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Frequent Flyers Pick the Best of Winnipeg

Altitude Community members share their favourite places to eat, drink and play in Winnipeg.

THE BEST PLACES TO EAT

Fusion Grill

Fusion Grill

Photo: Courtesy of Fusion Grill

“The food was superb. I had the Caesar salad to start, and it was the best. Main course was the bison filet mignon. The spice combination was perfect. I highly recommend this place. Reservations recommended.”

550 Academy Rd., Winnipeg, 204-489-6963, fusiongrill.mb.ca
From “Best Restaurants in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Robert E.

 

V.J.'s Drive Inn
“Situated across the street from the train station in the heart of downtown, this small joint can play a trick on you with its shoddy appearance. Don't believe it. They serve the best burgers in town with succulent roasted patties served with chili and French fries that will make you salivate. Take a seat outside and enjoy the delicious food.”

170 Main St., Winnipeg, 204-943-2655
From “Best Burgers in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Pavel T.

 

 

Boon Burger

Boon Burger

Photo: Courtesy of Boon Burger

“I could eat here every day, and I’m not even a vegetarian! I gravitate towards their soups (especially the mushroom), their salads (what is in the house dressing?) and their coconut milk-based soft serve. It's a local chain, but don't discount that: the food is handmade and fresh.”

141 Bannatyne Ave., #100, Winnipeg, 204-504-5394, boonburger.ca
From “Best Places to Eat Within 20 Minutes of Downtown Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Z. Cheung

 

529 Wellington
“I tried this place while in Winnipeg and put it at the very top of my steakhouse list. Everything – from meat to seafood, to sides and desserts – is truly amazing. And the place has great service too! It’s not located right downtown though, but the area is worth a look.”

529 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, 204-487-8325, 529wellington.ca
From “Best Places to Explore in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Vincent H.

 

THE BEST SPOTS FOR A SNACK

Stella's Cafe & Bakery

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Stella's Cafe & Bakery
“A local favourite with multiple locations, Stella’s is a great place to drop in for a hearty breakfast. You must try their jam, which is more like a compote. I've started bringing it home as a gift to my friends and family (it's worth checking in your luggage).”

460 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, 204-772-1556, stellas.ca
From “Best Places to Eat Within 20 Minutes of Downtown Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Z. Cheung

 

Le Croissant
“This fantastic French bakery in the St. Boniface area, in Winnipeg, specializes in croissants. It is operated by a family from Alsace, France. The coconut croissants are especially good. Get there early because they can sometimes run out.”

276 Tache Ave., Winnipeg, 204-237-3536
From “Best French Bakeries in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member J. Bent

THE BEST PLACES TO DRINK

Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea

Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea

Photo: Josh Dookhie

“The best latte in town. Silky, soft, creamy, with good foam. The perfect choice for a sunny summer, rainy autumn or warm spring day.”

64 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, 204-234-5678, thombargen.com
From “Best Lattes in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Pavel T.

 

Prairie 360
“Offering what is arguably the best views of the city, Prairie 360 serves up fantastic cocktails in a comfortable lounge. The drinks menu changes every few months, but they'll make just about anything. One of the very few places in Manitoba where you can get a true sazerac made with proper Peychaud’s Bitters.”

83 Garry St., Winnipeg, 204-505-2681, prairie360.ca
From “Best Places for a Designer Cocktail in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member J. Bent

 


THE BEST CULTURAL SIGHTS

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

“A must-see museum for aviation aficionados. Visit for insights into Canada’s rich aviation history, specifically in Winnipeg. There is a collection of artifacts from Air Canada in the lobby, and you will find an Air Canada Vickers Viscount in the hanger.”

958 Ferry Rd., Winnipeg, 204-786-5503, royalaviationmuseum.com
From “Best Sights in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Shelly R.

 

St. Boniface Cathedral
“The beautiful, historic cathedral – where Louis Riel is buried – is only steps away from incredible downtown views. The church is close to both the Portage Bridge and the village of St. Boniface, home to Winnipeg's French-speaking community. The whole neighbourhood is an awesome place to explore by foot.”

190, avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, 204-233-7304, cathedralestboniface.ca
From “A Lost 20-Year-Old’s Guide to Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Gerrit Wesselink

 

Splash Dash Tours
“Right across from The Forks, you can hop on an hour-long boat tour of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. From here, you'll have a wonderful time seeing all of Winnipeg's sights from the comfort of your own pontoon boat. It's a nice way to see the city from a whole different perspective.”

112-1 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, 204-783-6633, splashdash.ca
From “A Lost 20-Year-Old’s Guide to Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Gerrit Wesselink

THE BEST PLACES TO PLAY OUTSIDE

Red River Mutual Trail

Red River Mutual Trail

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“The Red River Mutual Trail – not the one that is perpetually underwater – is a skating trail replete with temporary ice shelters built as part of an international competition. There are also outdoor spaces where to play hockey and curling. Experience why the locals love ‘Winterpeg.’”

1 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, 204-942-6302, theforks.com/rivertrail
From “Best Places to Take a Deep Breath in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Jocelyn S.

 

Assiniboine Park
“A park that rivals with the better known Stanley Park in Vancouver, Assiniboine Park has great running trails, paved areas for rollerblading and ample picnic areas. Visit the zoo for a chance to see a white bison and polar bears.”

55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, 204-927-6000, assiniboinepark.ca
From “Best Places to Take a Deep Breath in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Jocelyn S.

 

The Forks

The Forks

Photo: Courtesy of The Forks

“One of Winnipeg's most famous and tourist-friendly destinations can be found at the forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Walk along the riverside walkways, or if visiting in the winter, skate on the longest skating surface in the world. Walk to St. Boniface across the Esplanade Riel Bridge.”

1 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, 204-942-6302, theforks.com
From “Best Sights in Winnipeg,” recommended by Altitude Community member Colin Yeung

 

AIR CANADA ENROUTE’S FAVOURITE HOTELS IN WINNIPEG

Fort Garry Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of Fort Garry Hotel

Fort Garry Hotel
Built in 1913 as one of Canada’s grand railway stays, this château-style hotel was declared a national historic site in 1981. Break free from the cold of winter in the Turkish hammam at the upper-level Ten Spa. Surrounded by warm marble and ambient steam, relax with a rose-oil massage designed to give your skin a rehydrating boost.

222 Broadway, Winnipeg, 204-942-8251, fortgarryhotel.com

 

Inn at the Forks
The hotel, built in 2004, is located only a few steps away from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the newly renovated Forks Market. Explore the kiosks at the market’s food court turned gourmet emporium, or get cozy on the banquettes at Smith Restaurant – they’re decorated with quintessentially Canadian striped cushions from the Bay.

75 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, 204-942-6555, innforks.com

 

Mere Hotel
With a multi-coloured, vibrant striped exterior and a prime location overlooking the Red River, Mere is only a short walk from Winnipeg’s major shops, performing-arts venues and galleries of the Exchange District. Book a table at Cibo Waterfront Café – built inside a repurposed water pumping station attached to the hotel – for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner amid exposed brick and industrial masonry. Try the mushroom and pancetta thin-crust pizza, followed by zeppole with mascarpone and cocoa.

333 Waterfront Dr., Winnipeg, 204-594-0333, merehotel.com
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Comments… or add another

Beverley Doolittle

Thursday, October 27th 2016 11:51
Makes me want to jump on the train and go to Winnipeg. So much to see and do.

R.D. MacArthur

Thursday, October 27th 2016 15:11
I wouldn't call St.Boniface a Village !!!!
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