My first trip to Ottawa was short but interesting. It was to deliver one of my designed bags from Garéma Official for the Prime Ministers wife, Mrs. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. It was a quick overnight trip.This summer I visited Ottawa for the second time for 24 hours and I got to see the city properly.
After checking in at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, city’s iconic luxury hotel , we made our way to the Rideau canal which is right next to the hotel. One thing I loved about this city was that almost everything in downtown Ottawa is walking distance.
Rideau Canal is a UNESCO world heritage site that opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United State. In Winter, It becomes the World’s largest skating rink.
After purchasing our tickets for the Ottawa boat cruise from the kiosk near the Rideau canal, we walked down to the Rideau Canal Trail to get to our boat. The boat cruises over the Ottawa river and was 90 minute long. We were able to see some of the important buildings from the river, the Parliament buildings, the museums, the Prime Ministers House, Rideau Falls & many more attractions.
After the cruise we headed for lunch to Byward Market, Ottawa’s famous civic market. It is a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Byward market is an entertainment & retail district in downtown Ottawa, packed with shopping, dining, art & professional services. We ate lunch at the Grand Pizzeria which had some delicious Pizzas and amazing ravioli. What I loved about it was the floral baskets everywhere on the patio, giving a true summer feel to the market and the restaurant.
Next up, we headed to the Andaz Ottawa hotel which was again in Byward market & just a few steps away from the restaurant. It has a stunning rooftop lounge on its 16thfloor that offers amazing views of the city. You can see many buildings including the Parliament buildings, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa sign, the byword market & many more sights. The city view is a perfect backdrop for some amazing Instagram photos.
After the hotel, we headed for some shopping at the CF Rideau Centre mall and finally after strolling on the Rideau street & Sussex Drive we went back to our hotel.
Next we headed for dinner to an Indian restaurant called East India Company. I had heard good reviews about the place and it was packed with people, but we didn’t enjoy their food at first however when we mentioned that to the chef he created Malai Kofta for us which was absolutely delicious.
After the meal, we took a cab to Ottawa Marriott hotel, the views from the 27th floor were even more spectacular than I could imagine, an incredible view of the entire city!
From there, we walked towards the the Sparks Street which is usually buzzing with artists on the street performing and crowded with restaurant guests. Next we strolled towards the Parliament hill which was hosting a lights show and was lit up beautifully. From there we went straight to La Terrasse , the amazing rooftop patio of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and then called it an early night.
Next morning, we woke up and went for a walk to the Parliament Hill and had our breakfast at the Byward Cafe in Byward Market. The food there was so delicious, I loved the pesto salad and the bocconcini & pesto panini. After the breakfast, walked back to the hotel and finally checked out and made our way home with a beautiful memory in Ottawa.
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