Downtown dinners: a foodie’s guide to downtown Winnipeg

There are a ton of amazing things about living and working downtown; we’re close to all of the Winnipeg Jets action, never have to fight for a parting spot at the Cenntennial Concert Hall (we just walk over), and we can run pretty much all of our errands without ever going outside (the skywalks are so fabulous). The best part though is the seemingly endless list of fabulous restaurants just steps from our door!

Our team has been going above and beyond, conducting some painstaking market research to find the best eats downtown. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Here’s a list of our top five favourite downtown dinner spots so far:

Peasant Cookery (100 – 283 Bannatyne Ave)oysters-1958668_640

Fact: It’s impossible to have a bad meal at Peasant Cookery. This Wow! Hospitality restaurant serves classic French comfort dishes with the chef’s signature twist. Their onion soup will bring tears to your eyes (it’s so good!) and they have the best charcuterie, and cheese selection in the province. We love the tourtiére, mussels and fries, and gnocchi. The absolute best though is their ‘buck a shuck’ oysters on Wednesday evenings. Bonus points if it’s a warm summer night and you score a spot on their patio looking over Old Market Square.

Deer + Almond (85 Princess Street)

This small and intimate gem in the West Exchange is the perfect gathering place for an intimate dinner full of friends and laughter. It’s warm interior is so cozy and comfortable that you’ll instantly feel relaxed and ready for a cocktail or glass of wine. Chef Mandel Hitzer knocks the menu out of the park with excellently executed home-style cooking that’s perfect for sharing (or keeping for yourself!). We highly recommend the fried brussel sprouts and beet and orange salad!

Hy’s Steakhouse (1 Lombard Avenue)

Stepping into Hy’s Steakhouse feels like stepping back in time. The interior is modern and beautiful but designed in a way that makes you feel instantly like Don Draper. There’s something about the lounge that just makes a person crave a martini or an old fashioned. It’s welcoming and comfortable and the stress will just melt away. If you can pull yourself away from the over stuffed chairs and cocktail tables in the lounge, the dining room won’t disappoint either. Hy’s makes a steak to die for! Add a side of their world famous cheese toast, or maybe a caeser salad (tossed right beside your table) and your taste buds will explode. A trip to Hy’s Steakhouse won’t be economical, but we guarantee it will be delicious!

Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar (179 Bannatyne Avenue)

While we’re talking steak, we have to mention Hermanos! The second you walk through the door you can feel the rich culture of the amazing South American countries that inspire their fabulous cuisine. Located in a historic brick building in the East Exchange, Hermanos oozes ambience and sets the mood for a succulent meal and fantastic drinks. While their specialty is steak and wine the menu goes well beyond with unique chicken, vegetarian, pasta, and seafood. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients that offer South American flavours. From tapas to steaks, drinks to dessert, Hermanos is a truly unique destination that will not disappoint.

Sydney’s at the Forks (215 – 1 Forks Market Road)

If you want cool and chic, head to Sydney’s at the forks. This premium-dining restaurant is located in the historic 100-year-old Grand Trunk Pacific Railway stable at The Forks. Their delicious ‘modern continental food’ involves thoughtful cooking using classic techniques, and is rooted in a commitment for using the best ingredients available. Their brilliant culinary team creates a seasonal three-course ‘Prix Fixe’ menu that will leave you stuffed to the brim but wishing you had more room! If the Crème Brûlée is on the menu you have to order it. Just trust us.

There’s a good thing that SkyCity has a gym because with all of the stunning culinary options within walking distance, our residents are going to have a few calories to sweat out!

For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email

Your business belongs at SkyCity

Downtown is booming. With new investment in Winnipeg’s core has come crowds of tourists, an increase in business traffic, and more and more suburbanites moving into the area or spending their days off visiting the dozens of notable restaurants and destinations within downtown. If you’re looking for a new home for your business, consider being at the heart of it all with a commercial condo in

SkyCity’s spectacular eight-storey podium will include 20,000 square feet of retail (including main floor grocery), and over 60,000 square feet of office space. This Class-A office space is now available for sale or lease, and you’ll want to move fast before they’re all gone.

Why purchase a commercial condo instead of lease? The truth is it just makes good business sense. While your business is busy generating income, put it to work investing in real estate as well. The basic thinking is not unlike the reasons you own your home rather than rent; why pay off your landlord’s mortgage when you could be building equity for yourself? The Offices at SkyCity are the first of their kind in downtown Winnipeg, and makes it possible to buy into a fabulous downtown Winnipeg location right where all the action is. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to create a strong equity position just doing what you do best; running your business.

The offices at SkyCity will help give your business the tools to succeed. Enjoy the added benefit of our unique SkyWork club-style amenities, a SkyCity exclusive only for office/commercial owners and tenants. The SkyWork amenity includes a gym and fitness area as well as facilities like boardrooms for everyday business use. The building also offers climate controlled covered parking and direct access to Winnipeg’s Skywalk system, connecting you to thriving downtown Winnipeg.

Own or rent, there’s no better location to take your business to new heights and take advantage of the revitalized downtown Winnipeg. For more information on moving your business to SkyCity contact Wayne Sato by calling 204-510-331 or email


Pre construction pricing held over for one more month ONLY!

SkyCity is a downtown Winnipeg game changer, unlike anything our city has seen before! It’s 388 unit tower will soar 45-storeys above the skyline and boast 30,000 square feet of five-star amenities. Our residents will be truly in the centre of it all, steps from the MTS Centre, the best dining Winnipeg has to offer, and countless theatre options and museums to enjoy!

If you haven’t been by our million-dollar show suite on Garry you’re missing out. SkyCity has been designed with attention to detail that will blow you away and we know that you’ll fall in love with our floorplans.SC-Kitchen

If you’re looking for a one bedroom and den, The Graham will wow you! This corner unit boasts western views that will allow you to make the most of the afternoon sun. Stay tucked inside on snowy days enjoying your view of the sun setting over the iconic Hydro Building and Portage Avenue. When the snow melts, the 85-square-foot balcony is one of our most private and will offer you a sanctuary above the city.

If more space is what you’re after, The Broadway is a must see. This 1003 square foot, two-bedroom unit is absolutely stunning. The master suite features a spa like ensuite and walk-in closet of your dreams! The large kitchen looks out over your spacious living room and dining room, allowing you to be a part of the conversation while you prepare for dinner or cocktail parties. The best part of this suite though is the 219-foot balcony that spans your southern exposure. Sun will flood into this unit through floor to ceiling windows warming you up on even the coldest of Winnipeg days.

If you want to join the buzz downtown and make a move to this one-of-a-kind building, now is the time to act! SkyCity will break ground this spring, and that means we only have a few weeks left to take advantage of pre construction pricing – up to $7500 off!! For the month of March you can save big on your new dream home in the sky!

$3500 off 1 bed and 1+ den units
$5000 off 2 bed and 2+ den units
PLUS $2500 upgrades for all deals signed before March 31!

This is the last month to take advantage of this incredible pricing, it will not be held over again! Don’t miss out!

For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email

Beat the winter blues with the ultimate Winnipeg ‘staycation’

It’s February, it’s chilly, and the winter blues have more than set in. We love Winnipeg all year round, but there’s something about the end of February that makes us crave a vacation from the daily grind. We thought about following the masses to Mexico, but instead realized that while a beach is gorgeous, there’s nothing cozier than the snow (it’s so pretty!). That’s why we decided to plan a good ‘ol fashioned staycation weekend right here in the ‘Peg.


Nothing says vacation (or stay-cation) like an amazing dinner complete with wonderful atmosphere
and a great wine list. To kick things off right we’re heading to Bailey’s on Lombard after work. Not much has changed in this place for the last decade or so, but that’s not a bad thing. Everything on the menu is to-die-for, and the wine and cocktail list will leave you thoroughly impressed. Plus the quick walk from SkyCity is gorgeous in the winter and almost as enjoyable as the dinner it’s self!


Brunch is the perfect way to start a day off, and Smith at the Inn at the Forks is our hands-down fave spot. Their menu is absolutely yummy, and their giant coffee mugs make waking up a breeze. Try the Red Flannel Hash or the Smith Eggs. Your taste buds will do a happy dance.

Post brunch we’ll spend the day wandering through The Forks. They have craft beer at The Common, as much history and learning as we can soak up at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, amazing food options, and fantastic shopping. Plus the outdoor skating trails, rinks, and river trail are one of the best parts about a Winnipeg winter.

Saturday night kicks off at Peasant Cookery (one of our faves). Not only do they have fab food but the wine list and cheese selection is nothing sort of epic. Plus, they’re close to the brand new location of the world famous Palamino Club, where we plan on dancing until they kick us out.


Sundays are for relaxation (and post “Pal” we need it). A day to decompress before the hustle and bustle of Monday sets in. We’re heading to the Fort Gary Hotel and zipping up to Ten Spa on the tenth floor. If you’ve never experienced their Hamam (a modern interpretation of a Turkish bath), you’re missing out. It’s a world-class way to say good-bye to stress and warm up in a cold Winnipeg winter. You’ll leave feeling amazing, without a care in the world.

The spa offers amazing treats prepared by the talented chefs at the Fort Garry Hotel. We’re lounging around post treatment for a Crème Brule, and a few glasses of wine (because that’s what you do on vacation). The service is fabulous, and the comfy waiting rooms are the perfect to relax.

Ten Spa also has change rooms that will blow your mind, with rainfall showerheads, a steam room, blow dryers and everything you’ll need for a post relaxation glam session. Take advantage and pop down to the Palm Lounge in the hotel for a final drink, some dinner, or just to have a cup of tea and listen to the amazing live music they often have. You’ll almost forget that Monday is right around the corner.

Living in the suburbs, it’s easy to forget that Winnipeg has become a world-class tourist destination. If you’re interested in living in the heart of the city just steps from everything the city has to offer, consider a move to SkyCity. The stay-cation will feel never ending!

For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email

Valentine’s Day SkyCity style!

Valentine’s Day, the most polarizing of all holidays, is upon us! Do you love it or hate it? Here at SkyCity, we’re huge fans! If you’re not don’t worry, we think that the romance of living in a building like SkyCity will make Valentine’s Day fans of all of our residents. Don’t believe us? Keep reading for a little taste of what we think the prefect V-Day celebration in the sky will look like!pexels-photo-196664

There is nothing more romantic than breakfast in bed (on Valentine’s Day, or any day!). Your well-appointed custom SkyCity kitchen will make breakfast prep a dream. Stone countertops and stainless steel appliances come standard in every unit so you can cook a meal fit for a king or queen. Accidentally run out of something? Don’t panic. Well have a full service grocery store among our retail tenants! Enjoy your breakfast in bed with sweeping views of the city below. You’ll want to snuggle under the blankets and enjoy a couple of cups of coffee before climbing out and enjoying the rest of your day.

There are so many romantic and amazing things to do just steps from your door. Take your partner by the hand for a skate on the river trial, wander through the amazing Inuit art collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, or hit the spa for a day of relaxation. Looking to stay in instead? Enjoy all of the amenities that SkyCity has to offer. Maybe an afternoon of exercise and contemplation in our dedicated yoga space will help ease the stress of the world and reconnect you and your beloved. Or perhaps an afternoon playing fetch with your furry friend in the dedicated dog run is just what cupid ordered. Regardless you’ll find an afternoon of romance and fun within SkyCity or just steps outside.

For the evening, beat the crowds and just stay in! Our SkyLounge fireplaces will potentially be the most romantic spot in Winnipeg. Bring a bottle of wine, snuggle in, and gaze at the twinkling lights 45-storeys below. The SkyLounge will also feature everything and anything you need for a fun date night in: a games room, movie theatre, bar area, and large dining room (just incase you’re having all of your single friends over for a party instead).

Inspired? For more information on making the move to SkyCity, and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email!

Last chance to take advantage of pre construction pricing!

It may feel like this winter is never ending but we’re actually not that far away from warmer temperatures, spring flowers, and most importantly, the start of construction on SkyCity! We’re on track to begin construction in the spring of 2017, which means that there are only a few weeks left to take advantage of pre construction pricing.

To celebrate the move towards spring and our impending groundbreaking, we’re offering huge discounts on all units, up to $7500 off!! For February and March you can save big on your new dream home in the sky:SK-TERRACE-150828-FINAL-HR

$3500 off 1 bed and 1+ den units
$5000 off 2 bed and 2+ den units
Plus $2500 upgrades for all deals signed before Feb 28th!

With 45 floors, stunning 360-degree views of Winnipeg, and 30,000 square feet of five-star amenities, SkyCity will be unlike anything Winnipeg has ever seen before. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing your first home, downsizing your life, or just making a fresh start, SkyCity is the perfect building for you!

For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email

Resolving to get in shape? Living in SkyCity can help keep you on track!

The New Year is here, and if you’re anything like us you need a gym and a vegetable in your life as soon as possible. It seems like every year people resolve to get in great shape in January but fall off the workout wagon shortly afterward. We don’t blame them! It’s hard to work fitness time into your busy life sometimes. Gyms are expensive, busy, and inconveniently located. Plus you have to lug all of your stuff there in the morning and try and get ready for your day in a tiny, hot change-room. It’s not exactly easy peasy.SK_GYM_150828-FINAL-HR

When we designed SkyCity we wanted to change all that. We’ve created this unique building with your health top of mind. SkyCity will offer residents over 30,000 square feet of five-star amenities designed to create the perfect balance of health and relaxation. You can kick back and hang out with friends and then work off the calories just as easily! Whether you’re kicking off a resolution, getting buff like The Terminator, or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, SkyCity will have something for you.

If you’re a gym loving person, you’ll be gaga for the state of the art fitness and weight machines on the SkyActive level. Not only are they reserved exclusively for residents, but also they’ll come with a gorgeous view of the city. Imagine working up a sweat while watching the sun come up over Winnipeg. If the gym isn’t your thing don’t worry, SkyCity will have something for you too! You’ll love taking advantage of our basketball and volleyball court (points if you start a SkyCity league). If you’re a little more Zen with your fitness, start or end your day with a sun salutation or downward dog in the designated yoga and stretching space. Your mat will overlook the city providing a quiet sanctuary in stark contrast to the busy world below.

We also promise to make your post workout routine snap. After you’re finished, jump in our high-speed elevator and shower in the comfort of your own unit. No more flip flops in a public shower or waiting to blow dry! You’ll also love hitting the hot tubs and steam rooms on the SkyActive Level when you have a little more time. Even if you’re not on the fitness wagon, a good steam will do wonders for your mind, body, and spirit. Conveniently located lockers will keep your stuff waiting for you while you hit the juice bar or maybe grab a lounge chair to spend a few minutes in the sun.

This year, resolve to live life on the healthy train and consider making the move to SkyCity. We know that your body and mind will thank you! For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email

Amazing discounts on all units! New year + new home = best

The New Year is all about starting fresh and beginning a new chapter. If you’re looking to switch up your living situation January is the perfect time to commit to the purchase of a new home in SkyCity. Not only does it allow you to spend 2017 dreaming of stunning views from Winnipeg’s tallest building, you can also take advantage of our best savings of the year!

In the month of January we’re offering some incredible discounts on every unit in SkyCity!sk_wormseye_150828-final-hr

$1,500 off any one-bedroom unit!
$2,000 off any one-bedroom-and-den unit!
$2,500 off any two-bedroom unit!
$3,000 off any combo unit!

Plus each purchase gets you a spin of our wheel of savings. You could win up to $2,000 off optional upgrades, or an instant win $500 gift card!

If you’ve been thinking about making the move, this is the time to do it. For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email


The host(ess) with the most-ess

There’s something about December that makes us crave a really good house party. No matter what form it takes (too many cocktails, a swanky dinner affair, girls night in with cookies and a great holiday movie) we know that SkyCity will make the ultimate holiday party destination. Just for fun we’ve decided to plan a small holiday dinner party to help you visualize what ‘life elevated’ at SkyCity will mean for your social life.


Dinner is set for 7:00 and you’re going to need to start cooking. Zip out of out of your suite, into the elevator, and right into the grocery store located with in SkyCity’s 60,000 square feet of commercial space. You’ll find all of the fresh produce, meat, and treats to cook your guests a five-course masterpiece!

A quick trip back up the elevator to drop the groceries off, and you can stroll into City Place to finish up your shopping. Don’t worry about your jacket; you don’t need it. The skywalk system, connecting SkyCity to City Place makes cold weather a non-issue. Grab a bottle of wine (or a few, we don’t judge) and head back home to start cooking your feast.

4:00 pm

Start cooking in your beautiful SkyCity kitchen. The countertops are quartz, the appliances are stainless steal, and the view of Winnipeg out your floor to ceiling windows is stunning. Take advantage of the custom island that you added to your space and spread your chopping and mixing out, popping all the dirty dishes into the dishwasher well before anyone arrives.

7:00 pm

Your guests have arrived! It’s a mild night and your balcony is the perfect place for those who need a bit of fresh air. Those who would rather be inside can gather in your living room, and chat with you while you put the finishing touches on an amazing meal (the benefits of open concept living). Everyone is “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over your stunning view of a glistening Winnipeg below.

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Dinner is done and it’s time to enjoy a cocktail and catch up! Your suite is perfect for an intimate group, but you always have access to the 45th floor SkyLounge if your guest list is a bit larger than that. Gather your group by a fireplace or spend the evening lounging in one of the social booths. If you want a bit more of a rowdy evening, the bar area is perfect to mix a few drinks, and the games room awaits you (pool or fooseball anyone?).

If you’re interested in upping your party skills, stop by our gorgeous showroom at 279 Garry Street and chat with our team. We have all of the info you need to make the move to SkyCity and become the ultimate holiday host. Email for details!


Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide

You may have noticed that downtown has been injected with a huge dose of holiday magic in the last few weeks. The snow took its time arriving (and then left, and then arrived again), but now that it’s here  and the holiday lights are all up the city looks like a genuine winter wonderland. Downtown is the perfect place to get a jump on your holiday shopping, avoid mall traffic, and get a dose of the warm fuzzies you need this time of year.xmas-present-1443400

So where to shop? Downtown Winnipeg has an amazing offering of stores all within walking distance of SkyCity, and our show room. We decided to do some very difficult footwork (just kidding – it was awesome), and uncover the best spots for you to purchase that special something for the special someone in your life!

Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue

“The Bay Downtown” as it’s more commonly known in the ‘peg, is the last remaining department store throwback we have to the original glory days of Winnipeg. It was built in a time where people wore hats and gloves to go shopping, and there’s something about the place that just feels glam. Maybe it’s the big doors, or the beautiful window displays, or maybe it’s the feeling you get sauntering down Portage Avenue with all of the Christmas lights lit up. Bottom line: it’s magical and you should go. Best things to buy: cosmetics, accessories, and the traditional Hudson’s Bay striped clothes and goodies.

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), 303 Portage Avenue

Manitoba (and Winnipeg) are built for people who love the outdoors. You can fish and canoe in the middle of the city after all. Give the perfect gift to the great outdoors lover on your list with a quick trip to MEC. Need a canoe? A subzero tent? Hiking Boots? They have them all and more! Bonus is that their stuff is super high quality and made to last. Best things to buy: really warm winter gear, fun things to make the best out of winter (hello snowshoes!).

Hilary Druxman, 258 McDermot Avenue

Nothing makes a lady feel special like jewelry, and nothing make a lady say “Holy moly I’m super special!” like a gift from Winnipeg jeweler Hilary Druxman! Just walking into her gorgeous shop, you can easily become overwhelmed by gorgeous pieces that are designed for everyday wear, or a special night on the town. The collection is accessible luxury that allows the wearer to express her own unique, individual style. Best things to buy: the Athena necklace that benefits the local women’s leadership group by the same name, bracelets and charms that allow you to express exactly what the special woman in your life means to you.

Toad Hall Toys, 54 Arthur Street

There is no way that you won’t instantly feel like a kid walking into Toad Hall Toys. They pride themselves on their unique selection, old world charm, and friendly and knowledgeable staff, and rightfully they should! This store is truly amazing with something for all of the little (and big) kids on your list. They’re Manitoba’s largest and oldest independent toy retailer and carry a huge assortment of products from over fifty different countries around the world. From books to trains, magic sets, puzzles, and games, Toad Hall Toys will cross a lot of names off of your list. Best thing to by: a rock tumbler (the coolest), wooden train set, the coolest kite ever!

When your shopping is done and your feet are sore, come visit us at the SkyCity showroom at 279 Garry Street. We always have the coffee on and we’d love to see what you bought!


Presentation Centre
279 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1H9

Sales Office Hours
Mon to Wed – 11am to 2pm
Thursday – 11am to 5pm
Friday – Closed
Saturday – Noon to 5pm
Sunday – Closed
(Agents are also available by appointment)

Residential Exclusively Listed By:
Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate
Realtor - Matthew Nicolas
Office: 204-222-2489

Commercial Exclusively Listed By:
Cushman & Wakefield Winnipeg
Realtor - Wayne Sato
Work: 204-934-6207
Cell: 204-510-3311