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“Winnipeg might just be Canada’s best-kept food secret.” – Huffington Post

Winnipeg is renowned for its collection of restaurants. A common saying among foodies is “If a restaurant is successful in Winnipeg, it can be successful anywhere in North America.” While some of Winnipeg’s foodies may be harsh critics, the winning element is that Winnipeggers are receptive to trying new flavours and concepts. This allows for a diverse range of cuisine options during your stay.

Below are a select few queer-friendly options. That being said, Winnipeg is a diverse city that welcomes everyone with open arms. We encourage you to explore the city and frequent the amazing restaurants our city has to offer.

Downtown

Downtown is home to some of the finest restaurants in Winnipeg. If you want a unique dining experience accompanied with an unparalleled view, Prairie 360is your choice. Perched a-top a downtown skyscraper, this revolving restaurant offers breathtaking views of Winnipeg, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Nestled inside Manitoba Hydro Place (one of the most environmentally advanced buildings in the world according to the National Post) is Rudy’s Eat & Drink. This is a great spot for a casual-upscale bite to eat, accompanied with an upbeat setting. Take a look at the revolving display of vintage advertisements and you’ll find a sprinkling of queer culture from way-back-when.

If it’s breakfast you’re after make your way to Stella’s, a Winnipeg staple that is no stranger to the LGBTTQ* community. With over 7 locations in the city and a repertoire for fresh, home-cooked realness they’re bound to satisfy your morning and brunch cravings.

Prairie 360

The Forks

The Forks is a historic meeting place so it’s only fitting to sit down with friends for food and conversation in this picturesque setting. The Beachcomber Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants for such an occasion. Located near the river with a large patio they have a delicious menu offering a fabulous selection of summer beach eats that pair well with a drink from the bar.

If you’re aiming to take someone out for a special evening, place a reservation in advance for Sydney’s at The Forks. This restaurant is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Canada and is continuously featured in national publications. It features culinary currents from around the globe that converge with ingredients sourced from Canada’s bounty to form superb selections for an à la carte lunch menu and switches over to an exclusive Table d’hôte menu for the evening.

The Forks

Osborne Village

If you’ve got a sweet tooth we highly recommend you venture south through Osborne Village to Chocolate Zen Bakery. Delicious desserts are baked fresh daily using only the most wholesome ingredients to satisfy any sweet lover’s craving. Creations include cheesecakes, cookies, slices, cupcakes, pastries and their famous tortes.

Chocolate Zen Bakery

The Exchange District

Venturing into the historic Exchange District you’ll encounter a convergence of old world and new world. Nothing exemplifies the new world better than Boon Burger Café. Known for their 100% animal-free, plant based menu this restaurant will make you discover delectable vegan options. A large part of the menu is organic, local or fair-trade with an overall goal to make every ingredient sustainable.

If you’re looking for fine dining with rustic roots then Peasant Cookery is where you should make a reservation. Located in the heart of the Exchange District across from Old Market Square, they use honest, good food from simple seasonal ingredients and make everything from scratch. It’s comfort food elevated to entice your taste buds.

Peasant Cookery

For a full listing of restaurants in Winnipeg, check out Tourism Winnipeg’s Where To Eat guide.