Ottawa date ideas: your next great date in your city
From sunny summer patios to romantic winter skateways, there's an Ottawa date idea tailor made to suit you. Whether you want to meet for first-date coffee or find new adventure, we've found the best date ideas in the city: pick a favourite, then scroll down to find it on our map.
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Please note, this list is up to date as of February 2018
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1. Try out the craft cocktail revolution
Ottawa's booming craft cocktail scene means that those in search of a romantic drinking spot are spoiled for choice. Try the lovely Moonroom: the heart and soul they put into their drinks and tapas make for a really special evening. For something slightly more unusual, try the Russian style Moscow Tea Room. Here, opulence is the name of the game - perfect for an Ottawa date night where you get to spoil your main squeeze.
2. Have a date night in Little Italy
Whether you want a convivial coffee or delicious dinner (or both!), Little Italy can provide. For relaxed daytime (or dessert!) dates, get coffee and cake from Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana, while at night you can kick it up a notch in the romance department. DiVono Wine Studio is ideal for a dreamy date-night – the gnocchi alone is swoon-worthy!
3. Stake out a great summer patio
When summer arrives, it's (finally) time for one of the all-time great Ottawa date ideas: heading to a sunny patio to while away the afternoon with great company and tasty drinks. Ottawa's patios are legendary – which means we couldn't pick just one! If you like rooftop bars, head to the fun Atari and for pretty surroundings (and rain-cover!) try Pub Italia. If you want river views and great craft beer, Mill St. Brew Pub is the place to go, The Earl of Sussex is ídeal for sports fans, and The Clocktower Brew Pub is a great place to catch that late afternoon summer sun.
4. Share secrets at the Whispering Wall
Up on Parliament Hill you can find The Robert Baldwin and Sir Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine memorial or, as it's more commonly known, The Whispering Wall. Its curved design allows people sitting at opposite ends to hear each other perfectly, making it a truly romantic way to cap off a night in the city: climb the hill, sit your date down and whisper how great they are.
5. Have coffee and gelato at Stella Luna
Meeting for coffee might seem a bit routine but, in fact, our members think it makes a great first date! Just don't opt for Timmy's: Ottawa has some wonderful independent cafes that make for truly romantic dates. Try Stella Luna – not only do they do spectacular coffee, you can make the date last by trying some of their out-of-this world gelato and sorbet.
6. Eat at the ByWard Market
Yes, it's a little cliché and a little touristy, but hopping around the ByWard can nonetheless be a fantastic date night – especially if it's early days and you're still not quite sure what each other likes. Start with a drink-with-a-view at The Lookout, share some small plates at Play food and wine, and finish the evening off with dessert or milkshakes from Zak's Diner.
7. Make the most of the cold weather
As shown below, some of the best Ottawa dates ideas happen during the winter cold. Skating on the Rideau Canal (and then having hot chocolate) is a true classic, as is checking out the ice sculptures at Winterlude. There are also plenty of great stay-warm dates to be had: try meeting your date at The Loft for a cozy afternoon of craft beer and board games by a toasty fire.