Originally one of Winnipeg’s oldest neighbourhoods – its original homes were built in the 1800s – West Broadway has slowly morphed into its current persona, a fiercely independent hip neighbourhood lined with culinary and shopping destinations.
Nestled between downtown and Wolseley, West Broadway maintains a bit of that Wolseley hippy-ish vibe – there is a strong movement towards urban gardening, with many community gardens and compost sites – while also having that urban vibe due to a more diverse, ethnic and new-immigrant population who inhabit the apartment buildings that line Broadway.
Sherbrook Street has become the main hub of West Broadway where visitors can browse for eco-friendly threads, people-watch with the locals on the numerous street-side patios, or relax at one of the city’s finest salons.
In the Sherbrook Hotel, you’ll find Winnipeg’s hipster brunch of choice, The Tallest Poppy, with its funky interior, laid-back vibe, and the best chicken and waffles in the city. Just down the block you’ll find Decadence Chocolates, where artisanal chocolates and ice cream, chocolate-making classes, and tasting events are aplenty.
On the same block is Bistro Dansk, a warm, intimate eatery showcasing European comfort food famous for its huge portions, and Boon Burger Cafe, Winnipeg’s only all-vegan burger joint serving up veggie burgers like no one else in the business. Arguably the best coffee in West Broadway can be found at cool-kid hang, Thom Bargen, whose minimalist aesthetic is as pleasing as their espresso. New to the area is Langside Grocery, a hip cocktail spot with an incredibly cozy interior, whose namesake comes from the building, which was once a grocery store in the early 1900s.
West Broadway’s biggest community event, the Sherbrook Street Festival happens the Saturday after Labour Day every September. Sherbrook Street between Wolseley Avenue and Westminster Avenue is closed down to make way for music stages, interactive kids’ booths, roaming entertainers, beer gardens, a merchant village and more.