Travelling with teens is not always easy, but you can win them over on your family trip to Ottawa by surprising them with this list of amazing, cool shops. Our local experts have weeded out any touristy and lame spots to create this guide to the coolest shops for teens in Ottawa.
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Located in the Glebe, this board shop features a variety of clothing, shoes, accessories and hard goods for teens—many of which are exclusive to Slaysh. Staff are knowledgeable about what they carry are actively involved in the Ottawa board-sports community.
Slaysh, 775 Bank St., 613-667-5830, slaysh.com
A sister shop to Ottawa’s popular Trustfund Boutique, Roadtrip appeals to teens and adults alike. Pieces by emerging designers sit alongside those from established, well-known lines, and most come in at under $100.
Roadtrip, 24B York St., 613-562-0992, roadtripclothing.com
Completely customizable retro-style t-shirts are the focus at this William Street shop. Teens can choose from hundreds of clever designs displayed in fun-to-flip books (see the designs online here). You can see the shop’s unique designs on teens throughout Ottawa.
Bang-On, 51 William St., 613.241.5000, bang-on.com
Teens love to shop at NEON for essentials from the likes of Levi’s, Dickies and Converse. NEON frequently scours the streets of Los Angeles, New York, and all over Europe and Asia to find the latest brands and bring them back to Ottawa. If there’s buzz about a brand, chances are, NEON already knows about it.
NEON, 60 George St., 613-789-4479, neonclothing.ca
NRML’s mission is to bring street culture to Ottawa’s burgeoning urban scene. Established in 1997, the massive three-storey shop has evolved from a simple sneaker store into one of the country’s best streetwear boutiques, offering teens brands such as Cheap Monday, Obey, WeSc, Nudie Jeans and more.
NRML, 184 Rideau St., 613-562-2043, nrml.ca
Known for its hip, kitschy and ironic merchandise, the Ottawa location of this shop carries on the chain’s tradition of being a global retailer with a boutique approach. Full of contradictions, the shop stock brands that are compelling and distinct, satisfying their creative and diverse customer base—teens included.
Urban Outfitters, 135 Rideau St., 613-695-3262, urbanoutfitters.com
Top of the World
Ottawa’s largest independent skate shop is constantly evolving to meet the changing trends in the industry, and its commitment to community events has kept the local skate scene growing. Teens can find all the top brands at this downtown shop: Emerica, DC, Circa, Nixon, Burton and many more.
Top of the World, 158 Rideau St., 613-237-4797, topoftheworld.com