Independent food stores abound locally

The Golden Baguette on Bank Street is one of many independent bakeries in central Ottawa. (Alayne McGregor/The BUZZ)
The Golden Baguette on Bank Street is one of many independent bakeries in central Ottawa. (Alayne McGregor/The BUZZ)

We’ve updated this article with suggestions from our readers.

Alayne McGregor

Members of a Canadian Reddit group (r/loblawsisoutofcontrol) have called for a boycott in May of Weston-supplied grocery stores (including Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, and T&T) to protest high food prices and high Weston profits.

Regardless of your position on the boycott, you might use this as an opportunity to explore the many non-chain food stores in Ottawa and particularly in Centretown.

The BUZZ walked around the ‘hood in the last few weeks and found a lot of choices.

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For groceries: Herb & Spice on Bank Street, and MargoFresh on Gladstone. For deli: Seed to Sausage on Gladstone, and Luciano’s and Casa Nicastro on Preston. Asian markets: Kowloon, and Saigon on Somerset West, Arum Korean Market on Laurier, Thana on Bank. Mid-east groceries: Shiraz Food Market on Somerset West. (An addition from our readers: the Hintonburg Food Market on Wellington West.)

A bounty of bakeries: The Brown Loaf on Elgin; The Scone Witch on Gloucester; The Golden Baguette and Bread & Sons on Bank; True Loaf on Gladstone; Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana on Preston; The Nutty Greek on Rochester; and Keyto Your Heart (gluten-free), The Corner Store, and Dessert First on Somerset West. And just over the bridge in Hintonburg on Wellington West: Bread by Us, Chippers Bakery, and Les Moulins La Fayette.

And there are also many places offering prepared meals to go, such as Red Apron or FoodWorks on Gladstone, and Chef Ric’s on Rideau Street.

Farmer’s markets another source

If you’d like to support growers directly, buy in-season fruits and vegetables and other local food at the ByWard and Parkdale farmer’s markets, open seven days a week from May to October, and the farmer’s market at Lansdowne (every Sunday from May to October).

In Centretown, the Elgin Street farmer’s market in Boushey Square will open June 16 and run until October.

Further afield

Going further afield, there is an amazing variety of Indian-subcontinent grocery stores on Merivale Road between Capilano and Hunt Club. For groceries with a Mid-East flavour, there’s the Mid-East Food Centre on St. Laurent and Cedars on Bank in Ottawa South, and smaller stores on Kirkwood and on Carling. For veggies: Produce Depot on Carling.

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