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Winnipeg Shopping Guide: The 5 Top Shopping Districts in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Shopping

Top Winnipeg shopping can be found here, in the Exchange District (Photo: Travel Manitoba)

Exploring Winnipeg’s shopping scene is a fantastic way to experience the diversity of the city. Locally owned and operated boutiques are as unique as the neighbourhoods they call home, from trendy Osborne Village to upscale Academy Road. Below, our local experts take you on a Winnipeg shopping tour, hitting the top five Winnipeg shopping districts and suggesting stores that will let you get the most out your excursion.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: Osborne Village (Photo: Oggie Dog)

Where to shop in Osborne Village

Osborne Village is one of the most vibrant ’hoods in Winnipeg, thanks to the shopping available at trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants that cater to cool people of all ages. The three-block strip is a hotbed for local businesses, where legendary Winnipeg shops exist alongside promising newcomers. Don’t miss:

• Silver Lotus. A neighbourhood staple populated by conversation-starting cocktail rings and gorgeous statement necklaces. 103 Osborne St., 204-452-3648, silverlotus.biz, map and reviews.

• Desart. Unmissable with its iconic cloud awning, Desart is a long-standing boutique stocking one-of-a-kind gifts. 117 Osborne St., 204-284-0823, desartwinnipeg.com, map and reviews.

• The Canister. A must-stop for coffee lovers. The city’s first coffee specialty storeoffers over 60 varieties of regular and flavoured coffee beans, and more than 100 kinds of tea. 121 Osborne St., 204-474-0407, map and reviews.

• The Happy Cooker. This cheery kitchen supplies shop has been keeping Winnipeg cooks happy for 30 years. Stop in for gadgets, kitchenware and gourmet ingredients. 464 Stradbrook Ave., 204-453-2665, thehappycooker.ca.

• Roger Watson Jewellers, David Rice Jewelry, Objects, Marty’s Diamond and Gold Exchange. Osborne Village is one of the best Winnipeg shopping destinations for jewellery seekers, as these five prominent stores—all housed within two blocks of one another—prove.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: Corydon-Lilac (Photo: Jezz)

Where to shop in Corydon-Lilac

Upscale boutiques and opulent galleries speckle the converging Lilac and Corydon strips. Originally Winnipeg’s Little Italy, this district has become diversified over recent years, and is now home to more sushi than manicotti. 

• Uomo Casuale Clothing for Men. Uomo has been suiting dapper men for 20 years. Here, slick Massani leather jackets are cashmere lined for cozy comfort. Grooms will find attentive service as they prepare for their big day. 60 Coryden Ave., 204-475-7244.

• A French Touch. Fashionistas will fall in love with this elegant shop’s fashion-forward accessories and gorgeous bags by designers from Spain, Italy and France. 651 Corydon Ave., 204-415-2088, map and reviews.

• Room for Style Interiors. Classic and contemporary furnishings co-exist in a stunning showroom. Hit up Room for Style for blinds, furnishing and fun décor accents. 875 Corydon Ave., 204-287-8833, roomforstyleinteriors.com.

• Radiance Gifts and Books. Manitoba’s go-to for all things metaphysical, including wellness products, health books and jewellery that employs the beauty and power of crystals. 875 Corydon Ave., 204-284-4231, radiancegifts.com.

• Soul Shoes. Footwear fanatics kick up their heels at Soul Shoes, which carries chic footwear from the likes of Steve Madden and Sam Edelman. 167 Lilac St., 204-452-7685, soulshoes.ca.

• Whodunit? Readers find the perfect retreat at this quaint bookshop curated by avid mystery-loving owners. 165 Lilac St., 204-284-9100, whodunitcanada.com, map and reviews.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: dresses on display at Cheryl Renee on Academy Road

Where to shop in Academy Road

One of Winnipeg’s most glamorous promenades, Academy Road hosts an array of high-end fashion boutiques and extraordinary décor and gift stores. The old road, built in 1903, was originally named for St. Mary’s Academy Catholic School for girls, which still anchors the east end of the strip today. 

• Divine and Conquer. Offers stylish looks for women by Canadian designers such as Lennard Taylor, Thieves and Narcissist. 400 Academy Rd., 204-415-7656, divineandconquer.ca.

• Tiber River. This is the spot to spoil yourself. Pick up locally made lotions, face washes and bath salts, as well as natural fragrant body products. 408 Acadamy Rd., 204-474-2333, tiberriver.ca, map and reviews.

• Lake Life. Offering a taste of cottage country, Lake Life stocks women’s clothing for relaxing and entertaining, as well as garden accessories, linens, tableware and rustic décor pieces. 440 Academy Rd., 204-256-9875, map and reviews.

• Moulé. This Academy Road flagship is an ultra-chic, upscale boutique that stocks on-trend designer fashion and modern home accent pieces. 443 Academy Rd., 204-488-1891, moulestores.com, map and reviews.

• Cheryl Renee. For brilliant frocks (pictured above), Cheryl Renee’s dashing boutique delivers statement cocktail dresses, smart casuals and professional looks for women size four through 16. 540 Academy Rd., 204-488-3123, Facebook page.

• Sharon’s Linens and Gifts. The perfect place to find exquisite china, crystal, vases and table linens. Bring home one of the exquisite pewter picture frames or delicate pieces of silverware. 540 Academy Rd., 204-48-4451, sharonslinensandgifts.com, map and reviews.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: The Forks Market (Photo: Travel Manitoba

Where to shop in The Forks

Once a meeting place for fur traders, today The Forks—at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers—is a top draw for travellers to Winnipeg. Buzzing with year-round events, the adjacent Forks Market is home to great restaurants and tempting shops. We recommend the cinnamon bun from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co. and Deli as a great way to fuel up before hitting the shops. 

• Bayshore Gifts in Glass. Located one floor above street level, this charming shop sells hand-blown bottle stoppers and sparkling jewellery. 1 Forks Market Rd., second floor, 204-415-7228, bayshoregifts.ca.

• Pylon. The spot where cool cats satisfy their pop-culture cravings. Choose between Betty Boop purses, miniature guitars and record albums that double as art. 1 Forks Market Rd., second floor, 204-943-6087, pylonthestore.com.

• The Forks Trading Company. This visitors’ favourite stocks made-in-Manitoba souvenirs, including hand-shaped pottery, stained glass, exquisite quilts and stone carvings inside its 2,000-square-foot space. 1 Forks Market Rd., second floor, 204-949-1785, Facebook page.

• Wah-sa Gallery. There’s more great shopping to be found inside the Johnston Terminal, located just adjacent to the Forks Market. Purchase, or simply walk around and take in, the awe-inspiring handcraftsmanship of the Aboriginal art featured in the Wah-sa Gallery. 25 Forks Market Rd., Johnston Terminal, first floor, 204-942-5121, wahsa.mb.ca, map and reviews.

• Artifacts Gallery. Contemporary metalwork and silversmith pieces are on display at this alcove shop that specializes in the works of Manitoba craftspeople. 25 Forks Market Rd., Johnston Terminal, first floor, 204-949-1222, Facebook page, map and reviews.

• Kite and Kaboodle. Those shopping with or for little ones will want to stop by this colourful toy store, which carries brands such as Playmobil, Ravensburger and a giant selection of Lego. 25 Forks Market Rd., Johnston Terminal, second floor, 204-942-2800, kiteandkaboodle.com, map and reviews.

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Top Winnipeg shopping districts: The Exchange (Photo: Garry9600)

Where to shop in
The Exchange District

The Exchange District has an eclectic vibe with its historic buildings that house quaint boutiques and eateries. Once filled with horse-drawn carriages, this well-aged area is bursting with hidden stories, an artistic community and many shopping choices—particularly along the main drag of McDermot Avenue.

• U.N. Luggage. Stock up on natural leather purses and handbags by Aunts & Uncles. Most products are handcrafted with vegetable-tanned, sun-dried premium leather. 175 McDermot Ave., 204-943-1068, unluggage.com, map and reviews.

• Ragpickers Antifashion Emporium. This Winnipeg institution houses funky vintage clothing of all kinds. Also on offer: wigs, rare books, costumes and more. 216 McDermot Ave., 204-942-7992, Facebook page, map and reviews.

• Warehouse Artworks. Crafts by local artists line the floor and walls, with eye-catching Manitoba scenes at every turn. Many of the paintings are framed, so come ready to take home a wall-worthy souvenir. 222 McDermot Ave., 204-943-1681, Facebook page, map and reviews.

• Into the Music. Audiophiles will want to spend some time rifling through the stacks at Winnipeg’s best independent record store. Awaiting them are many out-of-print collectibles and a huge vinyl selection. 245 McDermot Ave., 204-287-8279, intothemusic.ca, map and reviews.

• Tara Davis Studio Boutique. Peruse shelves filled with textile art, quirky notebooks and reworked vintage jewellery by the store’s irreverent namesake designer. 246 McDermot Ave., 204-504-8272, taradavis.ca.

• Hilary Druxman. Pick up modern, minimalist pieces at the flagship location of this popular Winnipeg jewellery designer. Most of the items are made in the workshop behind the store. 258 McDermot Ave., 204-947-1322, hilarydruxman.com, map and reviews.

• Toad Hall Toys. Over on Arthur Street, take in the charm and whimsy of Manitoba’s largest and oldest independent toy store. You can also pick up gadgets and toys imported from over 50 countries. 54 Arthur St., 204-956-2195, toadhalltoys.com, map and reviews.


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