The complete culinary traveller’s guide for where to eat, shop, take a cooking class and enjoy the local food and drink in Ottawa.
BEECHWOOD An emerging Ottawa Eat Street with pubs, coffee shops, a kitchenware emporium, bakeries and a number of noteworthy restaurants.
BYWARD MARKET The area surrounding the ByWard Market is one of Ottawa’s hottest and most central ’hoods. Along with the farmers’ market itself, some of Ottawa’s best restaurants and shops can be found here.
CHINATOWN Somerset St W. between Rochester St and Bay St is the best placeto get your fill of cheap and tasty Asian eats. Just look for the opulent archway near Bronson Ave to know you’re in the thick of it.
LITTLE ITALY Preston St (dubbed Corso Italia)is chock full of Italian pride — as well as some of the best eats in town. Keep an eye openfor local events throughout the year.
MANOTICK Just south of the city is the charming riverside village of Manotick. Spend the day exploring the heritage district’s boutiques, restaurants, cafés and specialty food shops and visit the historic Watson’s Mill or a sack of stone-ground flour or a loaf of whole-wheat bread.
THE GLEBE/OLD OTTAWA SOUTH While they’re technically two separate neighbourhoods, both share a common main street (Bank St) and offer a plethora of fantastic restaurants and shops.
WELLINGTON WEST/HINTONBURG Wellington St W. encompasses the eclectic neighbourhoods of Wellington West and Hintonburg — two hot spots that are currently enjoying some serious gentrification
WESTBORO The stretch of Richmond Rd between Island Park Dr. and Golden Ave is known for its tight-knit community vibe, as well as its ever-increasing array of greateateries and boutiques.
BYWARD MARKET Open daily, 6 am–6 pm (hours vary depending on weather), year round.
OTTAWA PARKDALE MARKET Parkdale at Wellington. Open 7 days/week, 7 am–6 pm, late April–Dec. 24.
OTTAWA FARMERS’ MARKET Lansdowne Park, Ottawa. Open all year, Sundays 10 am-3pm, Jan–April; 9 am-3 pm, May–Nov. Byron Park, Westboro. Saturdays, 9:30 am–3 pm, May–Oct. Ray Friel Centre, Orleans. Thursdays, 12 pm–7 pm, May–Oct.
OTTAWA ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Open Saturday, 10 am–2 pm, year round. Behind the Canadian Tire store at the corner of Heron Rd and Bank St (indoors in winter).
For a complete listing of Ottawa area farmers’ markets see www.farmersmarketsontario.com.
LE CORDON BLEU OTTAWA Day classes and workshops as well as professional courses. 453 Laurier Ave E.
OTTAWA CHINESE COOKING STUDIO Asian cuisine, evening classes. 211 Black Sage Cres.
THE CULTURAL KITCHEN Specializes in Mexican cuisine. 836 Como Cres., Orleans.
THE URBAN ELEMENT Weeknight and weekend classes. 424 Parkdale Ave.
C’EST BON COOKING Market tours and French cooking classes led by Chef Andree Riffou. 361 Daly Ave.
CHEF’S PARADISE This Old Ottawa South staple is heaven for amateur and professional chefs alike. 1314 Bank St.
J.D. ADAM John and Jennifer Adam’s store crammed with kitchen and home accessories has been a fixture in the Glebe since 1988. 795 Bank St.
KITCHENALIA Small in size but still packed with all the gadgets you could ever want. 274A Richmond Rd.
MA CUISINE A huge shop with an equally huge selection and a great downtown location. 269 Dalhousie Rd.
JACOBSON’S A family-run emporium stocked with quality kitchenwares and gourmet treats. 141 Beechwood Ave.
GRACE IN THE KITCHEN A unique combination of cookware, chef’s knives, barware, gadgets, spices, sauces and a great selection of cheeses. 442 Hazeldean Rd, Kanata.
Ottawa’s great tastes
o Art-Is-In Bread
o Beaver Tails
o Bekings Eggs
o Bridgehead Coffee
o Burgers from The Works
o Clarmell Farms Goat Cheese
o Cochrane’s Dairy Milk
o Domaine Perrault Wines
o Elk Ranch Meats
o Maple Syrup
o Mariposa Farm Duck
o Mrs McGarrigle’s Mustard
o O’Brien Farms Beef
o Ontario Honey
o Pascale’s Ice Cream
o Pies by Life of Pie
o Quebec Cheeses
o Rochon Garden Strawberries
o Stella Luna Gelato
o Truffle Treasures
o Upper Canada Cranberries
Ottawa’s great drinks
o Beau’s Beer
o Hogsback Brewing Company
o Kichesippi Beer
o North of 7 Distillery
o Tooth and Nail Beer
o Beyond the Pale Beer