Christmas is less than two weeks away and downtown has officially been transformed into a winter wonderland. The snow is finally here, all of the lights have been hung, and there’s a hustle and bustle that you only see around this time of year. Downtown is the perfect place to get a jump on your holiday shopping, and celebrate the season with the ones you love. By keeping to downtown you can avoid mall traffic, support some really great small businesses, eat some of the best food our city has to offer, and get a dose of the warm fuzzies you need this time of year
So where to shop? Where to eat? Downtown Winnipeg has an amazing offering of stores and restaurants 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 celebrate the season and buy a special something for a special someone in your life!
Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue
“The Bay Downtown” as it’s more commonly known in the ‘peg was on our list last year, and it will be on all of the lists we make ever. We LOVE this building and love that it throws back 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.
Coal and Canary: Main Terminal Building, The Forks
If you haven’t experienced a Coal and Canary candle your life is seriously lacking. These beautiful locally made candles are hand-poured with a wood wick that adds a lovely crackling and popping sound. It’s like the most amazing smelling mini fireplace. Plus, with names like “All I want fir Xmas” (basically a sweet-smelling Christmas tree in wax form) these candles are the most fun ever. After having HUGE success selling at pop up shops and craft shows across the country, Coal and Canary has finally opened a permanent store and it’s 100% worthy the trip. They sell amazing bath products and other great gift ideas too. Best thing to buy: all the candles.
Ten Spa: 10th Floor, Fort Gary Hotel, 222 Broadway
There’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa, and as far as spas go Ten Spa is at the top of the game. Give the gift of relaxation with a gift certificate for a day of pampering, a manicure, or the Hamam (a Turkish bath ritual unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. If you want to help your special someone keep the spa experience going at home, Ten Spa also sells an assortment of decadent products that are guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling great! Best thing to buy: Hamam gift certificate (give the gift of heavenly relaxation!).
Little Brown Jug: 336 William Ave
Little Brown Jug is a super cool brewery located in the heart of the Exchange District. The building that houses this burgeoning small business was once the livery stables for the old city hall (how cool is that?). Its old-world charm is cozy and cool, and it makes for the perfect spot for enjoying a pint while watching the city hustle by and the snow fall. Plus, the beer is some if the best in the city and they sell growlers that would make a great gift for the craft beer lover on your list. Win-win!
Hy’s: 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 overstuffed 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!
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.
When your shopping is done, your tummy full, and your feet are sore, come visit us at the SkyCIty showroom at 279 Garry Street! We’re located across the street from the future SkyCity site, right in the middle of everything.
For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email email@example.com.