Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Winnipeg That Will Make You Say WOW

Posted May 23, 2024 | Author Breanne Sewards

Winnipeg is a foodie city where you can - and should - expect to eat well. Whether you're a breakfast person, a lunch person, a dinner person, or all three, these are the spots you need to check out for a full day of eating in the 'Peg.

A full day of dining starts on the west side of Winnipeg for a nourishing and delicious 'toast' to the morning. Then, head downtown to try one of Canada's most iconic foods. Last, dine in style at one the city's newest restaurants, which brings a culinary legacy to downtown Winnipeg.

For more ideas on where to eat during your stay in Winnipeg, visit WOW Hospitality.

Toast to the Day at Bluestone Cottage

If your stay includes popular attractions and events located on the west side of the city such as Assiniboine Park Zoo, The Leaf, Red River Ex or Assiniboia Downs...this is the breakfast spot for you! True to its name, Bluestone Cottage feels like a sweet summer cottage, with attention to detail throughout like gorgeous blue tiling along the coffee bar.

The best way to start the day is with both a coffee and a cold drink - so be sure to pair your specialty caffeine beverage of choice with a smoothie or freshly squeezed juice. Or, try the best of both worlds with the Frappa Smoothie - espresso, ice, vanilla and cane sugar.

Thrice the Sourdough

The chef-inspired menu features classic and elevated breakfast dishes for whatever mood you're in. In our case, it was all about toast—goat cheese and apricot toast (tart meets sweet—delicious), 'very' French toast (cinnamon sugar, vanilla custard, fruit compote—need we say more) and shakshuka (baked eggs, garlic tomato sauce, chickpeas, kale, veggies, feta, and buttered sourdough toast—a savoury dish to complement the rest of our sweet meal).

On your way out, be sure to stop by the bakery counter for fresh pastries on the go.

Local Lunch in the Exchange

Next, head downtown to continue exploring Winnipeg. Here, you'll find the historic Exchange District - an outstanding collection of 150 heritage buildings within 20 city blocks. First, join a heritage walking tour with the Exchange District Biz to learn the fascinating history and mysteries of this Winnipeg neighbourhood. Then, shop an array of local businesses or continue learning at the Manitoba Museum - where science, history and nature collide.

Once you've worked up an appetite, pop into Peasant Cookery, which is centrally located in the neighbourhood next to The Cube at Old Market Square (host to top summer festivals like the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival).

Sit outside on the sunny patio and watch the world go by, or head inside to dine in the rustic-chic space. Peasant Cookery is one of the best places in the city to try local fare as they maintain a strong house-made philosophy. Their house-cured meats and pickled vegetables adorn many dishes.

Grab a fresh and light salad or opt for bistro fare like the lemon pickerel bacon sandwich - a great opportunity to try a local fish (aka walleye).

Must-try: Poutine

Wondering where to try poutine in Winnipeg? Peasant Cookery's poutine is one of the best in the city because of its quality ingredients - hand-cut fries, bacon gravy and white cheddar cheese curds - the makings of a truly delicious and authentic poutine!

529 With a Twist

Whether your afternoon finds you at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights or with plans to catch a show at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, it makes sense to stick around the downtown area for dinner.

If you've dined in Winnipeg before, you might know about the legendary 529 Wellington, one of Winnipeg's finest dining institutions. Now, it's easy to experience the 529 experience without leaving downtown. 529 Uptown is like 529 Wellington's stylish younger sister with added Japanese fusion flair.

The atmosphere is cool and cosmopolitan and features fun, modern touches like light-up menus.

Roasted with honey balsamic and garlic aioli, 529’s brussels sprouts are a tasty option to ease your appetite into the evening. Then, grab a few small plates to share - the duck nachos offer a refreshing, crunchy flavour of Asian fusion while 529's iconic onion ring tower (half) are a tried and true classic.

To keep things light and crisp, any one of their salads will not disappoint. The beet salad will have you trying to guess the secret ingredient in their tantalizing salad dressing! Tuscan greens, orange, sweet shiitake, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a carrot ginger's the perfect palette transition from appetizer to main course.

A Sandwich to Write Home About

The star of the show comes last but not least with the wagyu pastrami sandwich! A thick cut 70 hour, sous vide Brant Lake brisket with brioche toast and a wasabi mayo as a finishing goes without saying, this is a melt-in-your-mouth, unforgettable sandwich.

The service at 529 is impeccable and their wait staff are more than willing to recommend excellent wine, drink and zero proof mocktail pairings for your meal…try the French 75!

Room for dessert after a full day of eating?

The yuzu pavlova is a light and fresh finish to this culinary adventure. Enjoy yuzu curd, meringue, caramelized hazelnut and strawberry compote a sweet send off to this flavourful, fun fusion food experience.

Visit WOW Hospitality to find even more restaurants to add to your list for your next visit to Winnipeg.

Happy eating and exploring!

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at

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