The Best of Manotick Village in Ottawa
The village of Manotick is within the city of Ottawa, but has a small-town appeal all its own. It is a great day or afternoon trip, and since it isn’t that far of a drive even an errand or shorter stop is doable.
Start your day with a coffee…
692 is nestled in one of the oldest remaining business locations in the town. The coffee shop has a clean yet cozy look, kind staff, tasty treats and some seriously good coffee. The local coffee brand used is Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee – a family-run completely off-grid business, roasting to perfection.
If you prefer an afternoon pick me up, the shop is also a bar! They house a number of different local brews to choose from.
If you live in Ottawa you’re likely familiar with Morning Owl and one of their 7 (and counting) locations. They have hot and cold coffee options, as well as a rotating menu of paninis, salads and other treats. They have a passion for quality food and coffee.
Currently raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Until September 26, 2020 Morning Owl is donating portions of their Flat White, GF double chocolate cookie and cookie 4-pack.
Mimi’s is most well known for their daily fresh doughnuts! They have scoops of ice cream and a drink selection. This cute barn-style window is a must visit in Manotick. The indulgent doughnuts are a hot commodity and often sell out early in the day. Get there in the morning or call and pre-order.
Real ingredients, delicious food, available for pick up at the café or for catering. You can stop in for lunch, coffee and a snack or take a home-made meal to go – perfect if you don’t want to cook but want to serve a fresh meal. Cakes, cinnamon buns, scones, cookies and other baked goods available.
If you plan ahead and looking for specialty treats, order from Hashtag Bake. This made-to-order bakery creates tasty and beautiful baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, pies and cookies, with gluten free option.
Discover local history…
This museum and historic centre is full of information and reminders of Manotick’s roots. The 1860’s grist and flour mill was built by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner Joseph Currier, the founders of the town. It is one of the few remaining 19th century operating grist mills in Canada, and the only industrial heritage sites within Ottawa.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by volunteers in historic clothing, and are free to wander the mill on your own. You can read about the milling process, the development of the building, the origins of the village and much more, even some ghostly tales! The outside of the mill is also a beautiful photo stop.
Wander across the street to the Watson’s Mill Bookstore. Find a selection of used books for a great price; $2 each book and 3 for $5!
Across from the mill is the previous home of past mill owners, built by Moss Kent Dickinson. The building was originally a community building, housing a general store, mill offices and a post office before it became a home. Explore each room, filled with artifacts and antiques, staged as it would have looked when it was a residence. Feel immersed in the history and read about the previous families who lived there.
Both museums are free of charge, and they accept donations.
Browse some local shops…
This home and gift shop sells everything from home accents and baby gifts, to jewelry, women’s fashion and preserves and sauces. I found a very unique gift (for myself, haha) here, a portable campfire! A little campfire in a tin container that you can even roast marshmallows over.
Quality footwear with a small-town, local experience. The store is organized and it will not take you long to find stylish, comfortable footwear that you’ll want to take home. I purchased Viking sandals during my visit and they’re my new favourite sandal by far! The store is celebrating 30 years in business.
Walking into this florist shop feels like walking into a spa! The front porch is beautifully set up, and the mix of music and aromas inside is relaxing. In addition to the floral arrangements, they have accents like vases, candles and plants.
This floral design studio has much more than flowers. Beautiful gifts, décor and floral arrangements. They’ve been featured in magazines and television segments. The shop is currently closed but offering online and phone orders.
If you’re looking for more house plants and florals, you will find Terra Plants and Flowers in Manotick also. Flat rate delivery fee in Ottawa!
You’ll want to discover this unique shop, full of gingerbread cookies, houses, displays, ginger loaf and other colourful treats. It’s a fun stop in any season, but if you’re in the area around the holidays it will definitely help you get in the spirit. They are even selling hand-made face masks in various sizes.
A women’s fashion boutique where you will find quality clothing, some designer labels and accessories. You’ll shop mainly professional office wear and evening wear. Shopping appointments can be booked for Covid-19 safety concerns.
Enjoy lunch or dinner…
Casual dining with a flair, the atmosphere is friendly and warm. It was busy during lunch on a Friday where I enjoyed the Mediterranean Chicken Pita. It was evident all ingredients were fresh and local. The staff raves about the loaded salads. Enjoy your meal on their spacious patio out front or back.
Family restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. Babbos Cucina has some of the best Italian food in the city! They also have a covered patio with space heaters so you can enjoy your meal safely regardless of the weather.
Authentic Italian food made with fresh ingredients, paired with a diverse collection of wines and other beverages. It also has a seriously magical courtyard patio surrounded by gardens, trees and twinkly lights. Live music featured on the weekends.
Hand crafted, wood fired pizzas with a weekly rotating menu. All’Antica is a stationary food truck; spot their bright red window for takeout. They are family owned, award winning and offer catering options. I can’t wait to try their authentic Neapolitan pizza.
Tasty pub style food, great service and a relaxed environment. It’s filled with friendly locals which has to be a review all its own! The tavern has serious patio game; wrapping around the building plus a balcony.
This restaurant is more than a simple tea room. Miller’s is a historic building and a non-profit that has become a staple in the community. The comfort food is fresh and made daily. This is a perfect stop if you’re wanting something homey and reasonably priced.
Autumn is fast approaching! Miller's Farm and Market is just down the river from the centre of Manotick. Choose your perfect pumpkin from the field or from what has been previously gathered. Find gourds, squash, apples and other fall goodies. Depending on the season you can always find other produce, and preserves in the winter.