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.
Seven Things to Do in Ottawa Around Canada Day
In addition to a huge Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill, Ottawa has plenty of big things planned to celebrate the Canada’s 150th anniversary this summer. Visit the Canadian History Hall, view an art exhibit in a shipping container and catch a show at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.