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Best things to do in Ottawa

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“I recommend because it is a combination of good beer, , great food,good music and great ambiance!”
49 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada's national aviation history museum. The museum is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport.”
25 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great hipster joint serving breakfast and lunch! Popular with the locals and worth checking out.”
40 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Great for all your grocery and pharmacy needs. Dry cleaning and several other services available. ”
32 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Great little old movie theater for alternative movies you won't find elsewhere! Right in the heart of downtown Ottawa, 25 minutes walk”
44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Upbeat restaurant offering oysters and other seafood dishes in a cozy environment”
41 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“New to Ottawa ? The parliament is definitely a place to visit. Behind the parliament there are several look-outs facing the river. It's a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. During summer, every Wednesday at noon there's a free Yoga class”
24 locals recommend
“The Gatineau Park is a national park. It offers lakes for swimming, trails for walking, hiking, skiing, mountain biking. The Parkways within the park are turned over to cyclists on Sundays, just don't tell them it isn't theirs the rest of the time. Serious triathletes train here (swimming in Meech Lake), as do leasure cyclists wanting a hilly challenge. Runners train with a whistle to ward off the occasionnal bear and cub or insistant Canada geese. The old Carbide Mill ruinsat Meech Lake are as close as you can get to a nude beach in Ottawa...”
44 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Our seating is predominantly communal. It's okay to talk to people. Join us for a meal and sit beside your best friend or a total stranger. LOCATION 315 Somerset Street W. Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8”
51 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“Ottawa is known for good shawarma and this spot is the best in the city. We love the chicken platter. Portions are massive. ”
37 locals recommend
“The concentration of the Rideau Canal locks are best observed right off Wellington St between Parliament and The Chateau Laurier. The Rideau Canal turns into the Worlds Longest Skating rink during the Winter, into Winterlude. It runs from Downtown to Dow's Lake. Great views can also be had from Major Hill Park and Nepean Point”
38 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“Comedy club off of Dowes Lake in the heart of Little Italy. Great place to go for a walk around a beautiful water feature followed by a night of laughter and maybe some drinks later just down the road at Pub Italia, home of the beer bible.”
13 locals recommend
“A great spot for night life and restaurants. Some would consider the night life older than that of the Market. ”
40 locals recommend
Historic Site
“For an eye-catching, dramatic room head to Rideau Hall. As part of the daily tours, you'll be able to take a picture of the red and white tent room which makes for the perfect Instagram picture. Another excellent photo spot is next to the ceremonial guards in their red uniform.”
38 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Conveniently located 10 min walk from home on Bank st and Somerset ave, bus access as well.”
40 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Good selection of groceries and necessities. Also directly beside the LCBO (liquor store) for all your wine, beer, etc.”
34 locals recommend