Originally one of Winnipeg’s oldest neighbourhoods – its original homes were built in the 1800s – West Broadway has slowly morphed into its current persona; that being a fiercely independent hip neighbourhood lined with culinary and shopping destinations.
Nestled between downtown and Wolseley, West Broadway maintains a bit of that Wolseley hippyish 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, and it’s here 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.
Where to eat
Sherbrook Street Delicatessen is the newest and arguably now the most-praised eatery on the street. Their brisket can only be described as ridiculously good, while all their other kosher-style food – from the smoked goldeye salad, to the pickled cow’s tongue, to the slaw and roster of house-cured meats, is rave worthy.
Just across the street in the Sherbrook Hotel is the new location of Winnipeg’s hipster brunch of choice, that being The Tallest Poppy. While the new location still serves up tasty numbers like braised brisket and all manner of breakfast items from the old downtown location, there are notable new entries like fried chicken and waffles and a full dinner and lunch menu accentuated by a handmade cocktail menu that rivals any other drink program in the city. The interior is funky, and the vibe is laid back.
Food arrangements double as works of art at Bada Sushi Café, including a caterpillar roll that comes complete with antennas. 126 Sherbrook Street, 204-783-4077. Wasabi on Broadway , serves up inventive rolls too, and is the original restaurant to their flashier, now-flagship location in Tuxedo and their bistro on Osborne. Both Wasabi and Bada also have a similarity in being located inside funky, restored houses. 588 Broadway, 204-774-4328.
Authentic tastes, sights and sounds are on display at Charisma of India Restaurant, a popular hole-in-the-wall when it comes to curries. A dinner buffet, available seven days a week, includes tasty eats like butter chicken, goat curry and samosas. 83 Sherbrook, 204-222-7878.
Down home helpings keep regulars coming back to Wannabees time and again. The owner, who doubles as waitress, chef and busboy, knows most of her customers’ orders by heart. 639 Broadway Avenue, 204-772-6969. Another institution is Cousins Deli & Lounge, where the smell of home-cooked cuisine wafts out the door. It’s a perfect place to grab a bite, meet and mingle. 55 Sherbrook Street, 204-783-4695.
Famous for its huge portions, Bistro Dansk is a warm, intimate eatery showcasing European comfort food. The rich and hearty chicken noodle soup is not to be missed. (63 Sherbrook Street, 204-775-5662). A couple doors down is The Nook, a family-run diner that is a local favourite for breakfast, which has been offering delicious, simple fare for more than 25 years. 43 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-0818. And of course, as the crowds will indicate, Stella’s Sherbrook location and adjacent bakery is always a popular choice for homemade everything when it comes to breakfast, lunch or dinner. 116 Sherbrook St, 204-477-5556.
Boon Burger Cafe is Winnipeg’s only all-vegan burger joint. It’s does veggie burgers like no one else in the business using base ingredients like crimini mushrooms, organic chickpeas, organic tofu or black beans. The burgers are always moist and this small location (they have another in The Exchange) is always serving the hip local herbivores (heck, even carnivoires devour these burgers). 79 Sherbrook Street, 204-415-1391.
Top Places to Shop
A strong cuppa joe and a great read are the perfect combination at The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café. Nibble a fresh sandwich or onigiri, Japanese rice balls stuffed with tantalizing fillings. 898 Westminster Avenue, 204-772-0509. Arguably the best coffee in West Broadway can now be found at cool kid hang, Thom Bargen, whose minimalist aesthetic is as pleasing as their espresso. 64 Sherbrook St, (204) 234-5678.
Funky clothing, statement jewellery and eco-friendly treasures are sourced from near and far at Brave New World. http:// www.bravenewworld.ca/. 141 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-4222.
Get that “red carpet-ready” look at Edward Carriere Salon, Esthetics & Store – a multi-level full service salon. Check out the amazing boutique on the main floor, selling high-end beauty products, jewellery and accessories. 162 Spence Street, 204-987-6441. Hip barber shop Hunter & Gunn does everything right, from spinning vinyl, to slinging excellent coffee with house-made biscotti – while a dollar from every purchase goes to local charities.
Escape to the Middle East and savour the flavours found at Halal Meat Centre. Here you’ll find halal products such as local chicken and beef, Jell-O from Egypt and quails from Quebec. 206 Maryland Street, 204-774-8095.
The latest trends and fashions from internationally recognized lines like Bianca Nygard, Tanjay and Alia grace the clothing racks at Nygard Fashion Park. 702 Broadway, 204-982-9519.
Top Things to See and Do
Take a leisurely stroll or a walking tour and admire the stately homes in Armstrong’s Point, a historic and picturesque river peninsula now made up of three streets: East Gate, Middle Gate and West Gate. While here, visit the Cornish Library, named after Winnipeg’s first Mayor, Francis Cornish. Now almost 100 years old, the library is still in use today. 20 West Gate, 204-986-4679.
Held at the end of June each year, the Art City Parade is a spectacular annual celebration of art and community run by Art City – a free public drop-in art centre. This parade showcases public art and costumes created entirely by Art City participants. 616 Broadway, 204-775-9856.
Established in 1880, Granite Curling Club is the city’s oldest curling club. It continues to be a widely used and notable gathering place and is a pretty cool piece of Tudor architecture. One Granite Way, 204-775-2875.
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 two music stages, interactive kids booths, roaming entertainers, beer gardens, a merchant village and more. 204-779-4100.
Westminster United Church, built between 1910 and 1912, towers over the community. In addition to regular church service, concerts, weddings and events are hosted at this heritage building. 745 Westminster Avenue, 204-784-1330.
For more information on the West Broadway neighbourhood, please check out the West Broadway Biz at www.westbroadwaybiz.com.