Start off your shopping adventure in the Corydon area with some much-needed sustenance at Falafel Place, where you can fill up on its famous falafel breakfast: eggs and bacon are served alongside the well-spiced chickpea balls with a generous dollop of hummus.
Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to explore this buzzing neighbourhood. Known as Manitoba’s largest outdoor shopping centre, Corydon Avenue covers everything from fashion to florists, art to antiques, and everything in between. Check out fashion-forward threads and covetable shoes at exclusive women’s boutiques such as Cha Cha Palace and Soul Shoes & Accessories, or Uomo Casual Fine Clothing for Men. Then, outfit your home with antique treasures from Abbey’s Antiques, Selim’s Antiques and Things Antiques & Gifts, purchases from the latter go toward supporting the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. If you’re on the lookout for fabulous presents, Radiance Gifts & Treasures is full of gems from candles to journals, while fun, retro candy and memorabilia make Sugar Mountain a sweet stop. Special interest seekers can pick up unique beauty products at boutique and salon Maison S, mystery books at Whodunit? or gardening goodies at The Green Scene.
Continue further west down Corydon Avenue for another cluster of locally owned original shops, where you’ll find more unique products, along with exceptional service and advice from area experts. Refuel for more shopping at Bernstein’s Deli, serving classics like Reuben sandwiches and potato latkes. Browse through a well-edited collection of luxury brand clothing at Luxe Label. If you’re looking for some sparkle, check out the glittering gems at Diamond Gallery.
Full Day One
Before diving into bookshelves chock full of classics, bestsellers and specialty titles at McNally Robinson, make your way to on-site eatery Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery. Tuck into sophisticated breakfast fare, browse the charming gift selection and head up to the whimsical second-storey tree house for popular children’s books. Wander into the attached Grant Park Shopping Centre and stop in at women’s boutique October for denims and dresses from international designers, or big-box favourite Target.
Now it’s time to head over to Winnipeg’s largest mall, Polo Park Shopping Centre, and indulge in some serious retail therapy. With more than 200 hip retailers, you may want to take a friend (or five!) to help fill your shopping bags at more than 200 hip retailers like Kiehl’s, Forever 21, L’Occitane, Hollister, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, RW & Co., Banana Republic, the Apple Store and Coach. Many of these shops aren’t available anywhere else in the city, and it’s a great spot not only for shopping, but to enjoy the sunlit walkways, two expansive home fashion stores, a 14-outlet food gallery, and a SilverCity Cinema on the centre’s perimeter where you can catch a matinee blockbuster before heading on with your day. (Don’t worry–Polo Park has room for more than 5,500 vehicles, so there’s plenty of room to store your shopping bags in the meantime.)
The shopping fun continues with a quick drive to upscale Academy Road, where six blocks of independently owned boutiques await. Those with an eye for fashion can get their fix at chic boutiques such as Mad About Style Boutique, Moule, Loka, Chestnut Lane Boutique and Divine & Conquer. Along the way, buy some locally made bath and body care at Tiber River Naturals, outdoor lifestyle gifts at The Garden Room and statement jewellery at Joan’s Accessories & More.
Refuel for more shopping with a glass of Canadian wine and exquisite dishes prepared with fresh, local, organic ingredients from bison to pickerel at fusion grill, enjoy a posh pizza with the well-heeled set at sleek and chic eatery Pizzeria Gusto, or check out In Ferno’s on Academy’s extensive selection of specials and desserts.
Lastly, it’s time to pop into the city’s other shopping hot spots (depending upon which direction you’re headed). At St. Vital Centre, retailers like Old Navy, Bath and Body Works, Buffalo David Bitton, Chapters, Aeropostale, MAC Cosmetics, West Point Shoes and Build-a-Bear Workshop make it a favourite destination in the south end. Heading east on Regent Avenue, visit Kildonan Place for stores like Eclipse, Aeropostale, Alia N Tan Jay, River City Sports, Le Chateau and Shoe Warehouse. If you’re near McPhillips, Garden City Shopping Centre features flagship tenants such as Winners and Canadian Tire. Big box housewares and clothing outlets as well as numerous other stores line Kenaston Boulevard, where you’ll find HomeSense, Indigo Books & Music, Urban Barn, Home Outfitters, IKEA, Bombay, Bouclair Home, Liz Claiborne, Structube, Nygård, Adidas and Motherhood Maternity to name a few!
Full Day Two
Begin your day by enjoying a tex-mex burrito or eggs Benedict at downtown urban diner The Ground Floor. Stay in the heart of the city and power shop at popular spots like Mountain Equipment Co-op and Manitoba masterpiece The Bay, along with more than 100 shops and services at Portage Place, including Argento World of Silver, H’Attitude, Uptown Sports Cards & Collectibles, Ardene, and HMV.
Walk a few minutes to the Exchange District National Historic Site, where turn-of-the-20th-century architecture is contrasted against trendy boutiques, art galleries and funky vintage shops in one of North America’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Get glammed up with pretty party dresses at Paperdoll Clothing, sexy heels from The Foxy Shoppe, on-trend makeup from local cosmetics company Provici and jewellery made by Winnipeg’s own Hilary Druxman. If you love vintage, look no further than shops like Antiques & Funk and Hoopers. Music lovers can browse used record store Into the Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store. Shop for other special interests at Toad Hall Toys, Warehouse Artworks Ltd., Red River Book Store, U.N. Luggage, Imagine Games and Hobbies, Birks Jewellers and more–all in a variety of beautiful heritage buildings.
By now, you’re probably hankering for a nibble. Sweet seekers should pop into Cake-ology for a signature cakette–a ball of cake slathered in buttercream and coated in chocolate. Satisfy a savoury craving with a trip to Shawarma Khan, where everything on the menu is fresh and locally sourced, or Smoke’s Poutinerie, choosing from more than 30 unique spins on the traditional dish (or make your combination).
Take a 10-minute drive to Osborne Village, a shopping paradise for young hipsters and trendsetters. Here, fashionistas will find plenty of places to pick up the latest threads and accessories at boutiques such as Silver Lotus, Out of the Blue, Rooster, Rockabetty, Hush Clothing, Luxe & Charm, Para Mix, The Closet and American Apparel. Gourmands head to The Canister and Happy Cooker for the latest coffee accessories and cooking gadgets. For cute and quirky gifts, head to Desart and the Osborne Antiques Mart.
In the evening, there are plenty of dining options to choose from in the Village. Opt for trendy tapas at Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant. If you’re on the hunt for a juicy burger, check out Nuburger’s inventive twists on the classic. Cap off the evening with a slice of cheesecake at Baked Expectations, a pint at The Toad in the Hole Pub & Eatery, or a creative martini at G Martini Bar.