A boutique hotel that caters to art lovers, Le Germain Ottawa shares the same building as the recently revamped Ottawa Art Gallery. Stylish rooms boast ergonomic furniture and luxe touches like Egyptian bamboo and cotton linens. Common areas throughout the property are filled with artwork by Canadian creatives.
ARC The.Hotel was the first boutique hotel to debut in the city, in 2002. With contemporary, minimalist design and a location steps from Parliament Hill, the 112-room accommodation has retained its desirability among out-of-towners.
Begin with breakfast à la française at Benny's Bistro, a 30-seat café in the ByWard Market. Try house-made gravlax with fingerling potato salad, olive tapenade, and a sunny-side egg. After, tour the year-round outdoor food stalls that comprise one of Canada’s oldest and biggest public markets.
Dip into Bar Lupulus, a gastropub with over 20 local craft brews on tap, for lunch. Opt for a charcuterie board of house-cured meats and artisanal Québecois cheeses, charred bison tartare with shiitake-anchovy oil, and pan-seared rainbow trout with beluga lentils.
Shop for Canadian-made goods in the emerging Wellington West neighborhood. Standout finds include the collection of handicrafts at Maker House Company, womenswear from independent designers at Flock, and fine jewelry at JV Studios.
Stick around Wellington West for dinner at Supply and Demand, a quirky restaurant with emerald leather banquettes, seahorse wallpaper, and antique mirrors. The locavore menu features dishes like charred leeks with walnuts and blue cheese and squid ink rigatoni.
Linger over a hearty brunch at Edgar, a cozy hotspot in the Gatineau neighborhood. Chef Marysol Foucault’s short menu of famous mainstays—namely the huevos rancheros with pepita salad and shakshuka—and weekly seasonal specials draws long lines every weekend. While you wait for your table, grab a tropical juice from Brazilian sweetshop L'assiette de Dessert around the block.
Defrost back at your hotel before dinner at Riviera, a restaurant housed in a grand former bank building. Expect modern, elevated twists on classic Canadian cuisine, like dill pickle chip–crusted halibut with peas and glazed duck breast with chanterelles and celeriac purée.
End your day with a signature cocktail at Zoe's. Go for the maple-infused Statesman, a spin on a traditional Old Fashioned served in a cocktail smoking box.