Where to Shop Locally in Downtown Ottawa this Holiday Season

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again – Ottawa is a big city with small town charm. In a small town, you can always find markets and quaint boutiques. Ottawa is no different!

We have everything from fair trade original coffee, quality brand clothing, hand-made jewelry and housewares, hand-crafted furniture, accents, gifts and toys.
 Buying local is better for our local economy, the environment and your experience! Listed are some awesome places in Ottawa to find small, independent shops and local Canadian-made products. Shopping at any of these Ottawa based stores means quality in both the items and your service!




BBX Collection

Location: 31 York Street (2ndfloor)

Quality, casual brand of clothing. Everything designed, packaged and made by the founder (an Ottawa boss babe). The store is every woman’s fantasy – pink and perfect. They also have some items for men.


Twiss and Weber

Location: 443A Sussex Drive

Ottawa boutique; the T&W label is designed and produced on site. The boutique carries casual and eclectic pieces in varying colours, keeping some customer favourites stocked and rotating new designs. The ladies are very helpful and easy to chat with!


Farah Studio

Location: 483 Sussex Drive

Higher end fashion for the working woman, or dressy nights out. Designed, cut and sewn in Ottawa. Farah does many custom pieces which includes a full consultation, samples and fittings. She uses high quality fabrics and uses the textiles to their fullest, with limited waste.


Workshop Boutique

Location: 242 ½ Dalhousie Street

They love all things cute and Canadian. The shop is full of Canadian clothing, accessories, and handmade goods. The founders are independent designers in Ottawa who believe in sustainable fashion, ethical production and all things local. They even make vintage inspired tees right in store.


Ebb & Flo

Location: 234 Dalhousie Street

Canadian owned boutique that carries both Canadian & European items. They have their own cosmetics line, made in Canada. Find the perfect new shade of lipstick, concealer... even moisturizer and brushes.


Adorit Boutique

Location: 153 York Street

A woman’s fashion boutique focused on Canadian made, sustainable and ethically produced merchandise. Inspired by fair trade products, the clothing and accessories are unique as well as great quality. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow historical building!



Location: 145 York Street

Luxury Canadian sweatshirts. The owner and designer was previously a dancer, understanding the struggle between being comfortable and looking great. The store is getting rebranded this upcoming February; you will still be able to find them at their current social media handles.


Roadtrip & Trustfund

Roadtrip Location: 24B York Street
Trustfund Location: 493 Sussex Drive

Trendy and sizable sister boutiques, which carry similar merchandise. Roadtrip carries men’s items as well and is a larger store. They have additional formal options, but both shops sell jackets, denim and many up to date styles. The buyers travel the word for unique designers and well-known brands.


Paper Papier

Location: 18 Clarence Street

Stationary heaven where you can find countless styles of papers, pens, gift wrapping, journals, cards and so on. They have your standard paper needs as well as Ottawa themed and playful products. Fleurissant flower boutique in store, seven days a week. (Exported items)


Boogie and Birdie

Location: 256 Elgin Street

Ottawa sisters highlighting Canadian designers and artisans in their boutique. Country vibes and the idea of a life unplugged inspire the decisions for the selection of home goods, accessories, skin care and so forth in the store. Delivery available locally by BIKE, hello zero-emissions. Come in and enjoy that small-town feeling.


The Gifted Type

Location: 256 Elgin Street

“Trade the boring for bold.” The Gifted Type has great ideas for stationary lovers and beyond. They have imaginative, colourful items that hopefully give you some laughs or at least touch your creative side. Books, accessories, games, stationary… check it out!


Milk Shop

Location: 45 William Street - Location Temporarily Closed

New pop up shop for the holiday season at the Rideau Centre (main level)! Independent boutique shop with carefully curated clothes, jewellery, enamel pins and greeting cards. Independent and affordable. You can also shop online.


Pot and Pantry

Location: 244 Elgin Street

The store is completely packed with anything you need for your kitchen! They carry must-have brands as well as many Canadian-made and locally sourced items. Practical as well as fun, this is a must stop if you’re a new home owner, shopping for a shower, or are a lover of food.



 Check out our second blog about local shopping in Ottawa, outside of downtown - click here. 

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  • Awesome to see you supporting local businesses. Very cool.


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