From quiet corners and shady sidewalk set-ups, to lively street-front hangouts and hidden rooftops, the Exchange is the best spot in the city to patio hop. Click the map for a downloadable and printable guide, and keep scrolling to learn all about the neighbourhood’s al fresco dining.
103-211 Bannatyne Ave
This patio is prime real estate. Nestled between Bannatyne Ave and Albert St, it’s centered by a majestic tree wrapped with twinkling lights, making it the ideal spot for cups of boozy tea cocktails and Dutch dishes. They’ve even installed plexiglass dividers to make it extra COVID-safe and cozy.
Between the Cube and Main St
Located in Bijou Park, the tree-lined, cobblestone plaza between the Cube and Main St., this sprawling patio provides a Euro-style open air dining and drinking experience in the heart of downtown. In collaboration with local businesses, Bijou Patio brings the Exchange to you, offering draft pours from local neighbourhood brewers and food menus from over a dozen participating restaurants. And yes, dogs are welcome!
85 Arthur St
Chef Austin Ryan brings experience and flavours from all over the world to his sweet little pastry shop. Grab a kouign-amann, an addicting buttery and flaky croissant-like cake, to enjoy on the peaceful cobblestoned patio.
333 Waterfront Dr
Nestled behind the vibrant Mere Hotel and beside Stephen Juba Park, Cibo has the only patio in the Exchange District with a river view—an apt setting for its Mediterranean inspired menu and refreshing cocktails.
93 Albert St
Run by European expats, this tapas bar’s charming little sidewalk patio overlooks Old Market Square putting you in the center of all the action. Its menu of small plates is paired with an expertly curated wine list and the most expansive lineup of Belgian Beers in Winnipeg.
137 Bannatyne Ave
Go for the authentic Argentinean cheese-stuffed pizza, stay for the malbec and ample shade provided by the towering trees. Daily empanada specials also make it a great spot to enjoy a patio meal and make it back to the office before the lunch hour is up.
Forth Bar and Forth Cafe
171 McDermot Ave
Forth Bar has the only rooftop patio in the Exchange District! This fairy-lit bar gives stunning views of the District’s historic skyline and always has super refreshing cocktails on feature. Make sure to get on the waiting list early as this sought after spot fills up fast. Forth Cafe also shares its sleek sidewalk patio with the bar during the evenings .
2-109 James Avenue
177 McDermot Ave
Dubbed Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub, this McDermot Ave location has a casual back alley patio overlooking Bannatyne Ave—a true hidden gem on the patio scene! $5 beers and daily drink specials make it the perfect spot for after work happy hour.
141 Bannatyne Ave
For the first time since opening in 2018, this gourmet mac and cheese eatery has a beautiful newly constructed patio. Enjoy a decadent bowl of lobster mac with a white wine spritzer under Bannatyne Avenue’s big shady trees.
100 King St
These neighbours split their spacious King Street patio to diners enjoying something from either menu, so if you’re feeling a stacked River City Brisket sandwich and your pal is craving a stuffed sushi burrito, no need to fight over where to get lunch from! Sharing is caring.
120 King St
A true Winnipeg institution, this beloved pub has long been the chosen spot to meet friends for local brews and comfort food (including traditional Scotch Eggs). It’s relaxed and welcoming vibe make it the place to go when you want to feel right at home.
456 Main St
This Main street-side patio places diners right in the bustle of downtown, setting the scene for tacos, tequila and good times. Happy hour is a must.
336 William Ave
LBJ recently doubled its outdoor space in the quiet industrial side of the neighbourhood. Faux grass and big picnic tables make this a fun spot to settle down for a couple pints and a slice of local pizza.
108 Alexander Ave
After much anticipation, the Exchange District’s only craft distillery has finally opened its boardwalk patio on historic Alexander avenue, the best spot in the neighbourhood to catch golden hour. The mixologist team at Patent 5 has also launched a beautifully eccentric new cocktail menu focusing on local ingredients, like Manitoba beets, bee pollen and strawberries.
283 Bannatyne Ave
The wraparound patio is the best spot for people watching and overlooking the action at Old Market Square. Nothing beats slurping back oysters and washing them down with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc under the sun on buck-a-shuck Wednesdays.
125 Pacific Ave
On the east side of the Exchange, this Belgian brewery has two patio options—a couple casual picnic tables at the entrance and a newly landscaped patio on the west side that feels like hanging out in an upscale campground. With so many amazing new brews on tap, try a flight of small pours and order a round of seasonally inspired snacks for the table.
114 Market Ave
This sidewalk patio sits on a quiet corner on east side. The restaurant serves up casual comfort food, prepared with Manitoba’s roots in mind, nodding to the heritage building’s past as a saddle manufacturer.
237 McDermot Ave
The dedicated meeting place for Winnipeg Free Press Journalists, town halls and book launches, his daytime café has sidewalk seating on the quiet corner of Arthur and McDermot.
436 Main St
Since its inception in 1988, the Palomino has been the go-to nightclub for country music lovers. In 2016, it moved to the Exchange District, inheriting its predecessor’s spacious patio.
These spots provide a seat or two to enjoy the summer sun.