Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery is a work of art in itself: its striking ensemble of pink granite and glass spires echoes the ornate copper-topped towers of nearby Parliament. Inside, vaulted galleries exhibit predominantly Ca…
Top Choice Museum in Ottawa

Canadian Museum of History

Allow plenty of time to experience this high-tech, must-see museum across the river, in Hull, Québec. Documenting the history of Canada through a range of spectacular exhibits, it's an objective recounting of the na…
Top Choice Market in Ottawa

ByWard Market Square

Anchoring the market district, this sturdy brick building is the perfect place to stop when hunger strikes. Aside from the fresh produce and cheese, an array of international takeaway joints offers falafel, spicy cu…
Top Choice Italian in Ottawa

Town

Slick, smart and ineffably cool, this joint is always packed: arty-farty hipsters bump elbows with wealthy coiffured housewives. Ottawa foodies appreciate the use of local produce and northern Italian recipes, resul…
Top Choice Museum in Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

Fascinating displays twist through the labyrinthine interior of this sculpture-like, modern museum, tracing Canada's military history with the nation's most comprehensive collection of war-related artifacts. Many of…
Top Choice Diner in Ottawa

Wilf & Ada's

This 'scratch diner' is one of Ottawa's hippest breakfast and lunch spots, with its retro art and everything made from scratch. Breakfast is all home-cured bacon, buttermilk French toast, 'homies' (home fries) and m…
Top Choice Canadian in Ottawa

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar

Book in advance for one of the hottest tables in the capital, if not the whole country. Beckta offers an upmarket dining experience with an original spin on regional cuisine. Lunch is à la carte, while dinner is a t…
Top Choice Modern American in Ottawa

Union Local 613

Among low-lit decor of hummingbirds and hot-air balloons, drink the house beers and other local craft brews from screw-top jars. It's food with attitude, including southern-fried chicken and cornmeal-crusted catfish…
Top Choice Mexican in Ottawa

El Camino

With a hip industrial aesthetic underscored by Day of the Dead references, El Camino is either praised as Ottawa's taco joint of the hour or derided as overpriced. Come for chorizo and crispy fish tacos, eaten at be…
Market in Ottawa

ByWard Market

The best place in town for one-stop shopping. Outdoor vendors cluster around the grand maroon-brick ByWard Market Square building, which dates to 1926. Many merchants operate booths year-round, but the winter weathe…