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5 Ottawa patios you’ll want to hit up this summer

Sip, sip, hooray! Summer is in sight and I’m sharing my ultimate Ottawa patios guide. Walk, bike, drive, or skip your way between these five hot spots. 

Soak up the sun with views of Parliament Hill as a backdrop, dine in a historic courtyard, and see the city from new heights, here are my top picks:

Best Ottawa patios

If you’re early enough in the season, you’ll be amazed by the thousands of cherry blossoms at the Tavern at the Gallery. 

The hidden courtyard garden of the National Gallery of Canada offers a mini lush oasis in the city, away from the bustling cars. You’ll come to this Ottawa patio for the food and drink but stay for the unmatched atmosphere.

Ottawa’s castle, with one of the most picturesque patios in the city. Overlook the Ottawa river, gaze at the Parliament buildings and sip on one of La Terrasse’s gigantic cocktails like the “What-a-Melon Sangria”!

Next up, enjoy innovative cocktails like the Maraschino Mule, craft beer and farm-to-table plates at The Clarendon Tavern. 

Their historic stone courtyard will make you feel like you’ve escaped to Europe with the cobbled floors, bistro tables and strings of twinkling lights.

Rooftop Ottawa delivers spectacular views of the Byward Market you’ll want to see for yourself. Travel-themed cocktails, nachos, fish tacos, and all the comfort food your heart desires.

Built on the rooftop of a multi-levelled multi-restaurant stacked building, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the markets below.

Finish off your tour at the tallest rooftop patio in the city, Copper Spirits and Sights. Cozy up by the firepits, watch the sunset, indulge in their raw bar, and sip elegant wine. You’ll do it all while sitting at the top of the Andaz Hotel with unparalleled views of Ottawa.

Ready to visit these Ottawa patios?

Grab your closest friends and family and get crawling, there are patios waiting for you to discover.

Plan to take on the crawl by bike? Our new CAA Everyday membership covers cyclists for $2.50 per month!

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