Ottawa dating scene

I last spent time in the capital over a decade ago, when my search for a good restaurant came up with Domus Café (which closed in 2014), the original Beckta (more on that later) and not much else.

Besides visiting the Parliament buildings, one can soak up the magnificent exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature or the National Gallery of Canada.

(I picked up a cucumber/melon green tea.) The Cupcake Lounge (6 By Ward Market Sq.) gives new life to the somewhat passé little cake.

A nostalgic favourite is the original Beaver Tails stand (69 George St.), dating back to 1980.

Market fare aside, bakery items are big in Ottawa, which seems to be more of a cinnamon bun and danish town compared to Montreal’s croissant culture.

That’s fine with me, because such sweet breads are standouts, along with the superb coffee, at the Art Is In Bakery (250 City Centre Ave).

For more taco action in the market neighbourhood, don’t miss El Camino (81 Clarence St.), a casual sit-down restaurant where the fish and beef tongue tacos are bliss, especially when enjoyed with a perfect margarita.

You’ll find unique shops alongside the many chain outlets in the market area, starting with the fun Tea Store (53 York St.), where you can choose from more than 300 varieties of teas, ranging from traditional orange pekoe to wild blends.

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