ByWard Mar­ket

En­joy live shows, restau­rants, and night­clubs in the city’s old­est hood

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Ot­tawa’s old­est district of­fers de­signer bou­tiques, trendy clubs, and dis­tinc­tive eater­ies, many within and around the his­toric, red­bricked mar­ket hall

green space

Ot­tawa’s old­est park was es­tab­lished in the early 1800s, and still re­mains one of its most pop­u­lar. Ma­jor’s Hill Park over­looks Gatineau, Par­lia­ment, the Ot­tawa River, and the fi­nal eight locks of the Rideau Canal. It’s the per­fect spot for a frolic or pic­nic. Macken­zie Ave., ncc-ccn.gc.ca shop­ping des­ti­na­tion At the heart of the district is the ByWard Mar­ket Square, a long brick build­ing that houses gift shops and eater­ies; around its ex­te­rior, find booths sell­ing sea­sonal pro­duce and prod­ucts. There is also an ar­ray of cloth­ing stores, cof­fee shops, bak­eries, and eth­nic restau­rants. 55 ByWard Mar­ket Sq., by­ward­mar­ket­square.com his­toric Wa­ter­ing hole The Château Lafayette is older than most of Ot­tawa, even the Par­lia­ment build­ings. It first opened its doors in 1849 as a ho­tel. Now it’s a great place to spend a night with friends, food, and drink spe­cials. Tues­days are the world fa­mous open mic nights but, hon­estly, ev­ery sin­gle night of the week can be a good evening out at the Laff. 42 York St., the­laff.ca

24-hour diner

Whether you are pass­ing by mid­day or pour­ing out of the bars at 2 a.m., Zak’s Diner will have all-day plates of pan­cakes or hearty milk­shakes ready for you. The pou­tine is pretty great too. 14 ByWard Mar­ket Sq., zaks­diner.com

gourmet bak­ery

Those with a sweet tooth will find yummy con­fec­tions at The

Cup­cake Lounge. With a fo­cus on all-nat­u­ral recipes, this bak­ery also makes brown­ies, cakes, mousse, and tarts. De­scribed as the city’s only cup­cake and wine pair­ing lounge, they of­fer an adult way to en­joy a deca­dent, child­hood treat. 6 ByWard Mar­ket Sq., the­cup­cakelounge.com

ital­ian

Vit­to­ria Trat­to­ria is a des­ti­na­tion for din­ers in need of a fine Ital­ian dish with a large se­lec­tion of wines to pair. The ByWard lo­ca­tion of this Ot­tawa sta­ple also serves brunch that fea­tures a Mediter­ranean omelette and a break­fast pizza,

which is to­mato sauce, moz­zarella, pancetta, po­ta­toes, and eggs. 35 Wil­liam St., vit­to­ri­a­trat­to­ria.com

dance club

With ex­posed brick, moody drapes, and en­tic­ing cock­tails,

The Mer­cury Lounge pro­vides an in­ti­mate set­ting for jazz, funk, soul, house, Afrobeat, and world mu­sic. In­ter­na­tional DJs, and live per­form­ers reg­u­larly, ap­pear on The Merc stage. Its cool at­mos­phere and busy dance floor make it an ideal spot for an evening of good vibes. 56 ByWard Mar­ket Sq., mer­cury­lounge.com

stay & play

Not your av­er­age lounge, The Loft Board Game Lounge en­cour­ages guests to play any of their 700+ board and card games. Clas­sics along with newer games — Game of Thrones, Set­tlers of Catan,

Pan­demic — are avail­able for play. Lo­cal beers on tap, plus a fun menu of snacks and sand­wiches. Stay and play for as long as you want for the easy price of $6 cover. 14 Waller St., th­eloft­lounge.ca

kitchen store

Ma Cui­sine is a de­light­ful source of unique kitchen ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories. Ex­pert staff know what a dif­fer­ence qual­ity kitchen­ware can make, and they of­fer ad­vice in se­lect­ing from over 12,000 prod­ucts. Find high-end tools for cook­ing, bak­ing, and serv­ing at this long­stand­ing shop. 269 Dal­housie St., macuisi­neot­tawa.ca

bar with a view

Cop­per Spir­its & Sights, the rooftop bar of the down­town An­daz Ho­tel, pro­vides a breath­tak­ing west­ward view of the city. From 16 storeys up, you can see the ByWard Mar­ket, Par­lia­ment Hill, the Ot­tawa River, and the Gatineau Hills off in the dis­tance. Com­plete with out­door fire pit, Cop­per is an ideal place to watch the sun­set with a cock­tail in hand. When the weather doesn’t com­ply, the ho­tel’s feast + revel restau­rant is an­other great op­tion for din­ers and tip­plers. 325 Dal­housie St., ot­tawa.an­daz.hy­att.com

fine knitwear

Cana­dian and fam­ily-run, Ça va

de soi is char­ac­ter­ized by time­less French style with a spe­cialty in ex­clu­sive high-end knitwear for all sea­sons. From sump­tu­ous cash­mere jog­gers and scarves to wear-with-ev­ery­thing cot­ton tees and pullovers, items are made with qual­ity cot­ton from Italy and Egypt. 519 Sus­sex Dr., cavadesoi.com

ByWard Mar­ket har­vest

The Laff

Ma­jor’s Hill Park with a view of the Na­tional Gallery of Canada

The Loft Board Game Lounge

The Mer­cury Lounge

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