Ottawa Shopping

These are places I frequent most. There are tons of other places to add, but I just may not have personally visited them yet or had the time to update this page.


Rainbow Foods (Richmond Rd., Britannia)
– great bulk section, but no pasta and no dates
– local yogurt in glass, you can bring back
– toilet paper packaged in paper

Herb and Spice Food (Bank St.)
– bulk section, bulk pasta and you can bring your own containers
– produce and groceries

Herb and Spice Wellness (across from Herb and Spice Food on Bank St.)
– natural supplements
– bulk section (beetroot powder, cholorophyll, spirulina and tons more!)

Herb and Spice (Wellington St. West, Westboro)
– Tofu in bulk here
– Single eggs available and you can bring your own carton
– Majool dates available and you can bring your own container
– great produce section, no bulk

La Bottega (Downtown Market)
– Cheeses, will shave parmesan right into your jar
– Deli, sandwiches

Kardish (Merivale Rd.)
– great bulk section
– eggs (local/organic in cartons)
-local yogurt in glass, you can bring back

Whole Foods (Lansdowne)
– bread and baked goods
– bulk section
– lots of organic produce

Art-Is-In Bakery (Lebreton Flats)
– at the end of the day in the last hour they have 2 for 1 bread for $5
– bring in your pillow case to store your bread. They will cut it if you ask.

Bread By Us (Hintonburg)
– amazing coffee (happy goat), loose tea
– great sandwiches and killer bread but they sell out fast, so come early.
– bring in your pillow case to store your breads. They will cut it if you ask.

Farm Boy (Richmond Rd., Britannia)
– produce
– eggs
– baked goods, buns and cheese bread

The Piggy Market (Winston Ave., Westboro)
– local meat
– They weigh everything and put it in your containers



Planet Botanix (Bank St.)
– essential oils
– anything to make soap or home-made make-up/body care
– she lets you bring your own containers to store everything

Mother Earth Natural Health (Richmond Rd.)
– bulk brown rice penne pasta
– bulk dried herbs
– activated charcoal in bulk
– beeswax, soaps, glass containers, metal tins etc.


I’m in a constant state of Buy Nothing, but when and if I do, it’s one of these places if I haven’t tried Freecycle or Buy Nothing Ottawa.

House of Lazarus (Winchester)
– money goes to local food bank next door
– furniture, household items and super inexpensive quality clothing

Value Village on Merivale
– their prices got a little ridiculous but it’s second hand at least so no new items were made through slave labour
– everything you could want in life

Salvation Army Thrift Store on Richmond Rd.
– regardless of whatever is said about them, I shop here because it’s walking distance and because it’s second hand.
– it’s small but there is clothes, furniture, household, books, toys, etc.

High Jinx (290 Kent St.)
– money goes to helping the vulnerable with anything they need
– sells: furniture, vintage, antique, household