Let’s toss a Frisbee on the quad, dude! Ok, actually don’t do that, and don’t ever talk like that either, but do come to Fort Garry, where the University of Manitoba sits surrounded by optimistic students with the world in the palm of their hands. Take in all the hip places nearby, enjoy the nightlife, or even audit a class! Imagine sitting in on a 1940’s Italian neo-realism film course to impress all your friends by waxing poetic about the mise-en-scene from Vittorio De Sica’s magnum opus Bicycle Thieves. I mean, if you have the time, of course…
But if you don’t, you can rest assured that Fort Garry is full of cool places, to eat, shop, and just have a good time.
Where to Eat:
Kazoku blends Japanese and Korean cuisine, and is known for their tasty ramen noodles (come for ramen Tuesdays!). 30-2583 Pembina Highway 204-269-0042.
For vegetarian and vegan offerings, try the appropriately named Delicious Vegetarian Restaurant. The Chinese style faux meat is complemented by succulent eggplant and tasty chow mein. 1467 Pembina Highway, 204-477-1530.
Or you can try Sun Fortune Restaurant, where large steamed lobsters with fried garlic and green onion served with vermicelli will greet you briefly before you devour it. 2077 Pembina Highway, 204-269-6868.
Popocha Tea House is a great place to stop for some dessert offerings like smoothies, cakes, gelato ice cream, and extensive flavours of bubble tea. Unit 2-2677 Pembina Highway, 204-275-2627.
Change things up with the new Barley Brothers, which brings craft beer to Winnipeg with the most taps in Canada. Don’t get too overwhelmed with all the different beer choices, because there’s still all that great pub food to order, as well. 2005 Pembina Highway, 204-691-3300.
It seems like every neighbourhood has their special pizza place, and Fort Garry’s favourite spot is Tony’s Pizza. It’s open late, so you can let those late-night cravings lead you this way. 1100 Pembina Highway, 204-452-9797.
For Indian cuisine, enjoy the fresh flavours and fluffy naan of Royal Punjab Sweet House. You can go off the menu, or do the dinner buffet, and wrap it up with a collection of authentic Indian desserts that top the night off perfectly. 2790 Pembina Highway, 204-261-1600.
Nicolino’s dishes up innovative Italian cuisine in a family style dinner setting. Enjoy their touches of sophistication with bison spring rolls or their tempting braised lamb shank. 4-2077 Pembina Highway, 204-269-5004.
Check out a Winnipeg classic with The Original Pancake House, where breakfast is always on. Waffles topped with berries, giant apple pancakes, and yummy mushroom omelets all call this family restaurant home. 1049 Pembina Highway, 204-452-1040.
With all these students around, they must have a hip hangout to call home, right? That would be Degrees Restaurant, where locally-sourced ingredients, in-house baking, and fair trade coffee make it stand out to all surrounding students and visitors alike needing their food fresh and fast. Third Floor, University Centre, 204-474-7370.
For a Middle Eastern flair, stop by Best Pizza & Donair, where you can watch them make you a beef donair loaded with fresh Halal beef roasted over a pit, or a lamb shawarma with a traditional garlic sauce. 1469 Pembina Highway, 204-275-0444.
Become addicted to the pho at T.H. Dang Restaurant, where the Vietnamese fare of warm soups, crisp noodles, and hearty vegetables will invigorate you for the rest of the day. 1425 Pembina Highway, 204-415-5588.
Top Places to Shop:
If you’ve got a thrill-seeking bone in your body, stop by Alter Ego Sports where you can shop for top-notch snowboard, alpine and Nordik ski gear. 1605 Pembina Highway, 204-475-4908.
Hand-made artisan-crafted accessories, home décor and gift items are abound at Ten Thousand Villages. This Fair Trade organization brings goods made by people from all over the world, and there’s always some new gem to find in the store, from beautiful raffia baskets, to cute sea snail bangles. 134 Plaza Driver, 204-261-0566.
When you’re in the mood for Asian groceries sourced from across the continent, or fresh produce and meat from their well-stocked deli, try ING Supermarket. 1873 Pembina Highway, 204-261-7335.
Head to Pembina Village Crossing for big box stores like Sport Chek, Petland, Dollarama and Staples. 1910 Pembina Highway, near Bishop Grandin Boulevard.
For a wide variety of stores, head to Pembina Village Shopping Centre, where you can find what you’re looking for with big stores like Winners, Jysk and Penningtons, or specialty shops like Running Room Ltd., Nutrition Plus and Computer Trends, and then stop for a bite to eat at Subway or Applebee’s. 2077 Pembina Highway.
For the freshest seasonal local Manitoba produce, you’ve got to get supplied at Crampton’s Market. Ethically raised, free range, grass fed meats are available, as are organic fruits and vegetables, and an in-house bakery’s tantalizing smells will ensure you linger long enough to try some. 1765 Waverley Street, 204-269-3355.
Top Things to See and Do:
Easily the piece de resistance for entertainment in Fort Garry would be Investors Group Field, the new stadium that stands as the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and University of Manitoba Bisons. If sports aren’t your thing, it’s also doubled as an outdoor concert venue for the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and more coming all the time.
Seek out this Scandinavian slice of paradise for a spa treatment that simply must be experienced. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature will let you soak your stresses away with its thermal pools, Finnish saunas and steam baths, and rejuvenate your sense with a body treatment and massage. 775 Crescent Drive, 1-855-284-3344.
Pack yourself a picnic and head to St. Vital Park, where you can swing by the duck pond, have the kids jump around on the play structure (or join in yourself, if the mood strikes you), then lie back and enjoy this serene spot of lush greenery. 190 River Rd.
Parodies of pop culture and a skewering of modern cinema are mixed with great local talent at Celebrations Dinner Theatre, where you get to watch a wild original show, as you’re served a delicious meal (by wait staff who act in character as well). 1824 Pembina Highway, 204-982-8282.
If docking your boat on the river and joining a party filled with classic car shows, live entertainment, karaoke nights, a tiki bar, and VLTs sounds like your thing, you’ll want to make your way down to the Pony Corral, for their unique “dock and dine” experience. 1700 Pembina Highway, 204-275-3687.
Neatly trimmed greens make up the nine-hole golf course at The Wildewood Club, which is carved out of the Fort Garry Forest. Grab some friends, avoid the sand traps, and throw back a few. 761 North Drive, 204-284-7385.