At the in­ter­sec­tion of her­itage and con­tem­po­rary, right in the heart of it all

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Cen­tre­town fea­tures her­itage and con­tem­po­rary build­ings as well as great restau­rant and shop­ping op­tions. It’s home to Ot­tawa’s LGBTQ+ Vil­lage and to a pedes­trian mall on Sparks Street


Lunch or din­ner at the 44-yearold C’est Japon à Suisha will con­firm what makes this restau­rant a top choice for those who love Ja­pa­nese fare. Look for the wa­ter wheel at the ex­te­rior — once in­side, you’ll be treated with per­fect hospi­tal­ity. Those who need a maki, ni­giri, or teriyaki fix can ei­ther sit at the bar to watch masters at work, or oc­cupy the base­ment party rooms, fur­nished with tra­di­tional tatami wo­ven mats for a more au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. 208 Slater St., japaninot­tawa.com

dance the night away

Party palace Baby­lon Night­club, which turned 20 this year, hosts reg­u­lar dance events like Drake Night (last Satur­day of ev­ery month), the Bey Bey Dance Party (first Satur­day), and Shame­less, fea­tur­ing all your ‘90s dance and ‘00s hip hop guilty plea­sures (ev­ery last Fri­day). Other nights, catch out- of-town and lo­cal bands tear­ing it up on stage. 317 Bank St., baby­lon­club.ca

sex shop

Those in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing sex in a friendly, ed­u­ca­tional and non-in­tim­i­dat­ing at­mos­phere will ap­pre­ci­ate Venus

Envy. They’ll find the usual suspects in stock — vibrators, toys, sex games, erot­ica, and books on health and in­ti­macy — and a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all who are queer, trans, and/or women. 226 Bank St., venusenvy.ca

Burger Joint

The menu at Burg­ers n’ Fries

For­ever fea­tures ad­ven­tur­ous takes on burg­ers, like “The Smoke­house” with deep fried jalapeños, and fries that suit ev­ery fancy. Some are topped with rose­mary and parme­san cheese, oth­ers are made with sweet po­ta­toes. The tough choice will be be­tween the five-cheese pou­tine and the “C.H.I.M.P.” — “cheese­burger hid­ing in my pou­tine.” 329 Bank St., burg­er­snfries­for­ever.com


With its rich aro­mas and re­gal dé­cor, the East In­dia Com­pany feels like a palace. Each chef is clas­si­cally trained in In­dian cui­sine, bring­ing added au­then­tic­ity to their of­fer­ings. It’s all served from one of the largest In­dian buf­fets in Canada. 210 Som­er­set St. W., eastin­di­aco.com

C’est Japon à Suisha

East In­dia Co.

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