Ottawa has its fair share of popular tourist destinations. From Parliament Hill to the Rideau Canal, and every incredible museum and giant spider in between. So, there's really no shortage of bucket-list-worthy attractions in the capital for you to enjoy. But if you're looking to go off the beaten path, there are plenty of places to visit in Ottawa that'll make you feel like a true local.\nFrom hidden gems sprinkled throughout the city to eternally popular spots, to truly experience our country's capital, you have to seek out the best local Ottawa hangouts. Whether that means embracing patio season in the winter, grabbing some delicious diner food at 2 a.m., or bowling in a 1960s alley, there's a whole other side of Ottawa to experience. \nSo, if you're looking to visit Ottawa and want the true taste, or you're a resident looking to hang with the city's regulars, read on!\nLowertown Brewery\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to close\nAddress: 73 York St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Only true Ottawa locals would be brave enough to sit on a patio in the winter. And at Lowertown Brewery, you can do just that. With locally brewed craft beers and a menu that would make your mouth water, it's no wonder this little brewery is a local favourite. \n View this post on Instagram Nothing like a patio in February! Visiting #Ottawa for #winterlude - the Nation's Capital is busy this #familyday weekend! #chillin at @lowertownottawa - with the family. A post shared by @ james_temple on Feb 19, 2017 at 10:56am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nChez Lucien\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.\nAddress: 137 Murray St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Open since 2004, this spot has become a local hot spot in the market. You can enjoy locally brewed beers, tasty food, free jukebox tunes, and more. Even Tom Green, a notable Ottawa-born celebrity, approves of this place.\n View this post on Instagram Had the pleasure of making lunch for an Ottawa legend, and after got a chance for a quick chat and picture. Thanks @tomgreen #ottawaeats #ottawa #613 #tomgreen #chezlucien A post shared by Jesse Gohard (@jesseg613) on Nov 7, 2018 at 11:12am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nCafe Morala\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.\nAddress: 734 Bank St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: This charming little coffee spot has been a long-standing local treasure. This is the kind of spot where they greet regulars by name. You can enjoy a lovely menu and beautiful decor, including the ever-changing and stunning chalkboard art.\n View this post on Instagram If you’re looking for another awesome local cafe to check out, try Morala Cafe! They serve our Happy Goat Coffee and also some of the best food in Ottawa😍 Also check out their wicked goat illustration🐐 Photo by @ehuizar142 📸 A post shared by Happy Goat Coffee Company (@happygoatcoffee) on Aug 8, 2018 at 1:50pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nZak's Diner \nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: 24/7\nAddress: Various locations, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Known for being "locally world-famous" Zak's is a beloved spot to eat, drink, and be merry. This old-school diner has been serving tasty affordable food since 1986, with, thankfully, no end in sight. \n View this post on Instagram #grease #anni60style A post shared by Mary Pompeo (@mary_pompeo) on Aug 17, 2019 at 3:41pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nElgin Street Diner\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: 24/7\nAddress: 374 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Elgin Street Diner is another long-standing local staple in Ottawa. This spot holds a special place in Ottawan's hearts for being one of the best hangover cures in the city. With a long list of award-winning food, it's no wonder this late-night diner is a point of pride for the city. \n View this post on Instagram Approximately 3am EST 📷 @alessiajade_ A post shared by Tom Carnegie (@t_carnegie) on Oct 20, 2019 at 12:18pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nAbsolute Comedy\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.\nAddress: 412 Preston St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Despite being (unfairly, we might add!) known as the city that fun forgot, locals love to LOL at Absolute Comedy. A common spot for co-workers and friends to gather after a long day to unwind and take in both local and travelling comedians. \n View this post on Instagram Xmas party dinner with my crew! #xmas #comedy #team #bushido #laughlovefight A post shared by Nabil Khatib (@nabilthethrill) on Dec 15, 2018 at 3:44pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nShawarma Palace \nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Most locations open at 11 a.m.\nAddress: Various locations, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: In a city with a different shawarma place on every corner, it can be tough to pick which one to try. Not for Ottawa locals, though. Many will tell you that Shawarma Palace is THE shawarma place. If the line-up out the door doesn't convince you, the food certainly will.\n View this post on Instagram Forever and ever amen. A post shared by Eva Bee • Personal Chef (@chefevabee) on Mar 16, 2018 at 2:23pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nMcArthur Lanes\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.\nAddress: 175 McArthur Rd., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Known as Ottawa's favourite bowling destination since 1966, this local staple makes for a perfect casual hangout. With tasty food, drinks, glow-in-the-dark bowling and more, there's so much to enjoy at this well-loved bowling alley.\n View this post on Instagram f•r•i•e•n•d•s #glowinthedark #bowling A post shared by GᗩᖇETᕼ 🐅 (@gareth_l9) on Nov 12, 2018 at 7:58pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.