Canadian Geographic - - DEPARTURES / CITIES & SIGHTS -

“If you’ve done Ot­tawa’s down­town must-sees — Par­lia­ment Hill, By­ward Mar­ket and El­gin Street among them — then it’s time to head west and stroll Wellington West, an eas­ily walk­a­ble main drag that has its fair share of the whim­si­cal,” says Fa­teema Sayani, a writer who has lived in the area for 15 years. Here are her tips on how to live like a lo­cal on Wellington West.


It’s a great strip for a rov­ing meal. Start with a drink at Tooth and Nail Brew­ing Com­pany (3 Irv­ing Ave.), get some haute veg­gie fare at The Ta­ble (1230 Wellington St. W.), dou­ble back for a latte at Main­stay (1111A Wellington St. W.), and a vir­tu­ous dessert made with sim­ple, good-for-you in­gre­di­ents from Sim­ply raw Ex­press (989 Wellington St. W.) — I like their salted caramel squares. Stop at Bread By Us (1065 Wellington St. W.) for to­mor­row’s break­fast. Their fo­cac­cia never makes it home with­out a few bites miss­ing.


The sec­ond-hand clothes at St. Vin­cent de Paul (1273 Wellington St. W.) are well-or­ga­nized by colour and size — I’m al­ways chuffed when I snag a punky striped T-shirt there. I also like thumb­ing through the crates at The Record Cen­tre (1099 Wellington St. W.), where lo­cal bands will oc­ca­sion­ally crowd into the store to play a live set. A short stroll west will get you to an­other must-browse shop, World of Maps (1191 Wellington St. W.). Pick up a pocket city map — a great gift for friends head­ing off on their next ad­ven­ture — or print your own cus­tom map. Check out the globes, too; there’s some­thing mes­mer­iz­ing about these anachro­nis­tic ob­jets d’art. And who doesn’t like giv­ing one a spin, right?

Clock­wise from ABOVE: Fa­teema Sayani in front of the twin spar­rows mu­ral off Wellington West; the in­te­rior of Bread By Us bak­ery; scan­ning the vinyl se­lec­tion at The Record Cen­tre.

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