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Exchange District

Top 5 Arts & Food Pairings

Get dinner and a show by pairing a performance with a masterpiece meal at one of these local restaurants.

Housemade pastas at The Mitchell Block are the perfect prelude to curtain raising at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Try tender agnolotti stuffed with sweet potato and sage bathed in brown butter.
• 173 McDermot Ave, 204-949-9032

The oldest continually running theatre company in Canada, Le Cercle Moliere delights with whimsical French language performances. Stop in at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain before a show and dine on filling tourtiere covered in maple cream sauce at Stella’s bright, welcoming space.
• 340 Provencher Blvd, 204-447-8393

Make a pitstop at the Saddlery on Market, steps from the Centennial Concert Hall, before watching one of Winnipeg’s most venerated arts institutions perform. Roasted beet and goat cheese salad (pictured) will have feet tapping even before the Royal Winnipeg Ballet takes stage.
• 114 Market Ave, 204-615-1898

Magical adventures unfold on the Manitoba Theatre for Young People stage. Take advantage of the theatre’s location at The Forks and slurp up a plate of spaghetti bolognese at the Old Spaghetti Factory inside the Johnston Terminal.
• 25 Forks Market Rd, 204-957-1391

At the Winnipeg Art Gallery, glimpses of Wanda Koop’s work grace the walls. After touring the exhibits, head to the museum’s penthouse level, where Table restaurant serves scrumptious exhibit-inspired lunches.
• 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-948-0085

Manitoba Memento: Manitoba Necklace

MBNecklaceFor locals sporting ‘Toban pride and visitors searching for stunning souvenirs, this necklace from local designer Hilary Druxman is the perfect keepsake. This sterling silver pendant, with a small cut out heart is handcrafted at chic jewellery boutique Hilary Druxman in the heart of the Exchange District. $30, 258 McDermot Ave, 204‑947‑1322, hilarydruxman.com

Now Open: Two New Restaurants with Old World Charm

Hunter chicken courtesy of Saddlery on Market.

Hunter chicken courtesy of Saddlery on Market.

Newcomer to the East Exchange District, Saddlery on Market, is paying tribute to the historic ‘hood with a gorgeous renovated room and a welcoming menu of comfort food. Modern-meets-heritage touches like barn board, brick, and pendant lighting decorate the space, with placards explaining the locations history as the site of the Great West Saddlery Company. Chef Michael Day does wonders with protein preparations, like delectable hunter chicken. 114 Market Ave, saddleryonmarket.com

Nose-to-tail eating finds a home at new St Boniface spot Bouchee Boucher. The cozy window-wrapped dining room is a backdrop to chef Alex Svenne’s concise small plates menu, which makes excellent use of prime cuts from the attached butcher shop. Items like braised lamb casserole with pomegranate and tahini show global inspiration. 101-300 Tache Ave, boucheeboucher.ca

City Secrets

Courtesy King + Bannatyne

Courtesy King + Bannatyne

Uncover a new side of Winnipeg at these historically significant spots that have been reborn as tourist destinations, foodie favourites, hip shopping locales, and learning centres.


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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Hot Dining: Posh Peasant

At Peasant Cookery, Chef Tristan Foucault delights in transforming what might be waste into elegant, appetizing plates. This master of charcuterie cures everything on the board in-house, from beef tongue to porchetta di testa. Exciting renditions of classic French dishes feature elevated touches, like cassoulet with duck confit and housemade garlic sausage. Diners adore both the restaurant’s nose-to-tail philosophy and window-wrapped dining room, situated in the picturesque Exchange District adjacent to Old Market Square. 283 Bannatyne Ave, 204-989-7700.

Hot Shopping: Editor’s Picks: Top 5 Winnipeg Toy Stores

Hatchin’ Grow Dino from the Children’s Museum Shop

Unleash your inner child with fun trinket and knick-knack stores at some of Winnipeg’s greatest family attractions. These toy stores will keep your kids, and yourself, amused for hours.

1. In the heart of the historic Exchange District, the stacked shelves at Toad Hall Toys will peak your interest. Pick up a Big Bang Rocket for a day of outdoor play. Simply fling overhead, let go and watch it fly sky-high, eventually hitting the ground with a bang. 204-956-2195, 54 Arthur St. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Now Open: Beauty School Drop In at the Aveda Institute Winnipeg

A heritage building in the Exchange District has been beautified in a major way with the new Aveda Institute Winnipeg. Beauty students and green beauty disciples can now meet under one roof at this 9,000 square-foot hair school, complete with a retail store selling plant-derived, animal friendly, biodegradable beauty products. Hair services, including washes, cuts, dyes and do’s are available by student beauticians, graduates and teachers. Since 1978 the environment has been a top priority for Aveda, who has pioneered in the world of green cosmetics by using mostly certified organic raw herbal ingredients and renewable plant-based ingredients. And it doesn’t stop there. With recycling programs, 100 per cent post-consumer packaging and fair compensation for suppliers, Aveda is an ecological role model. Overhaul your beauty regime with a plant-based pamper at Aveda and be a natural beauty. 80 Rorie St, 1-877-902-8332.


City Secrets: An Insider’s Guide to Winnipeg’s Lesser-Known Attractions

With Where as your guide, peel back the city’s surface and delve into esoteric Winnipeg to stumble upon breathtaking vistas, scandalous histories, extrinsic tastes and intriguing collections. The cloak-and-dagger intrigue and moments of magic experienced exploring Winnipeg’s essence via trails, nature, food, history, culture and retail become fodder for future memories. (more…)

Hot Dining: Best New Restaurants 2011: Brooklynn’s Bistro

With Italian restaurants seemingly on every corner in Winnipeg, it can be hard to separate prime pasta from ‘past their prime.’

Brooklynn’s Bistro is firmly entrenched in the former category. (more…)

Hot Dining: Now Open: Parlour Coffee

Inside Parlour Coffee, no ordinary cup of joe will do. The new Exchange District coffee house serves 49th Parallel and Phil & Sebastian beans, which are roasted and shipped in weekly from Vancouver and Calgary. Beans are ground to each coffee order. Coffee connoisseurs will also delight in specialty brewing methods. Take a seat at the sidewalk-facing bar, with a view of Main Street. While coffee is definitely the star of the show, tea and pastries are also sold. 468 Main St, parlourcoffee.ca.

Hot Dining: Restaurant Review: Bailey’s

After 40 years in business, Bailey’s restaurant, with its traditional, continental cuisine may not exactly have the buzz currently being cooked up by a cadre of competitive chefs in Winnipeg. However, its well-executed plates and polished service keep regulars coming back year after year to the 120-seat restaurant. (more…)