cen­tre­town

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

Break­fast stop

One of the city’s old­est break­fast joints, Wilf & Ada’s car­ries on a home-style, scratch meals cook­ing tra­di­tion. House-made deli meats, moun­tains of fries, and gravy-laden sand­wiches — it’s re­ally hard to beat and there­fore very pop­u­lar. 510 Bank St., wil­fan­dadas.com

Dance cluB

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 outof-town and lo­cal bands tear­ing it up on stage. 317 Bank St., baby­lon­club.ca

Great catch

The Whales­bone, a for­ward­think­ing sus­tain­able seafood restau­rant, has eater­ies across the city. The orig­i­nal on Bank Street is a high-end hole in the wall with a laid back at­mos­phere fes­tooned with Mar­itime and sail­ing relics. The menu of­fers fresh oys­ters, clam chow­der, and smoked fish sand­wiches that please sailors and land­lub­bers alike. 430 Bank St.; 504A Kent St.; and 231 El­gin St., the­whales­bone.com

na­tional Jewel

The Na­tional Arts Cen­tre,

North Amer­ica’s most di­ver­si­fied bilin­gual per­form­ing arts com­plex, fea­tures live theatre, opera, dance, and mu­sic from es­tab­lished and emerg­ing tal­ent from around the world. You can hang out and grab a cof­fee in its invit­ing lobby. A glass tower called the Kip­nes Lantern shines like a bea­con from its new pub­lic atrium. 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

na­ture is neat

The Gothic-style Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture houses mil­lions of spec­i­mens: min­er­als, live bugs, and di­nosaur bones. The new per­ma­nent Canada

Goose Arc­tic Gallery fea­tures In­dige­nous per­spec­tives on the North, art and arte­facts, and its

But­ter­flies in Flight ex­hi­bi­tion al­lows guests to ex­pe­ri­ence a trop­i­cal re­treat in a so­lar­ium filled with live Costa Ri­can but­ter­flies. 240 McLeod St., na­ture.ca

Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture

Wilf & Ada’s

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