Craving for your native dish? You just might find it here

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Did you know that Manitoba has the distinction of having more restaurants per capita than any other place in North America? What is more noteworthy is that many of these restaurants serve authentic international cuisine and are owned and operated by immigrants (

As Canada’s most multicultural province, Manitoba is home to newcomers from more than 150 countries. We have around 100 languages spoken here. That’s why it’s really no surprise that aside from finding mainstream cuisine such as French, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Indian, you will also find restaurants serving authentic Polish, Greek, Filipino, Vietnamese, and African food. There are also ethnic food stores and groceries where you can buy ingredients to cook your favorite native dishes, with some even serving cooked food ready for you to take home.

Here are a few ethnic restaurants and specialty food stores you might like to check out:


Asia, Europe, and South America are represented in this list. There are a lot more of these fantastic ethnic restaurants around MB but you can start with your discovery with the following:

Carnaval– Authentic Brazillian Barbeque. Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg
Clay Oven– Middle Eastern/Indian/Pakistani food. Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg
Irori Barbeque House – Korean barbeque. Steinbach
Jeepney Restaurant – Filipino cuisine. 1833 Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg
Luda’s Deli – Ukrainian food. 410 Aberdeen Ave., Winnipeg
Kokeb Restaurant– Ethiopian food. 266 Edmonton St., Winnipeg
Over the Coals – Greek food. Saskatchewan Ave., Portage la Prairie
Pho Kim Tuong – Asian food. Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg
Ralph’s German Restaurant & Café – German-European cuisine, Winkler
Restaurante dos Banderas – Belizean food. Morden
Simon’s Cuisine – Argentinean food. St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg
The Chilli Chutney– East Indian cuisine. Brandon
Restaurants are enforcing strict health protocols during the pandemic. Check their websites or call ahead to know if they require reservations before going.

Ethnic foodstores:

Need the leaves for your Feuilles de manioc? Or banana blossoms for your Paksiw? Here are a few specialty food stores you may wish to explore (see article resources below to get a list with more than 70 ethnic food stores):

African Foods General Wholesale – Foods from Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, etc. Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
African Foodways Market – Grocery items such as traditional African food and ingredients (as well as dry goods such as clothing and beauty products). 282 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg.
Arabelle’s Bakery – Specializes in African breads and pastries. Also offers catering for special occasions. 1284 Archibald St., Winnipeg
Balkan Foods – Foods from Poland, Greece, Bosnia, Italy. Stadacona St., Winnipeg
Brandon Hispano International Foods and Bakery – Carribean gourmet and Mexican food. Rosser Ave., Brandon
Dino’s Grocery Mart – Food from all over the world, especially Asian and West Indies. Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
El Izalco Market – Central American food. Sargent Ave., Winnipeg
Karla’s International Foods – An assortment of international food. Rosser Ave., Brandon
Living Delight – International food market (Asian, Latin American and African). 9th St., Brandon
Ninho de Portugal – Portuguese food. Sherbrook St., Winnipeg
Taste of Europe – Products from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and Israel. Main St., Winnipeg
The Real Canadian Superstore – This is a pretty mainstream grocery store, but they do have stocks of a wide variety of specialty foods.
Young’s Market – Asian food. Mc Phillips St., Winnipeg

These lists are for information purposes only. English Online Inc. does not promote, endorse or have any affiliation with any of these restaurants or stores.
Article updated July 27, 2020.

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Community Resources

Download Where to Buy Traditional Foods in Winnipeg from Food Matters Manitoba. It lists more than 70 ethnic food stores and where to find them.

Home & Family has many resources for newcomers. Know what fruits and vegetable are in season in the prairies, where to find community gardens, nutrition programs, and other resources.

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