When it comes to eating out, Winnipeg might just be one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. From Canadian, to Russian and Filipino, you’ll find a United Nations of cuisine to choose from.
Not only are the city’s chefs multicultural, they’re also just about everywhere. Winnipeg has the highest percentage of restaurants per capita in Canada so you’re going to be absolutely spoilt for variety.
Excellent bars, restaurant and coffee house establishments are never much further than a few minutes walk if you are in downtown areas, but do a little research and you can everything from secret dinners to pop-up restaurants on frozen rivers.
Overlooking the river at The Forks you’ll find a large concentration of buzzing restaurants and bars. Within is The Forks Market, a popular foodie haunt where you can sample everything from Sri Lankan curries to hashbrown poutine.
Just north of The Forks is The Exchange District, Winnipeg’s nightlife hub. Scattered along Main Street and Bannatyne Avenue you’ll find food and drink well into the night.
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Many people that only have time for one meal in Winnipeg choose for it to be at Segovia. Home of tasty Spanish tapas, you’ll realise just why Segovia is a Winnipeg highlight when you taste the ever-changing seasonal menu. Though the food here gets top marks, be warned that Segovia does get busy and unfortunately does not take bookings so be early.
South of the Assiniboine River you’ll find Sous Sol. Located in a hidden basement, once you step downstairs you’ll be a world away from the outside. With jazz playing on the stereo, the charming candlelit atmosphere makes Sous Sol feel as much like a bar as it does a restaurant and the friendly team certainly do a great job making cocktails.
If ‘local’ and ‘organic’ are two words you love to read in a menu then look no further than Fusion Grill. One of the pioneers of modern Manitoba cuisine, almost everything in the kitchen is made from scratch. Despite the name of the restaurant and the popularity of the elk and bison dishes, there’s plenty on the menu for vegetarians too.
Marion Street Eatery
Cross the river from The Forks and trek up to St. Boniface for some no-fuss Canadian fare. Marion Street is a perfect little diner for people watching and serves up delicious comfort dishes using local Manitoba ingredients. For a treat try the cinnamon sugar bannock, a somewhat cross between a biscuit and a donut.
With a handy central location in The Exchange District, Peasant Cookery has long been a standout for good quality international fare. The every changing menu has a rustic farm-food vibe and is based around fresh seasonal ingredients, while the décor is cosy and unpretentious.