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Ottawa city guide

Erling’s Variety

For seasonal small plates

This laid-back restaurant is quietly tucked away in the historic Glebe village. Watch the open kitchen put together seasonal plates such as Brussels sprouts with bacon and Grana Padano, and apple-braised pork belly with spaetzle. Bring a friend; dishes are meant to be shared.

Atelier

For an adventurous dinner

Throughout the 12-course blind tasting menu, award-winning chef Marc Lepine upends convention. His approach to molecular gastronomy is playful — take, for instance, the edible helium balloons. Allow three hours for the full experience, and consider the wine pairings: Sommelier Steve Robinson is a rising star.

Wilf & Ada’s

For elevated comfort food

Consider this Diner 2.0. Located where Ada’s Diner once stood, this new iteration pays homage to the past — it’s still a great place for all-day breakfast — while bringing a fresh approach to locally sourced ingredients. The Eggs in Purgatory, poached in spicy tomato sauce, are a signature.

Flora Hall

For craft beers

Located in a restored 90-year-old garage, this polished new bar is a temple to creative craft beer, including sours, IPAs and fruity concoctions with notes of mango and pear. Order the Ploughman’s Platter; it’s always served with Flora’s Beer Bread, a sourdough-style loaf that’s made alongside the brews.

Charlotte

For the photogenic lounge

Before you settle into a vintage couch in this Instagrammable, retro-chic lounge, visit the gorgeous bar, where you’ll find a serious approach to spirits and an exploratory wine list. Snacks are healthy and light, and primarily from Pure Kitchen, its vegetarian-focused big sister downstairs.

Diefenbunker

For an offbeat museum

Located 30 minutes west of downtown Ottawa is this underground-bunker-turned-museum dedicated to the Cold War, built into the side of a hill. (The name is a play on John Diefenbaker, Canada’s prime minister at the time.) The 1960s relic is now a one-of-a-kind setting for arts events, escape-room challenges and interactive zombie-themed experiences.

Mer Bleue

For the fresh air

Ottawa is known for its Greenbelt — 200 square kilometres of protected, environmentally sensitive land inside city limits. A great place to appreciate the green space is Mer Bleue, a 7,000-year-old bog. The boardwalks make it universally accessible year-round; you can hike, cross-country ski or showshoe, depending on the season.

Nordik Spa-Nature

For a spa escape

About a 20-minute drive from Ottawa, this outdoor getaway in the Gatineau Hills started out as a simple Scandinavian-style day spa. Now, with the addition of an underground saltwater floating pool that aims to replicate the Dead Sea experience, and a Russian spa treatment that ends with birch branches, Nordik has become a place to explore global sauna culture.

Nature Nocturne

For a museum dance party

Held inside the Canadian Museum of Nature’s castle-like heritage building, this monthly theme party for grown-ups makes you feel like you’re breaking the rules — and getting away with it. Dance floors and bars are found throughout the exhibitions, inviting guests to explore, drink in hand.

Vintage Biplane Rides

For the aerial views

Take an exhilarating flyby from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to the ByWard Market and back on the circa-1939 Waco UPF-7. Originally a military training plane, it also has a history in aerobatics, and the turn over Parliament Hill shows off a bit of this flair. Rides are available seasonally (May through October).

Ça Va de Soi

For luxurious knitwear

This minimalist boutique sells high-end knitwear produced by a Montreal-based family company that has been sourcing cotton, wool and cashmere for decades. The T-shirts, sweaters and dresses fit so well and feel so lovely, they’re destined to be wardrobe staples. Browse the new men’s line, which includes cardigans and blazers in pristine Egyptian cotton and merino wool.

The Modern Shop

For cool home accessories

This Canadian company’s well-stocked showroom reminds you it’s not hard to inject beautiful design into the everyday. Beyond the array of modern furniture and lighting from around the world, you’ll find giftable accessories, such as irreverent Jonathan Adler teacups, portable clocks by Arne Jacobson, and new takes on classic kids’ toys.

Terra20

For eco-friendly everything

Natural products and meticulous sourcing are at the heart of this Ottawa-based company. In the fashion department, vegan Matt & Nat purses are a draw, while kids of all ages flock to the cute bento boxes and other zero-waste lunch accessories.

Vincent

For contemporary womenswear

This charming boutique is run by two creative sisters — Angie is the makeup artist, Amanda the photographer/painter — who apply their discerning taste to fashion. Much of the assortment is made of luxury foundational pieces from under-the-radar brands, like premium denim from AG Jeans, and woven-in-Italy button-ups by Frank & Eileen.

Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market

For the food and drink scene

The modern Andaz is located in the historic ByWard Market, home to a dense concentration of restaurants, cafés and specialty food shops, as well as an outdoor farmers’ market. On the 16th floor, you’ll find the city’s highest rooftop lounge, Copper Spirits and Sights, a craft-cocktail destination with unrivalled views.

Arc The Hotel

For the Yabu Pushelberg-designed accommodations

Located seven minutres from Ottawa City Hall (and its impressive public art collection),this Yabu Pushelberg-designed property is all clean lines and earth-toned textiles. We loved getting an in-room massage before sinking into the pillow-top bed. Head to the hotel's Arc Lounge & Bar for chef Andrew Willis’ inventive plates, like salmon with tarragon and truffle pea purée. Key cards feature images from local exhibitions, like the National Art Gallery’s *Our Masterpieces, Our Stories* at the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.

Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

For the artsy atmosphere

Just steps from the newly renovated Ottawa Art Gallery is Le Germain, the city’s newest boutique hotel. An artistic sensibility is reflected in the rooms, decorated with image-printed fabric by Montreal photographer Julie Couture. If your idea of art is a fine cocktail, stop by the bar to order a Juliet with Romeo’s, the hotel’s signature drink made with Romeo’s Gin from Quebec.

SoHo Metropolitan Residences Ottawa

For the feels-like-home touches

This swish building designed for long-term stays is walking distance from Parliament Hill and features a Dalton Brown gym, a lap pool and a private executive boardroom appointed with Nigel Dickson portraits of Canada's prime ministers. If you only have one night, book the velvety-plush 30-seat cinema for movie screenings or presentations. BYOP (popcorn). Bring your bike for rides along the Rideau Canal; you can store your wheels in the hotel storage unit, a streamlined concrete beauty of numbered spaces.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting From the Airport

OC Transpo connects the airport by bus, though a transfer is needed for most downtown destinations. Getting a taxi from the airport is easy, with the fare for a one-way trip downtown costing around $45.

Public Transportation

OC Transpo operates buses throughout the city. Fares range from $3.45 for a single ride to $10.50 for a day pass.

Taxis

Taxis and Uber services are plentiful, especially downtown, though it’s best to call and book. However, once you cross the bridge into Gatineau, you’re out of Uber territory, and cabs into the Gatineau Hills can be expensive.

BlueLine: 613-238-1111
WestWay: 613-727-0101
Capital: 613-744-3333

Bikes

Ottawa is a biking city, with pathways that show off the Ottawa River, Rideau Canal, Rideau River and cool residential areas. Pick up a bike from Escape Tours and Rentals on Sparks Street, near the National Arts Centre, or RentaBike under the Plaza Bridge.

Weather in Ottawa

Monday moderate rain
7°C Mar 30, 2020
Tuesday few clouds
7°C Mar 31, 2020
Wednesday light rain
5°C Apr 01, 2020
Thursday broken clouds
8°C Apr 02, 2020
Friday overcast clouds
9°C Apr 03, 2020
Saturday sky is clear
9°C Apr 04, 2020
Sunday light rain
11°C Apr 05, 2020
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