Neighbourhood Guide: Westboro, Ottawa
To the west of Ottawa’s city centre lies a vibrant pocket complete with quaint restored homes, community coffee houses, and local boutiques. Westboro, a mere seven kilometres from Parliament Hill, is idyllic with its yoga studios and juice bars. Venture west for an afternoon and sample this neighbourhood’s flare for self-care and indulgence at these spots.
357 Richmond Road; purekitchenottawa.com
For lunch, indulge in guilt-free buddha bowls at Pure Kitchen. This light and airy eatery focuses on plant-based eating and creating in-house juices, boosters, and cocktails. Their shiitake dumplings will leave you craving more, as will the vegan peanut butter cups. Sit window-side and bathe in this location’s dreamy sunlight as you sip on a glass of Hydrate—coconut water, lime, maple syrup, and blue majik—or head to the terraced rooftop for some serenity while enjoying a Hug In A Mug—whiskey, steamed apple cider, ginger, lemon, and cinnamon.
1282 Wellington Street West; shopjvstudios.com
This eclectic shop, owned by jewellery designer Jasmine Virani, showcases independent craftsmanship at its best. Carrying locally-made candles, handcrafted and custom-designed jewellery, and a huge selection of stationery for any occasion, this shop treats the senses to beauty in every form. Virani is always bringing in new designers, so you’ll want to head back regularly for more.
334 Richmond Road; savoybrasserie.com
Savour cocktail hour at the Savoy Brasserie. This French bistro will transport you to the quaint Marais district of Paris as you indulge in champagne cocktails and oysters amidst wooden café tables and lush greenery. Sample poutine bourguignon or baked oysters, sip on a Lavender Gimlet, and spend the rest of the afternoon in bliss.