Ottawa for Couples
Collected by Max Power
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.
18 York St b, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5, Canada
East meets West at this casual, cozy, and hopping bistro located in the Byward Market. Inspired by the foods and flavors of the Orient, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, their menu offers guests a family style dining experience where food is served...
634 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4, Canada
When you hear “hottest restaurant in town," you start having visions of grandeur—perhaps red carpets, rare architecture, and a line out the door. If I were in New York, Tokyo or Toronto, this may be the case, but not in sleepy Ottawa! Canada’s...
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,...
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...
310 St Patrick St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K4, Canada
From experimental, electronic music (Electric Fields), to performance art (Annie Sprinkle's White Wedding to the Snow), to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, this deconsecrated Catholic church—now St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts—plays host to a...
453 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4, Canada
It was the elite of the elite and I was walking amongst them. Great chefs from around the world had gathered in this building to learn the art of French cooking or pastry making... and I was now one of them. I didn't have a semester to master the...
93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B3, Canada
Rene Rodriguez's Navarra is a fusion tapas experience, with influences from all over Spain, as well as Latin America. The wine list is carefully curated, and there are a number of cocktails to get any evening started on the right foot, in a hip,...
296 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M3, Canada
As its slogan says, "Town loves you, and wants you to be happy." This little gem is big on character and atmosphere, and features a Mediterranean menu that's impressively extensive. It's also committed to locally sourced produce and meats, taking...
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...
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...
1 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z5, Canada
For a relaxing, leisurely evening in an upscale, yet laid-back atmosphere, check out Play near Byward Market-Parliament Hill. The menu is based on a host of small plates, not unlike tapas, and the wine list is extensive but not overwhelming.
104 Guigues Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 5H7, Canada
Owners Regine and Katie have been instrumental in developing this end of Dalhousie Street with the establishment of Victoire. Dalhousie continues out of the Northeast corner of the Market and has a range of independent coffee shops, salons,...
50 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J7, Canada
There are three locations of Magpie Jewellery throughout the city, but the most accessible for visitors might be the one located in the Rideau Centre. Magpie presents a collection of both Canadian and international designers—it's a deadly...