When you think about Europe, you think about living your best life. The food, the experience, the views, everything about it is a dream. When you think about Ottawa, you don't really think the same. 

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Maybe you're too broke to travelor maybe you're more of a homebody. Either way, there are so many places in Ottawa that will give you the same vibes. You can save money and feel like a tourist in your own city. 

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Quelque Chose Pâtisserie // 274 Montreal Rd

Quelque Chose Pâtisserie is an adorable macaron shop that gives such Paris vibes. Even better? The chef that makes the macarons went to culinary school in Paris so you're getting the real deal. Not fancy enough for you? They now have macaron ice cream sandwiches available. 


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Parliament of Canada // Wellington St

The inside of the Parliament Buildings are so beautiful, and it looks like it could be somewhere in Rome. The architecture is timeless, and you really can't find anything like this in Ottawa. 


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Le Café // 1 Elgin St

This stunning waterfront patio will make you feel like you're in Amsterdam. With the views of the Ottawa River, you'll be sure to feel like you're in a different country. Dress up and take your bae out, they won't even notice you're in Ottawa. 


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La Bottega Nicastro // 64 George St

If you've never been here before, you're truly missing out. This genuine Italian fine foods shop is the real deal, and you'll feel like you've just walked into a shop in Italy. Their menu is a must try, and I guarantee you'll love everything on the menu. 


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Courtyard Restaurant // 21 George St

This restaurant will make you feel like you've taken a back alley in Italy, and found a hidden gem. With the stone arches and beautiful greenery, there is no way you can be in Ottawa when you're sitting in this courtyard. 


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Moscow Tea Room // 527 Sussex Dr

Obviously this place is named after Russia's capital, and the decor inside is stunning. If you've never tried Russian food, this is the place to be. They have so many options you'll find it hard to choose, but all are more than delicious. 


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Major's Hill Park // Mackenzie Ave

Major's Hill Park gives off some major Paris garden vibes. Ever heard of Luxembourg garden in Paris? Both views are incredible. Have a picnic in the park and really soak up the sun, or just blast French music to really get into the vibe. 


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Simply Biscotti // Multiple Locations 

I mean, they have cannoli's, biscotti's, macarons, and they make real Italian coffee. Ones that you can't find at Starbucks. Could we ask for more?


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Aulde Dubliner & Pour House // 62 William St

You've definitely passed this restaurant multiple times in the ByWard Market, never checked it out or wondered what it is. This two-story pub is handcrafted to look like it was made in Ireland. If you're already planning for next St. Patty's day or you just want to get a beer with the lads, this is the place to be. 


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Absinthe // 1208 Wellington St W

Absinthe is where you need to go if you love French fare. With their amount of diverse wines, and their selection of fondues, you'll be more than satisfied. 


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Mantovani 1946 // 87 Murray St

Mantovani 1946 is an unreal Italian artisan gelato cafe that will make you feel like you're in a shop in Italy. And I mean it. The interior, the designs, everything about this shop screams Italian and we're all for it. 


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Cafe Morala // 734 Bank St

Cafe Morala looks like you could find it anywhere in Europe. It gives off such old school vibes, but in the best way possible. It's the oldest coffee shop in The Glebe, and the homemade baked goods says enough about the place. 


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Das Lokal // 190 Dalhousie St

Das Lokal has a German-inspired menu, and we're living for it. This European restaurant is one that you need to put on your bucket list, since all their ingredients are locally sourced. 


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La Porto A Casa // 3500 Fallowfield Rd

Sorry guys, this restaurant is all the way out in Barrhaven. Coming from someone who does not like Italian food, this restaurant is unreal. I tell everyone they have the best pizza I've ever tried, and even though its a little hole in the wall restaurant, it's so underrated. 


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The Savoy Brasserie // 334 Richmond Rd

This French inspired eatery will give you all the France feels. Their menu is to die for, and so is the decor inside. You'll have trouble figuring out if you just teleported to a restaurant in France or not. 


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The Soca Kitchen // 93 Holland Ave

If you're looking for amazing Spanish food, you've found it. They serve tapas, but what they're most known for are their cured meats that are unreal. 


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Heart & Crown // 67 Clarence St

This passage way to the Heart & Crown patio looks like you're on your way to a restaurant in France. With the exposed brick and the plants hanging above you, this aesthetic is what we're all looking for.  

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