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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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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...
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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...
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50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5, Canada
The Ottawa Art Gallery highlights contemporary art in the region, and has a growing permanent collection celebrating the area's art history. It's also home to the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art—a collection that includes some 1,600 works of...
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1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada
The Canadian War Museum is among the most popular destinations for visitors, offering a look at Canada's military history on the front lines as well as at home. Often, the museum provides unique and unexpected insights, as with their summer 2013...
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474 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 5N8, Canada
One of the best ways to discover a city anytime of year is on foot, and your guides await at Ottawa Walking Tours. They have a number of different tours to choose from, but their most popular is a two-hour historical option—just be sure to bring...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Ottawa, ON, Canada
Bring a newspaper or a laptop (there are plugs) and settle in with a cappuccino and a butter tart or samosa. The service is friendly, the pumpkin cake is gluten-free, they have almond milk, and the coffee is fair-trade, organic, single origin and...
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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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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,...
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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...