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Kitchenalia in Westboro is just one great place to find a gift for a cook. Photo: Kitchenalia.

#Support613 Gift Guide: For people who like to cook

By Hannah Manning and Greggory Clark on November 27, 2020

Welcome to Part 4 of Apartment613’s local holiday gift guide! Visit often for new suggestions daily.

Some people like to cook. Some people like to eat. Some like to do both! Here’s a holiday guide for the special someone in your kitchen (whether that’s a friend, family member, partner or yourself)!

Ma Cuisine

269 Dalhousie Street

Whether you cook with it, serve with it, eat with it, or just need it (full credit goes to Ma Cuisine for that line), this store in the ByWard Market is a great spot to pick up some new kitchen goodies. They’re open for in-store shopping or curbside pick up, but are closed Mondays.

Apt613 Pick: These Banneton bread-rising baskets will give pandemic sourdough loaves a professional look while they proof.

Pot & Pantry

244 Elgin Street

One of my favourites spots to check out when I need a gift, Pot & Pantry is full of the most beautiful kitchen gadgets and home decor.

Apt613 pick: Pot & Pantry carries a bunch of local products, including Blackett & Co. candles, Top Shelf Preserves, Hummingbird chocolate and a whole series of Shop Local products that support local charities.


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274 Richmond Road

Kitchenalia is hard to miss—literally. The bright blue building on Richmond Road has a number of Christmas specials online and a huge supply in store.

Apt613 pick: Looking for a safe way to carry your delicious food? Check out these retro lunchboxes.


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800 Bank Street

Everyone knows that a good chef needs a good knife, and Knifewear has got you covered. They’ve even got a handy gift guide to help you home in on a well-honed blade. Curbside pick up is an option.

Apt613 pick: Already stocked up on knives? Knifewear also offers knife sharpening (including curbside sharpening).

Mid-East Food Centre

1010 Belfast Road

At the Ottawa Trainyards, Mid-East Food Centre is known for their super fresh Lebanaese food bar and a wide selection of food products from around the world. They also have a well-stocked kitchen and houseware section detailed here.

Apt613 pick: Get a beautiful tea pot or set, which Mid-East Food has in both traditional and modern styles from the Middle East, Europe, and Mexico.

Grace in the Kitchen

442 Hazeldean Road

This west-end shop is a lot of things: kitchenware, gourmet foods, espresso machines… Past the gadgets and small appliances, nestled within the store is perhaps Kanata’s finest cheese shop. It’s likely you’ll find gifts for several people here, either high-end for your spouse or roommate who loves to cook, or gourmet food stocking stuffers under 20 dollars.

Apt613 pick: At the moment, Grace in the Kitchen has a sale on Japanese-made Miyabi chef’s knives.


Inspire your gift recipient with a new cookbook or two. Ottawa Cooks by Anne DesBrisay or the Coconut Lagoon Cookbook by Joe Thottungal are two great local options.

What have we missed? Leave comments below with #Support613 suggestions for all the foodies on your holiday shopping list.