Winnipeg’s North End and Mosaic Market area is one of the oldest settlements in the city. The cultural makeup is best exemplified in the many stores, bakeries and restaurants along Main Street. A visit to the North End isn’t complete without a few stops along the way. Be sure to check out Gunn’s Bakery, an old country-style kosher bakery serving up goods since 1937. Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, adorned by an exquisite exterior mosaic, is a fine example of Ukrainian Baroque architecture. Ross House Museum, which served as the first Post Office in Western Canada, is one of the last remaining examples of Red River frame architecture in Winnipeg.
Location: The approximate boundaries are the CPR railway tracks to the south, McPhillips Street to the west, Carruthers and Matheson Avenue to the north and the Red River to the east. Located 1.6 km from downtown and 7.5 km from the airport.
How to get there: From the airport, turn onto Wellington Avenue and turn left onto Century Street (Route 90). Turn right onto Notre Dame Avenue. Turn left onto Keewatin Street. Turn right onto Logan Avenue. Turn right on McPhillips Street. Head north past the railway tracks into the North End.
Bus routes: # 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 45, 71, 88, 97
Top Places to Eat
• The burgers are hot and juicy, the fries are homemade and the staff serve with a smile at Superboys. Definitely don’t wear white―the burgers are wonderfully messy, loaded with chili, onions and pickles. 1468 Main Street, 204-589-8437.
• Lunch has been made with love at Luda’s Deli for over 25 years. Regulars recommend the reuben sandwich, the hamburger soup and the home made borscht (beet soup). 410 Aberdeen Avenue, 204-589-2583.
• Breakfast is served piping hot all day long at Johnny’s Maples Pizza & Restaurant. While “pizza” is in the name, the diverse menu also includes fish and chips, sandwiches, pasta and chicken dinners.
• The North Star Drive-In’s menu, featuring burgers, dogs, fries and shakes, will please all palates. The place is walk-up only, so be ready to dine al fresco at a nearby picnic table (open during the summer only). 531 McGregor Street, 204-589-4003.
• Bonjour apricot butter cookies, almond croissants and deliciously chewy macarons. Everything is baked with butter (and love) at A L'Epi de Blé (Hartford Bakery). 1757 Main Street, 204-334-2526.
• If you have a hankering for Asian-inspired cuisine, how do heaping plates of vermicelli noodle, filled to the brim bowls of pho and fried rice blended with large chunks of your choice of meat sound? Then head to Binh An Restaurant. 1076 Main Street, 204-582-6633.
• Baraka Pita Bakery & Mediterranean Deli is a hidden gem on Main Street, which serves up authentic Lebanese dishes to eat in or take out. Some stand-outs include hefty, bold-flavoured chicken shawarmas, juicy beef donairs, zesty spinach fatires and freshly baked pitas. 1783 Main Street, 204-334-2004.
• Row upon row of baked cakes, bagels, cookies, breads and pastries beckon from the glass case at Gunn’s Bakery. One of the oldest family-run bakeries in Western Canada, Gunn’s is renowned for its kosher and ethnic baked goods. 247 Selkirk Avenue, 204-582-2364.
• Set in an elegant dining room inside McPhillips Station Casino, Michele’s lays out glorious buffet and brunch spreads to please all tastes. Prime rib and seafood buffets are offered Friday and Saturday respectively. Diners must be 18 years of age and over to enter. 484 McPhillips Street, 204-982-3791
• It’s easy to spot White Top Drive-In with its iconic red-and-white stripes. Flavourful “Fat Boy” chili burgers, poutine and creamy, sumptuous ice cream sundaes make White Top a beloved neighbourhood standby. 409 Manitoba Avenue, 204-589-4419.
Top Places to Shop
• Coffee connoisseurs clamour for Black Pearl Coffee’s aromatic beans, micro-roasted on site daily. Pick up bags of premium, certified fair-trade and organic coffee sourced from around the world. 460 Dufferin Avenue, 204-586-3989.
• One of three locations in town, Gimli Fish Market is a top source for fresh seafood and fish, particularly from Lake Winnipeg. Be sure to try smoked goldeye, a regional delicacy, which can be packed for travel. 596 Dufferin Avenue, 204-589-3474.
• Winnipeg Trading Post stocks a wide range of beads, furs and rawhide for native crafts. The gorgeous, ultra-soft mukluks and moccasins carried are a well-worth-it splurge. 1128 Main Street, 204-947-0513.
• Neechi Foods Coop Ltd. is a well-known Aboriginal grocery store. Open to the public, this shop is known for oven-fresh bannock, fresh and frozen wild blueberries, wild rice, local fruits and vegetables, Manitoba-caught fish, specialty jams, hand-crafted moccasins, Aboriginal artwork and children’s books. 865 Main Street, 204-949-1338.
Top Things to See and Do
• McPhillips Station Casino transports guests back to the grand old days of the railroad with opulent chandeliers, red velvet and dark wood decor. Play VLTs, poker, bingo or blackjack; catch live entertainment; or watch a game in the sports bar. 484 McPhillips Street, 204-957-2500.
• There are 18 holes of family entertainment amongst the black-light glow of painted sea creatures and dinosaurs at U-Puttz Thrill Zone. 423 McPhillips Street, 204-582-2166.
• A wading pool, new play structure and picnic shelter are three elements to build into a family-friendly day of fun at St. Johns Park. 20 Anderson Avenue.
• Completed in 1962, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral features five copper domes and a stunning exterior mosaic of the holy trinity. 1175 Main Street.
The Winnipeg branch of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada is located in the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Church. Dedicated to the preservation of Ukrainian culture, the museum displays folk art, Easter eggs, traditional dress and crafts made by early pioneers. 1175 Main Street, 204-582-1018.
• Admission to the Ivan Franko Museum is, and always has been, free of charge. Visit and learn about Franko, who is a Ukrainian artist and patriot. 591 Pritchard Avenue, 204-582-9269.
• Learn about the early operation of postal service in Western Canada at Ross House Museum. This historic building features an interpretive exhibit to reflect the life of the Ross family home when it operated as a post office. 140 Meade Street North, 204-943-3958.