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If you’re looking for some things to do in Ottawa that showcase Ottawa’s local culture and huge foodie scene, just ask our staff for their top spots.

Some of their favourites? The Rox serves Happy Goat coffee, a local roaster. Or check out The SconeWitch (a staff favourite for their scones!) or Morning Owl, both within walking distance of The Metcalfe. For something to eat, we recommend Riviera (one of Canada’s trendiest restaurants), Rosie’s Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar (try the oysters or pulled pork), or, for the best tacos in Ottawa, we like El Camino. Other recommendations for things to do in Ottawa? The Whalesbone Oyster House for, yes, oysters. Datsun for Asian (try the seafood laksa). Also close to The Metcalfe is Union Local 613, a local favourite for southern food and house-crafted cocktails. Or check out the craft beers at three of our many local breweries: Beau’s Brewery, Stray Dog Brewing Company or Kichesippi Beer Co.

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Here are a few other recommendations for unique Ottawa spots off the beaten path, all close to The Metcalfe:


The Loft Board Game Lounge – Espresso drinks, beer, snacks and 900+ board games
The Highlander Club – A great scotch bar
Hooch Bourbon House – Bourbon cocktails (and try the chicken and waffles)
Imperial Barber Shop – A traditional barber shop complete with hot towels
Hair Fellas – The barbershop made modern
Bytowne Cinema – Independent and foreign films
Mayfair Theatre – Ottawa’s oldest movie theatre (since 1932)
Boogie & Birdie Souvenir – We love the gifts here – lot of locally made products

And don’t forget that we’re minutes from Parliament Hill and other downtown Ottawa attractions.

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Parliament Hill Centre Block
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