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Best things to do in Little Italy, Ottawa

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

Bakery
“A little further away but you've got options here for amazing breakfast, brunch, lunch AND dinner! All the bread here is made in-house. Highly recommended! ”
81local recommendations
Pub
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“BEER BIBLE. Good food too.... lol. I spend several months travelling Europe and a huge portion of that time was spent in Belgium. The Kingdom of Beer. It has been impossible to find certain beers I had over there, that is until I went to Pub Italia. They have the Beer Bible which is a fairly exhaustive list of any kind of beer you could possible want. The best part is they are all imported and stored on site, so they get that extra aging time if no one is ordering them. The pizza here is also really quite good and I've hear good things about the pasta dishes too.”
44local recommendations
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.”
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Pub
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“You can't throw a stone without hitting a pub in Ottawa. Large patio, decent food, nice decor. Very close by. ”
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Neighbourhood
“Between Centretown and Little Italy lies our own historic Chinese neighbourhood. The annual Remixed Festival actually makes you forget that preconception of boring bureaucrats that people have of this town. ”
37local recommendations
Wine Bar
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“Great local spot for cocktails and snacks. Cozy spot with a great vibe that caters to locals in the 25-40 age range.”
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Bar
“If you want to catch a Senators game, this sports bar is the place to do it. Cheap beer and eats, great atmosphere and the best meatball sandwich you've ever had!”
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Meal Takeaway
“This is our go-to place for celebrations or if we just feel like being taken care of. The service is excellent and the food is consistent. The Cesare salad is the very best and they cook fish perfectly. It is pricey but worth it. They are also happy to accommodate special requests so you don't have to order off the menu. We recommend reservations so if you call say Jennifer & Billy sent you and they will take great care of you. Walk there in under 10 minutes or drive and take advantage of their free valet service. ”
8local recommendations
Café
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“My favourite brunch spot in all of Ottawa. A perfect place to grab brunch, and then explore Little Italy and Dow's Lake.”
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Flower Shop
“- Preston Street is the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy neighbourhood. Renamed Corso Italia to reflect the Italian heritage of the area, it offers tree-lined streets, award-winning Italian and international cuisine and independent boutiques, making this one of Ottawa's most inviting neighbourhoods! * Destination From Airbnb Suite: - Around 11 minutes driving distance (Car). - OC Transpo Public Transit ( Around 20 minutes by Bus). ”
30local recommendations
Greek Restaurant
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“Relaxed hip restaurant for small plates ($8-$20.) Great service. Try the grilled halloumi. ”
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Italian Restaurant
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“My favourite Italian restaurant in Ottawa! Located in the iconic neighborhood of Little Italy, one can dine @ Trattoria Caffe Italia, arguably the best Italian food in town. Very romantic decor inside, huge wine selection and amazing traditional Italian dishes to choose from”
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Restaurant
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Brewery
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“My favourite of the Ottawa breweries. So many good beers to sample. Take home a litre or growler of your favourite. ***Please note - the brewery has moved to 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 160. ***”
24local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“More coffee... Bridgehead is an Ottawa chain that has locations all over the city. This one is their main roastery. It can be loud when the machines are going, but the coffee and food are good.”
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