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Ottawa is filled with diverse cultures, each of which brings its own unique food experiences. From street food to the eclectic ByWard Market, Canada’s capital city is teeming with gastronomic wonders. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ take on the five best Ottawa food experiences.
1. BeaverTails. This popular Canadian pastry is shaped like a beaver tail and comes with a variety of sweet and salty toppings. Visit the original kiosk in the ByWard Market and you’ll get a real taste of what Ottawa is all about. You can top your BeaverTail with everything from chocolate and candy to apples and cinnamon.
2. Yangtze Dining Lounge. This is the place to go for dim sum on the weekends. Located within Ottawa’s eclectic Chinatown — which is actually more than just Chinese — Yangtze serves up all-day dim sum as well as Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.
3. Street food. With its eclectic population, Ottawa is home to some great street food — though food trucks (minus hotdogs and French fries) are only allowed on private land. From Thai food to shawarma, there are some great offerings.
4. ByWard Market. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, this is definitely one of the best culinary experiences in the city. Whether you’re strolling along the surrounding streets and stop at a sidewalk café or pick up some fresh produce from the local farmers, the ByWard Market has something for everyone.
5. Beckta Dining and Wine. This innovative restaurant is both flavorful and fresh. You’ll find options like pork belly risotto and Nova Scotia lobster on the menu. And if you want to know where your food comes from, check out the last page of the menu, where you’ll find a list of all the farms and producers — many of which are local.