I've mentioned a few times now that we were just recently in Winnipeg to celebrate a wedding, but little did I know that we'd find a few hidden gems within the city that are worth sharing in case you ever find yourself there!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when we landed, but I wasn't disappointed. Here's a round-up of what to see, where to eat, and where to shop in Winnipeg!


Make your way to Stella's Cafe and Bakery for breakfast and order the Vegan Mexican breakfast. You won't be disappointed by the corn tortillas, refried beans, breakfast cakes, and creamy guacamole.

Hungry for dinner? Swing by The Tallest Poppy on Sherbrook Street. I had the Chicken Burger with rosemary and cranberries, Andrew had the Bison Meatloaf, and Ryan and David had the Trifecta Burger (that's pork, bison and beef!) The vibe of the restaurant is really neat and definitely worth checking out.

Looking for lunch in the Exchange District? You must go to King + Bannatyne for a sandwich and house made pickles. I can confirm, the pickles are great. I ate an entire bowl full! Honourable mention also goes to Nick's on Broadway.

Dessert? Pop into Bronuts beside King + Bannatyne. Hands down the best donuts I've ever put in my mouth and trust me, I've eaten a lot of donuts.


We stayed at the Fort Garry which is right by The Forks. The market is neat with some really cool shops. If you're from Ottawa, you'll see a lot of similarities to the Byward Market. Wandering with no particular destination in mind is part of the fun, so I recommend starting in at The Forks and seeing where you end up.

I'm disappointed we didn't make it there, but I heard great reviews on the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. I was told it takes a full day to really take it all in, but next time we go to Winnipeg it's on my to-do list.

Make your way to the Exchange District. Even the architecture alone is worth it. I'm not typically drawn to architecture but we wandered around for a few hours in awe of the old buildings.


If you're looking for a new pair of shoes for a special man in your life, pop into Jose and Markham. Beautiful shoes and accessories for a reasonable price!

Check out the beautiful jewelry at Hilary Druxman. I definitely wanted to spend a small fortune, but settled on leaving with a pair of earrings.

Tiny Feast! I could have spent hours and hours perusing the store! For the stationary lovers and those who appreciate trinkets and unique finds, stop by Tiny Feast. Make sure you have some extra room in your suitcase for your finds!

Traveling is great, and it's even better when you're in great company. We did plenty of exploring during our quick visit, but it was nice to get a bit of tourist action in during our stay. Hopefully this quick little round-up helps you out if you ever find yourself in Winnipeg.

I can't wait to plan our next few trips which are hopefully a bit longer and a bit further away from home. Follow along on Instagram with #WEStravels to see where else we end up in the future...

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  1. As a Winnipegger living in Ottawa, I thank you for this. I'm always grateful when people actually take the time to discover Winnipeg, instead of just making jokes based on stereotypes of the city. I have a lot of hometown pride and love. I've been in Ottawa 3+ years and it still feels nowhere near like home. Maybe because nothing can really compare to Winnipeg for me!


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