A friend of mine came up for the weekend to visit and we had a blast! I forget how much there is to do in Ottawa & how many great neighbourhoods there are. I get so swept up in my day-to-day life, it’s nice to play tourist once in a while!
I thought I’d share what we got up to, and some of the suggestions I got from my Instagram story!
We started off having breakfast at my place (I just bought this patio set from IKEA and I love sitting outside!) and started the day in the Byward Market. It’s such a wonderful area of Ottawa to wander around in: browsing the crafting vendors, picking up some fresh fruit and flowers, stopping for coffee, taking pictures at the Ottawa sign and shopping at a few boutiques! We couldn’t go into everything, but we stopped at all my favourite places!
For lunch, we stopped at Pure Kitchen. It is a vegetarian restaurant (with vegan options) based in Ottawa. I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan (my friend is) but the food is amazing and they have great cocktails and lattes. (Upstairs is a bar called Charlotte that also has great cocktails, fun wallpaper perfect for Instagram and an atmosphere to boot!). We ordered the cauliflower wings as an appetizer and a hot bowl each.
We wandered down Elgin Street and popped into a few shops. It’s currently under major construction but all businesses are open! FYI, we parked at City Hall which is free on evenings and weekends.
Our next stop was Lansdowne. There are tons of events that happen in the area: sports games, food and drink festivals, the farmers market on Sunday mornings and even a Stadium Workout (I’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t been able to yet!) we stopped at Local to sit on their outdoor patio. I like Local, Joey or Craft for alcohol choices and Joey is the best of the three for food.
The sky was looking pretty threatening so we didn’t stay long!
We decided to go to the Port Elmsley Drive In and brought leftover dinner and snacks. There is a snack bar where you can grab hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn, drinks, snacks and ice cream if that’s more your jam!
A few more things I love & or were suggested but we didn’t get a chance to do:
1. Anabia Cupcakery Cafe in Barrhaven has amazing treats & vegan cupcakes!
2. Tavern on the Falls or the Andaz for food and drink (both with amazing outdoor patios).
3. Brunch. The Golden Rooster is a good option!
4. Dow’s lake for kayaking and a snack.