If you love nice patios and al fresco dining, gelato, and an all round jovial atmosphere, then Corydon Avenue is for you. Once known as Winnipeg’s “Little Italy,” Corydon Ave is a destination district, one which is popular with visitors and locals alike for people watching, shopping and dining.
A vast array of cuisines are available – from Japanese ramen, to Korean BBQ, to locally-sourced burgers, to sushi – while classic Italiano institutions serving gelati and strong shots of espresso are evident throughout. It’s also still the neighbourhood to go watch Italy play, should the World Cup or Euros be on.
Corydon is also quite the shopping destination as trés chic shops now populate the avenue featuring everything from on-trend clothing stores to jewellery, while it has also become a popular salon and nail bar spot.
The area’s vibe is certainly artsy, as was recently emphasized Corydon Avenue Biz’s “street scaping.” The Colours of Corydon features eight huge abstract metal figures painted by local artists that individually represent the countries of Greece, Japan, Spain, Argentina, France, Italy, Ukraine and Scotland. These colourful 8-foot tall figures stand on the sidewalks of the main blocks that make up the heart of the Avenue. The Colours of Corydon are part of a long-term project to enhance the avenue and will be on display throughout the fall, before being stored for the winter.