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Five Healthy Restaurants in Downtown Rideau

January 13, 2023

Coming back from holidays is not an easy process. You’re used to getting up late, not doing much during the day, and eating a copious amount of chocolate. I mean, who’s complaining, right? But now, most of us are back into a routine, and since we have entered a new year, there are things we want to start doing better for ourselves. Did your New Years Resolution look something like working out more, going to bed on time, and eating healthy?

Don’t let the snow get you down and back to your old habits! We’ve compiled a list of healthier food options around Downtown Rideau to help you stay on track. 

LOLLO, 60 George Street

This is your one-stop shop for gourmet salads, wine, and Italian coffees. LOLLO offers gourmet salads with innovative ingredients that stand out from the average salad. If you’re not feeling a salad, try one of their sandwiches or their beloved avocado toast. Pair it with one of their home-brewed Italian coffee, so smooth and delicious you’ll be coming back for more! 

Dine in and take in some great views of the Byward Market or take it to go on your way to your next meeting.



Pure Kitchen, 115 Rideau Street 

If you are Vegan or Vegetarian, you have most definitely heard of Pure Kitchen. With multiple restaurants around the city, Pure Kitchen has become the go-to restaurant for flavourful and creative vegan and vegetarian dishes. 

With a natural feel atmosphere, it is the perfect place to go to whether you’re on a date, hanging with friends, or enjoying a lovely meal with yourself. You won’t even feel guilty eating as all of their food is fresh and packed with a ton of nutrients. 

We recommend the Liberty Wrap with crunchy cauliflower, pickles, carrots, and ranch dressing. Try it with their Korean BBQ sauce, and it is utterly amazing! 


Pure Kitchen
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Chipotle, 50 Rideau Street

Did you know that there is only one Chipotle in all of Ottawa, which happens to be in the Rideau Centre? This is a go-to spot for everyone who comes to Downtown Rideau. Not only does it offer fast service and delicious food, but they make everything fresh and from scratch! 

You come to this place when you’re not sure what to eat, but you want something healthy. Their burrito bowl never disappoints, and spending an extra dollar on guac is always worth it! 


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Shawarma Palace, 464 Rideau Street

The most coveted dish in all of Ottawa is shawarma! Shawarma is always a great idea, especially from Shawarma Palace, as they always deliver every time you order. 

Who doesn’t love meat marinated and slow-cooked on a spit and packed full of veggies, hummus, and garlic sauce. But to make it healthy, take all of those ingredients and make it into a Shawarma Plate. With rice and salad for extra freshness, you will never feel guilty eating this. 


Shawarma Palace
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Chef Ric’s, 384 Rideau Street

Chef Ric’s is such a special place as it not only offers healthy and affordable dishes, but it is a unique atmosphere that welcomes the entire community and changes people’s lives. 

Enjoy classic and comforting homemade meals made by the community, like classic salads and made-from-scratch sandwiches, and offer weekly breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials that change weekly. 


Chef Ric's
Image by Chef Ric’s