• UO Guide: Winnipeg

    Welcome to the Peg. This month, UO is opening its first store in Winnipeg — to get familiar with the city, we're rounding up our top picks for where to go and what to do on your next trip to Manitoba's capital city. 
    Photos by Chris Friesen

    Above: Parlour Coffee and Deer & Almond

    To Eat and Drink:

    Deseo Bistro

    Cozy dinner spot with a Latin influence — last year was ranked as one of the top restaurants in Canada. Dress up, go out.

    Segovia Tapas Bar 
    Tapas and Cava, please! 

    V.J.'s Drive In

    (Deliciously) sloppy burgers at this no-frills Winnipeg institution

    Deer and Almond

    Seasonally-driven, creative food in a minimalist-cool setting —  in the winter the owners also have a pop-up restaurant on the river called Raw/Almond. Something to look forward to when it's -10 degrees outside. 

    Parlour Coffee

    Hip coffee has hit Winnipeg: but Parlour is definitely one of the best. The cafe takes a thoughtful approach to sourcing beans from all over Canada, and was a trendsetter in bringing 'slow coffee' to the city. 

    Thom Bargen Coffee

    See above re: hip coffee. Thom Bargen ("Thom and Bargen" a mashup of the two owners first and last names) is another must-visit for getting a good cup. Treats from Jonnies Sticky Buns are also a necessary add-on.

    To watch and listen:

    Union Sound Hall

    A great concert venue that's run by a collective of musicians and DJs; one of the best places in town to catch a show. 

    The Handsome Daughter

    A lot of the Winnipeg music scene is founded on DIY house parties, but some newer venues are bringing that same energy above ground — The Handsome Daughter is the newest venue in that scene. 

    Winnipeg Art Gallery

    The oldest public art gallery in Western Canada — the WAG has a good-sized permanent collection, regular visiting exhibitions, and an amazing space designed by Gustavo Da Roza that's a Winnipeg landmark. 

    Plug In Institue of Contemporary Art

    What began as an artists-run gallery in the 70s is now bringing modern, innovative, and large-scale art conversations to Winnipeg in a cool new downtown building. 

    Frame Arts Warehouse

    Five stories of artist studio spaces with the intention of bringing together collaborative projects and fostering creative community. 

    Above: Hunter & Gunn Barbershop, Assiniboine Park

    To Go:

    The Farmery Brewery

    The story of two brothers who turned a family farm into an estate brewery. 

    Assiniboine Park

    Zoo! Train! Art Museum! Botanical garden! And literally a forest in the middle of the city. Over 1,000 acres and formally opened in 1908, AP is a must.

    Hunter and Gunn Barbershop

    Good place for a regular cut: Winnipeg's take on the whole neo-barbershop trend is understated, smart, and laid-back, where there's always good music playing, haircuts are well-priced, and the ambience is cool without being pretentious. 

    UO Winnipeg opens October 16, 2014.