The centrally located Elgin Street stretches from Parliament Hill to the castle-like Canadian Museum of Nature. The street is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and provides a village-like feel coupled with vibrant downtown action.
Food + Drinks
Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, burgers, Italian food, pub fare or something in between — Ottawa’s Elgin Street has it!
Enjoy fine cuisine in Beckta’s dining room or a more casual experience in its wine bar. Whalesbone focuses on fresh and sustainable fish and seafood. Vegetarians, vegans and omnivores love Pure Kitchen. El Camino serves up funky Mexican-inspired food while its sister restaurant Datsun provides a similar vibe but with an Asian twist. A local favourite spot is Elgin Street Diner — open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! You’ll also find many shawarma and ethnic food spots throughout the area.
Arts + Culture
Located at the southernmost point of Elgin Street is the Canadian Museum of Nature, a castle-like, interactive museum the whole family will enjoy! You’ll also find public art installations along the street. See live performances at LIVE! on Elgin. Elgin Street is a hub for arts and culture in the Ottawa area!
With not one but five parks located along the street, the opportunities for picnics, throwing a ball for your dog and taking a leisurely stroll through nature are endless! Confederation Park is the largest of the five, located directly across from the Lord Elgin Hotel. Many major events are held in this park throughout the year, including the annual Ottawa Jazz Festival.
Elgin Street offers not only incredible dining and outdoor experiences, but unique shopping experiences as well! From trendy fashion boutiques showcasing the latest styles to charming vintage stores offering one-of-a-kind items, you’ll find something you love on Elgin Street.
Check out Boogie + Birdie or The Gifted Type and pick up something special for yourself or a loved one. Grab your next novel at Perfect Books. Or head to Sole Society Ottawa and The Community Thrift Shop for consignment items. The street’s lively atmosphere and pedestrian-friendly layout make it the perfect place to shop ‘til you drop!
The nightlife on Elgin Street is unmatched. With restaurants that turn into bars, like Happy Fish, Lieutenant’s Pump, Waverly, the Standard and Charlotte, you can easily find the nighttime vibe you’re looking for.
If you’re hoping for a more lowkey night out, check out one of the many performances taking place at the National Arts Centre (NAC). With world-renowned performances taking place year-round, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.
Major annual events + sports
The National Arts Centre (NAC) is home to top-tier live performances. From classical orchestral concerts to contemporary dance performances, the NAC provides a stage for a wide spectrum of artistic genres taking place year-round. Head to their website to learn more about upcoming show dates and times.
Every year on November 11, The Royal Canadian Legion hosts the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to commemorate the men and women who have served in Canada’s military.