Anna Savelyeva is a food writer and thinker interested in food culture, food systems and healthy eating. She spends most of her free time thinking about the way food is produced and consumed. Anna enjoys cycling around the city, discovering new vegetarian dishes and takes her morning coffee a bit too seriously. She is also on a personal mission to find all the best brunch spots in Ottawa.
Weekends in the Glebe are social events that often include a relaxing brunch with family and friends. Local residents love these brunch spots that serve everything from a lumberjack-style breakfast to gourmet crepes to Southern soul food like chicken and waffles.
Late nights and early mornings are not uncommon in the nation’s capital. Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up or a cozy meeting spot, these coffee shops will give you the energy boost you need to get through the day.
Little Italy is not the only spot for top-notch Italian food in the capital. Treat yourself to the tastes of Italy’s diverse regions at these casual and fine-dining restaurants. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of dishes and flavour combinations that go far beyond your average pasta dish.
When the regular lunch sandwich and sub options start to become a little routine, break tradition with these tasty sandwiches served on freshly baked bagels. Ottawa has picked up on Montreal’s rich culture surrounding the delicious wood-burning-oven-baked delicacies – showcased at these lunch spots that will have you coming back for more.
French toast, or pain perdu, has become a brunch staple that is so much more than just a way to reclaim stale bread. Often topped with refreshing fruits and yummy maple syrup, these places provide unique takes on the classic French dish that will keep you coming back for more.
Thai cuisine is all about elaborately balancing many flavours and aromas to create dishes that truly stimulate your taste buds. Sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty hints are often present all in one meal. Go for the classic pad Thai or discover new exotic Thai dishes at these restaurants.
India is one of the most diverse countries on the planet and its cuisine is reflective of the geographic and cultural diversity of its many regions. Using endless combinations of spices, herbs, vegetables, meats and cooking techniques, these restaurants will spice up your life and satisfy your senses.
Seasonality is the key ingredient for farm-to-table dining, inspiring flexible and adaptive menus that chefs continuously change according to locally available products. Local sourcing gives restaurants an opportunity to support local farmers and gives diners more than just a great culinary experience – it offers them a deeper connection to the food on their plate.
Whether you’re grabbing a late-night slice or tucking in for a gourmet pie, these restaurants and pizzerias are experts in everything from the sauce to the crust to the toppings. Check out the unique stories behind these neighbourhood pizza spots.
When you’re craving a fancier option for your morning snack, a sweet or savoury croissant might just do the trick. Whether you’re seeking a straight-up butter croissant or a heavenly-meets-sinful pain au chocolat, these shops and bakeries will put the belle époque in your casual breakfast.
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