Ottawa City Guide: Hidden Gems


Although we didn’t spend much time in the city, we spent an afternoon wandering around the city and found a some cute spots. Ottawa is primarily known for being the home of the Parliament, but it does have a few cute boutiques, shops and restaurants.


Milk Boutique

I spotted a really cute boutique near Byward Market, Milk, featuring in indie women’s clothing, as well as locally-made jewelry, vintage housewares and an adorable assortment of greeting cards and notebooks. A must visit when you’re in the city. The employees are all so kind and stylish, and they love to get to know their customers.

45 William Street


Vertigo Records

A great record and cd store, with a decent price range and a great selection. They have old, new and used records and cds, and a selection of some to listen to for free.

193 Rideau Street






An amazing cafe featuring in scones and tea. They make sweet and savoury scones, as well as sconewiches, sandwiches made with scones instead of regular bread. A great selection of flavours and sandwich types, for both breakfast and lunch. My favourite scone is the Orange Cranberry. If you’re going for breakfast, try the eggwitch, and for lunch, try the spring sconewitch with avocado!

150 Elgin Street (go in through theĀ Gloucester street entrance instead)




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