You can buy many goods here from southeast asia, vegetables, processed foods etc. I even found products from my province Pangasinan in the Philippines like the shrimp paste, variety of Dagupan bangus products and anchovies.
Sofia's was recommended to me by several people and I'm so glad I went. I used to shop in the malls and I ended up frustrated because there are not enough stores that suit my age bracket to make it worth my while (late forty's), also my clothes didn't look unique because everyone else was shopping in the same stores. I have been in Sofia's now more than a dozen times and every time I feel welcomed and taken care of and I leave with something sure to get compliments even from strangers. I have learned to give myself at least an hour to get a good look through the huge selection of interesting pieces. The clothes are affordable for Designer clothing and Canadian Designers, which I'm pleased about. I am the person who now recommends this store to other women. You won't be disappointed, I highly recommend this shopping establishment.
What to buy: If you are looking for a great bra with NO UNDERWIRE they have a great one. I have one and it took a little while to get used to but now I can't wear any other bra because this one is so comfortable. They also carry Spanx which we all need from time to time. They also sell shoes in the summer and fashion boots in the winter.
What to pay: Medium Priced. It's not inexpensive like Walmart and it's not expensive like Guess, it's in the middle. They have a layaway plan too.
This was one of the largest department stores I have seen in my life.
I think it was about five levels, and the levels were all so big.
On the second floor I believe there was actually a Sport's Hall of Fame.
On the top floor there was a cafe.
What to buy: I bought a Canada sweatshirt with the Olympic symbols for Vancouver.
What to pay: $100
The Forks Market is located within the Forks National Historic Site. It offers:
Food - ethnic restaurants; butchers; bakeries; Ukrainian deli; produce; European products.
Souvenirs and Gifts - Winnipeg souvenirs and postcards; local artwork; European crafts.
Also at the market are events such as cooking demonstrations.
SUMMER: (July 1 - Labour Day): Daily 9:30AM to 9:00PM and Sundays 9:30AM to 6:30PM; FALL/WINTER/SPRING (Labour Day - June 30, 2008): Daily 9:30AM to 6:30PM and Fridays 9:30AM to 9:00PM.
Local farmers and craftsmen converge at the market every Wednesday and Saturday from June to early October to sell their wares. All manners of goods are available including farm-fresh produce, meats (incl. elk and bison), snacks, artwork, jewellery, homemade jams and dips, Manitoba honey, pies and other baked goods, clothing, souvenirs, etc.
There is also entertainment such as live performances by local artists. Visit the events calendar on the website for details.
Hours: Wed 3pm-dusk, Sat 8am-3pm.
If you are in the South part of the city, check out St. Vital mall.
First of all, you have to learn how to pronounce it -- Saint Vi-Tell.
A mall is a mall for the most part. Although this one does have a 550 seat food court with a vaulted wooden ceiling and two 50 foot tall fireplaces. They don't call it a food court, it is called the Food Hall.
Polo Park is Winnipeg's largest shopping mall. Located on St James St. at Portage Ave. it is near the airport.
If you need a place to pass a few hours of time before your plan leaves, this is a good choice.
Check out The Bay for a uniquely Canadian department store.
The Hudson's Bay Trading Company was founded in England in 1670 and is the oldest corporation in North America. They established trade with the First Nations people of Canada and brought back to England such exotic (for the times) items as beaver and other pelts.
Today, they have shortened the company name to just The Bay and run a chain of department stores across Canada.
In Winnipeg the flagship store is located downtown. There are also stores located in Polo Park Shopping Centre and St. Vital Shopping Centre.
What to buy: Sure you could get the usual plastic RCMP dolls, or maybe a beaver. But The Bay's real signature gift is the Hudson's Bay point blanket.
The tranditional blanket colours are white with yellow, red, and green colour stripes. But, they come with several colour choices now.
These blankets were commonly traded with First Nations traders who had beaver and other pelts to sell.
What to pay: Expect to pay between $240-$360USD for these blankets.
The Forks is a collection of stores near downtown. There are several ethnic food shops (Ukrainian, oriental, Caribbean), butchers, bakers, wine shops, restaurants, tea and coffee, clothes.
What to buy: Pirogies, salamis and Ukrainian sausages.
Like Youngs, it offers variety of Asian products. They even sell live crabs here. You can also buy Filipino dishes inside as well. I love their lechon and kaldereta.
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