Time to ex­plore Winnipeg’s and Saska­toon’s coolest of­fer­ings.

Did Winnipeg and Saska­toon just get... cool?!

Elle (Canada) - - Insider - CHRISTINA REYNOLDs

WINNIPEG THE NEW SCENE

It’s fit­ting that the sig­na­ture de­tail­ing on Winnipeg de­signer Len­nard Tay­lor’s raw-denim jeans is a stitched Prairie-grass mo­tif that he says is a “trib­ute to Canada’s grain farm­ers.” Tay­lor not only makes most of his distressed-denim pieces and re­cy­cled-leather ac­ces­sories him­self but also hand-writes say­ings like “En­joy the lit­tle things that make you happy” on each of his sales tags. His year-and-a-half-old shop epit­o­mizes the kind of un­ex­pected gems you’ll dis­cover in Winnipeg’s Ex­change District, the city’s trendi­est ’hood, where dozens of art stu­dios, de­sign shops and restau­rants are tucked into brick­clad her­itage build­ings and ware­houses. It’s a great place to poke around on a late sum­mer af­ter­noon while keep­ing an­other of Tay­lor’s “tag mot­toes” in mind: “En­joy the beauty of this mo­ment!” SHOP Just around the cor­ner from Tay­lor’s stu­dio is Tiny Feast, a sta­tionery and home-goods shop that print­maker Drex Ser­d­uletz and graphic de­signer Danika Bock opened after be­ing in­spired by a trip to Copen­hagen. Pick up some con­tem­po­rary hand­made mugs from the Mud and Stone stu­dio, run by lo­cal pot­ters Jenn McCurry and Lynne Mul­vi­hill. LUNCH As a nod to Winnipeg’s Ukrainian her­itage, or­der the borscht along­side your “chicken fried chicken” sand­wich at Deer and Al­mond, chef Man­del Hitzer’s laid-back Ex­change District resto. It’s just a six-minute walk from the new Alt Ho­tel Winnipeg, where each of the 160 rooms show­cases a dif­fer­ent col­lec­tion of lit­tle square paint­ings by Winnipeg artist Cliff Ey­land. EX­PLORE Head across the Red River to St. Boni­face, the heart of the city’s French com­mu­nity. At Café Postal, grab a latte or a home­made pickle-brine soda (“It’s a great hang­over cure,” says co-owner Louis Lévesque-Côté) be­fore pe­rus­ing French book­store Li­brairie À la Page and pop­ping into the kitschy Dwarf no Ca­chette Cafe & Gift Shop, where the decor MO is thor­oughly gar­den gnome. TOUR Yes, the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights and the un­der­wa­ter po­lar-bearview­ing tun­nel at Assini­boine Park Zoo are good op­tions, but make time to join a more un­ex­pected out­ing too. Ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian Frank Albo’s Her­metic Code tour of the Man­i­toba Legislature of­fers up the tale of the 1920s build­ing’s hid­den hi­ero­glyphic in­scrip­tions, Egyp­tian sphinxes, fa­mous Golden Boy top­per and more. For a pa­tri­otic snack, take along a Man­i­toba-shaped hazel­nut choco­late bar from lo­cal choco­latier Constance Popp. DRINK & DINE Be sure to make a reser­va­tion at Enoteca, the city’s buzzi­est new resto. Chef Scott Bagshaw’s lat­est out­post of­fers up savoury share plates, like braised beef short ribs with oys­ter sauce and roasted cau­li­flower with citrus and ca­pers. The small cu­rated wine list in­cludes $5 tasting sizes, mak­ing it easy to switch things up with ev­ery shared course. h

From top right: A dis­play wall in Tiny Feast; a Mud and Stone pitcher; Len­nard Tay­lor denim; the Red River’s Es­planade Riel; the Alt Ho­tel; Deer and Al­mond and its “chicken fried chicken” sand­wich and borscht; the Man­i­toba Legislature; a plate at Enoteca

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