This friendly neighbourhood, which includes Hintonburg and Wellington Village, has a creative spirit, with stops offering local jewelry, vintage vinyl and more.
Opened by jeweller Jasmine Virani, JV Studios & Boutique features the work of more than 80 artists, including Victoria’s Covet + Keep and Ottawa’s Katye Landry Designs. The shop also offers playful pottery, shave soap and cheeky greeting cards.
Find one-of-a-kind frocks at Flock Boutique, a dress-obsessed shop where seasonal styles from Canadian designers fill the colourful racks. Other collectibles include Canadiana-printed T-shirts (think canoes and cans of maple syrup) and Ottawa-shaped trivets.
Browse stacks of old and new vinyl at The Record Centre, have your favourite tune cut to a single, or chill out in one of the listening booths. You can also take in a Saturday-afternoon DJ show or occasional live music.
Arts and Crafts
Pick up sweet indie or Japanese fabrics at Fabrications, or partake in the crafting culture of Wellington West at a row of sewing machines that can be rented by the hour. Sign up for an infinity scarf or zippered pillow class and make your own made-in-Ottawa souvenir.
Sip and Snack
By day, grab a latte and lemon square and settle in at The Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs’ communal central table. By night, enjoy local craft beers, cocktails and small bites, or try a tall, cool glass of nitrogen cold brew.
Maker House Co. is home to 100 local and regional “makers,” but the dominant material is wood: aqua-tipped salad tongs, tree trunk prints and live-edge tables made by the shop’s founder, Gareth Davies.