Ottawa's cultural diversity is reflected in its culinary prowess: its smorgasbord of gastronomic goodness rivals those of Toronto and Montréal, but is more accessible. The capital's compact footprint makes finding great food simple, with a plethora of excellent dining options catering to most tastes and budgets. Look forward to a dynamic mix of flavors and aromas from around the globe, prepared using fresh, local ingredients.
Check out Savour Ottawa (www.savourottawa.ca) and its Facebook page for listings of restaurants, market vendors and food festivals championing local produce.
Where to Eat
Follow Bank or Elgin Sts south for a surplus of less-touristy pubs, restaurants and cafes. After crossing Queensway (Hwy 417), there are more eateries along Bank in the hip Glebe neighborhood, especially between First and Fifth Aves.
Ottawa's lively Chinatown, spread along Somerset St W around Bronson Ave, is a great spot to visit, with a tasty smattering of Vietnamese flavors around Booth St. Further west in Little Italy, take an evening stroll down 'Corso Italia' (Preston St) – adjacent to 'Via Marconi' (Gladstone Ave) – for a little slice of the homeland.
Even further out, over the Somerset St W and Albert St railway bridges, and about 3.5km from Parliament Hill, Hintonburg is Ottawa's latest up-and-coming 'hood with hipster cafes to rival the Glebe.
During weekday lunchtimes, food trucks across downtown sell everything from poutine to seafood to Ottawa's hungry workers. Plan your street-food odyssey around town by downloading the food-truck app from Streetfoodapp.com/ottawa. You can also find a map on the City of Ottawa website, Ottawa.ca.