• By: OLM Staff

BEST OF OTTAWA 2021: Local boutiques and shops

After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer. In this weekly series, we share our picks with you — our top spots for takeout, live music venues, local brews, bands and more. Check, share and discuss #OLMBest every week!

The Gifted Type

— now a virtual store

In the need for puzzles, art supplies, stationery or greeting cards? Check out The Gifted Type, a lovely shop that was located on Elgin Street but has now moved to a virtual store. You can still visit The Gifted Type for perfect for small gifts and unique items, they offers a variety of one-of-a-kind products for people of all ages!
Photo: The Gifted Type via Google Images

Fab Gear 64

1112 Wellington St. W, Ottawa

This Westboro shop is loved by musicians as it is known for their rockstar clothing and music inspired products. Head down to Fabgear 64 to learn more about music with the owner, Uncle Bob (Roberto) Cabana!
Photo: Niko Metaxas via Google Reviews

Green Spirit

5558 Manotick Main St, Manotick

Stressful day? Visit Green Spirit, a metaphysical and spiritual shop, located in the heart of Manotick. You will instantly feel a sense of calm from their relaxing essential oils and meditative music playing in the background. Green Spirit will meet all your spiritual needs, with its wide selection of crystals, tarot cards and meditation books.Open Tues-Sat for curbside pick up! 
Photo: Green Spirit via Google Reviews

Flock Boutique

1275 Wellington St. W, Ottawa

Specialising in all things Canadian-made, Flock Boutique offers a wide variety of summer dresses, woolen hats, jewellery and bags. If you’re looking for a cute date night outfit or a unique gift for a friend, Flock Boutique is your spot! Open for curbside pickup on Tues, Thurs, Sat from 11-2 pm or have your order delivered!
Photo: Flock Boutique via Google Reviews

Adorit Boutique

153 York St, Ottawa

The bright yellow walls of this Ottawa clothing boutique is hard to miss! Adorit Boutique offers unique, sustainably made and eco-friendly clothing from Canadian designers. The boutique is offering free shipping for orders over $100.

Kindred Shop and Studio

1243 Wellington St. W, Ottawa

Carefully curated by jewellery designer Tamara Steinborn, Kindred Shop and Studio is a hidden gem located in Ottawa. The shop displays the work of Steinborn as well as in house brands! Not only does the shop offer clothing and jewellery but has an apothecary line. Open Saturdays from 12-4 pm for curbside pickup or have your order of $99+ shipped for free. 
Photo: Kindred Shop and Studio via Facebook

Tinseltown Christmas Emporium

1096 Somerset St W, Ottawa

The year round Christmas boutique, Tinseltown Christmas Emporium, is a local favourite. This festive boutique looks like it came right out of a Hallmark movie, with its red exterior, adorned with nutcrackers! If you’re looking for a holiday item that cannot be found anywhere else, Tinseltown is just the place you need.
Photo: Matthew Stallan photography via Google Reviews


1282 Wellington St. W Unit B, Ottawa

Victoire is a well loved boutique in Ottawa which sells trendy Canadian clothing and accessories. While staying up to date with trends, Victoire’s clothing has their own unique twist to fashion, allowing you to explore your sense of style. Pick up online orders Tues-Sat from 11-4 pm or have your order of over $50 shipped for free.
Photo: Victoire Boutique via Google Reviews


17-B York St, Ottawa

Masala is an eclectic spiritual shop, with nearly every surface covered in crystals and jewellery. Upon entering the shop, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the hanging carvings, the glass cabinets filled with sparkling rocks and gems imported from around the world. Masala and her sister store Kulu Trading, on Wellington West, will definitely add happiness to your day. 
Photo: Masala via Google Reviews

Darling Vintage

502 Somerset St W, Ottawa

As the summer weather is quickly approaching, so is the need for a new wardrobe! Darling Vintage offers gently worn vintage clothing for women, from elegant wedding dresses and gowns to Levi jeans! The Centretown store is closed during this latest lockdown but make sure to visit once things open up again.

Photo: Whitney Whiteduck via Google Reviews