Ottawa, Canada City Guide {UPDATE}

by Stephanie

Today’s Ottawa City Guide come to us from Krista Leben, the founder of Urban Craft Market, Ottawa’s Craft Bash, and urbanite jewelry. Krista is an American expat who has been bouncing around the globe since 2007 until she finally landed in Ottawa in the fall of 2009. She loves calling Canada’s capital her home, and can’t wait to introduce you to the cool side of Ottawa, so she has compiled a list of the top restaurants, shops, and additional “treats” to highlight this truly fun city! Thanks Krista for this incredible guide to Ottawa! — Stephanie

Read the full guide after the jump…


Be sure to check out this Google Map with all of the below listings!


Victoire Boutique – A perfectly curated shop featuring Canadian fashion designers, lovely home goods, and lovely accessories. A must-visit in Ottawa!

Workshop Studio & Boutique – This lovely shop is filled to the brim with handmade goods from designers across Canada.

Paper Papier– A perfect little paper shop with beautiful wrapping paper, cards and decorations for your home.

EQ3 – A Canadian furniture and home goods chain, EQ3 has a wonderful selection of modern touches for your home.

Young Janes – A wonderful vintage-centric shop with beautiful dresses and accessories! A must-visit for vintage lovers!

Road Trip – A great selection of clothes and accessories for both guys and gals.

Domus Housewares – A wonderful kitchen store with an attached restaurant, the perfect place to pick something up if you’re looking for professional kitchen instruments!

Ma Cuisine – A well-appointed kitchen shop that I like to visit to pick up beautiful serving dishes and bowls.

Chez Lucien – This local pub features a great selection of burgers made in house as well as a wide range of craft beers to go with them. Live jazz on Sundays, and a wonderful staff.

La Bottega – A wonderful Italian food shop that’s a great place to pick up a snack or one of their customizable gourmet sandwiches (which will feed you for days)!

Planet Coffee – A great place to pick up a perfectly-poured latte or sweet treat. Cash only.

Murray Street – If you’re a meat lover, Murray Street is a must-vist. As true believers of the nose-to-tail philosophy, you can experience some great and interesting meat-centric dishes here. Great for Sunday brunch, too!

Auntie Loo’s – A little out of the way in the Lowertown area, Auntie Loo’s is Ottawa’s first vegan bakery and well worth the trip. Try their whoopie pies!



Flowers & Vintaqe – Two talented ladies recently teamed up to create this fantastic little shop which is filled to the brim with organic floral arrangements and gorgeous vintage garb.

Stroked Ego – A shop filled with goods for dapper dudes. With everything from designer socks to shaving accessories, this is a great spot for guys.

Herb & Spice Wellness Shop -Sister store to a local grocery store across the street, this new shop features everything you need to keep yourself well naturally! From body care products to essential oils and beauty products, it’s an eco-beauty fiend’s dream!

The Whalesbone – With fresh oysters always on the menu -and other fantastic seafood dishes, this rustic and cozy space is great to pop into for a comortable and intimate dinner.

Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse– A favorite of office workers in the area, grounded has a wonderful range of sandwiches, pizza and gorgeous dishes for dinner.

Bread & Sons – This local bakery has a huge dedicated following in Ottawa, and rightly so: with awesome pizza, breakfast items and baked goods made from local ingredients on their menu, you Bread & Sons won’t steer you wrong!

Pressed– This gourmet sandwich bar is a beautiful and comfortable place to tuck into while you dig into a tasty sandwich featuring things like house-smoked chicken. Visit on the weekend for a stunning waffle brunch, topped with things like the perfect amount of pulled pork.

Union 613 Southern-inspired cocktails, grub and atmosphere makes Union an awesome place to tuck into any night.

The Red Apron – This take-home food shop has the loveliest selection of gourmet goodies made locally. It’s also a great spot to pick up a sandwich or coffee.

The Papery– A lovely paper shop with gorgeous cards, darling gifts and a wonderful staff.

Alteriors– A wonderful selection of modern furniture, lighting and accessories.

Octopus Books– An independent book shop run by an owner with a great taste and staff that’s incredibly helpful.

Miss Tiggy Winkles – For the kid in you. This fun shop features toys, games and fun knick-knacks.

C.A. Paradis– An expansive kitchen store with every item you’ll need to outfit a gourmet kitchen!

Ottawa Antique Market – The biggest antique store in Eastern Ontario!

Cafe Morala– This darling cafe features sandwiches and Latin American specialties, like the most delicious empanadas in town.

Stella Luna– With some of the best gelato in town, this place is always packed and is a great place to hang out with your family on a warm afternoon.

Second Avenue Sweets – One of the most underrated bakeries in town, in our humble opinion. Try their cakewiches on the weekends, which somehow perfect both a whoopie pie and a cupcake all in one.

The Unrefined Olive – A gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar, with oils and vinegars of impeccable quality.



Mags & Fags – An awesome magazine shop, with cards and gifts tucked within the store, too.

Boogie & Birdie – Sister shop to Mags & Fags, this newly-opend gift store has lovely local products and other little gems.

Perfect Books – A great independent book shop with thoughtfully selected books in every genre.

town. – A modern yet cozy atmosphere with modern Italian fare on the menu + a great cocktail list, you’ll love this eatery.

The Manx Pub– Tuck into this underground pub for the tastiest food you’ll ever eat in a bar. With pressed pulled pork wraps, delectable vegan dishes and daily specials, you’ll love the cozy atmosphere of this pub and its awesome staff.

Pure Gelato – This modern spot has a wide selection of tasty gelato and crepes of the savory and sweet variety. Also perfect for people watching through their big windows looking out onto Elgin Street.

Oz Kafe – Tucked underground, Oz features incredible and inventive dishes. Great for dinner, drinks or a late-night snack.

El Camino – A newcomer to Ottawa’s culinary scene, El Camino features tacos, tequila and a raw bar. With both a walk-up window and sit-down options, it’s easy to snag some of El Camino’s delicious food.



Raw Sugar Cafe– A cozy cafe with vintage tables to sit at and vintage clothes to shop from, it’s a great place to sit, relax and unplug.

The Moonroom – Tuck into this dark and modern bar for fantastic cocktails, small plates and wonderful tunes coming over the speakers.

two six {ate}– Fantastic cocktails, wonderful bar snacks and beautiful entrees

Le Kim Chi – A wonderful Korean restaurant with incredibly helpful staff. A great place to try Korean if you’ve never tasted the cuisine!

Art Is In Bakery – A very popular bakery here in Ottawa which started out by wholesaling their delicious bread, then expanded into a full-on bakery which now serves lunch, brunch and their delicious pastries. A must-visit.
Vietnamese Pho – Many of the restaurants in Ottawa’s Chinatown are actually Vietnamese Pho places. There are countless options, and everyone seems to have their favorite spot, but here are a few popular options: New Pho Bo Ga La, Pho Tu Do, Pho Bo Ga 1 & Vietnam Palace.



Heavens to Betsy – This charming gift shop has everything to lovely perfume to darling greeting cards to vintage goodies. A great place to pick up a gift!

Fabrications – This shop features an impeccably-curated selection of fabrics and also has sewing machines which you can rent out to work on projects.

Flock – Sister shop to Workshop Studio & Boutique on Dalhousie. Full of Canadian handmade goodness.

Victoire Boutique– Sister shop to Victoire Boutique on Dalhousie.

JV Studios – New to the Wellington West neighborhood, JV Studios features jewelry designers from across Canada and is run by metalsmith Jasmine Virani. A great place to pick up a momento from your trip to Ottawa.

Wabi Sabi – A fabulous knitting and yarn store, Wabi Sabi sells beautiful hand-spun yarn and also has workshop and classes in which you can learn to knit!

St. Vincent de Paul – One of the most popular second-hand stores in Ottawa, St. Vincents is a great place to score some great finds at great prices.

Viens Avec Moi– A house of fashion and clothing shop for women, this shop also carries such goodies as Kinfolk magazine and other lovely gifts.

Blumenstudio – This gem of a shop is run by floral designer Kat Kosk, who creates wonderfully modern arrangements with a European flair. The shop is also a cafe with wonderful baked goods and some of the best lattes in town. If you’re in Ottawa around the holiday season, their Eggnog Latte is a must!

Hintonburg Public House – Quickly after opening, HPH became a local favorite, and rightly so–with cozy and comfortable furnishings, local beer on tap, and a great menu.

Suzy Q Doughnuts – Hands-down the best doughnuts in Ottawa. Flavors like Maple Bacon, London Fog and Raspberry Cassis top sky-high doughnuts that are too delicious to resist.

Supply & Demand – This seafood and raw bar has quickly become a local favorite not only for its wonderful food, but also for its lovely decor which features gorgeous white tile floors and charming seahorse wallpaper.


Kitchenalia – A charming kitchen store with very knowedgable and helpful staff. My go-to place for all things kitchen in Ottawa!

Truly Swedish Design – This store, tucked away upstairs above several others, is impeccably curated and full of lovely Swedish finds.

Magpie Jewelry – This locally-owned jewelry boutique features is very well-curated and features many modern Canadian jewelry designers. A great departure from the traditional jewelry store. Additional location in the Glebe.

The Candy Store – A darling candy shop filled to the brim with your favorite childhood favorites as well as tons of tasty treats waiting to be discovered.

The Piggy Market – Tuck into this local market and delicatessan which features new goodies each day, including delectable Jamaican patties. If you’re in the neighborhood on Tuesdays, check out their taco special!


Arc Hotel & Lounge

Hotel Indigo

Ottawa Jail Hostel – Literally a hostel that is housed in a former jail. Stay if you dare; it’s been named one of the most haunted places in Canada!


Christiane Lemieux (of Dwell Studio)
Sandra Oh
Dan Aykroyd
Margaret Atwood
Paul Anka
Tom Greene
Alanis Morissette
Matthew Perry
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands (Her birth in Canada is an interesting & fun anecdote often told here in Ottawa, which you can read
here. Ottawa’s famed Tulip Festival is thanks to her legacy!


Suggested For You


  • Ive been waiting for Ottawa’s city guide… I love this city and this list so much. Dont forget to visit all the delicious restaurants on Preston Street, specifically Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana!

  • I have traveled many places and the absolute BEST restaurant in the WORLD is in Ottawa. It’s Gastropub in Westboro. Tin ceilings, brick walls, amazingly real and knowledgeable servers and food that is the perfect combination of flavours… this place is just plain good for your soul (and your belly)!

  • I’m a born-and-raised Ottawa girl and this list is great!

    Also check out:
    – Trustfund (great boutique in the Market)
    – Zone (just down the block from Trustfund, one of the best home accessories stores in town)
    – Norml (located on Rideau Street – urban street brands like cheap monday and obey are for sale and there is an art gallery upstairs)
    – Domus Cafe (if you want to treat yourself to an expensive lunch…)


  • I highly disagree with the Byward Market restaurant and some of the shop suggestions – all the better places to eat are to be found on Murray Street, in general – Oh So Good sells overpriced frozen cakes and Mon Cadeau (which is actually closing right now) is pretty much a tourist shop of useless knickknacks with steeper prices.

  • Great guide! Let’s not forget about the Black Cat Bistro on Preston. Really delicious food!

  • I’m preparing to move overseas to volunteer for a year and recently attended a 5 day training in Ottawa (had never been though I’ve lived in Toronto, 4 hrs away, my entire life).

    I absolutely loved Ottawa! What a great city and so much to do! This guide would have come in handy back in August but I’m bookmarking it for future reference as I hope to return.

    Oh, and the nightly lightshow at the Parliament Building should not be missed! It was fantastic and really gives a brief, yet great, overview of Canadian history and what it means to be Canadian. It was truly spectacular!

  • Living in Ottawa I will also add KOCHU sushi & Korean food on Elgin street. URBAN ELEMENT for things to do in westboro as well as the OTTAWA BAGELl shop in Westboro for seriously the best kosher bagels around!

  • if you’re looking a super fun night out, I recommend “Fat Tuesdays” – they’ve got dueling pianos, amazing singers, and the patrons get to help play the instruments and make requests!

  • Thanks for a great Ottawa guide! Even after living here a few years I still discover new shops :)

  • Love this list! Great to see so many awesome independent business mentioned!

    Also check out Flock Boutique 1275 Wellington Street W. (Workshop’s brand new sister store) that will have a space for workshops, a gallery space and a housewares section along with the handmade Canadian Goods you’ll find at Workshop!

  • This could not have come at a better time. My husband and I will be visiting Ottawa this weekend for our anniversary and I was so bummed that I couldn’t find a Design Sponge guide on the city. Thank you! I’m printing this out and taking it with me!

  • Yay! Great guide, so happy to be included! I would agree with Erica, Gastropub is one of our fave restaurants, and it’s just a block down from our 2nd location AND Flock, an amazing new shop opened by the ladies of Workshop. I would also add to the list of Byward Market restaurants Murray St. Charcuterie – their 12$ week-end brunch is also the best I’ve had ANYWHERE.

    So much love for Ottawa, what a wonderful place to live! <3

  • How did I not see this post earlier. I am in the Ottawa airport right now after a week in the city. I found a bunch of these places on my own, but can’t wait to come back and explore this list.

  • one more thing…just a suggestion. it would be great if there was a print button that formatted it in a easy to carry guide. Thanks!

  • Don’t forget the best vintage shopping of all – just off of Bank on Gladstone, The White Monkey is such a fantastic store!

  • Great too see my hometown featured so close to Canadian Thanksgiving. Living on the west coast I will be missing the fall foliage…. another great thing to see in Ottawa at this time of the year.

  • So surprised to see an Ottawa guide. I’ve lived most of my life here, and there’s always lots to see and do. I agree with Michelle that Ahora needs an honorable mention. Best Mexican Food in town, and the prices can’t be beat. Also, Bread and Sons Bakery (http://www.breadandsons.ca/) on Bank Street is fast becoming a lunchtime favourite for anyone working in the downtown core.

  • I’m a Toronto transplant, living in Ottawa for 15 months by now. It’s a beautiful city with plenty of things to do – absolutely not boring! A few suggestions: see the Oscar Patterson sculpture downtown – he’s sitting at his piano with a lovely smile, you can sit with him on the piano bench; visit a great store with antiques and incredible selection of light fixtures on Bank St. , and a Flea Market, North of Riverside, and Bentley Flea Market on Cleopatra Rd., off Merivale; take a ride on Colonel By Drive along Rideau Canal – my friends from Toronto said “driving on this road is pure pleasure”; go to “Giovanni’s” on Preston for great service and very good italian food.

  • I love Ottawa and I am glad, it got it’s own guide..
    there is also the raw sugar cafe on somerset west..

  • Don’t miss WHALESBONE Oyster House! (Bank & Gladstone) Small, eclectic with masterfully prepared sustainable fish and oysters. I love to sit at the bar and have a drink and a few bites of appetizers. They also have a sustainable fish market on Kent (at Arlington) with that makes fish sandwich and oyster po’ boy brown bagged lunches on fridays(I think).

  • thanks Krista, I never thought in my lifetime I’d be seeing Ottawa on DS! I didn’t see a mention for FLOCK, it’s a fantastic shop on Wellingston in Hintenberg, all Canadian made designs in clothing, jewellery, soft furnishings, handbags, art, etc. It’s right next to my all time favorite thrift store, St. Vincent de Paul’s. Viva l’Ottawa

  • Can anyone talk about their experience ice skating the Rideau Canal Skateway. This seems like a quintessential DS experience. I was surprised not to see it on the list of “Do’s”…….

  • Wow, I did a double-take when I saw an Ottawa list – brilliant! I hugely second the recommendation for Murray Street Charcuterie. I can also completely endorse the weekend South Indian brunch at Coconut Lagoon on St. Laurent: amazing curry and an incredible house specialty coffee with chicory. A hot chocolate and beaver tail on the canal is a winter-must.

  • Nice to see an Ottawa guide. I was pleasantly surprised to see my fav sushi spot, Sushi 88, on the list. I would add the Wellington Gastropub to the list. One of the best restaurants in Ottawa! The Zone in the Byward market is also great for decor and gifts.

  • I grew up an hour south of Ottawa and I barely went because I thought it was boring :) but this guide and a recent trip to the city made me rethink things a bit.

    @Sarah G. – skating on the canal is a must-do! It’s a lot of work (especially for non-skaters) but fun nontheless!

  • If in Ottawa with a car on a Saturday morning, May through October, go to the Carp Market and check out “The Girl With The Most Cake”. Best cake ever (and cupcakes and wedding cakes) and they deliver into the city! Also at the market look for Back Forty Artisan Cheese and The Salty Don. While in the city, for good fast tasty Chinese with loads of vegetarian fare try – So Good (what a great name?!) La Bottega is also great – excellent espresso and I always make sure to pop into Workshop when I am in town!

  • Ottawa is a great city! I hate when it is given a bad rep!

    But this proves otherwise :)


  • Hey! So nice to see my home city on here!

    La Bottega – our absolute favorite place to go. The best sandwiches you will ever have.

    Oh So Good – Overpriced and over-sugary.

    Go skating on the canal, if you are here in winter! Such a gorgeous experience. Also see if Winterlude is on, featuring special events and tons of beautiful ice sculptures by a variety of artists. And get a BeaverTail pastry on the canal to complete the experience. :-)

    Bread and Sons bakery on Bank Street is incredible for treats and lunches. Try their turnovers – I love the feta one the best.

    Vittoria Trattoria in the Market or on Riverside Road is our favorite go-to place for special occasions. Everything is delicious.

  • So happy to see my home town on here!!! And, I must add, ‘Rag Time’ is a thrift/vintage clothing and accessories shop that is a must for anyone looking for vintage clothing. It takes some digging, but everything is worthwhile!

    I love the restaurants added to this list. They’re all wonderful. Ottawa is wonderful. Make sure to check out our Haunted Walk of Ottawa – http://www.hauntedwalk.ca. It’s a great tour, especially this month!!

  • Hey boys and girls, let’s not forget that Ottawa has the BEST second hand stores in all of Canada. With all it’s embassies our little thrift shops end up with the wildest and nuttiest goodies. In fact Sandy Hill has 3 hidden gems, Eco-Equitable’s Fabric Boutique, The Bargain Box and Bernie’s. Oh by the way, the photo of the Parliament Building is a bit out of date, the last log drive on the Ottawa River was in 1990. Amazing how it still looks the same.

  • Hey Lauren,

    Some friends are getting married and I’d love to get them a stylish bouquet for their hotel room (they are staying at the ARC maybe because of your recommendation!). do you have a florist that you love?

    Thanks Remy

  • that “Hey Lauren” wasn’t supposed to be there” I think I meant “hi everyone” ugh multi-tasking!


  • Awesome collection of places.

    For Remy, I’ve gotten some of the nicest bouquets from Tivoli Florist -http://www.tivoliflorist.com.

    Great little place with a friendly staff that I usually get all my housewares gifts from is Domus (not the café).

  • Interesting.

    best part of Ottawa: 90 min drive from Montréal, 1hr flight from Toronto.

  • The Hintonburger on 991 Wellington St. has the best burgers ever, if you want the best burger every you should ckeck them out.

  • Ahh yes! I love living in Ottawa. Its great for families, and a blast for those who love culture, despite what some people say.

    May I add:

    – Argosy Books on Dalhousie St. – Great place to find great older books to fill out your shelves

    – Royal Thai on Dalhousie St – Hands down the best Thai food we have had in the Market

    – Ottawa Antique Market on Bank St – http://www.ottawaantiquemarket.com/ – I could spend hours in here

    – Isobel’s Bakery on Beechwood Ave in Vanier – Yummy cupcakes!

    – Milkface – Bank St and Westboro – A great place for moms-to-be and moms alike!

  • I’m from Ottawa but have lived in the UK for the last 10 years and miss it a lot. Whenever I go back I find that more and more delightful places like those listed in the guide have opened! Every time there’s something new to discover. I’m so pleased there’s a Design*Sponge guide to my hometown.

  • i’ve lived in ottawa my whole life (28 years) and i know how hard it is to make a list of places to appeal to everyone, BUT…
    oh so good is not so good. overpriced, rude staff, not even yummy.
    also: murray st. has the best brunch, the best dinner, the best patio, everything. best restaurant in ottawa, hand’s down.
    also: for shopping, check out roadtrip (trustfund boutique’s less expensive sister) and i agree with victoire being on the list, don’t miss it!

  • Just wanted to add that Chef Bento Sushi at the corner of Rideau and Wurtemburg (just before the bridge leads off into Vanier) has seriously got the most inventive and awesome sushi. It doesn’t look like much but it is REALLY good.

  • I live in Centretown and while it’s a bit dodgier than Westboro or the Glebe, I wouldn’t live anywhere else in this city (okay unless a wealthy man put me up in Rockcliffe Park). Yes, the White Monkey for vintage goods, Jak’s Kitchen for breakfast, The Whalesbone, if you can get a reservation for dinner, and True Loaf Bakery for the best bread and buns in Ottawa.

  • Thanks for all of these amazing suggestions! I am moving to Ottawa (from London, UK) this summer with my family and reading this list and all the comments helps add to the excitement!!

  • Lovely list but since this was done a new shop opened in Old Ottawa South called The Modern Shop. They are exclusive retailers in Ottawa of Modern brands such as Modernica & Moooi . They should be on the list!

  • Essential addition – Art-Is-In bakery, on City Center Ave – a really neat storefront with a patio in an unlikely location. Their bread is available all over the city. Also absolutely love True Loaf Bakery (Gladstone).
    Some summer markets to check out: Parkdale Market (everyday), Preston St. (Saturdays), Lansdowne (Sundays), Ottawa Organic Farmer’s Market at Bank and Heron (Saturdays).
    Some more recommendations and seconds to others’ suggestions: Whalesbone on Kent for “paper bag lunches”, Cafe Delice on Kent for the best espresso in town, Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant (Gladstone), Petit Bills on Wellington (lobster poutine!), Ragtime Vintage on Flora, Chapeaux de Madelaine in an office building on Clarence St.
    And if you see Pascale’s Ice Cream, get it, get it, get it.

  • Also, there is a new food truck Bonita’s Cantina – authentic mexican street food at the City Centre – near Art-is-in – definitely worth a stop in

  • I have lived in Ottawa my whole life and was thrilled to see DS feature it, BUT… Why aren’t there lists of things to do? Ottawa has an extensive network of bike paths, skating on the Rideau Canal, Bluesfest, Winterlude, Jazzfest, Tulip fest, plus world class galleries, theatre and museums. And don’t forget Hull Quebec just over the bridge for some great poutine and a whole new cultural experience! A city guide should be so much more than just shopping.

    • meltingplastic

      our city guides are each submitted separately from passionate locals, which leads to some variation among guides. we make requests, but people are creating these as a free donation to us and the community, so we gladly accept whatever they have time to offer. (we of course do some research ahead of time to make sure contributors are qualified to speak about the area though). we’ll try to make sure we get some updates that include more things to do :)


  • I love Ottawa! I can’t wait to move there. My partner moved up there 3 years ago for work, so I’ve been driving 6 hours every other weekend to visit and we’ve been working on discovering some neat places! This list definitely helps – I’ll have to check these places out! It’s such a beautiful city :)

    Also some more places definitely worth checking out:
    -Za Za Za Pizza (Some really unique options)
    -Truffle Treasures (They have AMAZING orange ginger hot chocolate. Get it.)
    -The Cupcake Lounge (way better than Isobel’s, in my opinion. Also better than Thimblecakes – don’t be fooled by their cute name! Never go there!)
    -Kettleman’s bagels – fresh, delicious bagels… they even make sandwiches on them there. I won’t eat a bagel anywhere else!
    -Sconewitch (sandwiches on scones. Enough said.)

    -There’s also a really cute framing shop in the Glebe that sells plants, gift items and decor. It’s a very unassuming exterior but really nice inside. I think it is literally called the Framing Store or something.

  • I definitely agree with the above poster who mentioned that this list is lacking in the “things to do” department. Ottawa is my hometown, and whenever I start going on about it, it is always about the plethora of incredible museums, the close proximity to beautiful outdoor escapes (gatineau hills, etc.), the incredible bike trails all throughout the city, and the amount of amazing festivals and events that occur throughout the year!

  • Don’t forget World Of Tea in Westboro. It is run by a husband and wife team who travel to asia to personally meet tea growers and buy their wares. They have thorough knowledge of their vast offerings. Delicious traditional, high quality tea. I popped in once and will go nowhere else now!

  • Hello!

    Love this page. Please note that Auntie Loo moved to 112 Nelson St unit 101C. I quote from her page (http://auntieloostreats.ca/)

    “We are now located on Nelson St in a complex known as “The Depot.” We are pretty much behind the Bytowne Cinema, and across the street (and down about a half block) from the Loblaws on Rideau & Nelson. We are located in the back corner of the building. And YES – WE HAVE PARKING!!! =) (Finally!)”

  • Yeah! I am a Canadian living in NYC and love coming back to Ottawa to visit family and friends. It is a beautiful city with amazing hidden treasures that are under appreciated by those who live there (my family included). Dont forget to mention a little trip over to Gatineau and enjoy some French culture too! We were just there and tried Chez Edgar for Sunday Brunch before heading back to the airport. Uniquely Canadian, love the diversity.

  • Wow, I was so excited to see Ottawa representin’ here! Love all the listings and I would like to add one more: The Daily Grind Art Cafe (601 Somerset St.) This place serves amazing food, has a kid-friendly atmosphere (you can buy art packs to keep the little ones amused), hosts loads of cool music and crafty events and is 100% gluten free, with dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian and vegan options!! Even though I have no dietary restrictions, I love eating there.

  • Don’t forget the Ministry of Coffee (in the golden triangle, on Elgin St.)! Fresh artisan beans and nutella lattes!!!

  • I’m surprised Milk Shop in the bywardmarket is not on the list. Really great place for
    Women’s clothing and accessories you’re sure to not have the same
    Stuff as everyone else in Ottawa like some of the stores mentioned above. Also Cafe My House for delicious vegan cuisine is great. New Nupur for Indian food is amazing too. Glebe has Earls Variety as well which is delicious. Modern Shop is also great for furniture and contemporary design. For awesome vintage finds check out Ragtime

  • Things to do — Spa Nordic in the Gatineau, skating at Rideau hall (a more intimate skate then the canal), Snowshoeing in the Experimental Farm (yes, there is a farm in the middle of the city), the Ottawa Farmer’s market on Bronson (seasonal on Sundays), cycling or walking along the canal paths. Additional places to eat — there was mention of the Whalesbone restaurant, but you can grab a sandwich or fish and chips for lunch at their Kent Street outlet. I don’t think anyone mentioned Benny’s Bistro in the market for brunch. Also Jac’s Neighborhood Bistro on Bronson/McLeod for breakfast. During the summers there are also movies in Dundonald Park.

  • Ottawa born and raised! Unless I didn’t see it, don’t forget about The Elgin Street diner!! It was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here!” and an Ottawa pizza institution – Colonnade Pizza on Metcalfe!