Shopping Best Lists

Winnipeg Shops We Don’t Want You to Miss

Off the beaten path of popular shopping hubs or hidden from view, these stores are worth a little hunt.

290 McDermot Ave, 4th Floor Shops

Brave the tiny elevator or hike up the stairs to the 4th floor of this historic Exchange District building and be rewarded with an abundance of local design companies in a sunny studio space. Find sturdy leather and canvas travel goods from Wilder Goods, 5-panel caps from Oldhat, button-up shirts from Commonwealth and cute womenswear from Made by Josephine, along with homeware and accessories.

Location: 290 McDermot, 4th floor

June Home Supply

This chic home accessory boutique shares a space with downtown coffee shop Thom Bargen. Grab a coffee before shopping household items that are as beautiful as they are functional. Rustic farmhouse furniture act as charming display shelves for kitchen essentials like natural soaps, unbleached wooden spoons and linen tea towels. This carefully curated selection of goods makes June Home Supply the perfect spot to find a unique and useful housewarming gift.

Location: 2-250 Kennedy St, 204-430-3758

La Parfumerie

Venture to the whimsical house turned fragrance boutique, La Parfumerie, located on a nondescript residential street. This colourful hideaway specializes in “nothing perfume” with customized scents made with quality essential oils, and without alcohol or animal products. Among a wide selection of beautifully handcrafted perfume necklaces, whirling dervish pendants are the perfect refillable vessel.

Location: 145 Evanson St, 204-475-4895

Shoe Doctor

Nestled in the Wolseley neighbourhood, retail and repair shop Shoe Doctor is keeping the tradition of cobbling alive. It’s well stocked with Blundstone, the unofficial shoe of Winnipeggers, and also carries Naturalista, Birkenstock and Wigwam socks (not to be worn together). It doesn’t matter how worn out a pair of Birkenstocks are, this shop can make them good as new. 

Location: 893 Westminster Ave, 204-779-7463

So Over It

Look for the A-frame sign out front leading to a door easily mistaken for an office entrance. Follow the stairs up to So Over It, Little Italy’s answer to luxury goods. The consignment boutique receives daily pre-loved items and vintage classics from popular designer brands like YSL, Marni and Fendi. Coveted vintage Chanel and Hermes bags frequently make an appearance here, but be quick because they get snapped up fast!

Location: 5-703 Corydon Ave, 204-298-1184

Spalifestyle & Fashion Boutique

Head to the northernmost area of the city to Spalifestyle & Fashion Boutique, a one-stop clothing, accessories and spa boutique. The store offers a range of casual, career, holiday, and special occasion fashions for women from Canadian brands like Joseph Ribkoff and Hatley. It also stocks the same luxe skincare products used at its full-service spa.

Location: 2001 Henderson Hwy, 204‑661‑6111

Wilderness Supply

Head to the industrial West End neighbourhood to check out Wilderness Supply‘s impressive selection of outdoor gear and clothing for prairie adventurers. Shop brands like Patagonia, The North Face and a huge selection of Smart Wool socks for all seasons. Friendly and knowledgable staff ensure everyone gets what they came for, making it worth the roundabout route.

Location: 50 Isabel St, 204-783-9555

Vintage Glory

Bridging the gap between downtown and the Exchange District, Vintage Glory‘s storefront sits unassumingly between a tavern and an office building. Thousands of eclectic vintage treasures like hats and leather jackets are strewn throughout its two-level space, and Doug, the shop owner, is always happy to keep an eye out for requested items. Check out the guitar lined ceiling and collection of military wear.

Location: 380 Donald St, 204-942-7186

Whodunit?

Tucked away on Lilac Street, just off of the bustling Corydon Avenue, mystery lovers can shop new, collectible and used crime fiction books at this specialty book store filled with shelves stacked high with tomes. At Whodunit?, books for all ages and reading levels are available as well as specials orders. UK and Canadian authors are prominently featured.

Location: 163 Lilac St, 204-284-9100