By Zara Ansar
There’s no better way to explore Ottawa than by bike. Here is a quick little bike ride through Hintonburg, Little Italy and Chinatown with some great stops along the way.
Our first stop is a cute boutique called Royal Palm Vintage. They carefully curate women’s wear as well as some menswear. A unique blend of modern and vintage brands. You can find anything from whimsical dresses that will make anyone feel like a fairy princess, terrariums, and cute products for your home.
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After browsing vintage finds and feeling peckish, we head over to a quiet street in Hintonburg. Meat Press is a charming little restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner serving charcuterie and sandwiches. This is not your typical sandwich shop!
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In need of a sweet fix we head towards Gladstone Avenue. If you need a quick frozen custard fix, Merry Dairy is your go to place. They offer various types of products including a Midwestern-style frozen custard, Jersey-style frozen custard, hard scoop ice cream, floats, shakes and ice cream sandwiches all using premium ingredients.
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If you’re hunting for treasures, Ward 14 is the place to go. Part bar, part antique/consignment shop they offer a quirky cocktail list as well as unique vintage items. They host a bunch of events including a trivia nights and local DJ nights.
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Back on the bike, we head towards Chinatown to peruse some art. Hidden away in this part of the city is Central Art Garage. The gallery, located in a reclaimed auto mechanic garage, contains carefully curated contemporary shows of local, national and international artists.