza, drizzled in tangy bourbon barbeque sauce, is a prime patio pick.

  • 500 Corydon Ave, 204‑284‑6666

Top 5 Spring Fashion Finds

Tokyo Bay watch at Silver Lotus

TOKYObay watch at Silver Lotus

Statement accessories, never-fail basics and impeccable neutral colour schemes are hot for spring. These local shops take style inspo from the runway straight to the streets of Winnipeg.

EMK Clothing‘s designer Erin Kembel’s playful pieces mix patterns and textures, creating different styles, like the Cailtlin dress available in a cool grey or bright floral pattern. 143 Sherbrook St, 204-691-4414, emkclothing.com

Anya is packed with trendy pieces for this spring. A selection of staple basics is punctuated with unique handmade jewellery like Takara Eno Earrings. 88 Albert St, 204-416-1323, boutiqueanya.com

Dress to impress with professional apparel, formal gowns, and flashy accessories at Therapy. Katherine Barclay’s pleated skirt creates the ideal balance for versatility and trendy making it suitable for any occasion. 485 Academy Rd, 204‑417-0557, therapyfashions.com

Fashionistas will love New York line Rag & Bone, available at Luxe Label. New spring additions fill the store with simple designs while offering the shop’s signature quality. 4–1735 Corydon Ave, 204-415-1415, luxelabel.com

Head to Silver Lotus for an artfully displayed jewellery collection that attracts all ages and tastes. TOKYObay watches are designed by our neighbours to the south in Minneapolis. 103 Osborne St, 204-452-3648, silverlotus.biz

Top 5 Souper Bowls

Cioppino at Cafe La Scala. Photo by David Lipnowski.

Cioppino at Cafe La Scala. Photo by David Lipnowski.

Soup’s on! In a city famous for winter, its no wonder Winnipeggers love to huddle up around steaming bowls of broth. These are the city’s most slurp-able.

Sana Souphouse is a haven for nearby office workers, with a comfortable interior and selection of soups both classic and novel. Try a bowl of the creamy cinnamon-scented red pepper bisque, or sample a flight of three varieties. 387 Graham Ave, sanasouphouse.com

Recent renovations have given Corydon Avenue mainstay Cafe La Scala fresh new digs, and the kitchen is equally skilled at updating the classics. Stellar cioppino piles tender seafood beneath a shimmery red stock, with a hit of Sambuca imparting modern edge. 725 Corydon Ave, facebook

Sherbrook Street Delicatessen has indecisive diners covered. A heaping bowl of mis mash soup has a little of everything–corned beef, matzah balls, veggies–thrown in. 102 Sherbrook St, sherbrookstreetdeli.com

A family-owned gem tucked into a St Boniface strip mall, Boun’s Restaurant serves a mix of Laotian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. With hits of lime, roasted garlic, and cilantro, Laotian chicken noodle soup packs more punch than Granny’s and is equally sure to cure what ails you. 208 Marion St, facebook

Winnipeg’s French Quarter is the ideal place to find a bowl of French onion soup. Promenade Cafe and Wine offers a classic version with loads of gooey cheese. 130 Provencher Blvd, cafeandwine.com

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Top 5 Shops for Wellness Wishers

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Shop these spots for products promoting health for mind, body, and spirit.

Chic duds made of earth friendly bamboo, cotton, and hemp fibres are feel-good buys at Hempyrean. Yogis get extra stretch in breathable bamboo and cotton leggings. 111 Osborne St, 204‑947‑5223, hempyrean.ca

Humboldt’s Legacy boasts eco-friendly gifts, fair trade goods, and local food products. Give beauty routines a makeover with natural and organic makeup from Ecco Bella. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com

Shelves at Prairie Sky Books are stocked with tomes on self help and spirituality, as well as candles, decor, and aromatherapy items. Adult colouring books help calm and centre the mind through intricate patterns and swirls. 871 Westminster Ave, 204‑774‑6152, prairieskybooks.com

Sensory deprivation pods filled with a buoying epsom salt solution provide ultimate relaxation at Float.Calm. A small retail area carries take home de-stressors, like artisanal bath bombs and mood boosting colour therapy glasses. 337 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑6507, floatcalm.com

Organic produce, wholesome food products, and natural health and beauty aids fill The Fresh Carrot’s spacious interior. Health guru gourmands can cap off a shopping spree with a fresh cold pressed juice from the attached deli. 2-230 Osborne St, 204‑489‑3737, thefreshcarrot.ca

Top 5 Homegrown Stocking Stuffers

Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Give Christmas morning some Manitoba flavour and flair with these locally made products.   

A well-stocked pantry isn’t complete without sweet saskatoon jam from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, made with local fruit. 859 Westminster Ave, 204‑783‑5097; The Forks Market, main floor, 204‑957‑5097, tallgrassbakery.ca

Lennard Taylor‘s leather card sleeve wallets are proof that good things come in small packages. The compact design makes paying with plastic a breeze. 223 McDermot Ave, 204-791-4547, lennardtaylor.com

Margot + Maude is a go-to for bold statement accessories. Handcrafted bracelets by Sarah Cameron Jewelry are made with 14k gold and raw quartz, for a feminine yet edgy touch. 80 Academy Rd, 204-272-9140, margotandmaude.com

Located in the city’s Exchange District, A Pinch of Creativity is a haven for local artisans. Support local this winter in stylish, hand knitted infinity scarves by Sly Scarves. 96 McDermot Ave, apinchofcreativity.com

Take home a piece of Canada’s ancestry at Cree-ations. The shop carries beautiful First Nations clothing and accessories like cozy mittens decorated with traditional beadwork. 1346 Main St, 204‑219‑7428, facebook

Top 5 Saucy Secrets

Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Anyone who’s been guarding a family bolognese recipe will tell you that a pinch of the right secret herb or spice takes a good dish to transcendent heights. These spots have some tricks up their sleeves when it comes to the perfect condiment.

Breakfast, brunch, and lunch at Clementine are divine, with inspired ingredients elevating morning fare. The fried beets, accompanied by jewel yellow, turmeric-heavy curry aioli are a must-have side dish. 123 Princess St, 204‑942‑9497, clementinewinnipeg.com

Beef may be 529 Wellington‘s bread and butter, but the pan seared black cod (pictured) is one of the best fish dishes in town thanks to chef Fraser McCleod’s sweet and briny mirin butter sauce. 529 Wellington Cres, 204‑487‑8325, 529wellington.ca

The silky, slowly simmered bolognese at Italian eatery Cibo gets its rich, savoury depth from veal stock. 339 Waterfront Dr, 204‑594‑0339, cibowaterfrontcafe.com

The butter chicken sauce at East India Company is good enough to eat by the cup—luckily, bottles of the rich, tomato-based curry are available for purchase for home cooks. 349 York Ave, 204‑947‑3097, eastindiaco.com

Golden, buttery hollandaise sauce is a brunch essential, and Stella’s version, packed with strands of dill and ladled over lox eggs bennie on rosemary scones, is the stuff of all-day love affairs. 166 Osborne St, 204-453‑8562; Plug In Gallery, 460 Portage Ave, 204‑772‑1556; Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑8393; Kenaston Village Mall, 1895 Grant Ave, 204-488‑7810; 116 Sherbrook St, 204-477‑5556; James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2nd floor, 204-779-1415; 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204‑275‑2001, stellas.ca

Top 5 Restaurants with Live Music

Photo courtesy Prairie Ink Restaurant

Photo courtesy Prairie Ink Restaurant

Dining is not just about taste; get the other senses involved at these restaurants, which offer live music in harmony with mouth-watering flavour.

Prairie Ink Restaurant (pictured), inside McNally Robinson Booksellers, hosts sweet music every Friday and Saturday night. Acoustic crooners and jazz trios are the backdrop to healthful eats like kicky curried spaghetti squash. Reservations preferred. 1120 Grant Ave, 204‑975‑2659, mcnallyrobinson.com/restaurant

Hip venue The Good Will slings java during the day and sates late night cravings with slices from Little Pizza Heaven. Indie rock, jazz, and hip hop artists usually take the stage. 625 Portage Ave, 204-221-1577, thegoodwill.ca

Excellent pub grub, like indulgent pulled pork poutine, makes Le Garage the place to lounge. Consistent live shows range from local legends to open mics. 166 Provencher Blvd, 204‑237‑0737, garagecafe.ca

Expert musicians tickle the ivories at swanky Palm Lounge inside the Fort Garry Hotel while the kitchen plays with on seasonal, scratch-made fare. Jazz and classical piano is de-rigeur, often with a talented vocalist joining in. 222 Broadway, 204‑942‑8251, fortgarryhotel.com/dining

Winnipeg’s stellar jazz scene can be found at Nicolino’s every week at the Wednesday Night Hang. Budding musicians and seasoned pros share the stage, while diners sample rustic Italian cuisine. 2077 Pembina Hwy, 204‑269‑5004, nicolinosrestaurant.com

Top 5 Riverside Dining Locations

Photo courtesy The Forks

Photo courtesy The Forks

Winnipeg was built around the convergence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, and these waterways have provided everything from trade and industry to a place to canoe and kayak to the city’s residents over the years. Take in the city’s signature streams from these idyllic spots where beautiful food is matched with stunning river views.

Just outside the city, The Gates on Roblin shows off the prairies’ pastoral side. Lush riverbanks are visible from the atrium of this converted country estate, which serves local ingredients like bison, beets and pickerel. 6945 Roblin Blvd, 204‑224‑2837, thegatesonroblin.com

The Forks is the place to be on warm summer evenings when the breeze off the rivers hits The Beachcomber’s patio just right. Diners share seafood dishes like mussels swimming in smoky ancho chile sauce. 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑948‑0020, thebeachcomber.ca

Ice cream parlour Sargent Sundae‘s proximity to the quiet footbridge that crosses the Assiniboine River into Assiniboine Park makes it a popular pick. 2053 Portage Ave, 204-832-5021

A scenic drive along the Red River leads to Half Moon Drive In in Lockport, where the menu of hot dogs, burgers and ice cream is the stuff of family traditions. 6860 Henderson Hwy, 1-204‑757‑2517, halfmoondrivein.com

Set right on the Red River, Cibo Waterfront Café provides one of the best views of the city’s skyline as backdrop for sumptuous arancini and bruschetta. 339 Waterfront Dr, 204‑594-0339, cibowaterfrontcafe.com

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

These little-known, out of the way, or surprising locales offer stellar eats for city explorers.

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Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Kid Foods Reimagined

Photo courtesy Marion Street Eatery

Photo courtesy Marion Street Eatery

With gourmet renditions of homey dishes on trend, chefs are getting in touch with their inner child. These childhood favourites are all grown up.

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