Posted on March 27, 2019

3 Ways to Spend a Spring Day at 390 On the River

Spring is for fantasizing about the ways you’re going to take advantage of the really warm weather and clean streets come summer.

But with 390 On the River as your home base, there are more than a few ways to start living out your urban living day dreams right now.

Here are just 3 perfect ways to spend a spring day at 390 On the River.

  1. Visit a downtown market

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Farmers’ Market runs every second Thursday inside Cityplace all spring. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ runs a local farmers’ market every second Thursday inside Cityplace, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., just a 12-minute walk from home.

On the way, pop into Oh Doughnuts or Fools & Horses for a café au lait, and enjoy stretching out the crisp walk with a nice cuppa.

Once at Cityplace, peruse the market and challenge yourself to build a dinner menu made solely from locally sourced vegetables, fruits, baking and preserves. (Just try not to get distracted picking up a little something sweet from Sweet C Bakery, or a lively succulent for your home from Glenlea Greenhouses).

Invite your friends over to enjoy your harvest in 390’s common entertaining area and shoot some pool between courses. By then, your order from market participant Shrugging Doctor should arrive with your local wine or cider. 

  1. See the Nelson Mandela exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (Photo Credit: Liz Tran)

If you haven’t found time to browse the illustrious building yet, make time during the cooler weather for Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibition has been extended until fall, and it includes a replica prison cell where the human rights hero spent 18 years of his life.

Once there, you’ll have oodles of options for lunch or a refreshment – with ERA Bistro within the museum’s walls, Smith Restaurant at Inn at the Forks, and the entire Forks’ Market food hall. Feeling adventurous? Try a suggested wine and food pairing from The Common staff post-exhibit, or try the celebrated small bites menu at Passero.

The McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Forks location. Photo courtesy of McNally Robinson Booksellers

After lunch, grab your morning reading material at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

  1. Sip locally made craft beer and cocktails

Nonsuch Beer Co.’s highly Instagrammable interior. (Photo courtesy of the Exchange District BIZ. Photo Credit: Mike Peters)

Patent 5 is nearly ready to bring whiskey production back to the Exchange District, with an April 2 grand opening. Brewing gin, vodka and single-malt whiskey in-house, the Alexander Avenue distillery is unique for a few reasons.

It’s bringing whiskey brewing back to the Exchange District for the first time in nearly 140 years. The distillery is also bringing back old-school barroom comfort with furniture refurbished from the old Oak Room at the former St. Regis Hotel, befitting the century-old warehouse building.

Sample their spirits along with house-made bitters in each of their handcrafted cocktails. Spare yourself (and your friends) some cab fare with the less than 10-minute ride to the cozy cocktail haven from 390 On the River.

If Patent 5’s not quite open yet, or you want to make it a double-header, visit Nonsuch Brewing Co. while in the East Exchange. Their full-bodied Belgian beers are designed for slow sipping and stimulating conversation. Enjoy a sip alongside their gourmet popcorn and their highly Instagrammable interior.

All that’s left is to book your perfect spring day with your pals and a TappCar. You might have to get used to being the starting point for many great nights out from 390 On the River.