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Ottawa is Canada’s capital and we’re so very proud of everything our city has to offer. Ottawa is one of the world’s best cities to live and work in, and of course to visit. It’s home to great hotels, wonderful restaurants and cafés, beautiful landmark attractions and so much green park space. When we built the loveOttawa project we wanted it to be interactive and to be a voice for the people who live and work in Ottawa, and for it to be a helpful resource for visitors. This page is a listing of some of the best places to stay, to eat and to experience Ottawa.

 

Best Hotels in Ottawa

The Westin Hotel Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive  (613) 560-7000
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, treat yourself to unparalleled views of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal or a short walk to the historic ByWard Market. When staying at the Westin Ottawa, take a dip in their naturally refreshing salt water pool, or power up at their newly renovated WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio.

Lord Elgin Hotel 
100 Elgin Street  (866) 627-2609
(this hotel is one of the oldest and only locally owned Ottawa Landmark Hotels downtown, it’s surprisingly affordable and the staff are amazingly friendly – make sure you ask for a ‘view of the park’)

Chateau Laurier Hotel 
1 Rideau Street (613) 241-1414
(this is the oldest Ottawa Landmark Hotel to stay in, there’s so much history here – rock stars to royalty have stayed here)

 

Best Attractions in Ottawa

The Parliament Buildings and other Historic Sites and Monuments
Our family has always loved the tour inside Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings as well as just walking around them, buying a hot dog from the vendor directly across the street from the Peace Tower is a must!

Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau  (819) 776-7000
Located in downtown Gatineau just five minutes from the downtown Ottawa, The Canadian Museum of History boasts artifacts and life sized exhibits that will help you discover 20,000 years of Canadian human history. The museum is the most popular attraction and most visited museum in Canada. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of North America’s oldest museums. To compliment its permanent life-sized exhibits, the museum is also home to the Canadian children’s museum, the Canadian Postal Museum and an IMAX theater.

Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod Street  (613) 566-4700
Explore the world of insects, prehistoric dinosaurs, animals and the changing face of the earth, all at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Mosaika – Sound and Light Show on Parliament
Parliament Hill
The Mosaika light show on the Parliament Buildings is such a unique family event for Ottawa. It’s a dynamic light show using the Canadian Parliament Buildings as a architectural canvas, walking the viewer through Canada’s History and diverse cultural mosaic. Super fun!

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive

 

Best Restaurants in Ottawa

Beckta Dining & Wine 
150 Elgin Street  (613) 238-7063
(Beckta is without a doubt the best fine dining restaurant in Ottawa – and Steve Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt will make you feel so at home!)

El Camino
380 Elgin Street  (613) 422-2800
Tacos, Tequila and a Raw Bar. Oh yeah and a window for take-out! Chef Matt Carmichael’s El Camino is without a doubt the coolest Ottawa restaurant – with tacos to die for, quite the tequila list and ‘second to none’ service. The Best Tacos in Ottawa!

Wilf & Ada’s
510 Bank Street  (613) 231-7959
This Ottawa diner/restaurant may be small, but it the best and friendliest weekend brunch in town! And we absolutely love their social media presence in town – it’s super simple and visually delicious! Follow them on twitter at @wilfandadas

The SOCA Kitchen
93 Holland Avenue  (613) 695-9190
The SOCA Kitchen is a Spanish fusion cuisine, where Chef Daniela Manrique blends flavors from Spain and Latin America, bringing something new to Ottawa. A place where you can relax with one of Gustavo Belisario’s unique natural cocktails and enjoy many fresh and different tapas, including tons of vegetarian options.

The Wellington Gastropub
1325 Wellington Street West  (613) 729-1315
Our favorite Wellington West restaurant – great food, incredibly respectful service mixed with a casual atmosphere.

TAJ Indian Cuisine
3009 Carling Avenue West  (613) 726-6955
TAJ Indian Cuisine is a family owned restaurant that opened in 1987 and has remained a fixture in Ottawa for nearly 28 years. TAJ specializes in North Indian Punjabi style cooking prepared from a selection of innovative recipes created by owner Indu Bakshi.

 

Best Cafés in Ottawa

Origin Trade
111 York Street  (613) 860-0111
Located in the heart of the Byward Market, Origin offers a selection of regional foods and beverages, that reflects their love for Ottawa. They believe in supporting local suppliers and serving the freshest products. They also source their foods from Ontario farms, as well as their wine and beer from local wineries and breweries.  Origin Instagram

Origin Trade Coffee House

Bread By Us – Artisan Bakery & Espresso Bar
1065 Wellington St. West  (613) 422-5300
Bread By Us is a small-batch artisan bread bakery, creating organic sourdough breads, proudly situated in the heart of beautiful Hintonburg, Ottawa. They believe a bakery isn’t quite complete without the smells and tastes of exceptional coffee, so they offer Hintonburg’s own Happy Goat coffee at their cozy espresso bar.

Morning Owl COFFEEHOUSE
538 Rochester Street  (613) 680-8336
This cool modern café located in Little Italy has great pressed sandwiches and healthy salads to go. Try the Australian Long Flat White latte, it’s so good!

Bridgehead Coffeehouse is Ottawa’s favourite locally owned fair-trade café and roastery. Bridgehead is your neighbourhood hub, your creativity incubator, your motivation to leave the warm comfort of your bed in the morning!  Their baristas know that fresh coffee is important when preparing delicious espresso, but they also know that the right grind, water temperature, and pressure are equally important to ensuring a sweet, complex, and well-balanced shot. Great coffee and tea, great snacks and sandwiches – and of course great people!

 

Best Weekend Brunch in Ottawa

The SOCA Kitchen
93 Holland Avenue (Weekend brunch 10:30 – 1:00)  (613) 695-9190
The SOCA Kitchen is a Spanish fusion cuisine, where Chef Daniela Manrique blends flavors from Spain and Latin America, bringing something new to Ottawa. A place where you can relax with one of Gustavo Belisario’s unique natural cocktails and enjoy many fresh and different tapas, including tons of vegetarian options.

Evoo Greek Kitchen
438 Preston Street  (613) 695-3860
Ottawa’s best casual Greek dining experience. Located on Preston Street in the heart of Little Italy, Evoo restaurant embraces traditional Greek cuisine with a modern flare and every plate invites diners to submerge within the tastes of the Mediterranean. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner or drinks – and they even serve an authentic Greek brunch.

Chesterfield’s
111-1433 Wellington Street West  (613) 680-8990
The guests at Chesterfield’s are treated as family and friends who care about having a great meal at an affordable price. Their main goal is to have less of a financial enterprise, and more of a social co-op. To achieve this, they work closely with their guests, staff, local suppliers and neighbourhood services. This enables them to build a community restaurant where the people make the place.

Wilf & Ada’s
510 Bank Street  (613) 231-7959
This Ottawa diner/restaurant may be small, but it the best and friendliest weekend brunch in town! And we absolutely love their social media presence in town – it’s super simple and visually delicious! Follow them on twitter at @wilfandadas

The Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington Street West  (613) 421-5087
Sunday brunch with a nice pint of locally brewed craft beer!

The Savoy Brassiere
334 Richmond Road, Westboro  (613) 695-7330
A lovely French inspired neighbourhood bistro with a beautiful ambiance and impeccable food. Try the Asparagus Milanese – sunny-side eggs, cracked pepper, romano pecorino, lardon with white truffle essence.

Art-Is-In Bakery
250 City Centre Avenue, Unit 112  (613) 695-1226 x801
Inspired by the fine boulangeries of Paris and the funky cafés of Brooklyn. Art-Is-In Bakery is an edgy gastro-bakery built to satisfy any craving. Its unique character draws on a mix of wanderlust and a passion for the pursuit of pleasure in everyday life.

Fatboys Southern Smokehouse
34 Murray Street  (613) 695-5599
Southern & Gospel Music – All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch

The Manx
370 Elgin Street  (613) 231-2070
The Soho is incredible! (two eggs, cowboys beans, braised mushrooms, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and toast)

Chez Edgar
60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau  (819) 205-1110
A short trip across the river, and the weekend brunch is more than worth the drive! Brunch is served from 9:30am – 2:00pm.