Skip to main content

Four Places to Find Exotic Snacks in Ottawa’s Original Downtown 

November 14, 2023

Are you feeling peckish and looking to grab something to snack on in the middle of your workday? Why not ditch the typical chocolate bar and soda combo and try something a little more unconventional? 

Whether you’re looking for a new twist on an old favourite or hoping for something unlike anything else you’ve had before, you’re sure to find it in Ottawa’s Original Downtown.  

Check out these four spots to get unique snacks along and around Rideau Street! 

Axia Station

Starting off with one of the most recent additions to Rideau’s lineup of retailers, Axia Station offers an extensive lineup of cosmetics, toys, and yes, snacks from several different Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea and more! You can easily lose track of time browsing all their unique products from across the Pacific while taking in their brightly coloured, fluorescent décor. Don’t miss their grand opening this month! 

📍 147 Rideau Street 

⏰ Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

⏰ Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

📞 (613) 366-7802 

Our recommendation: Corn-flavoured White Rabbit Creamy Candy 

Asian Mart

This is the perfect place to stop by if you’re looking to grab a snack and your lunch at the same time! When you’re finished browsing their selection of exotic candy, pastries and ice cream, make sure to order something off the menu at Hong Kong Express, located in the same building! Their authentic Chinese cuisine features time-honoured classics like their wonton soups and chow mein as well as more unique offerings like fried octopus!  

📍 242 Rideau Street 

⏰ Sunday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

📞 (613) 241-4141 

Our recommendation: JaneJane Natural Style Prepared Rolled Squid 

Exotic Bottega

Exotic Bottega has a selection of imported snack foods from all over the world that are sure to make you experience flavours you’ve never tried before! Tons of exotic flavours of chips, candy and soda line the shelves as well as food items that you’d almost certainly never expect. And speaking of the unexpected, why not pick out a Mystery Box for yourself next time you visit the store? There’s only one way to find out exactly what’s inside, but you can be certain that every box is filled with tasty surprises! 

📍 100 Murray Street 

⏰ Monday – Tuesday: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

⏰ Wednesday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

⏰ Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight 

⏰ Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Our recommendation: Van Holten’s Big Papa Pickle-In-A-Pouch 

Mergi Shop  

One of Rideau’s most interesting little storefronts is packed with more unique snacks than you could hope to try in a lifetime! Like its sister store Axia Station, Mergi Shop specializes in selling Asian goods, including mochi, teas and even high-end food products like Japanese wagyu beef! You could just as easily pick up everything you need to make dinner for you and yours as well as a couple munchies for a movie night! Don’t forget to take advantage of their complimentary same-day delivery service as well, which currently serves a large selection of Ottawa neighbourhoods including Kanata and Orleans.

📍 382 Rideau Street 

⏰ Sunday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

⏰ Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

📞 (613) 366-6459 

🖱️ mergishop.ca 

Our recommendation: Joy & Bonjuk Seafood Porridge 

Worried about where you are going to park? Click here for a handy tool to find all the parking options and rates in the downtown! 

Click here to check out other blogs we’ve written about businesses in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!