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.
Maybe you're too broke to travel, or 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?