Collected by Cristina Hoffman
110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M6, Canada
Murray Street has all the makings of a nice evening, with a healthy selection of Old & New World wines, outstanding charcuterie, and a constantly changing menu that's upscale without being pretentious. It's a nice place for a leisurely meal, not...
150 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4, Canada
Pictured here are the Eggwitch (front) and The Brunch. Scones are the perfect combination of buttery, crunchy and soft melt in your mouth deliciousness. Located next to Barbarella's strip club and obscured by the Transitway's numerous buses, it is...
67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
A recent installation for the Creative Cities Summit. Galerie SAW Gallery is housed in a former courthouse next to the Ottawa Jail Hostel. The gallery programs high-quality contemporary Canadian and international group exhibitions, installations,...
380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada
Featuring the works of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, and the Group of Seven, the National Gallery of Canada is one of the country’s premiere destinations for paintings, sculptures, and contemporary art. The building also hosts the Canadian Museum of...
315 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8, Canada
There's a lot of soul in the bourbon-heavy cocktail menu at Union 613. Skip the restaurant bar upstairs in favor of the downstairs speakeasy where you can enjoy your choice of a classic cocktail, seasonal creation, or house specialty in a more...
5 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B8, Canada
Big piping-hot schnitzel loaded with sauerkraut on a soft bun accompanied by hearty perogies with sour cream, you'll definitely be fuelled up for the rest of your day! A tasty, affordable lunch option in the heart of the market.
442 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N6, Canada
What goes with bacon-wrapped olives? A Brazzo! Bookers Bourbon, W&H Rare Old Oloroso Sherry, and West Indian orange bitters on top of two enormous ice cubes. A gin martini, however, wouldn’t go amiss either. This Little Italy bar, whose menu lists...
380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada
Moshe Safde's glass tower is covered up for the summer of 2013 by Inuk artist Silis Høegh's giant iceberg installation—part of Sakahan, the National Gallery of Canada's blockbuster summer exhibition. Arguably one of the biggest and best exhibits...
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7, Canada
There's lots to do outside in Ottawa during the Winter. On the left side of the picture is the Bytowne Museum, which is open year round. Further up the canal, you'll find skating, chalets with hot chocolate to warm yourself up, and 'Winterlude'...
374 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1, Canada
A fun atmosphere, fast, friendly, and consistent service, affordable food, and generous portions have made this downtown Ottawa greasy spoon a local institution. The Hangover and Blue Plate Breakfast specials and home-spun milkshakes are...
385 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9, Canada
One of the most striking architectural accomplishments in Ottawa is the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica—the city's oldest and largest church, with its origins dating to 1839. Whether or not you're religious (or even a fan of neo-gothic...
119 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5, Canada
1240 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3Y3, Canada
One of my absolute favourite places in Old Ottawa South is Yardley's Antique Furniture. It's always a treasure hunt/obstacle course in the sardine can-packed, dusty three floors of Yardley's. I can find a century's worth of ephemera inside from...
1325 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B6, Canada
A food-and-drink pairing treasure resting at the top of a long set of stairs in Ottawa's Wellington West neighbourhood, the Wellington's rough brick walls, laid-back vibe, wide-ranging wine and beer list and an ever-changing menu focused on...
Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada
Take a look around the back of Parliament Hill and you will find stunning views of the Gatineau Hills, the Ottawa River, the National Gallery and Victoria Island. Descend the 273 steps to the riverside and you can make your way back up again next...
651 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada
I have to admit the one thing that truly struck me about Ottawa is how quiet the night life was, even on the weekend. However, on a night of bar hopping on Somerset Street, I quickly learned that on Saturday night everyone is hanging out with...
195 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W7, Canada
Bread & Sons is by far my favourite takeout breakfast spot in Ottawa. Goat's cheese and rosemary borekas with fair trade coffee, or croissant breakfast sandwiches with asiago cheese, sea salt, and a poached egg are my top picks.
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