A Byward Market Date Night Close to Ottawa Restaurants
It can sometimes be difficult to come up with new and fun date ideas if you’ve lived in a city for a while. In the Byward Market, you’ll find restaurants and lots of activities, making it a must-hit spot for your next date. Here are some of our suggestions for a fun night spent with that someone special.
Dine out at an Ottawa restaurant
Everyone needs to eat, and the restaurants in the Byward Market will give you lots of places to choose from. Whether you want to have a romantic Italian dinner on a courtyard patio, or to try something more ethnic, you can’t go wrong with a dinner date in the Market. Going out for dinner is a classic date for a reason! With good food, drinks, and the right atmosphere, this date night is sure to impress.
Explore the Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal is a must-visit location year-round in the city. Starting at the Locks next to Parliament Hill, and just steps away from restaurants in downtown Ottawa, where it continues South to Dows Lake, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can skate, walk and bike along paths, canoe, or take a romantic boat ride. It’s a great place for a date, offering lots of options that will fit with any budget.
Visit a museum
Not far from the restaurants in the Byward Market, you can find two great museums that highlight the beauty of Canada. The Canadian Museum of Nature is an interesting mix of the old and new, with a modern structure built around a castle. The Canadian War Museum doesn’t sound like a romantic date spot but with its cool architecture, beautiful location on the Ottawa River, and interesting exhibits, it makes a fun outing for a date night.
Discover new art close to Ottawa restaurants
Art can be a great conversation starter on a date, and there are two great options in Ottawa within walking distance from the Byward Market. The National Gallery of Canada is a beautiful building located on Sussex drive that brings in featured exhibits with world-renowned artists, and also has an interesting permanent collection. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry, they also offer discounted rates at night (they even have free admission on Thursday nights). The Ottawa Art Gallery, found right next to the Rideau Centre is another great place to explore art with your date. And something a little less known? There are a few paintings created by finalists from The Kingston Prize (2013) on display on Clarendon Lanes in the Byward Market. By offering an interesting mix of local artists and modern art, you’ll have great time discovering and interacting with something new.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these fun date ideas in Ottawa. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and explore all that downtown Ottawa has to offer.