There are so many hidden gems in Ottawa and it's essential to try them all out. I mean, they wouldn't be hidden gems if they weren't amazing. Everyone wants to keep them a secret but realistically, they're too good to hide from people. That's how I feel about this place.
Ginger Cafe Fresh Eatery is the definition of hidden gem. Not only is it only a 35 minute drive from Ottawa, but it's vegan, vegetarian, has gluten free options AND it has a buffet. I mean, what more could you ask for?
Ginger Cafe Fresh Eatery is located in Carleton Place, which seems to be where all of the hidden food gems are hiding these days. Not only is it worth the drive, but it's for sure worth the money (which isn't a lot, bless this cafe). As you can imagine, they serve coffee and other drinks, as well as sweets that can be made gluten free. Even better? They have unreal ice cream sandwiches that are made completely vegan with a local 'ice cream' made out of oats by Oat & Mill.
If you're someone who not only likes to travel, but travels for food, then this is the place for you. And if you're not? Well you should definitely start. They also have a juice and smoothie bar that's always fresh. Did I mention earlier that on first Friday of every month, the buffet turns into an Indian buffet? I mean, if you love buffets as much as the rest of us, you'll be dying over this place.
So let's rename all of the things this cafe has for you: A coffee bar, a vegetarian/vegan buffet, fresh juices and smoothies, and amazing desserts. Did I twist your arm? Ginger Cafe Fresh Eatery is located at 132 Coleman Street and their hours vary throughout the week. It's only a 35 minute drive from Ottawa, which is not far at all. Grab your BFFs and fill your tummies! For more information, check out their website here.