If you're not from Winnipeg, food may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Manitoba's capital city. But if you're a Winnipegger, whether a newcomer or long-established, you probably already realize that our city has an incredible food scene.
If not (or even if so), it's time to get out and explore some of the delicious restaurants that add their own unique flavour and flair to the heartbeat of the prairies! From food trucks to fine dining to flavourful fusions of every kind, Winnipeg has it all, and nowhere is this more evident than in downtown Winnipeg.
Meandering along the Exchange District's winding streets, you'll be hard-pressed to go more than half a block without stumbling across a restaurant, café, or bistro that beckons you in with tantalizing aromas. Likely, you'll find yourself returning to the area time and again to pick up where you left off and discover what further culinary delights await.
While narrowing down the top places to eat in Winnipeg's Exchange is a challenge, our team at Globe Property Management has done our best. Without further ado, here are our recommendations for the best restaurants downtown Winnipeg, MB has to offer in 2023:
Address: 123 Princess St.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily
Cuisine: Breakfast and brunch; international
If you enjoy one-of-a-kind breakfast and brunch dining and are able to roll out of bed before 2 p.m. on any given day of the week, make your way down to Clementine on Princess to start your day off with pizazz. Trendy yet cozy and defined by a friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere, Clementine serves up a diverse array of flavourful morning dishes.
From twists on Latin American and Middle Eastern plates (like Chorizo Verde Tostada and Turkish Eggs) to elevated Canadian classics (like Braised Bacon Benedict and Smoked Arctic Char—which, incidentally, comes with a to-die-for horseradish crème fraiche and cured dill cucumbers), each offering on Clementine's succinct yet delightful menu is lovingly made with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented with the utmost attention to detail.
Vegetarian? No problem. House classics like Mushroom Toast and Kale Caesar Salad (with smoked dates!) will please your palate and can easily be modified for vegan diners as well. Unique breakfast cocktails like The Morning Helper and The Dude are house favourites, but you can also order one-of-a-kind hot or cold beverages made to order sans liquor if it's a workday.
There's always a line at Clementine, so be sure to arrive early(ish) and relax while you wait for a table.
Address: 100 King St.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; closed on weekends
Cuisine: Lunch and dinner; Japanese, Korean
If you haven't yet dined at Chosabi, home of the sushi burrito, you haven't really lived. While a sushi burrito may initially sound unfathomable, Chosabi's creations (wrapped in nori seaweed instead of a tortilla shell) are actually dangerously delicious. Create your own blend of Japanese, South Korean, and/or Chinese flavours (choose from a variety of proteins, veggies, toppings, crunches, and sauces) or opt for a tried and true Chosabi classic like the Happy Buddha or the California Sumo.
Not in the mood for an Asian-inspired burrito? Instead, sample a classic bowl (our favourites are the Pacman Special, which includes Filipino sausage and Tocino, and the K-Pop Bowl, which features rice, bulgogi sauce, red peppers, pickled radish, spicy Korean miso aioli, cucumbers, and a fried egg) or a poke bowl (tuna and salmon, shrimp, or tofu).
Chosabi's casual yet trendy atmosphere invites a fun dine-in experience, but the restaurant is also perfect for take-out or catering.
Address: 78 Donald St.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays
Cuisine: Lunch and dinner; Thai
If authentic Thai food gets your mouth watering, then look no further than Thida's Thai on Donald. Featuring menu items from both northern and southern Thailand, you'll find a sumptuous selection of soups, salads, curries, noodle dishes, rolls, and much more.
Among our favourites at Thida's are the classic Pad Thai, the Matsaman Curry, and rolls of any kind with plenty of house-made peanut sauce (yummmm). Whether you're heading out for a casual lunch or dinner with friends or want to order in, Thida's Thai is a must-try.
Address: 100 King St. D
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays
Cuisine: Lunch; sandwiches
Do you enjoy sandwiches and appreciate creative, inspired grub? If so, you're going to love King + Bannatyne's outrageously delicious food. House-cured meats, thick-cut rye, and sauces that offer an explosion of flavour with every bite define this small yet mighty sandwich shop that has gained a city-wide reputation for house classics like The River City Brisket sandwich, The King + Bann BLT, and the Jalapeno Pineapple BBQ Jackfruit sandwich (vegan). Lunch only.
Address: 283 Bannatyne Ave.
Hours: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday
Cuisine: Lunch and dinner; French-inspired farm-to-table
Established in 2010, Peasant Cookery quickly became one of Winnipeg's most popular independent restaurants. Its locally sourced and extensive menu offers a wide selection of French-inspired dishes (Moules Frites, Onion Soup, Escargot Vol Au Vent), French-Canadian-inspired dishes (Poutine, Tourtière), and Canadian and international plates such as Lakeshore Pickerel and many other meat-based, vegetarian, and vegan options (Vegan Mac and Cheese, anyone?).
Rustic and warm, yet chicly so, Peasant Cookery's ambience is upscale but not snobby. A wine, beer, and craft cocktail menu offers the perfect pairings for your food menu selections.
Exploring the incredible restaurants in Winnipeg's Exchange District easily becomes part of your lifestyle when you live downtown. Browse Globe Property Management's portfolio of downtown Winnipeg apartments to find the perfect place to call home today!