Winnipeg hasn’t always been known for its culinary output. But these days, the Prairie hub’s reputation for exceptional plates keeps growing and growing. Authentic patisseries, cool speakeasies, beyond-nachos brew-pubs and delightful sushi houses are all propelling this upward trajectory, while upstart chefs—with fearless commitments to creativity—are fuelling the movement.
It all boils down to this: a food and restaurant revolution is launching Winnipeg into a new stratosphere. And it’s a scene worth exploring.
At this busy restaurant and lounge in the hip Osborne Village neighbourhood, the pickerel ceviche is a must-taste. This delicate white fish, caught fresh in Manitoba’s lakes, is a canvas for creativity and is found on menus throughout the city in a variety of dishes.
For something unique, head to Thermëa spa, which treats visitors to Nordic-style body bliss. Luxuriate in the Finnish sauna and eucalyptus steam room (and take an occasional dip into the squeal-inducing 10˚C plunge pool), then, bathrobe-clad, head to Restö, the spa’s on-site eatery. This isn’t protein-shake country; wine is served, and the full menu is locally focused and carefully considered. Indulge in a beautifully laid-out charcuterie board and, for dessert, s’mores made over an open firepit.
Winnipeg’s best Spanish tapas restaurant, this trendy spot offers unforgettable small plates. Spread whipped feta with pistachio honey on crackers, or dive into a charcuterie board or beef tartare with horseradish salsa verde, mustard cream and toast.
Set in a restored 1912 mansion, this restaurant is a must for steak and seafood devotees and received Wine Spectator’s 2015 Best of Award of Excellence for its wine collection. Try the onion ring tower to start.
Here, it’s all about classic comfort food—with an upgrade. Crowds rush in for bowls of bison chili, fancy greens and massive sandwiches and burgers.
Jenna Rae Cakes/Photo by Brittany Mahood
Fans of macarons, meanwhile, should head to Jenna Rae Cakes on Academy Road, where clever flavours like caramel-apple pop and Earl Grey crème brûlée keep the crowds coming back.
You’ll find exquisite cookies, cupcakes and pies at this Grosvenor Avenue bakery, but it’s the old-timey slices on offer that really hit the sweet spot. Try the Dream Cake slice, which has a base layer of shortbread topped with a mash-up of cherries, walnuts, coconut and pink frosting.
One of Winnipeg’s newest additions to the coffee scene is already a local favourite. This trendy shop on Broadway serves fantastic flat whites and precisely pulled espressos to customers from all walks of life.
Located on McDermott Avenue in the Exchange District, Forth is a coffee house, art gallery and cocktail bar all in one. Small-batch roasting is done right on-site here, and the result is some of the best coffee in town.
10 Multicultural Dining Experiences to Have in Canada
Throughout the country, innovative chefs and restaurateurs are serving cuisine influenced by cultures from around the world. From Spanish shared plates in Halifax to Indian curry in Vancouver, here are some of the best-loved places to sample global dishes made with distinctively Canadian twists.