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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
“Fresh selection of breads and pastries. Delicious soup, salad, and sandwich options. One of the best breakfast and lunch spots in Ottawa (and best place for flaky croissants!) Hard to find a table on weekends as they get very busy for brunch, try to get there before 10am. Sourdough pizza served in the evening. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Pub
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“BEER BIBLE. Good food too.... lol. I spend several months travelling Europe and a huge portion of that time was spent in Belgium. The Kingdom of Beer. It has been impossible to find certain beers I had over there, that is until I went to Pub Italia. They have the Beer Bible which is a fairly exhaustive list of any kind of beer you could possible want. The best part is they are all imported and stored on site, so they get that extra aging time if no one is ordering them. The pizza here is also really quite good and I've hear good things about the pasta dishes too.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Flower Shop
“Little Italy in Mainly on Preston street. It's a vibrant part of Ottawa full of culture, events, festivals, comedy clubs and excellent culinary choices.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“Comedy club off of Dowes Lake in the heart of Little Italy. Great place to go for a walk around a beautiful water feature followed by a night of laughter and maybe some drinks later just down the road at Pub Italia, home of the beer bible.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
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“You can't throw a stone without hitting a pub in Ottawa. Large patio, decent food, nice decor. Very close by. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Chinatown is mainly located on Somerset street west. It has the best Korean, Vietnamese, and Dim Sum choices in town! You can also find private Karaoke bars, China doll entertainment and lots of cheap shopping. A must see if you're in town. The traditional Chinese arc was built by foreign Chinese workers.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Great local spot for cocktails and snacks. Cozy spot with a great vibe that caters to locals in the 25-40 age range.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to catch a Senators game, this sports bar is the place to do it. Cheap beer and eats, great atmosphere and the best meatball sandwich you've ever had!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is our go-to place for celebrations or if we just feel like being taken care of. The service is excellent and the food is consistent. The Cesare salad is the very best and they cook fish perfectly. It is pricey but worth it. They are also happy to accommodate special requests so you don't have to order off the menu. We recommend reservations so if you call say Jennifer & Billy sent you and they will take great care of you. Walk there in under 10 minutes or drive and take advantage of their free valet service. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“My favourite Italian restaurant in Ottawa! Located in the iconic neighborhood of Little Italy, one can dine @ Trattoria Caffe Italia, arguably the best Italian food in town. Very romantic decor inside, huge wine selection and amazing traditional Italian dishes to choose from”
  • 3 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“Relaxed hip restaurant for small plates ($8-$20.) Great service. Try the grilled halloumi. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“My favourite brunch spot in all of Ottawa. A perfect place to grab brunch, and then explore Little Italy and Dow's Lake.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Brewery
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“My favourite of the Ottawa breweries. So many good beers to sample. Take home a litre or growler of your favourite. ***Please note - the brewery has moved to 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 160. ***”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local roaster with on-location café. You’ll see their brew featured at various places around town.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Recreation centre. For a small fee, you can drop in to use the children’s pool, full-size pool, sauna, and fitness centre”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“BEER BIBLE. Good food too.... lol. I spend several months travelling Europe and a huge portion of that time was spent in Belgium. The Kingdom of Beer. It has been impossible to find certain beers I had over there, that is until I went to Pub Italia. They have the Beer Bible which is a fairly exhaustive list of any kind of beer you could possible want. The best part is they are all imported and stored on site, so they get that extra aging time if no one is ordering them. The pizza here is also really quite good and I've hear good things about the pasta dishes too.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
“You can't throw a stone without hitting a pub in Ottawa. Large patio, decent food, nice decor. Very close by. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Great local spot for cocktails and snacks. Cozy spot with a great vibe that caters to locals in the 25-40 age range.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to catch a Senators game, this sports bar is the place to do it. Cheap beer and eats, great atmosphere and the best meatball sandwich you've ever had!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is our go-to place for celebrations or if we just feel like being taken care of. The service is excellent and the food is consistent. The Cesare salad is the very best and they cook fish perfectly. It is pricey but worth it. They are also happy to accommodate special requests so you don't have to order off the menu. We recommend reservations so if you call say Jennifer & Billy sent you and they will take great care of you. Walk there in under 10 minutes or drive and take advantage of their free valet service. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“My favourite Italian restaurant in Ottawa! Located in the iconic neighborhood of Little Italy, one can dine @ Trattoria Caffe Italia, arguably the best Italian food in town. Very romantic decor inside, huge wine selection and amazing traditional Italian dishes to choose from”
  • 3 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Relaxed hip restaurant for small plates ($8-$20.) Great service. Try the grilled halloumi. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“My favourite brunch spot in all of Ottawa. A perfect place to grab brunch, and then explore Little Italy and Dow's Lake.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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