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.


Nu Grocery (Wellington St. and Main St.)
– bulk selection (frozen veggies, nuts, flours, oils, vinegars etc.)
– beauty products (hair, hand cream)
– zero waste products

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
– they now sell cotton bulk bags (two sizes) and mason jars (two sizes) for you to fill and bring back

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

Wellington Wholesale Seafood (Wellington St. West, Hintonburg)
he will weigh whatever seafood you desire, remove it from the plastic and put it in your container

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
– they will weigh cheese, remove the plastic and put it in your container

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, Palz Ottawa, or my local Buy Nothing group.

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

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