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West End Ottawa Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop West of Parliament Hill



Mountain Equipment Co-op is the shop in Ottawa’s west end to get the latest outdoor gear (Photo: MEC)

The neighbourhoods of Hintonburg, Wellington West, and Westboro are home to a number of the city’s hottest restaurants, shops, and more. Head west to discover these diverse and innovative spots!


Absinthe Café is a top culinary destination amongst Ottawa foodies as well as devoted fans of its liquid namesake. Dishes prepared in the French culinary technique are assembled from locally sourced ingredients.
• 1208 Wellington St. W., 613-761-1138, absinthecafe.ca

Allium’s ambient interior is an inviting atmosphere for a night of fine dining. Head chef Arup Jana combines Canadian cuisine with French flair to offer an unforgettable menu. Incidentally, it changes the first Thursday of every month so it’s worth the trip back to experience all over again!
• 87 Holland Ave., 613-792-1313, alliumrestaurant.ca


Absinthe is one of the top dining destinations in Ottawa

Beyond the Pale, Hintonburg’s up-and-coming craft nanobrewery, has been making a name for itself around Ottawa by way of its authentic brews. One of their creations, Pink Fuzz, is a 6% grapefruit wheat beer, with citrus pulp used throughout the stages of production.
• 5 Hamilton Ave., 613-695-2991, beyondthepale.ca

Canvas Resto-Bar-Etc. has taken great care to construct a name that ensures all passersby know they’re welcome. The little bistro boasts a quaint lineup of plates – house-made pasta fettuccini, steak frites, shortribs – that are big on flavour, and a familiar atmosphere that will make you want to hang there all night.
• 65 Holland Ave., 613-729-1991, canvasrestobar.ca

The Clocktower Brew Pub in Westboro
offers a relaxed dining experience with classic pub fare, best paired with one of their homemade libations. Beer connoisseurs will also appreciate the selection of cask-conditioned beer, which change on a daily basis.
• 418 Richmond Rd., 613-680-5983, clocktower.ca


The Wellington Gastropub mixes fine fare with a casual atmosphere

The Wellington Gastropub’s fine fare — a rotating, seasonal menu that has included everything from roasted moulard duck breast to Alaskan sea scallops — mixes with indie tunes and a casual atmosphere that lends itself to jeans and a flannel shirt, rather than a suit and tie. Bonus: They recently started brewing their own beer under the name Stock Pot Ales, raising their already stellar reputation to a new level.
• 1325 Wellington St. W., 613-729-1315, thewellingtongastropub.com

Brachic is your one-stop bra boutique in Ottawa’s west end. Not only does it offer a wide selection of bras, it also provides fittings to ensure that you’re wearing the right size and getting the most support.
• 433 Richmond Rd., 613-321-0401, brachic.ca

E.R. Fisher has a century of experience outfitting men. Specializing in custom and made-to-measure clothing, as well as modern sportswear, you’ll walk out feeling like a new man.
• 199 Richmond Rd., 613-829-8313, erfisher.com


Slaysh offers premium street wear in Ottawa’s west end

Expect only the best at Fab Baby Gear, from skin products to car seats, toys to clothing. The store ensures all of their products are high quality, eco-friendly, and healthy, so you know you’ll leave with something fab for your little one.
• 1244 Wellington St. W., 613-729-8838, fabbabygear.com

Mountain Equipment Co-op, or MEC,  is well represented in the nation’s capital. Everyone’s favourite outdoor store is housed in an old movie theatre on Richmond Road and was the first retail store in Canada to comply with C2000 Green Building Certification. The west end location has a bike and ski shop, to go along with virtually everything you need for your next outdoor adventure!
• 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700, mec.ca


Custom frame shop Wall Space Gallery displays work from artists across Canada (Photo: Amanda Sullivan)

Slaysh, Ottawa’s premium street wear boutique, carries cool hipster brands including such labels as Analog and Zanerobe. Now offering online shopping so you don’t have to suffer from non-buyer’s remorse!
• 1282 Wellington St. W., 613-667-5830, slaysh.com

The Great Canadian Theatre Company is known for its thought-provoking plays from local and national playwrights. Take in a show at the Irving Greenburg Theatre Centre at the corner of Holland and Wellington and come away entertained.
• 1233 Wellington St. W., 613-236-5196, gctc.ca

Wall Space Gallery in Westboro is the home of Ottawa’s best custom frame shop. A family-owned and operated business for over 25 years, Wall Space Gallery showcases work from artists all over Canada, as well as provides art consultations for the home or workplace.
• 358 Richmond Rd., 613-729-0003, wallspacegallery.ca


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