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Places To Take Your Out of Town Friends


Hosting your friends from out of town can be daunting, but it’s the best occasion to show off Ottawa’s hidden gems and trendiest spots. Leave the obvious tourist destinations for another day and show them the best the city has to offer. From cool cafes to cozy eateries, Ottawa won’t disappoint!

The Loft | 14 Waller St.
With thousands of board games to choose from and a great selection of beer, your friends definitely won’t be bored here.

Headquarters | 115 Clarence St.
This aesthetically pleasing café is a great spot to sit down and catch up over a cup of coffee and a meal.

The Moonroom | 442 Preston St.
An Ottawa favourite, this cozy bar is nestled in Little Italy and serves delicious drinks and tapas style eats.

Victoire Boutique | 1282 Wellington St. W
Featuring local Canadian designers, this sweet little shop is your one-stop shop for cute clothes and quirky knick knacks.

Ottawa Farmers’ Market | Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park
The perfect place to hang out, have lunch, grab some local produce and enjoy the live musicians, chef demonstrations and tastings!

COMMON Eatery | 380 Elgin St.
A hip craft cocktail bar serving contemporary share plates in a casual urban setting.

Ottawa Art Gallery | 50 Mackenzie King Bridge
With free admission at all times, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go explore Ottawa’s newest art gallery.

Westboro Beach | 745 Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
Some R&R at the beach is exactly what every trip needs.

Museum of Nature | 240 McLeod St.
Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Nature and check out the special exhibitions! The museum hosts Nature Nocturne on the last Friday night throughout nine months, allowing you to explore the galleries at night and enjoy great music with friends.

Gatineau Park | 33 Chemin Scott
There are tons of hiking trails to choose from and it’s a great way to escape the city for a breath of fresh air. Visit our blog post on the best hiking trails for some inspiration!

These charming spots are guaranteed to have your friends planning their next trip to Ottawa before they’ve even left.
If you check any of them out, don’t forget to tag @livottawa in your photos.

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