Best things to do in Ottawa

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

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Parliament Hill
397local recommendations
Steven says “From website: The centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape, Parliament Hill is the political and ...” ·
2. CF Rideau Centre
50 Rideau St
264local recommendations
Zepporah says “The Rideau center is Ottawa's flagship mall, and has a variety of stores - from high end fashion (No...” ·
3. Canadian Museum of History
100 Rue Laurier
227local recommendations
Steven says “From the web: Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Can...” ·
4. National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr
245local recommendations
Bryde says “Incredible permanent collection and always interesting visiting exhibits, our National Gallery is a ...” ·
5. Byward Market
255local recommendations
Lily says “ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor farmers’ market stalls and specialty food shops selling Ca...” ·
6. Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature
240 McLeod St
198local recommendations
Zed says “The Canadian Museum of Nature, is Canada's national natural history and natural sciences museum. A...” ·
7. Rideau Canal National Historic Site
170local recommendations
Dallas says “The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of ...” ·
8. Gatineau Park
33 Chemin Scott
146local recommendations
Steven says “From the web: Gatineau Park is the gateway to Ottawa-Gatineau's richest network of hiking trails, ...” ·
9. Nordik Spa-Nature
16 Chemin Nordik
146local recommendations
Jean-Marc says “This place is absolutely fantastic! I am not a spa person but I really like this place. It is the la...” ·
10. Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Pl
137local recommendations
Matt says “The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history. Located in Ottawa, Ontario,...” ·
11. El Camino
380 Elgin St
113local recommendations
Sophia says “These are the best tacos in town and the place I recommend to any visitor of the city. Eat in and en...” ·
12. Art Is In Bakery
250 City Centre Avenue
93local recommendations
Y-K says “A very popular place, and considered hipster by some, it boasts an industrial look. It's located of...” ·
13. National Arts Centre
53 Elgin St
86local recommendations
Clarissa says “From symphonies, to concerts to plays and musicals, there is bound to be something to peak your inte...” ·
14. Casino du Lac-Leamy
1 Boulevard du Casino
87local recommendations
Naomy says “Idéal pour une sortie amusante et diversifiée. Le casino a plusieurs restaurants délicieux & un coté...” ·
15. Gatineau Park Welcome Area
87local recommendations
Vivian & Alan
Vivian & Alan says “Gatineau Park (French: Parc de la Gatineau) is located in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. Ad...” ·
16. SuzyQ Doughnuts
969 Wellington St W
74local recommendations
Suhail says “Best Donuts in the city! Do not leave without trying them out. They have many unique doughnut flavo...” ·
17. Chez Lucien
137 Murray St
64local recommendations
Bryde says “Reasonably priced, delicious with a warm atmosphere. The preferred local for the locals, combines bo...” ·
18. National Arts Centre
1 Elgin St
74local recommendations
Mary says “Enjoy live music, theatre, and an array of other performing arts in the heart of the nation's capita...” ·
19. Union Local 613
315 Somerset St W
61local recommendations
Chloe says “Southern comfort food. Ask for the speakeasy if you want drinks in a dark, cozy room hidden behind a...” ·
20. Lansdowne Park
60local recommendations
Renée says “This is an awesome new development with shops, restaurants, bars, a movie theatre (including VIP & 3...” ·
21. BDT
170 Rue Montcalm
58local recommendations
Nancy-Gaëlle says “Vous avez peut-être déjà eu la chance de goûter aux bières du BDT, en vente un peu partout au Québec...” ·
22. TD Place
1015 Bank St
44local recommendations
Danielle says “Home of the Ottawa Redblacks(Canadian Football League), Ottawa Fury(soccer) and Ottawa 67s(OHL). Gr...” ·
23. Fraser Cafe
7 Springfield Rd
64local recommendations
Alister & Brittany
Alister & Brittany says “Looking for something local and fancy? Fraser's is the best in fine dining that our neighborhood has...” ·
24. ByTowne Cinema
325 Rideau St
56local recommendations
Alister & Brittany
Alister & Brittany says “Great little old movie theater for alternative movies you won't find elsewhere! Right in the heart ...”
25. Shawarma Palace
464 Rideau St
48local recommendations
Hugo says “Ottawa is a Shawarma town - Shawarma Palace on Rideau St. is the best spot. The chicken plate or san...” ·
26. Pub Italia
434 Preston St
47local recommendations
Danielle says “This bar is pretty iconic in Ottawa for it's Beer Bible. I would say the food is mediocre but the de...” ·
27. Rideau Canal
49local recommendations
Vamini says “The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of ...” ·
28. Bayshore Shopping Centre
45local recommendations
Pri says “The Bayshore mall is 5 minutes by bus or car. The mall has been upgraded and there are a lot of high...” ·