It's so important to treat yourself from time to time, whether you do something solo or something with your friends, special treats can always help keep you feeling your best. Of course, treating yourself usually means spending a ton of money, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. Saving your money is one of the greatest treats you can give yourself in the long run. With $40 as your ultimate budget, you won't need to break your bank account to have a day filled with luxuries.
Treating yourself can come in so many different forms. If you're a hardcore foodie then, of course, a decadent tiramisu or a customized pizza will both be perfect treats for you. There are so many foods that you can indulge in throughout Ottawa that will for sure treat. If you're someone that loves a perfect cocktail or a pint of beer then those will be great treats to get for yourself. Maybe you can combine both food and drinks into one day and have a day filled with special treats for yourself.
I personally think that the ultimate way to treat yourself is to have a pampering. Whether you like to stay home and chill out or get your nails done at a salon, there are so many ways you can get the pampering you deserve under $40. If pampering is not your thing, then maybe a treat for you can be doing something super fun outside. The winter season has already been pretty freezing here in Ottawa, but people that love the outdoors won't let the cold stop them. Treat yourself by spending the day on the canal with people you love. Another great way to treat yourself is by doing something that is 100% free! Not only will you enjoy what you do, but you will also save so much money (bless).
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Dessert at Mantovani 1946
Price: $8 to $15
Why you should treat yourself to it: If you have a major sweet tooth like me, then your tummy is grumbling just looking at that photo! Mantovani 1946 sells a wide variety of yummy desserts that you have to try. From fancy desserts to fresh pastries to refreshing gelato, you will 100% enjoy your time at Mantovani 1946.
Lunch at Grow Your Roots Cafe
Price: $6 to $15
Why you should treat yourself to it: Calling all vegans, this is a great place to head to if you want to treat yourself to a scrumptious meal. Some yummy lunch meals include Poutine, Harvest Panino, Soup of the Day, Warm Buffalo Chickpea Salad, and Buffalo Tofu Wrap. The cafe is 100% vegan and believes in a community who lives on a plant-based, cruelty-free diet, and a happy healthy planet.
Pizza at Fiazza Fresh Fired
Price: $8 to $14
Why you should treat yourself to it: What better way to treat yourself than by having a custom-made pizza all to yourself?! At Fiazza Fresh Fired you can customize your very own pizza or try one of their specialty pizzas. Plus the most expensive pizza there is $14 so you already know that you will be saving your money which is always a treat too.
Lunch at The Dreamland Cafe
Price: $12 to $15
Why you should treat yourself to it: Anyone that loves pasta has to try The Dreamland Cafe. Here you will get a fresh homemade pasta and for a reasonable price too. The Dreamland Cafe is run by two badass girl bosses and they know how to serve up a yummy meal. To make this cafe even better, the aesthetics are on point, from the pink walls to the unique lights you will never want to leave this dream.
Weekend Brunch at Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House
Price: $6 to $14
Why you should treat yourself to it: A good ol' giant brunch is great to have from time to time. Head to Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House for a delicious brunch, you won't be disappointed. From the Buttermilk Waffles to Smoked Salmon Toast to Wild & Cultivated Mushrooms Eggs Benny there are over 10 different options to eat for a yummy weekend brunch!
Tacos at OCCO Kitchen
Price: $6 to $7
Why you should treat yourself to it: Taco 'bout a yummy looking meal! Make your way to OCCO Kitchen for a couple of scrumptious tacos. Whether it's for lunch, dinner, or a snack, they are a simple, delicious and cheap option to eat. Some tacos include Chicken Club, Smoked Beef Brisket, and Sweet Potato Tempura.
Fried Chicken at The Fry
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Why you should treat yourself to it: Now if you're a sucker for delicious fried chicken then you will love everything about The Fry. It is a great place to totally treat yourself to an amazing fresh meal. Forget KFC and try something new, The Fry will fulfill all of your fried chicken dreams. Not to mention their fries are so crispy and yummy!
Breakfast Tea at The Vanitea Room
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Why you should treat yourself to it: Get ready to be boujee and make your way to The Vanitea Room. Here you can have an unreal Breakfast Tea for $30. This is something you should definitely treat yourself to. The Breakfast Tea is served from 9 am to 11:30 am. The tea includes Panna Cotta, Mousse Bite, Feature Scone and Tea Loaf, Assorted Sandwiches and Savouries (yum).
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Cocktails at Riviera Ottawa
Price: $13 to $16
Why you should treat yourself to it: Riviera Ottawa's drink menu is incredibly long, so if you like having plenty of options don't worry. This restaurant is super classy and boujee so take out that LBD because it's time to dress up. Even if you don't have a meal here you can always pop in for a drink or to for a special cocktail treat.
Cocktails at Mati Ottawa
Price: $12 to $15
Why you should treat yourself to it: Mati Ottawa expertly crafts all cocktails with house-made ingredients and fresh fruits. From Jungle Out There to Peaches Be Crazy there are over 10 different cocktails to choose from. If you're looking for a fun and sophisticated night out definitely head to Mati Ottawa.
Local Craft Beer at Ward 14
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Why you should treat yourself to it: Ward 14 is a super quaint and quirky bar perfect for a night out with friends. Ward 14 is essentially what you get when a vintage shop meets a cocktail bar. This bar holds many fun trivia nights and serves unique drinks to sip on, if you're not so much the boujee type, I would check out Ward 14.
Cocktails at Common Eatery
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Why you should treat yourself to it: If you're looking for a unique experience when it comes to cocktails, I would suggest heading to Common Eatery. This Contemporary restaurant serves up cocktails that smoke, nuff said. Not to mention the decor inside the place is stunning, they have a wall of roses that is a perfect backdrop for a cocktail gram.
Wine at The Albion Rooms
Price: $13 to $14
Why you should treat yourself to it: The drink menu at The Albion Rooms is incredibly long and they have everyone covered. Seriously from cocktails to wines to kombucha, The Albion Rooms has their drink menu down. Their wine menu is so long that they needed to put whites and reds on two separate pages, that's when you know there are a lot of options available.
Beer at Charlotte Ottawa
Price: $7 to $19
Why you should treat yourself to it: Charlotte Ottawa has got their aesthetics on point. If you still haven't made your way to this stunning new bar in Ottawa you need to ASAP. They serve up a variety of drinks that are all perfect for a night out to treat yourself.
Classic Bellini at Milestones
Price: $7.50 to $10.50
Why you should treat yourself to it: Sip your night away on a classic Bellini at Milestones. The famous Milestones Bellini contains a frozen blend of white rum, peach liqueur, sparkling white wine, topped with Boone’s Sangria. If you're feeling like treating yourself a little extra you can have the Bellini bowl for $10.50.
Cocktails at Fauna Ottawa Restaurant Food + Bar
Price: $11 to $17
Why you should treat yourself to it: Fauna Ottawa Restaurant Food + Bar serves up some great cocktails to treat yourself to. From Father Knows Best to Ceres Sour, there are 7 main cocktails to get your night started. The food at Fauna Ottawa Restaurant Food + Bar is seasonally driven and supports local farmers and producers.
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Nail polish change at J'adore Beauty Bar & Lounge
Why you should treat yourself to it: J'adore Beauty Bar & Lounge is 100% one of the best treats you can give yourself. Here you can sip away on your favourite drink while getting your nails done. For only $21 you can get a polish change for your feet, why not give yourself the pampering you deserve?!
Spa-day essentials at Saaboon
Price: $7 to $20
Why you should treat yourself to it: If you're someone that loves to make your own stay at home pamper days then you should 100% check out Saaboon for the essentials. From bath bombs to soaps to essential oils, Saaboon sells all vegan products perfect for all skin types. Pick up your essentials, head home, take a hot bath, and do nothing for the day except treat yourself.
Eyebrow wax at GLOW Beauty Spa
Why you should treat yourself to it: If you're someone that likes having perfect eyebrows all the time, then you have to get them done at GLOW Beauty Spa. For only $20 you can get your brows waxed and if you're someone that prefers threading that is also available for only $15!
Fresh manicure at Her Esthetician
Why you should treat yourself to it: Get your nails looking fresh at Her Esthetician. There is no better feeling than having a fresh manicure. If you always find yourself doing your own nails every Sunday night (me) then it's time to change things up and treat yourself to a mani at Her Esthetician.
Eyebrow threading at The Ten Spot
Why you should treat yourself to it: The Ten Spot knows how to get you feeling like a 10 real quick. From the moment you step in you will be treated like royalty. They offer a wide variety of pampering sessions, but if you're someone that likes eyebrow threading then you should treat yourself to get them done at The Ten Spot.
De-Stress eye treatment at Renu Massage Therapy & Spa
Why you should treat yourself to it: Nothing sounds better than only spending $25 on an eye treatment that will help me de-stress. With the holiday season finally ending and uni starting up, it is 100% time to get a de-stress to prepare for the semester ahead.
Manicure at Breathtaking Nail Spa
Why you should treat yourself to it: How stunning are these nails?! They're different yet simple at the same time and I am loving it. If you're in need of a beautiful manicure then you have to visit Breathtaking Nail Spa. Prices of manicures start at $15, but for $35 you will receive the ultimate pampering. Your nails will be buffed, shaped, oiled, massaged, exfoliated, and treated with two different masks.
Mini facial at H2T Esthetics
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Why you should treat yourself to it: Make your way to H2T Esthetics for a mini facial that will make you feel pampered and refreshed. The mini facial includes a cleanse, exfoliation, steam, extractions, and day cream application. If you're in need of a face pampering head to H2T Esthetics.
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Cave Discovery Tour at Arbraska Laflèche
Why you should treat yourself to it: Put on your warmest coat and lace up your boots because it's time to explore some incredible caves. For just $22 you can take part in this unique experience that you will never forget. The crazy ice formations are something you have to see at least once in your life, why not treat yourself to it now.
Snowshoeing at Camp Fortune
Why you should treat yourself to it: Immersing yourself in nature is a great way to escape from the everyday hustle and just reflect on your personal goals and dreams. Head to Camp Fortune to try snowshoeing for the day. If you're someone that doesn't know how to ski or snowboard, this is a perfect option (plus it's cheaper)! You will snowshoe through many trails in the beautiful forest of the Gatineau Park.
Skate on a 3km path at Patinage en Foret
Why you should treat yourself to it: This stunning winter wonderland skating path is 100% a must do this winter. Get ready to take a road trip North of Ottawa to Gatineau Park's 3km skating path. Admission is $12 and it is totally worth it!
Grab a yummy BeaverTail
Why you should treat yourself to it: Is it even a winter in Ottawa without at least one fresh and warm BeaverTail?! Treat yourself to the most delicious Ottawan dessert that we all love. If you aren't really an outdoorsy person you can grab one and quickly head inside, or you can grab one and stroll about downtown.
Dog Sledding at Escapade Eskimo
Why you should treat yourself to it: Calling all adrenaline junkies, this one is for sure for you. Head to Escapade Eskimo to check something insane off your bucket list. Escapade Eskimo is about an hour drive out of Ottawa and is worth trying. The dogs at Escapade Eskimo are the same ones that pulled Shania Twain out at the Grey Cup, so if you're a tad worried, don't, they're pros.
Take a wintery hike at Carbide Willson Ruins
Why you should treat yourself to it: It's time to brave the cold. Work up the guts and head to Carbide Willson Ruins for a hike. This one is for the brave ones out there who love to explore the outdoors. If you love everything about nature you will for sure love to see this stunning winter wonderland.
Feed some animals at Parc Omega
Why you should treat yourself to it: If you're an animal lover then you must do this to treat yourself. Honestly, if you think there is nothing cuter than feeding a deer a carrot then this is the perfect winter activity for you. At Parc Omega you will discover the wildlife of Canada such as moose, elk, bison, wolves, and bears.
Explore the many lakes in Gatineau Park
Why you should treat yourself to it: Now this is a super fun challenge to give yourself this winter. There are so many stunning lakes in Gatineau Park and during the winter they all look like something straight out of a snow globe! This is a great chance to discover Gatineau this winter.
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Skate down the Rideau Canal
Why you should treat yourself to it: After officially opening last week, the Rideau Canal is ready for you to take over. It's time to lace up your skates and escape your regular day to day routine to do something different. Doing something that will get your blood flowing in this freezing weather really is a great treat!
Explore the National Gallery of Canada
Price: Free after 5 pm
Why you should treat yourself to it: This is such a great way to relax and escape from reality for a moment. The museum tends to be quiet and always allows you to zone out while checking out the amazing art pieces. If art isn't really your thing, there are plenty of museums in Ottawa that are free after 5 pm, you just have to choose which one you prefer.
Chill out at the National Arts Centre
Why you should treat yourself to it: This has to be one of the most modern and bright spaces to chill at in Ottawa. Unless they are holding an event, the seating spaces are open to the general public at any time. So if you just grabbed a Tims and you're looking for a chill place to sit with a great view, look no further.
Sledding at Bruce Pit
Why you should treat yourself to it: A mandatory winter activity for all, this month treat yourself to some fun at Bruce Pit. Bruce Pit is a great location to spend some time outside. If you have a pet it makes for a perfect place to walk your pup!
Skate at the Sens Rink of Dreams
Why you should treat yourself to it: This is such a fun way to spend some of your winter days without paying a penny. Head to City Hall and skate your day away. What makes this even better as a winter activity is the fact that there is a BeaverTails stand right beside the rink, so it is honestly a perfect winter day out.
Stroll around Downtown Ottawa
Why you should treat yourself to it: From the ByWard Market to Major's Hill Park to Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa is crawling with places to stroll around. This is a great activity to do with your bae or even to do completely solo to have some time alone. Downtown Ottawa during the winter time is honestly pretty wonderful.
Skate on the Canada 150 Rink
Why you should treat yourself to it: If you haven't already had a chance to skate on the Canada 150 Rink at Parliament Hill, you have to before it's gone. The rink will be closing on February 25th so you need to free skating pass ASAP. At night the rink is lit up and it honestly looks so magical. Make sure to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Mosaïvernales grand opening at Jacques-Cartier Park
Why you should treat yourself to it: Remember these unreal sculptures that took over this summer?! Well, they're not gone yet! This winter they are opening up once again. Treat yourself by attending the grand opening on January 26th. The sculptures have been transformed into illuminated sculpted in snow and you don't want to miss seeing them!