Shopping and green spaces for nature lovers and culture keeners
Great shopping and green spaces come together in this west-end neighbourhood where its main street is abuzz with activity
Pure Kitchen makes guilt-free comfort food for vegans. Find dishes such as tacos, poutine, and buffalo wings, all made without meat or dairy. Some of their most filling meals are the bowls of veggies, pulses, and tofu, and they offer delicious cold-pressed juices made in-house. When it comes to amazing vegan fare, Pure turns sceptics into believers. 357 Richmond Rd., purekitchenottawa.com
Brew Ha Ha
Before everyone and their grandma brewed craft beers,
Clocktower Brew Pub was already serving suds. Westboro’s Clocktower, one of six Ottawa locations, features all its beers, including the Whalesbone
Oyster Stout, Bytown Brown, and Raspberry Wheat — the ultimate thirst-quencher — to be enjoyed on its large patio. 418 Richmond Rd., clocktower.ca
A lifetime membership is just $5 at Mountain Equipment Co-op
(MEC). That gives you access to a bounty of products, from canoes to snowshoes, by MEC’s own brand and by big outdoor outfitter names like Patagonia, Prana, and Black Diamond. While many Canadian shoppers order from them online, it’s a treat to test out products in-store. Customer service is excellent, as is their “rock solid” guarantee. 366 Richmond Rd., mec.ca
Proof that businesses can be both hip and socially conscious, Canopy offers beautiful apparel made of natural and environmentally friendly materials. Offering a range of clothing for women and men, this shop also includes organic cosmetics and makes sure all its wares come from producers who practice fair trade. 358 Richmond Rd.
Breakfast, brunch or lunch — the coffee is always on at the
Baker Street Café. This half diner, half British rock shrine is a local favourite for many reasons. Come back often to to try their homefries, French toast, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and amazing (see massive) cinnamon buns. 385 Richmond Rd.
Mountain Equipment Co-op