When a jet-setting friend comes to town, you better make sure you're ready!
Coffee an Australian would approve of
Meals worthy of a foodie
The Black Tomato: Has a laid back vibe (admittedly service is sometimes TOO laid back) and a short menu with great selections. I love their ale-based French onion soup.
Dunn's: Great for breakfast but famous for their Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches (awesome for lunch!).
Nicastro's La Bottega: Pick up Italian grocery staples, like bread, meat, and cheese, and then head to the LCBO store on Rideau Street for some wine advice - they have the biggest stock of Ontario wines in the city and can give advice worthy of someone who lives in wine country!
The Black Thorn: Great low key pub atmosphere - I love their Brie and pear pizza.
Time to compete with Sydney style.
Our downtown shopping plaza, the Rideau Centre, is a perfect place to stock up on some of North America's coolest designers. And it's just beside David's Tea, which is the perfect place to stock up on some revitalizing and refreshing brews.
Some of my other favourite stops here include Aveda for toiletries and Purdy's Chocolate for homemade, Canadian themed chocolates and candies. Anyone looking to dive deeper in the Ottawa style scene should check out TwentyYork.com - it's the city's best fashion and beauty blog and has tons of great resources.
See beyond the symbols
Jo and I both love a good deal - and I bet anyone else planning a girlfriend's getaway feels the same! Some other fantastic things to see and do in the city for free include:
- Visit just about any museum or gallery on a Thursday night.
- Skate, bike, walk, or jog alongside the world famous Rideau Canal.
- Connect with culture at the national Library and Archives.
- Pop over to Quebec to visit Gatineau Park - great hiking in spring, swimming in the summer, and photography opportunities in the fall.
Finish up with some rest and relaxation
Tell me about your hometown!
Here's a recap of all our past Ottawa articles:
Jane's Walk Ottawa
Salon Niccio: Making Ottawa Look Good
Cold Vines, Warm Hearts at Smokie Ridge Vineyard
Ottawa's Desserts of the World Festival
The Velodrome and the Astrolabe
Ottawa Restaurant Review: Zen Kitchen
Ottawa Restaurant Review: Maison Baguettes
Ottawa Restaurant Review: Union Local 613
Ottawa Restaurant Review: FlapJack's Pancake Shake (FoodTruck)
Ottawa Restaurant Review: La Favourita (aka: When You Have To Give A Bad Review)