If you're not sure what to do, why not try exploring some of Ottawa's neighborhoods? ByWard Market is a historic district with tons of trendy food and shopping available. The shops are eclectic local boutiques, as well as an outdoor market that has fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, and work from local artists. It's got a great vibe and some great Ottawa date spots to check out if you're a fan of cycling as the neighborhood is cyclist-friendly. All of Ottawa is LGBT+-friendly and inclusive but The Village on Bank Street is the city's gay-friendly neighborhood. It's a great place for great LGBT+ bars and clubs with a bustling nightlife scene with many gay-owned and gay-operated businesses. The bars, restaurants, and boutiques are local and visiting this district supports the community and one of Ottawa's friendliest neighborhoods.
The perfect neighborhood for young 20-30 somethings and students is The Glebe. Its location, near Carleton University, makes it a trendy hangout spot. The streets are filled with color from the street art on the sides of buildings and also the people and buildings. It's home to Mayfair Theatre, a historic building that still shows movies including a monthly showing of The Room, and a watching a terrible movie together is one of the best date ideas to have. You can also check out some of the local eats, like Kettleman's, or any of the shops as well. There's always something new to see and discover at The Glebe. It's also home to the largest garage sale in Canada, the Great Glebe Garage Sale which is one of the neatest Ottawa date ideas where you can score some great deals and fun items for your home.
Movie dates are popular Ottawa date ideas and there's tons of small cinemas to watch classic and independent movies including bilingual ones as well. If you're looking for a different take on a typical movie date, Cineplex Landsdowne's theatres have plush and reclining seats, a full bar and dinner menu which is delivered to your seat by servers. It's a great place to watch a summer blockbuster or just indulge on date night. If you're looking for a classic outdoor movie theatre, look no further than Centretown movies. Admission is pay-what-you-can but get there quick because there's no reserved seating but with a chance to view movies under the night sky in Dundonald Park, it's a small price to pay. If movies aren't your favorite thing, bowling dates have gotten more popular especially Walkley Bowling Centre's Rock 'n Bowl. It's the place to find glow-in-the-dark bowling and it also has a fully-licensed bar so you can grab a drink while you bowl.
Best Time to Go Out
Typically date nights are Thursdays-Saturdays, but Ottawa has tons to do on Sunday afternoons and you can even save a few bucks too. Rock 'n Bowl runs on Thursday-Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. Many of Ottawa's museums and art galleries have free admission on Thursdays and most local bars and restaurants are going to be pretty empty on a Thursday night making it a great place for an intimate date with your significant other. If you're looking to book a class or make a reservation, weekdays are your best bet because they're going to be less busy so if you don't mind being a little tired at work at the next day; it's a great time to go out. If not, Fridays and Saturdays are great options for date nights and there are tons to do all around the city.