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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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119 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5, Canada
When my friend and I decided to visit Montreal via train from Toronto we also squeezed in several hours of wandering around Ottawa. It's an easy detour to make as the station will even hold your luggage for a few hours and Ottawa proper is just a...
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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...
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33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7, Canada
Just opened! Ceylonta, Ottawa's popular choice for South Indian cuisine, has opened a satellite location away from its Bank/Somerset location and it's West End location in Little India. Pictured here is its delicious curried green beans, spicy...
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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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330 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2A6, Canada
Spins & Needles started as an art happening where you would get together with your friends, listen to good music, craft and drink beer. It's a great concept—pay a small cover fee, and you're supplied with all the materials for one or more projects...
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504a Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2B9, Canada
The Whalesbone is one of Ottawa's best places to eat sustainably farmed oysters and fish, but the sit-down location can get a little pricey. Three blocks away is their wholesale location, which serves takeout treats like oyster po'boys with aioli,...
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307 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E8, Canada
Cafe Ahora is one of Ottawa's institutions. Cacophonous, bright, and colourful, it's a great place to eat dinner before heading out with friends to one of the Market's many bars. Ahora features hearty, delicious, bountiful food with friendly...
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137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M7, Canada
Don't let its unassuming entrance fool you, this local eatery is standing room only if you don't arrive early on most every night of the week. A popular spot due to its central location, it serves a tasty deluxe burger and fries along with its...
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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.
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1020 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X9, Canada
From dangling mason jar lightbulbs to mismatched furniture, this pub has “rustic” covered. But there’s nothing shabby about the menu of Ontario microbrews, seasonal cocktail menu, and hard-to-find Niagara wines. On a Friday or Saturday night you’...
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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.
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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.
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55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3, Canada
ByWard Market is both a market, filling the block bounded by ByWard, William, York and George streets, and the name for the surrounding neighborhood. This is where Ottawa began, an area laid out by Lt. Col. John By who oversaw the construction of...