Boho and artsy meet kitsch and cool in the community of Osborne Village—recently named ‘Canada’s Greatest Neighbourhood’ by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Emerging and established artists, dance studios and music venues contribute to Osborne’s creative vibe. Clubs and pubs add to after-hours excitement. Bakeries and restaurants that create mouth-watering feasts are the icing on the cake. “The Village” is deckeded out with early 1900s architecture that stands alongside modern high rises, and features more than 175 unique shops, restaurants and businesses. You’ll find everything from specialty cookware, unique jewellery and clothing by local designers, to restaurants serving up regional cuisine and ethnic delights.
Location: The approximate boundaries are confusion corner (where Osborne, Corydon and Pembina Highway meet), Wellington Crescent and Gertrude Street, the Osborne Bridge and Donald Street up to the Donald Street Bridge. Located 3 km from downtown and 9.9 km from the airport.
How to get there: From the airport, turn onto Wellington Avenue. Turn right onto King Edward Street (Route 90). Stay left, head toward the bridge and on the right take the ramp to Portage Avenue. Turn left to go east on Portage Avenue. After 3 km, turn right on Broadway. After 1 km, turn right on Osborne. Cross the bridge to enter “The Village.”
Bus routes: 16, 18, 39, 58, 60, 68, 99, 185
Top Places to Eat
• Don’t let the spooky name of Jekyll & Hyde’s Freehouse scare you. Classic bar food with a twist, like Jekyll Chips (parmesan oregano kissed potato chips hot out of the fryer and served with dill pickle dip), and great drinks get the party going. 437 Stradbrook Avenue, 204-221-2837.
• If you’re looking for a ‘cuppa, check out Tea Story, the city’s first gourmet tea & waffle cafe. Choose from over 120 varieties of loose tea, and munch on a dessert waffle topped with icing sugar and whipped cream. 222 Osborne Street, 204-477-1102.
• Savor a lime-spiked Corona at Mexico-inspired Carlos & Murphy’s. The atmosphere inside captures the essence of a Mexican resort but when temperatures rise, visitors head toe the patio.
• Winnipeg Jet Zach Bogosian’s own pizza creation is on the menu at A Little Pizza Heaven. Decide for yourself if #44’s handiwork is worthy of the Gods (chicken breast lathered in Frank’s RedHot, green peppers, red onions, mozza and a side of ranch). 120 Osborne Street, 204-777-5255.
• A weekend breakfast at Stella’s Café & Bakery is practically a requirement in The Peg. Buttermilk pancakes or banana blueberry French toast are perfect after a night out on the town. They also serve up chillis, sandwiches and more. 166 Osborne Street, 204-453-8562. (There are multiple locations in Winnipeg)
• Slurping is mandatory at Spicy Noodle House, which serves up pipin’ hot authentic northern Chinese cuisine. Spicy peanut noodle soup is a classic that blends the flavours just right. 102-99 Osborne Street, 204-287-2388.
• Unburger is always hoppin’―and for good reason. Try the unique flavours of a blueberry yum yum burger, piled high with balsamic onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo, goat cheese and blueberry BBQ sauce. 475 Stradbrook, 204-888-1001.
• Sushi connoisseurs agree, Wako Sushi Café, is one of the best in town. The fish is fresh, the rolls are irresistable and the prices are just right. Seating is limited but pick up or delivery is a great option. 875 Corydon Avenue, 204-339-7777.
• Chow down on fine Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting at Buccacino’s. Locals love their Sunday brunch, but if visiting during the week, try the tender potato gnocchi to start, lobster ravioli as the main course, and to top it all off, tasty tiramiso for dessert. 155 Osborne Street, 204-452-8251.
• Black and white checkerboard flooring and red chairs give Osborne hot spot Baked Expectations a fun, retro feel. Baked’s diner comfort foods and scrumptious desserts from cheesecake to pavolova have been wooing Winnipeggers for more than 25 years. 161 Osborne Street, 204-452-5176.
• Explore exciting tastes at Billabong Gastropub. Kangaroo nachos, bangers and mash, and beer inspired ice cream are some of the adventurous ingredients on the menu. 121 Osborne Street, 204-452-1019.
• At Fude Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar, Manitoba ingredients are highlighted throughout the sophisticated menu. Bold flavours leap out of each dish, including fall-off-the-bone bison ribs and chili chocolate chicken, a cult favourite. 303-99 Osborne Street, 204-284-3833.
• If you’ve never tried a Japanese-style crepe, a visit to Kawaii Crepe is a must. These crispy crêpes are wrapped up in a cone shape and stuffed with sweet or savoury fillings. Kick back with a bubble tea served in this bright, modern space. 201-99 Osborne Street, 204-415-2833.
• The well-spiced lentil and meat stews at Ethiopian eatery Massawa are lovingly prepared, and the tasty results are well worth the wait. 121 Osborne Street, 204-284-3194.
• Stylish urbanites meet up at Meiji Sushi and G. Martini Lounge for picture-perfect rolls and creative martinis all under one roof. 454 River Avenue, 204-284-3996.
• As the city’s only eatery devoted strictly to tapas, Segovia has received plenty of buzz for its flavourful Spanish-influenced cooking. The cinnamon-dusted churros dunked in melted orange-flavoured chocolate are heavenly. 484 Stradbrook Street, 204-477-6500.
• Chill Bar & Grill is the new kid on the block. Traditional bar food with a twist pairs perfectly with a huge selection of beer, cocktails and wine. 423 McMillan Avenue, 204-990-8617.
Top Places to Shop
• Chocolate cake with banana icing and vanilla cake with peanut butter icing are just two of many bite-sized treats available at The Cupcake Corner. All cupcakes are made from scratch and hand iced every morning. 439 Stradbrook Avenue, 204-453-2253.
• Gag’s Unlimited is the place to go for Halloween costumes and decorations and, of course, for prank related paraphernalia like stink bombs, disappearing daggers and the classic whoopie cushion. 209 Osborne Street South, 204-453-0133.
• Trade, buy or sell at Music Traders, where you’ll find all you need related to CDs, vinyl…and everything in between. In store performances take place year round. 97 Osborne Street, 204-475-0684.
• Dress for success or a night on the town with the chic and fun fashions found at Out of the Blue, a locally-owned shopaholic’s paradise. Head to toe, they’ve got you covered. 102 Osborne Street, 204-477-6489.
• One-of-a-kind trends are up for grabs at Para Mix, a boutique that imports a variety of purses, accessories, shoes and clothing from overseas. Inventory changes daily so there’s always something fresh. 100 Osborne Street, Suite 108, 204-453-8626.
• The Closet is a treasure trove of men’s and women’s pre-loved garments from vintage to contemporary fashions. 470 River Avenue, 204-233-2442.
• David Rice Jewelry + Objects showcases the work of this award-winning Winnipeg designer. He creates striking pieces in silver, gold and precious stones that will take your breath away. 100 Osborne Street, 204-453-6105.
• Find a special gift for everyone on your list at Desart, which has been in business since 1968. Lines carried include Trollbeads jewellery, LUG accessories, Umbra and Lampe Berger Paris. 117 Osborne Village, 204-284-0823.
• Wannabe home chefs can find the latest cooking tools, gadgets, servingware and high-end cookware at The Happy Cooker. 464 Stradbrook Avenue, 204-453-2665.
• Affordable fashions geared toward young style mavens dress the racks of Hush Clothing. Shoes, jewellery, purses, cocktail dresses and casual wear reflect the latest trends. 203-99 Osborne Street, 204-474-1208.
• Adorn yourself with goodies from Silver Lotus, a small shop that sells unique jewellry, bags, wallets, fashions and more. 103 Osborne Street, 204-452-3648.
• Vita Health Fresh Market is one of five market locations in the city, offering health supplements, organic grocery, natural beauty products, bulk food, bakery and take-away dishes. 1-166 Osborne Street, 204-984-9551.
• The showroom inside family-owned business Watson Jewellers sparkles with dazzling fine jewellery. Repairs, custom design and manufacturing are handled in the on-site factory. Unit - C, 236 Osborne Street South, 204-956-2096.
Top Things to See and Do
• Professional theatre and dance companies, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and community-based organizations light up the stage at Gas Station Arts Centre. Catch a play, fashion show, music concert, lecture, film or video presentation and more at this intimate theatre. 445 River Avenue, 204-284-9477.
• Shutting down Osborne from River Avenue to McMillan Avenue, the annual Osborne Village Canada Day Street Celebration takes on a market atmosphere when food vendors, artists, shops and musicians abound.
• People spill in and out of popular pub Toad in the Hole and live music venue The Cavern late into the night. Watch new, local talent perform in the downstairs Cavern, or catch up with friends over a pint at the Toad. 112 Osborne Street, 204-284-7201.
• Live performances from rock bands to electronic music DJs entertain crowds at The Zoo & Ozzys, located in the Osborne Village Inn. 160 Osborne Street, 204-452-9824.
• Pampering, from perfectly coiffed heads to touchable toes, is what Pure Perfection Salon & Spa is all about. A sizeable menu of services ensures visitors leave beautified and relaxed. Suite 100-478 River Avenue, 204-632-6635.