Winnipeg shopping is at its best if you are looking for something unique. To splash out on a souvenier with local flavour, start by trawling the streets of Winnipeg’s downtown shopping districts. Home to a large number of boutiques stocked with hard-to-find items, the “L” shaped area of Corydon Avenue and Osborne Street make a great starting point for a shopping tour of the city.
Winnipeg’s malls can also be a nice refuge on a cold day and is where you’ll find all manner of international and national designer labels.
Foodies, you shouldn’t miss a trip to one of the city’s 13 food markets with a spot os shopping as the main course..
For big name buys
Polo Park Shopping Centre
Winnipeg is home to three main malls – St. Vital, Portage Place and Polo Park. Polo Park is definitely the pick if you are looking for variety, being the largest of the three. Home to most of the big chain stores you’ll find across North America such as Apple, Disney, Gap and Sears, Polo Park also has a food court with an excellent variety of restaurants to choose from.
The mall is open until 9pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.
Address - 1485 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0W4
Find local flavours
The Forks Market
The Forks Market is a definite must-stop in Winnipeg with plenty of great gems to be found in its around 75 shops. Food is one of it’s best attractions with all sorts of artisanal stalls offering souvenier ready items such as maple teas, Manitoba-raised meats including elk and bison, and gourmet Canadian cheeses.
Handmade goods are another popular buy, with Forks Trading Company selling a range of beautifully crafted merchandise such as knitted goods and jewellery.
Address - 1 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9
Dress to impress
Men are far too often neglected when it comes to the fashion options but not in Winnipeg. Hanford Drewitt is renowned for its meticulously crafted and classic designed outfits and even has an in-store tailor.
Made-to-measure suits, jackets, trousers and vests are all on offer, as well as off the rack items that can be altered to your specifications without extra charge.
Address - 354 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C
Winnipegger's don’t take themselves too seriously, so it’s no wonder that the quirky Urban Wares store is a local favourite. Selling fun fashion such as printed socks and comical t-shirts from local designers, Urban Wares is a great place to pick up something both light hearted and light on the wallet. Other popular purchases include The Simpsons badges, and accessories including jewellery, wallets and sunglasses.
Address - 187 Osborne St, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Z2
Go to Market
St Norbert Farmers’ Market
If The Forks market is all a bit too touristy for you, brush up against the locals at the city’s biggest market, St Norbert Farmers’ Market. A favourite for almost 30 years, St Norbert sells fresh food including meats, preserves and baked products made almost exclusively in Manitoba. It’s worth a visit just for the sights, with people from all over the state congregating together every Saturday and Wednesday during warmer months of the year.
Address - 3514 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3V 1A1