Dining, tourism, and entertainment

Dining

Credit: Jacqueline Young

 

 

Winnipeg has an excellent food scene. A good list of local eateries can be found here.

A local food blog is Peg City Grub.

Some favourites as well as places that are easy to access from the Fort Garry Hotel:

Dinner

  • Segovia (Osborne Village) – Spanish tapas with a bit of Middle Eastern flair, does not take reservations
  • deer + almond (Exchange District) – sharing plates
  • Máquè (Corydon Village/Academy Road) – sharing plates with a pan-Asian sensibility
  • Pizzeria Gusto (Academy Road) – best of the many wood-fired pizza places
  • Enoteca (Corydon Avenue)
  • The Merchant Kitchen (Downtown)
  • Smith (Inn at the Forks)
  • Earl’s (Downtown) – basic chain restaurant, close to the Fort Garry Hotel; there are restaurants for dinner at The Forks Market as well
  • Rae & Jerry’s (Polo Park) – old-time family restaurant/steak house, more of a Winnipeg institution than a culinary delight (529 Wellington is the city’s other renowned steak house)

Lunch

Breakfast

Coffee shops/cafes

  • Fools and Horses (Forks and Broadway locations, both near the Fort Garry Hotel)
  • Thom Bargen (Sherbrook and Downtown locations)
  • Little Sister (Osborne Village)
  • Make (Corydon Village)
  • Parlour (Exchange District)
  • Starbucks (location one block west of the Fort Garry Hotel)

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Sweets

  • Eva’s Gelato (Corydon Village) – the city has a slew of gelato stores; this one, selling Argentinean gelato, is the best by far
  • Bronuts (Exchange District) – hipster donuts located in the hippest part of town
  • Bridge Drive In (South Osborne) – local soft ice cream institution, known only as BDI

Pubs & Breweries

Besides The Palm Lounge at the Fort Garry Hotel, some of the city’s best watering holes:

Tourism

Full details of the varied things that can be enjoyed during your stay in Winnipeg can be found on the website of Tourism Winnipeg, but some local highlights are listed below.

The Exchange District (Credit: Brent Bellamy)

Special events

  • Tours – TBA, depending upon the NASSH 2018 schedule
  • Grad Student pub night – time and location TBA

Neighbourhoods

The Forks – close to the Fort Garry Hotel, the intersection of the two rivers at which Winnipeg originated is now a national historic site, with riverside trails and railway buildings converted into shops and eateries. Easy walking distance from the Fort Garry Hotel.

The Forks (Credit: Dan Harper)

The Exchange District – city’s one-time financial centre and home to the historic grain exchange; old warehouse buildings are now home to some of the city’s best shops and restaurants. Walking distance from the Fort Garry Hotel.

Downtown – the neighbourhood between the Fort Garry Hotel and the Exchange District

St. Boniface – the neighbourhood facing the Forks on the opposite shore of the Red River. One of Manitoba’s historic francophone towns, it can be reached by the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge and is home to the St. Boniface Museum, Cathedral, Louis Riel’s tomb.

Osborne Village/South Osborne – north-south thoroughfare with two concentrations of shops and restaurants.

Sherbrook Street (West Broadway)/Wolesley – Sherbrook Street, one block south and one block north of Westminster is one of the city’s up-and-coming restaurant districts; Westminster, heading west, leads into Wolseley, one of the city’s trendier residential districts

Wellington Crescent – south of the Assiniboine River, opposite Wolseley on the north shore, the westward stretch of Wellington Crescent is home to some of the city’s oldest and largest residences; the street is given over to pedestrians and cyclists on summer weekends. If you’re feeling particularly athletic, a journey to the end of Wellington Crescent will lead you all the way to Assiniboine Park.

Sport

Shaw Park (Credit: Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club)

  • Winnipeg Goldeyes – the two-time defending American Association champions play at Shaw Park, a nice, small downtown ballpark that is walking distance from the Hotel Fort Garry (details of the 2018 schedule will be posted here when released)
  • Winnipeg Jets – the local National Hockey League franchise is unlikely to be playing late into the 2017-18 playoffs when NASSH convenes; if they are, you’re unlikely to be able to get tickets. But there are lots of pubs for watching playoff hockey.
  • Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame – small gallery space located within the Sport Manitoba building, just east of Main Street. Easily walkable from the Exchange District.

Museums/Galleries

Journey to Churchill, Asssiboine Park Zoo (Credit: Assiniboine Park Conservancy)

Other Attractions

  • Assiniboine Park – the city’s best-known urban park features the English Garden, Leo Mol Sculpture Gallery, and Park Cafe
  • Assiniboine Park Zoo – adjacent to Assiniboine Park, the highlight of the zoo is the Journey to Churchill and its polar bear habitat
  • Fort Whyte Alive – outdoor recreational park and wildlife habitat on the outskirts of the city
  • Manitoba Legislature – Tours are available, which focus on the interior and the locally renowned Golden Boy statue that tops the building. The grounds of the Legislature include statues of Louis Riel and the Famous Five (a quintet of local first-wave feminists)
  • Riel House National Historic Site – one-time home of Metis leader Louis Riel
  • Therma – a surprising and very relaxing discovery: a Nordic spa hidden away in a residential neighbourhood in south Winnipeg

Therma (Credit: Nordik Group)

Entertainment

Music

Film

  • Cinematheque – repertory cinema in the Exchange District
  • Multiplex options – the best of these options are the Landmark 8 Grant Park and Scotiabank Winnipeg at Polo Park

Theatre

Shopping

  • The best shopping in Winnipeg tends to be the boutiques stores in individual neighbourhoods, with some of the best in the Exchange District.
  • Best independent bookstore: McNally Robinson (Grant Park Mall)
  • If your taste extends to malls, your best bets are Polo Park and the outlet malls at the intersection of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.