Many national museums and cultural attractions call Ottawa home, but Canada’s capital city is also home to a bustling high-end shopping scene. From major brightly lit department stores to modest designer ateliers, Ottawa is sure to please even the most discerning shopper. And if you’re staying in Ottawa’s downtown core, Sussex Drive—the city’s high-end fashion row—is only a few steps from any downtown area hotel. Make sure to stop by these wonderful shops as you explore the city!
Richard Robinson Haute Couture
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, stop by this high-fashion atelier that is both a store and a working fashion design academy! Peruse the boutique located on the building’s ground floor for elegant evening and daytime statement pieces from the Paris-trained designer and couturier, known to dress Ottawa’s politicians, diplomats and local celebrities. Richard Robinson’s pieces feature a mix of classic and avant-garde elements, which together are sure to create an original look. And if you want to see what Ottawa’s up and coming fashion designers are all about, a tour of the fashion academy can be organized upon request.
The first Kaliyana store opened in Ottawa in 1987 and the label has since expanded, opening stores in nearby Montréal and Toronto. Located on Sussex Drive near York Street, the Kaliyana boutique offers innovative pieces for women by Canadian designer Jana Kalous. Kaliyana’s pieces are designed around the idea that fashion should be freeing for women and that they should be able to pull off any look they desire, no matter their size, age or frame of mind.
Located at the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive, Cantas offers unique daytime and evening fashions. This interesting boutique opened in 2007, with owner Semiha Cantas importing seasonal collections directly from Europe. Cantas specializes in evening gowns, ball gowns, business suits and casual wear. Whether you’re stepping out for a night on the town or you’re meeting friends for a casual lunch, this boutique will have something to make you stand out from the crowd.
Open in Ottawa since fall 2006, Trustfund believes in offering high-end fashions in a relaxed atmosphere for both men and women. Peruse brands such as Fidelity, Hippytree, Marc by Marc Jacobs, David Aubrey, Fever and Gentle Fawn, to find that perfect unique piece. This is the go-to boutique for casual denim and downtown-chic essentials.
Wolf & Zed
Once you’ve found the perfect designer outfit, all you need is a new pair of shoes. Visit independently-owned Wolf & Zed to add the perfect touch! Offering high-end shoes for both men and women from brands like Blackstone, Aigle, House of Harlow and David X, among many others, you are sure to find unique shoes that fit your needs and tastes. This is a great boutique to pick up what you need or to simply add a special pair of shoes to your collection!
If you’re looking for a unique piece of jewellery, look no further than Maiya Pearls. Located on Sussex Drive, Maiya Pearls offers jewelry designed and created right in the boutique. Choose from a selection of pieces featuring cultured and wild pearls, precious metals, as well as precious and semi-precious stones. Or if the store doesn’t have quite what you’re looking for, work with a designer to create your own custom piece. And for a truly unique piece, the boutique can even incorporate a fresh in-store grown orchid for that added touch!
If you love high-fashion but aren’t sure how to pull your look together, visit Poised. This modern and relaxed boutique has five stylists available to meet with you and help you achieve the perfect professional, evening or weekend look. In terms of style, this boutique caters to fashion-forward women, offering exclusive and edgy designer labels. You won’t have to shop alone!
Teruko Creative High-fashion
Located on Sussex Drive, this high-fashion boutique and atelier is based entirely on the work of Teruko Nakamura, a designer who studied fashion in Tokyo, Japan, before eventually settling in Canada. Nakamura offers ready-to-wear pieces that are elegant and contemporary. Custom pieces can also be created from a wide variety of fabric that is available on site. Choose your fabric and let Nakamura create a unique piece that will make you shine!
CF Rideau Centre
CF Rideau Centre is Ottawa’s premier downtown shopping centre! Located at the corner of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive, this three-level shopping centre is home to about 180 retailers including high-end brands such as Coach, Michael Kors, Pandora, Club Monaco and Judith & Charles. The shopping centre is currently undergoing a $360 million revitalization project that will see U.S.-based retailer Nordstrom open its doors in spring 2015 and Québec-based department store Simons open its doors in 2016!
It’s easy to spend a whole day browsing the shops along Ottawa’s scenic Sussex Drive! Other interesting clothing boutiques include Envied, m0851, Schad and Schad blu. No matter the season, your mood or your budget, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. And if you’re planning a short shopping getaway for the girls, consider booking an Ottawa Tourism getaway package that includes hotel accommodation, a Savings Directory for CF Rideau Centre and admission to one of Ottawa’s museums or other cultural attractions. Shop until you drop, then relax and take in the sights of Canada’s capital.