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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.
Capitol Building
“Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings is the home of the Parliament of Canada and has architectural elements of national symbolic importance.”
  • 294 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Near the parliament, you are walk-in distance to the Rideau center-our famous shopping mall. ”
  • 198 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
“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”
  • 193 locals recommend
Market
“Everything you need to make your stay in Ottawa amazing! From restaurants to historic landmarks to an amazing nightlife with clubs and bars, the Byward market is the most sough after neighbourhood in Ottawa!”
  • 218 locals recommend
Museum
“Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "Castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Earth Gallery. Learn about Canada's North in the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Nature Live. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages!”
  • 147 locals recommend
History Museum
“Canada's national museum of military history. Free every Thursday between 5-8 pm”
  • 99 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!”
  • 132 locals recommend
Spa
“Discover Nordik Spa-Nature, the ultimate relaxation experience. Treat yourself to wellness at the largest spa in North America.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Casino
“This casino brings acts or shows that bring a good crowd as well of course as gambling.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“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.”
  • 85 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!”
  • 67 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
Outlet Mall
“Newly built outdoor mall with all major stores. Find all the best deals at this gorgeous outlet mall. ”
  • 35 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.”
  • 85 locals recommend
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
Bar
“By far my favorite local brewery in town. if you are a beer amateur, this is the place to be. Order a sample of every beer on the menu! * Ma brasserie locale préférée. Si vous êtes un amateur de bière, commandez à coup sur une coupe de chaque bière produite! ”
  • 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.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“It's a hole in the wall, but the shawarma plate portions are the biggest I've ever seen. The food is amazing (especially the potatoes) - I highly recommend a chicken plate. Not walkable but worth the trip!”
  • 40 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.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Nice place, mostly enjoyed by locals. Not a touristic spot. Good for Drinks/Diner/Brunch”
  • 51 locals recommend
Pub
“Great food and drink in a pub setting that’s family friendly. Kids welcomed! Also good for a date!”
  • 43 locals recommend

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