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As the iconic Winnipeg neighbourhood of Osborne Village changes and evolves over the years, it remains a top destination for shopping, dining and nightlife. Around the corner on Broadway, there are a number of tours to top off your shopping day in the Peg.
Previously named as one of the top neighbourhoods in Canada, Osborne Village is a hip and trendy area of Winnipeg that is known for its collection of local boutiques and eateries. It’s easy to spend a few hours here browsing the shops and trying some of Winnipeg’s best cuisine.
Osborne intersects another one of Winnipeg’s famous streets; Broadway; where a long stretch of restaurants, public art and businesses await. Broadway is also where you’ll find a self-guided audio tour and the highly rated Hermetic Code Tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Start your day in Osborne Village, where you can shop Japanese specialty items, plants, clothing, housewares and more.
Stop into village institutions like Wild Planet (band tees and poster), Gags Unlimited (costumes and party decor) and The Happy Cooker (kitchen goods) or, browse through trendy boutiques like Shop Take Care (gently used and new clothing), Unique Bunny (Japanese imported products) and Small Mercies (jewelry and floral arrangements).
Osborne Village also has a plethora of options for a full day’s worth of dining. Start with a coffee from Little Sister Coffee Maker or a freshly squeezed juice from Green Carrot. Lunch or dinner options include Sous Sol (for a swanky atmosphere and gourmet dishes), A Little Pizza Heaven (known for their signature garlic crust), Carlo’s & Murphy’s (a popular local haunt for margaritas and Mexican cuisine) and Pho Hoang (a newer addition to the block with an amazing atmosphere).
For dessert, choose between a decadent slice of cake from Baked Expectations, a specialty chocolate drink from Chocoberry or a nutella-filled crepe from Kawaii Crepe.
Next, continue down Osborne until you reach another famed Winnipeg street: Broadway. Here, you will find even more restaurants, cafes and eateries, as well as several tour options.
Available from the app store, the Wicked to Riches Broadway Walking Tour is a 90-minute self-guided audio tour of Broadway that will enthrall you with outrageous stories from Winnipeg’s dastardly past, offering food and drink recommendations along the way.
Or, head to the Manitoba Legislative Building for what might just be Winnipeg’s most fascinating tour. Created and led by Dr. Frank Albo, the Hermetic Code Tour reveals some of the greatest secrets and mysteries of the landmark. Forget what you think you know about an architectural or historical tour and experience an extraordinary journey into the order of freemasonry, revealing the art, symbolism and numerology that makes this building an astounding masterpiece in the city’s history.
Celebrate Canada Day at Winnipeg’s largest and longest-running street festival. On July 1, thousands gather as Osborne Street is transformed with street vendors, concerts, beer gardens, food trucks and more.
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