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Canada’s capital is a gem of a city, with a fascinating history that informs its diverse and evolving present day. From its museums, to its distinct neighborhoods, to its emerging foodie culture, Ottawa is a cosmopolitan city on a human scale.
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55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3, Canada
A relative newcomer in Ottawa's Byward Market, Corazon de Maiz is my hands-down, taco destination of choice. The place is tiny, the menu limited (mostly to just the finest, juiciest, smokey, flavour-packed tacos, burritos, tostadas and...
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Ottawa, ON, Canada
Rideau Canal is a beautiful 19th-century waterway (completed in 1832) that's also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's situated in the heart of Ottawa and is open to sightseeing cruises, canoes, and kayaks during summer months, as well as ice...
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11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5, Canada
I'd never seen Star Wars in my life. I couldn't tell you the difference between an Ewok and a Wookiee, but somehow I'd been convinced that 'Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition' was a must see whilst travelling through Ottawa. Walking into the...
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2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
Nestled in behind the Rideau Centre and two towering hotels, Arts Court is home to over 20 different arts organizations. The building has a theatre, two galleries, a dance studio, a video and a film cooperative, as well as numerous other opera,...
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2 Daly Ave #240, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2, Canada
So many festivals take place in Ottawa that they merit their own network: The Ottawa Festival's Network. Bluesfest draws a lot of big names, Ottawa Writer's Fest introduces you to a range of intellectuals with interesting stories to tell, and the...
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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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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...
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Canada, 64 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5V9, Canada
The best place to find a sandwich downtown is La Bottega. Stacked with meats, cheeses, hot eggplant, hot peppers, lettuce, tomato and olives, these $5 sandwiches can be shared with a friend along with a soda and a chocolate bar, cannoli, or a...
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150 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4, Canada
The Scone Witch is a great place for a quick bite, a casual lunch, or even just a cuppa in the morning (though it's nearly impossible to leave without one of this place's "spellbinding" baked goods). Grab a table early, or take something to go—...
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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...
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24a York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2, Canada
Situated in the cobblestone courtyard that runs parallel to Sussex, this is my favourite coffee shop in Lowertown. I love to people watch while eating my warmed and buttered cheese and peppercorn scone.
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258 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9, Canada
Having worked as an antiquarian bookseller at one time, independent bookstores are always of interest to me. Perfect Books, which specializes in fiction, history, and mystery, is a great place to discover some of Ottawa's hometown writers, placing...
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242 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E2, Canada
Workshop Studio & Boutique, dedicated to showcasing the work of local artisans, is a great place to look for handmade gifts, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and more.