HINTONBOURG, OTTAWA

Named after Joseph Hinton – the guy who secured the first post office here in the mid-1800s – this former down-market district has gotten an upmarket comb-over.

By Fateema Sayani

7:00 With heirloom tomatoes, purple beans and micro-greens from the Bryson Farms stall at the Ottawa Parkdale Market in hand, early birds head north to Remic Rapids Park to watch the sun rise over John-Félice Ceprano’s freestanding rock sculptures. Mind the joggers and dog walkers.

10:00 Shoppers drop the best friend at Dogz, a place for pup pampering and daycare, then head over to Ravensara for collectible tin toys. A Fine Thing has antiques galore, including mid-century favourite Fiestaware.

12:00 The back of the Melrose Groceteria houses Helen’s Cuisine, a lunch counter serving shawarma, tabouli, delicious baklava – and pot roast.

15:00 Upstart galleries abound. Cube Gallery is home to locally established modern artists. The space – an old soda factory – is perfect for lingering. James Robinson, the owner of nearby Parkdale Gallery, paints on-site, while the one-room Pukka Gallery, housed inside artist co-op the Engine Room, changes exhibitions monthly.

17:00  While occasionally reclaimed as a hipster hovel for rock shows, the Carleton Tavern is a good old dive with decor to match.

18:00 Visiting cookbook authors teach the fundamentals of Slow Food or molecular gastronomy at the Urban Element, a retrofitted fire hall with an industrial kitchen. Bonus: Eat your work with your new pals and take recipes home. Don’t want to do the work? Sail over to Hino Restaurant for fine Asian-fusion cuisine.


“If Hintonburg were a person, it would be someone who’s a lot of fun and a great laugh but goes to bed early.”

– Don Monet, curator of Cube Gallery


A Fine Thing 1096 Somerset St. W., 613-729-1388, afinething.ca
Anything Goes 33 Laurel St., 613-567-1111, anythinggoesonline.ca
The Carlton Tavern 223 Armstrong St., 613-728-4424
Cube Gallery 7 Hamilton Ave. N., 613-728-1750, cubegallery.ca
Dogz Spa & Boutique 1116 Wellington St. W., 613-728-DOGZ, dogzspa.com
Hino Restaurant 1013 Wellington St. W., 613-722-1129
Melrose Groceteria 1082 Wellington St. W., 613-728-2566
Ottawa Parkdale Market at Wellington, 613-244-4410
Parkdale Gallery 229 Armstrong St., 613-614-4308, parkdalegallery.com
Pukka Gallery 430 Parkdale Ave., pukkagallery.ca
Ravensara 1200F Wellington St. W., 613-761-9941
Remic Rapids Park East of the Champlain Bridge
The Urban Element 424 Parkdale Ave., 613-722-0885, theurbanelement.ca