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Best French Restaurant and Events at The Forks In Winnipeg

Updated on March 13, 2014

Esplanade Riel

Esplande Riel
Esplande Riel | Source

Chez Sophie Sur Le Pont, Since 2013

Chez Sophie Sur Le Pont had been located since 2005 on the Avenue de la Cathedrale, opened by Stephane and Sophie Wild of the famous Alsace region of France.

This second edition of Chez Sophie is located on the famous Esplanade Riel footbridge in Downtown Winnipeg that connects The Forks, the East Exchange District, and Greater Downtown with the historic St. Boniface French Quarter.

Menus are in French and English for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; and include a full wine list and complete cocktail service in a French bistro atmosphere. All lunch and dinner entrees are accompanied by the soup of the day, a small salad, and French bread. Some of the desserts are made by the famous Le Croissant bakery on Tache Promenade on the other side of the river.

This location is larger than the original restaurant, still in operation, and this one has a boutique that offers hand made jewelry for sale.

Downtown Winnipeg On the Red River

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Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, MB R2H, Canada
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Chez Sophie Sur Le Pont, since Summer 2013

Esplanade Riel at night in winter.
Esplanade Riel at night in winter. | Source

Recommendations From the Menus

Highly recommended dishes that are favorites of guests to the footbridge location include:

  • Tartiflette - Covered with quartered rounds of Canadian Bacon
  • Black Salad - topped with shaved dark chcolate
  • Goat Cheese Salad
  • Baked Camembert
  • Deep Fried Camembert with Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Spinach Quiche
  • Filet Mignon in a balsamic reduction
  • Smoked salmon crepes with bechamel sauce and sliced white onions
  • Smoked salmon Croque Monsieur sandiwich, topped with cheese on the outside
  • Smoked salmon and Camembert quiche
  • Strawberry Cake

Tartiflette: A traditional potato, ham, cream and cheese mini-pie.

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Example of the Tartiflette.Another Tartiflette.
Example of the Tartiflette.
Example of the Tartiflette. | Source
Another Tartiflette.
Another Tartiflette. | Source
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Croque Monsieur with HamSpinach QuicheBaked Camembert
Croque Monsieur with Ham
Croque Monsieur with Ham | Source
Spinach Quiche
Spinach Quiche | Source
Baked Camembert
Baked Camembert | Source

A Look at Chez Sophie


Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM. After 5 PM, park at the Saint-Boniface Library on the east side of the river.
  • Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Closed every Monday
  • Reservations required for Lunch and Dinner

The wait staff and kitchen staff are all bilingual in French and English.


  • 50 Boulevard Provencher (on the footbridge)
  • Saint-Boniface section of Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Phone: 204 942-4142


Unique Attractions at The Forks and St. Boniface French Quarter

Pierre Le Royer,a coureur des bois in 1889.
Pierre Le Royer,a coureur des bois in 1889. | Source
Louis David Riel (1844 - 1885)
Louis David Riel (1844 - 1885) | Source
The festival mascot is the llama.
The festival mascot is the llama. | Source

Folklorama, Since 1970

A Metis leader, Louis Riel founded the Province of Manitoba and the coureur des bois woodmen and other French settled early on to enjoy the surroundings and resources. This all leads to an interest in the cutlures that come together in Manitoba, especially in Winnipeg.

August 4 to August 17 are the Folklorama Weeks in Winnipeg and Manitoba proper, celebrating the 44th Folklorama’s Festival in 2013.

The Festival supports 46 pavilions that celebrates the cultural diversity of Manitoba from First Nations to Eastern Asians, Europeans, Africans, and South Americans.

Half of the sponsored pavilions are open during Week 1 of the festival and the other half run During Week 2. Admission is $6.00 per pavilion all around the City of Winnipeg and free for ages 12 and under. Discount packages are available.

The Festival has won many awards since 1992, including the 2011 Internationally Known Event status as featured among the American Business Association's Top 100 Events in North America.

Projects and performers associated with the two-week festival are held year round in at last 15 different countries. International travel is encouraged for the preservation of cultures and languages as well.

Some of the best performances are given by First Nations groups in and near Winnipeg:

  • Aboriginal School of Dance - Also trains professional dancers among First Nations people. Their particular forte is a presentation of a 2-hour glow-in-the-dark dance called Glow.
  • Summer Bear Dance Troupe - Performs regularly at The Forks.
  • Walking Wolf Dancers & Singers - Trained in presenting a traditional full pow wow or invidual events.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Controversy surrounds the propriety of using the word genocide in conjunction with discussions of government treatment of Canadian First Nations and all Native North Americans.

The CMHR does nto advertize itself as a genocide museum. It does focus on the consequences of racism in society. Its goal is to encourage visitors to reflect on their own attitudes and prejudices in the hope developing tolerance in citizens of whatever country visitors call home.

The museum is located at The Forks where the Assiniboine and Red River meet (the fork of the rivers). The main building is complete and a grand opening is scheduled in 2014. Outdoor Summer Tours have been popular in 2013, run through the end of August and begin at the Via Rail Union Station, 123 Main Street, Winnipeg. Guides use French, English, and American Sign Language. No reservatons needed. FREE.

  • Wednesday through Saturday: The Rights Around Us, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM.
  • Thursday Evenings: Growing a Better Future, 7:00 PM, families welcomed with activities and hands-on learning about food rights.


  • 269 Main St #400 Winnipeg, MB R3C 1B3, Canada
  • Phone: +1 204-289-2000

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Located North of the Winnipeg Downtown footbridge.

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Free tours begin here during Summer 2013. Call for the museum additional dates and events.

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Saint Boniface, Winnipeg

The French Quarter include the entire Southeast Winnipeg city area and includes these sights:

  • Vieux Saint-Boniface (Old Town)
  • Festival of the Traveller - The last week of each February
  • St. Boniface Cathedral
  • Boulevard Provencher and the Provencher Bridge
  • Esplanade Riel footbridge on Route 57, Downtown Winnipeg
  • St. Boniface Hospital
  • University de Saint-Boniface
  • Royal Canadian Mint
  • St. Boniface Riels Major Jr. Hockey

Sculpture for Festival du Voyageur, February 2013.
Sculpture for Festival du Voyageur, February 2013. | Source

Saint Boniface, Winnipeg

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I have been to Memphis and enjoyed it very much. Next time there, I'll look for that Franch restaurant!

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      bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Hey Patty - I visited Germany while I was in my early 20's and absolutely fell in love with Europe. However, didn't get an opportunity to visit France. I have eaten numerous times at a French place here in Memphis. Love French food. Enjoyed your hub very much and got hungry looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @randomcreative - The food certainly looks good, doesn't it? I think the only thing they don't have that their first restaurant has is oven fired pizzas. They could not fit pizza ovens into the bridge location.

      @MarleneB - You would love that festival - lots of dancing and music. The chandelier in Chez Sophie's is nice, isn't it? The video shows quite a good small tour, I thought - I can understand some French, but cannot speak it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I'm an ex-dancer, so I know I would enjoy the festival. My French is rusty, nevertheless, I enjoyed the video about Chez Sophie because the background views helped show what the proprietors were talking about. I really enjoyed reading all about the restaurant and the events.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great resource! My mouth is watering now.