How to Spend 72 Hours in Ottawa
I'm sure tons of you know Carrie from Wish Wish Wish. She puts together the loveliest "address book" guides for places she's been and I love the idea of having everything pulled together nicely in a blog post. Here's how we made the most of 72 hours to explore downtown Ottawa! I'd love to hear suggestions from locals for our next trip. We found Ottawa to be the perfect mix of suburban and metropolitan. It was multicultural and multilingual. The beer and food scene was on par with what we've experienced in New York, Chicago, and Charleston. And to top it all off, there's beautiful architecture abound as one would expect from Canada's Capital city.
What to Eat
Burgers N Fries Forever
278 Dalhousie Street
If there's one thing I've been craving lately, it's a good hamburger. Burgers N Fries Forever didn't disappoint! It's the perfect spot for a quick lunch or dinner. With options to create your own burger (or chicken sandwich) or order from one of their famous menu items, there's something for everyone.
69 George Street
No trip to Canada would be complete without a famous BeaverTail! We indulged in a couple of different kinds but there was plenty to share!
What to Drink
111 York Street
By far my favorite coffee during our trip to Ottawa, Origin Trade has staff that knows their craft and it shows. We enjoyed the industrial feel of the decor and skull accents throughout the shop.
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
3 Irving Avenue
If you're in Canada, you have to try out some of their beer since it's usually a much higher percent alcohol by volume than its American counterparts. Tooth and Nail has a great selection of seasonal beers that are worth tasting! The Agraria Farmhouse Ale was my favorite and you can pick up bottles to go from the shop on the way home.
Brothers Beer Bistro
366 Dalhousie Street
Brothers Beer Bistro has a great selection of Canadian and International beer with an updated versions of classic comfort foods to match any flavor palate. It's a quiet place for a late lunch date during the work week.
What to Do
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
A must-see for any art lover, the National Gallery of Canada has huge collections of Canadian and Indigenous Art, photography, sculpture, modern and contemporary art, and the classics! You also can't pass on a museum cafe meal while you're there.
Parliament of Canada
111 Wellington Street
Start with a tour of Centre Block and then make your way around the East and West Blocks as you explore Major's Hill. There are tons of statues and plaques to read and keep you busy if you're not too distracted by the breathtaking views of ByTown, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River, and Rideau across the way.
385 Sussex Drive
A must-see for anyone who loves Gothic architecture, the Notre-Dame Cathedral will make you feel like you're on holy ground whether you're religious or not!
982 Wellington Street West
Our first experience at an escape room was a success! Escape Manor doubles as a bar, making it perfect for date night or a fun night out with friends.
Where to Shop
193 Rideau Street
Vertigo Records is the place for new and used vinyl in downtown Ottawa! We had a hard time leaving without a few additions to our collection.
525 Bank Street
Camera Trading Company
386 C Bank Street
Visiting camera shops in Ottawa was a real treat! They're a dying breed so we were sure to stock up on some higher quality film to shoot during our trip. Hopefully, they did okay going through so many x-ray scans in the airport. Whether you're looking for film or a new camera or lens, these shops have got it all between the two. As a plus, they're within walking distance!