Eight super restaurants in Downtown Winnipeg
Trying to choose a restaurant, café, pub, or bakery? These eight are some of the best in downtown Winnipeg!
Sensi Wine Lounge
Located above Tre Visi in the Theatre District, Sensi is a chic restaurant with fantastic décor. Sensi offers small sharing plates with Italian flavours and an impressive wine list complete with “wine flights,” or selections of three wine samples. Must-haves: Gnocchi al pesto (gnocchi with creamy pesto), pepperoni farciti (ricotta and mushroom stuffed pequillo peppers), mandorle dorate (roasted almonds with sea salt).
The Peasant Cookery features “real food from the land,” with a mix of European- and Canadian-inspired fare sure to please any crowd. The heritage building itself is beautiful, and as you wait for your meal to arrive you can admire the jars of pickled items lining the huge windows. Must-haves: Charcuterie (a selection of meats and pates), beet salad (with goat cheese and arugula), poutine (made with Bothwell cheese), cornmeal-crusted pickerel, French 75 (champagne cocktail).
The Fox and Fiddle
Taking up residence in an old bank, this pub is worth a visit just to see the marble pillars and black-and-white photographs on the walls. But it also happens to have an extensive (and delicious) menu, and it’s a popular place for locals to stop by after a busy day at the office. Must-haves: Spinach / cheese / bacon dip, chicken and cheese quesadilla, famous wings.
The place to be for vegans and vegetarians, Mondragon is a bookstore, grocery store, and coffeehouse all rolled into one. It also frequently hosts a variety of events, from book launches to music shows and more. Must-haves: Hummus platter, BLT (made with tofu), roti.
Arguably serving the best cupcakes in the city, Cake-ology is a tiny bakery where you can order to-go. This bakery uses local ingredients and makes everything from scratch. Stop by Cake-ology for some dessert after having dinner at any of the nearby restaurants in the Exchange District! Must-haves: Red velvet cupcake, any cupcake flavour-of-the-day, vanilla cakette.
Charisma of India
This is reasonably-priced, tasty Indian cuisine at its best! The atmosphere at Charisma is very comfortable and there are countless options to choose from. Be sure to check out the lunch buffet for a little sample of many dishes. Must-haves: Palak paneer (spinach and home-made cheese cooked in cream and spices), channa masala (chickpea curry), butter chicken.
Stella’s Café and Bakery
A classic breakfast spot for many, Stella’s offers all-day breakfast as well as lunch and dinner options. Enjoy healthy meals cooked with local and sustainable ingredients at this café, and purchase a loaf of bread to take home with you when you’re finished your meal. Must-haves: Café breakfast, house salad, vegetarian sandwich (with hummus, cream cheese and veggies).
Elements: The Restaurant
Another restaurant focusing on local, sustainable ingredients, Elements is located at the University of Winnipeg but serves the wider downtown community. This is an ideal place to go for a lunch meeting or after-work drinks and nibbles. Must-haves: Nachos, green salad, the burger (with locally-raised beef).
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. She writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World, is the Executive Director of the Food Label Movement, and is the Dig In Coordinator / Acting Youth Outreach Coordinator / Development Coordinator for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan is a freelance writer and editor as well as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She enjoys taking in the theatre and culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.
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