Ottawa is filled with fun places to go, but it's tough to find places that are a bit of a secret and a tad hidden. The staple things you always here people are doing involve going to see Parliament Hill or checking out the National Art Gallery. Don't get me wrong those things are super fun, but finding something super unique and trendy to do is always a plus. Whether you love feeling boujee or simply like to hike, there are plenty of places in Ottawa that are little secrets.
This summer is your chance to rally up your BFFs to explore Ottawa's best kept secrets. Some things are completely free, some are pretty cheap, and some are a tad pricey, but no matter what you are bound to have an amazing time discovering these secrets with your close friends.
Where: 350 Elgin Street
If you and your friends still haven't been to Charlotte, this summer is your time to go. This boujee bar is perfect for a night out, wear your best outfits and make your way to this stunning bar. Charlotte opened up last year so it's still pretty new, now is the perfect time to visit this cute boujee bar.
Princess Louis Falls
Where: St Joseph Boulevard (ON K1C 1T1)
Now this is a true Ottawa secret. This pretty waterfall is hidden in Orleans and summer is the best time to visit it. Seriously this waterfall will make you feel like you're not in Ottawa! The waterfall is not something you can find easily, so be sure to have your exploring shoes on because it's time to adventure.
Where: 50 Rideau Street
Eve Cafe is hidden inside of Simons at the Rideau Centre. It serves up the most delicious snacks and drinks. Not to mention the fact that the views here are absolutely incredible. You can see the Chateau Laurier perfectly as well as great views of the ByWard Market.
Where: 217 Bank Street
Magic Molecule opened up pretty recently and it serves up liquid nitrogen ice cream. This secret spot in the city serves fruity flavours like mango and passion fruit. They also serve up sorbet, bubble tea, bubble waffle ice cream, and you can also get regular ice cream if you wish.
Where: 610 Bronson Avenue
Table 85 is an Asian fusion restaurant in the basement of a Remax building. How much more secret can a place get?! For cheap you and your BFFs can indulge in an amazing meal. If you haven't discovered Table 85 yet, this summer is the time to do it!
Where: Luskville, Quebec J0X 2G0
Luskville Falls is an amazing trail that leads to unreal views and pretty waterfalls. This falls in Quebec is sure to have you and your BFFs soaking up the sun and enjoying the summer vibes. During the Luskville Falls Trail you come across many different looking points of Quebec and Ottawa.
Play Del Popsical
Where: 809 Bank Street
Can a place get more summer than this?! This cute popsicle food truck is only open during summer and you and your BFFs need to discover it. Playa Del Popsical makes homemade popsicles that are bound to cool you off this summer. Not to mention the fact that this cute food truck is totally Instagram worthy!
Happy Goat Coffee
Where: 326 Elgin Street
If you're a fan of Friends then there's no doubt that this spot looks very similar to Central Perk Cafe . This new coffee shop just opened up in February and it is sure to put a smile on your face. Happy Goat Coffee serves up a variety of yummy coffees as well as delicious donuts from Maverick's Donuts!
Where: 8 ByWard Market Square
This cute restaurant serves up unreal Asian food. You and your BFFs will want to try every single thing on the menu! They serve up delicious rice warps and yummy chicken fried rice as well as giant bowls of pho! Yes, please.
Where: 465 Parkdale Avenue
If you love cafes, then you 100% need to add this spot to your summer bucket list. Blumenstudio is part flower shop, part cafe and it is so adorable. As soon as you walk in you will feel like you've entered a flower oasis. The smell of the beautiful flowers will have you feeling super calm as you sip on your yummy coffee.
Where: 13 Chemin Scott
This adorable ice cream shop is just outside of Ottawa is a must visit. You and your BFFs will totally fall in love with the delicious ice creams at La Cigale. They serve up a variety of flavours from vanilla to bubblegum to salted peanut you and your friends will be spoilt for choice!
Union Street Cafe
Where: 42 Crichton Street
Union Street Cafe is one of the cutest cafes in the city. You need to find this hidden gem this summer! From the unique floors to the unreal meals, you and your BFFs will struggle to choose just one Instagram! They have a bunch of meal options and everything is made from scratch.
Freewheeling Craft Mural
Where: 432 1/2 Preston Street
What's more summer than discovering cute wall murals with your BFFs?! This cute AF mural is located at Freewheeling Craft. It's a great place to go and grab a colourful summer Instagram. Freewheeling Craft also has a ton of pop-up shop events that you have to check out this summer.
Where: 420 Preston Street
How insanely adorable are these sushi rolls?! If you and your BFF absolutely love sushi then you need to discover Kuidaore Izakaya this summer. They serve up a wide range of Asian cuisine as well as these cute sushi rolls that will immediately put a smile on your face!
Morning Owl Coffeehouse + Parlour
Where: 229 Armstrong Street
This stunning cafe just opened up in Ottawa so it's still a secret to many! Morning Owl Coffeehouse + Parlour serves up tasty coffee and great soft serve ice cream! Not to mention the fact that this spot is totally Instagram worthy! From the leaf mural to the fairy lights there is so much to Insta at this cute cafe.