culinary adventure | here for it
This fall and winter, we’re here for it when it comes to eating and drinking your way around the city. Local coffeeshops, breweries, comfort food, bakeries and chocolatiers – Winnipeg’s got it all to make an epicurean journey come true. Combine it with a hotel stay (and be sure to include breakfast in bed!) to round out your getaway.
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Specialty food & wine experts
Tis the season to cozy up with belly-warming food and a top-notch bottle of wine. Winnipeg’s specialty food and wine stores can help. The newest of the bunch is the sleek Mottola Grocery, full of specialty food items to use at home or ready for gifting. Step into Italian grocer DeLuca’s and you’ll feel at home in Nonna’s kitchen, with its vast array of ready-made pastas, deli and cheese counter, bakery and more. Bonus: the West End location is next door to De Luca Fine Wines where you can select an accompanying bottle of vino. Wine aficionados looking to give or take home a bottle tailored exactly to one’s taste count on the expertise of the sommeliers at Banville & Jones.
For the love of chocolate
Our city’s got a serious bunch of chocoholics. Whether it’s the famous Russian Mints from Morden’s Chocolates, luscious bean to bar creations at Aschenti Cocoa and Chocolatier Constance Popp or artful truffles from Decadence Chocolates – there is no shortage of ways to get your cocoa fix (and knock a few items off your gift list too!)
Bakers gonna bake
Buttery croissants. Crusty bread with a pillow-soft interior. Cookies fit for royalty. These are just some of the baked indulgences found at a few of Winnipeg’s beloved bakeries. La Belle Baguette is renowned for its authentic French pastries and breads, while Hildegard’s Bakery bakes its breads and some of its sweets in a giant masonry oven. Imperial cookies are a must-buy (served to Queen Elizabeth II herself) at High Tea Bakery, along with its impeccably decorated sugar cookies, scones and cupcakes.
But first, coffee
Shake off a chill as you curl your hands around a steamy cup of coffee or other hot beverage of choice from a local coffee shop. Winnipeg’s East Exchange has a couple of new arrivals, including Harrisons Coffee Co. (with a second location in Johnston Terminal at The Forks) and Colosimo Coffee Roasters Café inside the Sport Manitoba building. Other neighbourhood favourites include MAKE Coffee + Stuff on Corydon Avenue, The Daily Grind in St. James-Assiniboia and Black Pearl Coffee - Beans in the North End.
Don’t worry, be hoppy
When in doubt, drink stout (or ale, lager, IPA etc.) from one of Winnipeg’s local breweries. The newest and definitely one of the prettiest taprooms in the city comes courtesy of Kilter Brewing, which is serving up eight brews on tap including its popular Juicii IPA. Set sail over to Nonsuch Brewing Co. (you can see the life-sized replica ship it was named after at the nearby Manitoba Museum), which is Manitoba’s only premium brewery focusing on Belgian-style ales. Its Instagram-worthy umbrella and rain rooms make a stellar backdrop while noshing on the ever-changing menu that focuses on what’s fresh and in season. Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery’s robust menu of comforting pub grub is equally matched by its roster of flagship, seasonal and other unique brews.
New & notable
Winnipeg’s culinary scene continues to generate buzz with new openings. Juneberry in Old St. Vital dishes up pretty brunch offerings from a breakfast banh mi to braised beef short rib grilled cheese in a beautifully designed space. If you’re looking to support a local restaurant while shopping in the Polo Park area, head to Preservation Hall Eatery & Wine Bar, where you’ll find sustainable farm to table fare and chef Tristan’s legendary charcuterie. Come with an empty stomach to the newly opened Noor Mahal, offering authentic Indian food on its extensive menu – the shrimp dum biryani is a must-try.
Comfort food spots
When temperatures drop, there’s nothing like a warm, hearty meal to fuel up. Kevin’s Bistro is renowned for its seven types of mac and cheese, including one made with lobster. Milkshakes, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches are served with a side of fresh fries at White Star Diner. Pho Hoang’s large bowls of fragrant pho with chicken or beef and chewy noodles are the perfect winter comfort food.
Savour a piece of ‘za at one of these top pie-producing eateries. Vera Pizzeria e Bevande offers chewy, nicely charred Neapolitan-style pizzas you can’t resist. Long-standing Pizzeria Gusto opened its sister restaurant Gusto North at Hargrave St. Market with its innovative pizza toppings. Those craving a New York-style thin and crispy slice can head to Wall Street Slice for combos like the whiteout (four cheese) and hot ‘n’ honey (pepperoni, jalapeno and garlic honey).
Eat your veggies first
Vegetarians can get their fill at Chinese restaurant Affinity Vegetarian Garden, where top items include crispy black mushroom and sweet & sour soyapork. Middle Eastern cuisine is the specialty at Falafel Place, where there’s an entire section of the menu devoted to vegetarian/vegan eats. Spice up your meal with a visit to Mercadito Latino Restaurant & Market, where you can swap out meat for beans in its authentic Salvadorian and Central American food.
When you’re looking for a nightcap, Winnipeg’s got some stellar mixologists and inspired cocktails. Langside Grocery serves up shaken and stirred libations inside its preserved room nodding to its 1920s roots. The hip cocktail bar of Forth Bar is reopened under the ownership of the cocktail masters from The Roost on Corydon. Ever try a cocktail infused with tea? Head to Amsterdam Tea Room for a unique twist that’ll leave you wanting more.
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