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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Capitol Building
“Discover the Canadian history in one of the parliament shows, or just by visiting it and let the guides take you through a time travel, sharing the Canadian glories and taking you through the national timeline.”
  • 295 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Shopping Mall
“Near the parliament, you are walk-in distance to the Rideau center-our famous shopping mall. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor farmers’ market stalls and specialty food shops selling Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate. It’s also known for its colorful street art and hip stores filled with crafts and clothes by local designers”
  • 192 locals recommend
Market
“Everything from farm fresh vegetables to artisan creations. Spectacular history and a great spit to park while touring Downtown Ottawa.”
  • 213 locals recommend
  • 10 Experiences
History Museum
“Large collection on exhibits. Children museum is located inside and kids love it. Free entry every Thursday between 5-8pm”
  • 181 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Right next-door to Datsun, contemporary Mexican plates! There’s even a take-out window if you’re on the go”
  • 84 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The newly renovated National Arts Centre needs to appear on your Instagram feed. For a glam selfie, head upstairs to the modern red chairs for the picture-perfect spot. At night make sure to snap a picture outside of the illuminated Kipnes Lantern.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Office
“A great spot for night life and restaurants. Some would consider the night life older than that of the Market. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Hotel
“Ottawa's own castle, the Fairmount Chateau Laurier is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos. No matter if you photograph the majestic exterior or the opulent interior filled with gold detailing and chandeliers the Chateau Laurier is a must Instagram location in Ottawa.”
  • 18 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Grocery or Supermarket
“Conveniently located 10 min walk from home on Bank st and Somerset ave, bus access as well.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“My favorite place to go for a Burger! It is in Ottawa located in the Byward Market”
  • 59 locals recommend
Market
“Just walk around this area to get a feel for what Old Ottawa was like. Ottawa is derived from an Algonquin word which means "To Trade"”
  • 40 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“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
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
  • 1 Experience
Bar
“British bar with relaxed vibe offering pub grub, diverse beers & an outdoor patio $$ great breakfast as well.”
  • 44 locals recommend