Reopening in the Glebe: Bakeries, Cafes, Food Shops and a Butcher
As businesses begin to reopen in the Glebe, it’s more important than ever to support the local economy. We have put together a new blog series highlighting local businesses as they reopen in the neighbourhood.
This week we highlight food shops, grocery stores.
Here’s a list of shops that will help you read more, think more, and collect more. Help us support our local businesses as they navigate this challenging time. We’re all in this together. Support local.
A reminder that wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces in Ottawa is now mandatory.
While the store remains officially closed, that doesn’t mean you have to go through the rest of summer without a taste of Alicja Confections. The home of the Postcard Chocolate Bar is busy fulfilling online orders for curbside pickup. Order handmade chocolates, bon bons, bars and chocolate discs and pick up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Friday at their Glebe shop. Fill that chocolate craving, you deserve it.
Whether you need to fill a sweet tooth, or get your daily homemade bread fix, Second Avenue Sweets is still pumping out some of the city’s best baked goods. Cakes, croissants, and cookies are at the ready at Second Avenue Sweets. Got a special birthday coming up? An anniversary? Or just need to eat a cake in front of the TV, Second Ave Sweets has you covered…in chocolate.
Even if you’re not hungry, you must stop at Ichiban Bakery and try their signature Japanese Cream Cheese Buns. Sweet, rich and fluffy, the pastry will have you turning around to get a dozen more before you’ve finished the first one. The Bank Street café is a great spot for morning sweets, bold coffee and signature snacks that will have your guests begging to know where you got them. You can share the secret. Visit them online or in store.
Arguably the best place in the region to get Middle Eastern pastries, La Brioche will have your mouth watering for more treats. Baklava, Kunafa, cake, cookies and everything in between. Visit them in store on Bank Street today and fill that sweet tooth.
Coffee, sandwiches, scones and biscotti. Mmmm, sounds like Café Morala is open. The Bank Street café is a great on-the-go spot to grab a refreshment on the way to your morning or afternoon appointment. Stop in a grab lunch or a coffee to go.
Stop by Cinnaholic for a delicious mid-day treat to keep your productive day going. The Lansdowne cinnamon roll shop is open and it’s the only place in the Glebe where you can get 100 per cent plant-based, dairy and lactose free, egg and cholesterol-free cinnamon rolls with over 20 unique frosting choices. If you go once, you’ll go twice, three times, four hundred times.
We all know that Bridgehead is a great place to grab a coffee and a snack while studying or preparing for an interview, but did you know you can now order fresh produce through Bridgehead’s new Pop-Up Farmers’ Market. The Bank Street coffee shop has teamed up with Go Greens and Älska Farms to offer fresh veggies, greens, maple syrup and butter delivered right to your door. Pair your order with two bags of coffee and get it delivered for free. Visit them online or in-store for details.
Grab a quick cup of coffee, a breakfast sandwich and a snack en route to your meeting, errand or appointment. If you’re an early riser, the coffee shop is likely your best bud, as it opens at the crack of dawn, at 5:30 a.m. Monday to Friday. Wake up right with a hot coffee from Starbucks.
The Glebe Meat Market is arguably the best place in the city to get a fine cut of meat. Whether you’re looking for a thick rib eye steak to grill up, or a pile of sausages for the kids, owner Stephane Sauvé will send you off with meat worth of impressing your father in law. Plus, the butcher shop has freezers full of delicious take-home meals, including shepherd’s pie, chili and their famous turkey pot pie.
While the physical shop at Unrefined Olive is closed, their online store has remained open since the beginning of the pandemic. Staff at the olive oil shop have been working hard fulfilling online orders and in-store pick up for patrons. Customers can simply order online and pick up in the Glebe on Thursdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Delivery is also available.
“We are still available by email or phone for advice and suggestions,” says owner Elizabeth Kilvert, adding that with sampling still not permitted in-store that, “we are your taste buds at this time.” So, send them an email, give them a call and get that perfect olive oil for that perfect summer meal.
If anyone has really stepped up their game in the Glebe during the pandemic, it’s certainly Nicastro’s. The Bank Street Italian grocer has implemented a number of initiatives that are total game changes. The Italian cheese and produce shop now offer delivery, including over 150 types of cheese. The shop also has a succulent roster of take-home prepared meals, like classic lasagna, Italian sausages, meatballs, chicken parmigiana and and handful of mouth-watering deli sandwiches for when you’re on-the-go.
Since day one of the pandemic, McKeen Metro Glebe has been there for the community, serving the neighbourhood and ensuring its patrons have what they need to get through this crisis. The neighbourhood grocery store is your go-to spot for everything that goes in the fridge or pantry. Plus, McKeen Metro Glebe has some of the best bread around, freshly baked from Art is In Bakery daily. Stop by for some goods and say hi to your friendly neighbourhood grocers.
Whether you need to stock the fridge with essentials, or are loading up on meat for an afternoon, socially-distanced barbecue, Loblaws will have everything you need. The Isabella Street grocer boasts fresh produce, a delicious butcher shop and endless aisles of dry goods. A quick shop or a full load up is always an enjoyable experience at Loblaws.
Whole Foods Market is back open at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe, and it’s you’re one-stop shop for some of the freshest organic produce around. The grocery store also boasts aisles upon aisles of health foods, high quality bulk goods and delicious prepared take-home meals. Visit them online or in-store today.