Winnipeg has really come into its own as an art and design destination. In the past few years a dedicated Design Quarter Winnipeg curated experience has been put together, which offers visitors an interactive map allowing them to explore the most exciting eateries, indie boutiques, galleries, vintage stores, and all manner of cool businesses located there. Here’s how to enjoy a perfect day in the Design Quarter Winnipeg from breakfast right through to dinner.
Breakfast at Clementine Cafe. The food here is just amazing, and as a consequence you should get here as early as possible to avoid having to wait for a table. Order up a plate of duck chilaquiles (duck confit served on a bed of tortilla chips with tomatillo, avocado crema, spicy sauce, and a fried egg) or arctic char with potato cakes, and wash it down with a delicious boozy cocktail to start your day off right. (Don’t drink alcohol with breakfast? No problem, the coffee there is great too!)
Meet an artist. Lennard Taylor‘s store/ gallery showcases his artwork and gorgeous clothing designs. Taylor was one of the first creators to move into the historic Exchange District, before it became the design hub that it now is, and is a fabulous ambassador for all the great stuff happening in this area.
Grab a donut. Refuel with coffee and a treat from Bronuts, where the donuts sell out every single day because they are just THAT good.
Gallery Hop. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art on display in the world, as well as a sizeable collection of old masters – and these are creatively displayed alongside each other. There are also smaller independent galleries throughout the Design Quarter Winnipeg where you may find something you want to take home – check out the Fleet Galleries which specializes in emerging local artists.
Stop for a sandwich. The house-smoked meat hot-pressed sandwiches (and veggie options) at Miss Brown’s are absolutely delicious. They also do all-day brunch, and serve great coffee.
Visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. This incredible building is worth visiting for the architecture alone, but contains compelling and emotional stories that can provoke a visceral reaction (especially in the holocaust gallery). Be sure to take the elevator to the top of the tower to check out 360 degree views of the city.
Shop for unique finds. All throughout the Design District Winnipeg you’ll find boutiques stocking everything from jewelry (Hilary Druxman‘s stuff is gorgeous), stationary, clothing, hats, books, and all manner of vintage gear from clothing to furniture.
Spoil yourself with dinner at Deer + Almond. Local chef Mandel Hitzer is famous for the inventive homestyle dishes he creates, and eating at his restaurant is an essential Winnipeg experience. The menu changes often, but expect to see local ingredients turned into hearty and delicious meals that you’ll rave about to friends.