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Things to do in Ottawa

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.
Capitol Building
“Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-see when visiting Canada’s capital. The historic, neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings stand tall on a hill overlooking the majestic Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. And although the buildings are home to the country’s federal government (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works there), visitors are welcome on-site for free tours and programming all year-long. Whether you visit Parliament Hill for a selfie, for a tour, or to experience one of the many free events, you’ll never run out of things to discover!”
  • 294 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Near the parliament, you are walk-in distance to the Rideau center-our famous shopping mall. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great trip for the whole family with many various exhibits. Learn all about Canada, Indigenous, and check out the neat architecture. The views are also stunning.”
  • 182 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“The National Gallery of Canada is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. Adjacent to the Byward Market district, the gallery is a modern architectural gem - a feast for the eyes from the outside and inside!”
  • 193 locals recommend
Market
“ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor farmers’ market stalls and specialty food shops selling Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate. It’s also known for its colorful street art and hip stores filled with crafts and clothes by local designers. Nightlife encompasses rustic taverns, stylish gay bars, and patios galore! Found a five minute walk from Bella Notte B&B!”
  • 222 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum is Canada's national natural history museum, with roots dating back more than 150 years. With numerous specialists on staff, the museum is renowned in the scientific community for exciting, break-through research. Many of the treasures in their more than 14.6 million-specimen collection are one-of-a-kind. From the cleaning and mounting of a blue whale skeleton, to the discovery of a new genus of fossil carnivore, they have many exciting stories to tell.”
  • 148 locals recommend
History Museum
“Insanely beautiful building with some of the best historical artifacts in the world. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Park
“Outaouais is one gigantic playground! Discover our outdoor activities. 33,000 square kilometres of unspoiled natural beauty and lots of fresh air. Visit us! Breathe in, breathe out. Lots of fresh air. Nature awaits.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/rideau-canal-skateway/ Can't miss the opportunity to skate on the iconic Rideau Canal!”
  • 130 locals recommend
Spa
“It's a great place for solo relaxation, or to socialize with a group of friends. There are 3 areas depending on what your purpose of visiting. If you are going to recharge and gather your thoughts, the silent area is great. If you want to socialize and have fun with friends, the infinity pool is a perfect spot.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Either go for a skate on the Rideau Canal, or a hike/ski in the Gatineau Park. However you do it, try to get outside and enjoy the various outdoor activities Ottawa has to offer. *If you need equipment, check out Kunstadt Sports on 680 Bank Street!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Casino
“This casino brings acts or shows that bring a good crowd as well of course as gambling.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Bayshore shopping center is one of the largest ottawa West malls, featuring multiple brands and shops for shopping tourists transiting and visiting the great ottawa area.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Lots of stores including some higher-end designers. Great place to get some shopping done if you're coming to Ottawa from a smaller town or from abroad. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Newly built outdoor mall with all major stores. Find all the best deals at this gorgeous outlet mall. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Fast, tasty tacos that are incredible, plus the best guacamole I’ve ever had. There are two locations - one on Elgin St and one in the Byward Market.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Pub
“Pub food with an incredible list of beer & ciders in their "Beer Bible"; Restaurant in Little Italy”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“Great microbrewery in town walking distance. Excellente microbrasserie à distance de marche”
  • 48 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This is a high end restaurant, one of our favorites in the city. The food is amazing, worth every penny. Reservations are usually required as they're a busy spot.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Nice place, mostly enjoyed by locals. Not a touristic spot. Good for Drinks/Diner/Brunch”
  • 50 locals recommend
Pub
“Great place after enjoying the Gatineau Park. Lot's of different beers and great food. Warm ambiance.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best little pub in the downtown Ottawa Byward Market. Not easy to find but once you have experienced the amazing french Canadian burgers and fries, you will want to come back again...tomorrow! Amazing menu, friendly staff, great value for the plentiful portions you will get. Please note...this is a small pub for locals, so you must go early especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great hipster joint serving breakfast and lunch! Popular with the locals and worth checking out.”
  • 38 locals recommend

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