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Best Hidden Gems in Ottawa

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Eve Nightclub

Eve Nightclub, a 1920s-inspired club, is a great over-21 party destination in Ottawa. The decor in the club follows a distinct New York art deco influence while the comfy booths give an intimate feel to the place despite the heavy beats of the DJ. A great place to celebrate a bachelor party or 21st birthday, the place offers VIP bottle service on premium drinks ranging from Grey Goose Vodka to Dom Perignon. Along with private parties and regular DJ nights, the place is also host to its own lively parties for special events like New Years.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Green Room

Located in the iconic ByWard Market, the Green Room offers you a refreshing and lively space to party the night away. Just as the name suggests, the nightclub has gone green and its one of the only carbon neutral clubs in the entire city. The space, with its open-brick walls, cozy booths, mood lighting and minimal decor, is brought to life through the weekend with DJs spinning catchy beats, people flocking to the dance floor or sitting along the long wood bar sipping on expertly mixed drinks. All in all, this is a great place to come and party with friends.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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The White Monkey

The White Monkey is a unique store that stands out among regular antique stores in the area. The passionate owner Jim Robinson, offers up a wide selection of vintage items that have either been donated, purchased from auction, estates or other store, and with a lot of tender loving care, he salvages them and makes them look as good as new again. Specializing in retro home decor, this is the store where you can pick up that lamp, coffee-table or centerpiece that your home has been missing!

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Oresta Organic Skin Care Confectionery

Opened in 2001, Oresta Organic Skin Care Confectionery is set in a former confectionery store dating back to 1901. Retaining some of its original elements, this beautifully decorated spa and beauty boutique is known for their specialty treatments and organic skin products. Their customized beauty regimes will make your skin radiant and firm. The artisan products, devoid of any chemicals, are completely plant based and change according to season. You can also buy these on-site. Get pampered by the massages that will calm and relax you, or opt for their signature facials. You might easily miss this place if not for the small, orange signage outside the building.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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HighJinx

HighJinx is an antique store and community charity help center located in Centretown, that has an exciting and eclectic array of retro items, local artwork and old knick-knacks. A funky barber's chair from the 1960s, an embalming table from the early 1900s, a complete picnic set with the original bottles of alcohol still in place and a set of sunny-yellow vinyl chairs, are just some of the exciting things you will find here. This store offers up goods that have all been donated by the public and uses the profits to help their neighbors and those in need in the community. So drop by to check out this quirky store or to simply lend a helping hand.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Remic Rapids

Remic Rapids is a small but beautiful public park-area located along the Ottawa River waterfront. Overlooking the river's Remic Rapids, this is an excellent spot to drop by to enjoy a picnic at one of the benches by the water, and then unwind on the grass with a book, as you listen to the soothing sound of the river gurgling in the background. This park is immensely popular for local artist John Ceprano's Inukshuk sculpture garden, that is located here. Stop here for a breath of fresh air and a walk in the park, and to take a look at the array of small perfectly balanced rock sculptures that resemble human beings.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Twiss & Weber

If you are looking for unique styles then Twiss & Weber is the place to be. From woolens, jackets, skirts to dresses, tops and more, Twiss & Weber is where you can put an entire look together without burning your wallet. The store prides itself on the quality of their raw materials which give patrons, long-lasting clothing. Customized orders are accepted at Twiss & Weber and they also offer private shopping services. If you wish to revamp your entire wardrobe then Twiss & Weber is here to help.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Green Tree Eco Fashion

Green Tree Eco Fashion is a store that every eco-friendly woman will absolutely adore. Located in Westboro, this independent designer store offers a clothing line that has bold and chic. Clothes here are made completely with materials that are eco-friendly and sourced using sustainable methods. If you are looking to make a statement that says you can care for the environment and at the same time look absolutely fabulous, this is the store for you. From casual every day wear to classy evening attire and dresses, Green Tree has everything. There are even a number of vegan products made by local designers available here. Drop in to check out their colorful funky jewelry that is fairly traded and made from recycled paper.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Carlington Hill

Located in Carlington Park, is one of the many and among the oldest, sledding hills approved by the City, in Ottawa. When the snow begins to stick to the ground and forms a nice soft pillow, the first thing you must do is purchase a sled if you do not own one, and immediately head on down to this park. Grab on to your sled and whiz down the slope for a thrilling ride. An easy winter sport that is fun for all ages, a trip to Carlington Hill is one you and your family will not want to miss out on!

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Andrew Haydon Park

The Andrew Haydon Park is situated along the banks of the scenic Ottawa River and is dedicated to the old Reeve of Nepean, Andrew Haydon. Visitors can enjoy numerous beautifully landscaped walking trails that proffer breathtaking views of the river. The picture-perfect park is also home to migratory birds such as shorebirds and the Canada geese. Another attraction at the park is the bandshell, where dance performances, concerts and other local events take place frequently.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Beyond Esthetics Inc.

Tucked away on August Lily Crescent, Beyond Esthetics Inc. is owned and run by Roger and Catherine, who are Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapists. Roger is also a certified Thai massage practitioner. This hidden oasis is a wonderful place to get rejuvenated with great massages, skin treatments and body treatments. To alleviate pain, you can try their Shiatsu or Acupressure massage. For more alternate healing, Reflexology is an ideal solution. The therapist will apply pressure on various sections of your feet which are connected to the different parts of the body. Based on your reflex, the pressure will be intensified or decreased. Appointments are highly recommended. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Petrie Island Beach

If you are living in the city of Ottawa, a visit to the beach might sound near to impossible but it absolutely is not! Located on Petrie Island along the Riviere des Outaouais in eastern Ottawa, is a small and pristine white sand beach, that offers an escape to a tropical atmosphere. This naturally formed beach is a great place to visit with family and friends and spend the day relaxing along the shore while you soak up the sun. Bring along a picnic to dig into at one of the picnic benches nestled under the trees here.

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