3 Great Districts to Eat Like a Local

By Jared Zipman

As a tourist, it can be a daunting activity trying to find the perfect hot spot for a social get-together or a pleasant family outing. You might prefer affordability, you might prefer divine taste, and some of you will simply say “I’m good for whatever.” So, if you’re in the mood for some food, you’ve come to the right place.

Winnipeg, as it’s popularly known for, is a great multicultural city. There are many cultures of the world combined into one tight-knit city, and this is heavily expressed in its cuisine. From Middle-Eastern to Italian, Japanese and other Asian-inspired restaurants, to Brazilian and Chilean dining, we have some great eats to satisfy any craving. Let’s get to it. I’ll try to keep it brief, so you can finish reading and go out eating.

The Forks Market

The Common at The Forks Market

One great place to start for a mix of almost everything, is The Forks Market. It boasts a brand new food court featuring The Common, a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Restaurants encompassing this court include Skinners World-Famous Hotdogs. Originally based out of Lockport, Manitoba, Skinners has happily found a home in the Forks Market to offer its tasty burgers, fries, and smokies. 

Maybe you’re not in the mood for a full meal, or maybe the kids want to explore their sweet tooth, the Neon Cone has a plethora of flavours of hard and soft ice-cream.

The Exchange District

Stepping away from The Forks, because I could go on and on about that forever, one of my favourite spots in the city is the Exchange District. This historic district has always been a cultural hub for festivals and food.

Middle Eastern Shawarma Khan, Canadian Smoke’s Poutinerie, the British inspired King’s Head Pub, Japanese Chosabi, or South American Hermanos Restaurant. You could spend weeks exploring the food around there.

Shawarma Khan If you’re in the mood for some tabouli, beef, lamb or chicken shawarmas, and want to eat at a former Blue Bombers’ restaurant, then head to the corner of Albert and McDermot for a tasty and quite filling meal.

Poutine in a takout container Smoke’s Poutinerie What’s more Canadian than poutine, eh? With a mix of specialty poutines, from Philly cheesesteak, pierogi, double and triple pork, or the simple  cheese curds and gravy! Smokes will surely satisfy.

 King’s Head Pub Where the beer never stops flowing and the curry fries are a must. One of the Exchange’s oldest establishments, the King’s Head has been a popular  destination for decades. The Big Khanuja burger is to die for by the way, as long as you go on an empty stomach.

A sushi burrito from Chosabi in Winnipeg Chosabi Have you heard of a sushi burrito? If not, now you have, and you have GOT to try Chosabi’s food. Basically imagine a roll of  sushi, magnified into the size of a wrap. Your taste buds will thank me.

Hermanos If you’ve got a bit of a bigger budget, and maybe want more of a high-end restaurant feel, Hermanos will take care of that. With a mix of individual and tapas style South American food, I’d say it’s best to go in a bigger group so that you can at least sample a bit of everything.

Osborne Village

A short walk from downtown and The Forks, is Osborne Village. There are quite literally too many restaurants to mention as they keep popping up all over the place.

Delicious Asian fusion dish from local Winnipeg restaurantFrom the Toad in the Hole Pub, Buccacino's, Kawaii Crepe, The Cornerstone, Spicy Noodle House, Carlos & Murphy’s, and the list goes on. I dare you to take a walk and NOT find something to eat.

Surely I could write a novel based off the food of Winnipeg, it’s one thing I’d highly miss if I were to ever move; however, I hope you’ve been given a slight glimpse as to what Winnipeg will be able to offer to you, and I strongly urge you to go out and try anything.

It’s hard to eat wrong in this city.