Home decorators unite at the recently opened IKEA on Kenaston Boulevard. Eat lunch in the popular cafeteria and try the famous Swedish meatballs. Browse well-laid-out show rooms for inspiration and shop till you drop for furniture, accent pieces, kitchen gadgets and more. Further south along Kenaston Boulevard are several power centres with big box stores featuring your favourite clothing brands. In this shopping district you’ll find Nygard International’s flagship store, Costco, Indigo Books, La Senza, Tommy Hilfiger outlet, Lindt Chocolate, David’s Bridal, Walmart and Urban Barn, among others.
Then, take a quick drive to the River Heights neighbourhood. Shop for his and her cult favourite clothing brands in luxurious materials at Danali before continuing on to Grant Park Shopping Centre. This newly renovated shopping centre is home to anchor tenant McNally Robinson Booksellers, along with David’s Tea, Empire Theatres, and local boutiques October and Diva Lingerie.
Put your shopping bags down and relax for a dinner inside McNally Robinson’s Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, or if you want to try pizza cooked in Canada’s first coal-fired pizza oven, then Carbone is a close drive.
Full Day 1
Before starting your shopping excursion on the bustling Corydon strip, eat a hearty breakfast at Falafel Place. Fill up on its famous falafel breakfast—eggs and bacon are served alongside the well-spiced chickpea balls with a generous dollop of hummus.
Now it’s time to explore this neighbourhood’s charming boutiques, including fashion-forward Cha Cha Palace and shoe palace Soul Shoes & Accessories, or Uomo Casual Fine Clothing for Men. Then, outfit your home with gorgeous one-of-a-kind furniture from Room for Style or antique treasures from Abbey’s Antiques and Things Antiques & Gifts. Radiance Gifts & Treasures is a great spot to pick up gifts for those hardto-buy-for friends and relatives back home. Candles, journals, jewellery and books line the shelves of this well-stocked shop. Stroll over to Sugar Mountain for retro-inspired fun. This playful store carries old-fashioned candy, memorabilia and sweets from around the world. Just off the Corydon strip on Lilac Street lays a strip of independent shops. Maison S is renowned for its specialty beauty products and high-end salon, Whodunit? specializes in mystery books, while The Green Scene is a haven for gardeners.
If you drive west down Corydon, you’ll encounter another retail cluster. Small Indulgence is a sweet gift shop carrying kitchen tools, greeting cards, servingware and more. Across the street is Diamond Gallery, a luxury jewellery store specializing in platinum and sparkling gems. Browse a well-edited collection of clothing at Luxe Label, Village Streetwear and Poppie Clothing.
Next, drive to posh shopping district Academy Road and fuel up for more shopping at Modern Taco Company. Eat your fill of freshly made fish tacos, quesadillas, and chips and dip; wash it down with thirst-quenching margaritas and daiquiris.
Hit the shopping hot spots along Academy Road, where you can pick up cottage cozy home accessories at Lake Life, a chic outfit from Chestnut Lane Boutique, locally made beauty goodies at Tiber River Naturals, or comfortable, yet stylish footwear at European Shoe Shop. Foodies flock to specialty food shop G. J. Andrews for trendy condiments, cheese, meat and wine. If you’re seeking silky undergarments, Eyelet Dove’s expert team will help you find the right fit.
Polo Park Shopping Centre, the city’s largest shopping mall, is next on the list. Indulge in some serious retail therapy at more than 200 hip retailers, including Apple, Lulu Lemon, Hollister, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Browns Shoes, Sears and Lush.
A meal at one of the area’s trendy restaurants is a welcome end to a full day of shopping. Check out Chave d’Ouro for authentic Portuguese cuisine.
Full Day 2
Recently named Canada’s Greatest Neighbourhood, Osborne Village has earned its reputation for a reason, and part of its appeal is the area’s great shopping. Here, fashionistas will find plenty of places to pick up the latest threads and accessories at shops such as Dream Closet, Luxe & Charm, Hush/Shout, American Apparel, Out of the Blue and Sew Dandee. Complete any outfit with shoes, jewellery and accessories from Rooster, Silver Lotus, David Rice Jewelry + Objects and Roger Watson Jewellers. For cute and quirky gifts, head to Kustom Kulture and Desart.
Pop in for a light lunch at Baked Expectations, a hip diner serving savoury meals and sweet delights from grilled eggplant sandwiches and house-made burgers to towering tortes and creamy cheesecakes.
Make your way to the historic Exchange District, where turn-of-the-last-century buildings house trendy boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Bring kids to neighbourhood staple Toad Hall Toys for educational games, books, toys and hobbies. Renowned jewellery designer Hilary Druxman’s simple silver pieces make a great shopping memento. Pick up an outfit for a night on the town at Paperdoll Boutique or funky vintage fashions at Rhymes with Orange. If you’re on the hunt for unique furniture, visit HutK, and Blue Moon. Shop for other special interests at into the Music, and Imagine Games & Hobbies.
After you’ve explored the Exchange, go to The Forks to discover the shops at The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal. On the second floor of the market, also known as “The Hayloft,” browse for pop culture collectibles at kitschy store Pylon, semi-precious stone jewellery at Gilbert’s Stones and adorable children’s fashions at Colourful Collection. The main floor boasts stores such as Two Rivers for covetable Canadian souvenirs, and Generation Green, which carries eco-friendly products for environmentally conscious customers. Meanwhile, Johnston Terminal has its own share of shopping, from on-trend clothing at Cassiopeia Unique Ladies Boutique to candles made on site at Harmont Candle Company to festive ornaments at Christmas Traditions.
Stay downtown for more shopping at Portage Place Shopping Centre. This downtown mall has popular chain stores, including Le Chateau, The Bay, HMV, Payless Shoes, Ricki’s, along with local businesses like Sweetz and Argento World of Silver. Head to unique gift shops at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Millennium Library and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art for art- and book-inspired finds.
Lastly, it’s time to get browsing at some of the city’s other shopping attractions (depending on the direction your heading), like St. Vital Centre. This suburban shopping mall houses favourites such as American Eagle Outfitters, Sephora, Bath & Body Works and Sport Chek. In the east on Regent Avenue, try Kildonan Place for stores like Le Chateau, Shoe Warehouse, West 49, Teavana and more. If you find yourself near McPhillips, stop in Garden City Shopping Centre’s shops, including Winners and Canadian Tire.