Sunglasses are our favourite accessory, no matter the season. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good handbag (especially transparent totes atm), but there’s something about shades that truly captures our every mood. Whether you’re looking for a pair of micro sunnies that are the epitome of ’90s fashion or classic cat-eye frames meant for a Hollywood starlet, these are the best places to shop for sunglasses in Ottawa. Not in the nation’s capital this summer? No prob—we rounded up the best sunglasses shops from coast to coast.
Eyes in the Glebe Eyecare
Find it: 831 Bank St., eyesintheglebe.ca
The low-down: This local optical biz offers a range of unique services, like dry eye therapy, custom digital lenses and more. Plus, they only carry sunglasses from independent designers and retailers, so you can guarantee that any pair you purchase will deliver on style *and* quality.
Brands: Cutler and Gross, Eyevan 7285, Dita, Moscot, Mykita, Salt, Very French Gangsters and more
The pair we love: Moscot’s Lemtosh, as soon as you put on the unisex pair (which comes in a plethora of chic hues, like blush, bamboo and sage), you’ll immediately feel like the bad-ass babe that you are
Eyemaxx Optical Studio
Find it: 237 Elgin St., eyemaxx.ca
The low-down: This modern downtown boutique specializes in all things eye care. From eye exams to contact lens fittings and (of course) a carefully curated collection of sunglasses, the talented team of opticians and optical stylists will help you find your perfect pair to rock for the rest of summer and beyond.
Brands: Blackfin, Céline, Dick Moby, Francois Pinton, Lunetterie Générale, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford and more
The pair we love: You can’t go wrong with a bold cat-eye and Andy Wolf’s Jan is our pick for its thick frames and playful colours like light pink, orange, red, white and more.
New Look Eyewear
Find it: 45 Didsbury Rd., 1200 St Laurent Blvd., St. Laurent Centre, 1461 Merivale Rd. #1, 100 Bayshore Dr., Bayshore Shopping Centre, 500 Terminal Ave. A-12, Ottawa Train Yards, 4210 Innes Rd #3, plus other locations across Ontario and Quebec, newlook.ca
The low-down: Founded in Quebec, this popular optical retailer has a diverse selection of sunglasses, whether you’re all about sporty aviators, classic cat-eyes or larger-than-life frames fit for Hollywood royalty. Also, they have six locations in the nation’s capital alone, so you can easily hit up a shop that is closest to you to see the goods IRL.
Brands: Coach, Glamour Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nova, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and more
The pair we love: Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce because playful polka dots aren’t going away anytime soon