Craving some tasty treats while exploring the colourful fall foliage in Canada’s capital? The bountiful harvest in and around Ottawa provides inspiration for all kinds of delicious concoctions. Here are some local favourites you can sink your teeth into this autumn:
Fall flavours on tap
Ottawa’s many craft breweries regularly launch seasonal beers that you can try in person at the breweries, or in restaurants and bars all over town.
If you love pumpkin beer, you’re in luck. Try Big Rig Brewery’s Tales From the Patch spiced pumpkin porter, Stray Dog Brewing’s Boo-Ya! spiced autumn ale, Mill St. Brew Pub’s Nightmare on Mill Street, or Clocktower’s The Pumpkin ale.
Not a fan of pumpkin beer? Kichesippi Beer Co. brews a seasonal Carrot Cake Spiced Brown Ale (sorry, no cream cheese icing), as well as a Fest-marzen. Nita Beer Company’s Lone Wolf McAle is brewed with ginger and spices. Or grab a fall mix pack from Beau’s which includes their Night Märzen. Cheers!
It’s easy to indulge your sweet tooth in the fall. BeaverTails – the original Ottawa pastry treat – offers a special PumpkinTail, which is topped with pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon and whipped cream.
Bakeries around town offer harvest-flavoured items, like the pumpkin spice scones at Scone Witch, or delicious doughnuts and other creations with a seasonal twist at places like SuzyQ, Art-Is-In and Maverick’s.
Visit Moo Shu Ice Cream to see what special weekly flavours they’ve concocted based on seasonal ingredients and holidays such as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Thanksgiving. Scope out other frozen treats with a fall touch at ice cream shops throughout the city.
And for cookies almost too pretty to eat, visit French bakery Moulin de Provence. In autumn, their shortbread cookies come in fall-themed shapes (think pumpkin and maple leaves) and are decorated with colourful icing.
Get a double dose of goodness by cozying up with a warm beverage and supporting local at the same time. Ottawa-based coffee, tea and food shop Bridgehead serves pumpkin spice lattes, warm apple cider (sourced from local farm Hall’s), and even a chai-der (half chai tea, half apple cider).
In the ByWard Market neighbourhood, the folks at Mantovani 1946 use the best quality cocoa to create one of the best hot chocolates in the city (look for their peppermint version in winter). Their affogato, made with their own gelato and espresso, is also hard to beat on a chilly day.