Every city has their hidden gems – and everyone knows that the best hidden gems are better off kept... hidden. We’ve got the inside scoop on the best places around town to chow down.

 Best Poutine

 A good poutine is a Canadian MUST, and a wrong recommendation could ruin your street cred. But finding the right place can be hard… especially in the wee hours of the morning. Luckily, we have Zak’s Diner. Known as “locally world famous”, it serves poutine (among other delights) 24 hours a day - leaving you no excuse to miss out on their world renown dish.

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Best Vegan/Vegetarian

 Pure Kitchen does it all – juices, vegan/vegetarian food… AND cocktails!?! Whatever you’re in the mood for Pure Kitchen has you covered. With table service, take out, and even yoga classes, this spot is a must for anyone looking for healthier plant based options, exercise or drinks. The ultimate destination for vegans and meat eaters alike.

 Best Ice cream

 I scream, you scream, we all scream for Stella Lune! Stella Lune was awarded in the top three gelato shops in Chicago and has since migrated to Ottawa, so if you’re looking for some delicious dessert in the city, you’ve found your spot. With over 25 flavours, you can fulfill all your sweet tooth cravings and even grab a specialty coffee for a quick pick me up.  

 Best Smoothies

 For anyone trying to eat more greens or just a morning refreshment, we’ve found the best spot to get you feeling healthier in a flash: Juice Monkeys. They make all your smoothies completely customizable -- from pre/post workout smoothies, to hydrating pick-me-ups (with Gatorade!) or even just a yummy treat.

 BONUS: you can also grab some delicious breakfast or lunch, with awesome bagels like Coctella (Nutella, Banana and Coconut) or the Bananza (Peanut Butter, Banana and Nutella).

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Best Coffee Shop

 If you’re not a fan of run of the mill chain coffee stores, we’ve got you covered: Bridgehead. Not only is it fair trade only, but it was created by two ministers and two activists working together to support sustainability. Their coffee comes from co-ops around the world, and available in store as well as wholesale and retail. With drinks ranging from exquisite cappuccinos to Watermelon Rooibos Iced Tea, you can drink your fill without guilt.

 Best Brewery

 If you’re in the mood for a pint, there’s no better option than Kichesippi Beer Co. Not only do they have beer for every season, but tours that come with complementary tasters. They’re located close to both Ottawa U and Carleton, so you can celebrate (or compensate) any school accomplishment!  With expert staff and quality beer, you can’t go wrong at Kichesippi Beer Co. 

 So there you have it, the hottest spots for all your taste bud needs. You can share these amazing finds… or keep them for you and your closest friends. Either way, prepare yourself for some amazing flavours in the city.

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