winnipeg shoppin'

Ahhh Winnipeg. As much as I like to leave it, it does have some unique spots for shopping. I'll try to keep this organized and go from section to section. Of course I haven't been everywhere in Winnipeg so if you know of any other great places to shop, please comment! 
Note: I felt I was getting a little repetitive when it came to describing the price range of each store. Point Blank, majority of the small boutiques I've mentioned are expensive (like 50 dollars for a plain dress) but I still enjoy going to them. Most of my purchases come from the mall locations I mentioned, unless otherwise stated.

The Exchange District
This historic area of Winnipeg is home to some of the best architecture, and architecture businesses, such as  5468796 Architecture Inc. (they came and lectured one of my classes this year). The Fringe festival is held here as well. The area also has a variety of delicious eateries, but most importantly the area has some great shops. Here are my 3 favourites.

1. Hoopers
70 Albert Street
The store specializes in selling vintage furniture - they have a lot of nifty 60's and 70's pieces. They also sell both modern and vintage clothing. If you're looking for vintage-inspired, unique modern clothing, just take a look around the upstairs area and browse through the many racks. If you're looking for vintage clothing, head on down to the basement and begin your search. They also sell random items such as notebooks, interesting reads and more. The website definitely needs a makeover though - it doesn't reflect the greatness of this store.

2. Ragpickers Emporium  
216 McDermot Avenue 
You will find all your costume/thrifty/vintage needs at Ragpickers. It's a cozy shop filled to the brim with costumes you can rent, and racks of thrifted/vintage clothing you can buy. There are plenty of accessories, bags and hats to look through as well as shoes. They have some pretty cuhrazy events through the year, whether it be parties or the all-you-can-wear sale event.  


3. Candie & Dolls
1735 Corydon Avenue
Candie & Dolls is a newer shop in Winnipeg. It's wonderfully girly, selling a variety of dresses, bags and other clothing from different designers. I love looking through the Betsey Johnson dresses and other items. Other designers they sell are Ella Moss and Tension.

Osborne Village
Osborne is a strip in Winnipeg with some of the best boutiques, spots for eating and just for hanging around. It has some of the best walking traffic in Winnipeg (which is hard to come by) and on Canada Day all the stores have sales right on the streets. Here are some of my favourite places to shop on Osborne. Other stores I didn't mention below are American Apparel, Sew Dandie, and Local Shop Awesome.

1. Paramix
100 Osborne Street.
This small boutique is really popular in Winnipeg, and is always rather busy inside. It has tons of unique peices- the dresses are the best thing about this store. It sells many lovely shoes I always seem to drool over, as well as many accessories such as sunglasses, necklaces and belts. My friend worked there and she told me that the owner actually goes overseas to find the unique clothing and then resells it here. 

2. Out of the Blue
99 Osborne Street
My friends and I always end up wandering into Out of the Blue. They have a great selection of bags, hats and also some vintage-inspired jewelry. They sell brands such as Prairie Girl and Gentle Fawn, selling both casual and fancy clothes. I like going there in winter, a few years back I bought a gorgeous scarf which you can see here, and they always have many hats that will surely keep your ears warm in horrible Winnipeg winters.

I'm not someone who discounts a store just because it is mainstream. I think there's unique things you can find just about anywhere, and you can make things personal through styling. So here is where I shop in malls.

1. St Vital Mall 
86-1225 St. Mary's Road 
This is my most frequently visited mall and home to the stores where I spend most of my money. Here, I shop at Aldo, Urban Behavior, Costa Blanca, Sirens and Le Chateau. For makeup, it has M.A.C Cosmetics. I also occasionally shop in American Eagle, Dynamite and Garage. I'm obsessed with looking through Chapters, so it's a plus that St Vital has one. I love this mall especially during the Christmas season because of the pretty lights in the food court area.

2. Kildonan Place Mall
Regent Avenue 
I used to hate this mall because it was so small but now it's getting more and more stores so I don't mind going there now. Same stores as St. Vital minus Aldo, Chapters, American Eagle, Dynamite and MAC.

 3. Polo Park Mall 
1485 Portage Avenue 
Polo park is quite far to drive, but it's worth it because it's so big. There's even a Chapters down the street that has 2 floors. It has Sephora, Aritzia, Aldo/Aldo Accessories, Town Shoes, Sirens, Le Chateau, Billabong(which has an awesome scent, I don't know why), and Club Monaco. I must talk about Club Monaco. One day when I have a career, I can't wait to shop there. I love everything, and the materials are so nice (mmm, cashmere). 

Other Places
Other shopping spots that didn't fit into categories.

1. The Ruby Slipper
970 Sargent Avenue 
This shopping gem is certainly a treat to visit. It's full of inexpensive vintage/thrifted finds, including clothing, shoes, scarves, accessories and many many awesome hats. The owner is super friendly too. 

 2. Le Chateau Outlet
1395 Ellice Avenue
I have to prepare myself whenever going into this outlet store. Of course, like other outlets, it sells the old season's clothing at wayyy lower prices. We're talking 50-70 percent off at times. I love looking through things that are timeless for me -such as silky blouses (which are always amazing at le chateau), trenches, dresses and shoes. They also sell men's dress shirts at amazing prices, so if you are going to grad and don't wanna spend so much money on your dress shirt, go to the outlet. 

3. Joe Fresh Styles (In Superstore!)
Last but not least...one of my favourite places to shop - Joe Fresh Styles. My sister works there so I get a discount too. I really love it, I always find the colours I've been searching for for the season here, as well as some styles. The sizes might throw you off a bit though. For instance, I'm an XS at Joe but other places I'm normally a S or M. They have the craziest sales - 3 dollars for shoes? Yes please. 

Well, this post has been way too long. Until next time.

Ps. I want those shorts from Joe!


  1. great post!!! you should try looking at hush and shout (osbourne). corydon has some neat boutiques too, but mostly they're shoe and accessory stores. i know academy is an artsy avenue as well, although i haven't been there.

    and i hear ya on club monaco. i've always told myself the same thing! that once i get a decent job and establish a career, i'll buy my corporate wear from that store! hahaha! :D and yes, you can never go wrong with joe fresh sales!! aaahh!!! i always look forward visiting superstore because of that line.

  2. Ah! Your post made me want to go to Winnipeg so bad!
    I don't know if I could survive the drive, though (I'm from the East Coast).

  3. Theres a great vintage shop in the exchange called Vintage Glory.
    it has so many unique pieces, and the owner is super nice!
    happy shopping :)

  4. I'm from the east coast but was just in winnipeg two weeks ago for work, and ventured down to osborne! I thought the best store by far was hush & shout (or hush shout, I'm not sure how it goes exactly) but they had amazing amazing dresses! That paramix store was really neat, too!

  5. I am moving next weekend and start my job the following monday, but was at odds as to what to do in a city I've never been to.. but now I have SO much exploring to do! I have basically copied and pasted all your recommendations into a shopping guide that I will slowly cover.. so excited! Thanks for this fabulous post! :D

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  7. This is a great post. When I go to Winnipeg, which I hope to do, I'd like to visit these spots. I'm from Ontario and sadly enough, I haven't traveled anywhere outside of Ontario + Quebec (minus the time I went to Newfoundland for a band trip) in Canada. I'd like to explore my "backyard" much more!


  8. how much of a discount do you get for working at joe? just wondering :)

  9. Thanks for the suggestions :)
    The discount is 10 percent off, which pretty much takes care of taxes!

  10. This was a very informative post, thank you from Montreal!

    - Annie

  11. you're from winnipeg, that's interesting. where do you take a lot of your photos?

    anyways, i live in winnipeg, go to school in toronto- i used to shop at paramix until i realized how grossly overpriced everything is. (i mean when i return in summer, i no longer shop there.)

    a lot of it is the same stuff you get from the asian~ places, for a lot cheaper.

    do you live by st.v? which superstore do you buy your stuff from? the one in tuxedo didn't have very much, but i know they've revamped since i've last been there...

  12. yayy! awesome post. i'm from brazil and i'm going to be an exchange student in winnipeg in 3 months. i just had no idea about where i was going to buy clothes and this kind of stuff, now i can't wait to go there hahah

    thank you very very much! it helped a lot :)


  13. awesome, the first time i was in Paramix there wasnt one person in it haha. i cant afford anything in there though. :/

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  16. Please, ladies, do not give your business to Hush/Shout. They made a mistake with my bridesmaids dress order, never owned up to the mistake, and proceeded to be incredibly rude and condescending on the phone to me about the whole thing. My friend was once in the store, and after another customer made their purchase and left, the girls in the store proceeded to trash that customer and say rude things about her after she left the store. These ladies do not have any idea what it means to give customer service, and the manager was the one who was disrespectful and rude to me. I have filed with the BBB about this, and will continue to spread the word wherever I can. I will not stand for rudeness. Please, this is not an honest company. If you give a bad review on their Facebook page, they will delete it and block you from ever visiting their page again.

    It is a huge mistake to support a company that thinks so highly of itself and so lowly of its customers.