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The best of Winnipeg
Winnipeg may be one of Canada’s smaller capital cities but it punches above its weight with its culturally diverse neighbourhoods, booming arts scene and bevy of boundary-pushing restaurants. The city’s location at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers made it an important settlement for early indigenous populations and, later, a centre for European fur trading and a key stopover point for the country’s first transcontinental railway. The Peg’s rich heritage can be felt in its well-preserved historic neighbourhoods and in the varied mix of people that call it home. The city’s eclectic cultural makeup is also at the heart of its exciting restaurant scene, which sees many chefs reviving the local culinary traditions of the past and others incorporating influences from across the globe. The opening of the high-profile Canadian Museum for Human Rights has helped shine the spotlight on the city’s arts and culture scene, which has long been worthy of greater attention. Now is the time to visit Winnipeg, before the rest of the world discovers just how much this city has going for it. Here are the very best things to do while you’re in town. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
It’s unlikely Winnipeg tops your list of Canada’s most exciting culinary destinations, but the truth is that the food scene in Manitoba’s capital might just be one of the Great White North’s best-kept secrets, making dining at each one of the best restaurants in Winnipeg a very necessary thing to do while in town. The last decade has ushered in an explosion of chef-driven restaurants in the Peg that could easily go toe-to-toe with some of Vancouver or Toronto’s most celebrated eateries. Some chefs play with cooking styles and ingredients from around the world while others highlight the region’s own culinary heritage and local bounty. Balancing out these new and hip restaurants are stalwart neighbourhood favourites that have been beloved by locals for decades, as well as convivial gathering places where the wholesome food and inviting environment reflect the city’s famously friendly spirit. Here are the top local eateries.