As the summer sun heats up the Capital you are bound to get thirsty. Ottawa’s charming and always happening Byward Market is renowned for its premier patio scene.Tranquil, quaint, upscale or trendy: ArtHaus Condos has compiled the foremost list of top patios in the Byward to suit your every mood and taste.
At the prestigious address of 700 Sussex Drive, neighbouring the historic Fairmont Château Laurier is the chic Métropolitain Brasserie. The beautiful stone patio evokes a European air that is complemented by lush greenery and summer flowers that give a touch of a garden feel. Table seating and a much-in demand lounge-style sofa area are perfectly shaded from the afternoon’s direct sunlight. Métropolitain’s patio is a busy spot on any sunny day or warm summer evening. The ‘Hemingways Special’, made of Havana rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur and simple syrup is just the cocktail that gives the Metropolitan its special flavour. Mere blocks from Parliament Hill, this locale is especially popular during Hill Hour, which takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. This is the time to dine on great deals of seafood, beef tips as well as the Hill Hour burger and the Hill Hour poutine. Once the sun goes down, a glass of sparkling wine is made all the more pleasurable by the ambiance of the patio’s trees, twinkling with strings of white lights.
Tucked inside the Nordstrom, Bazille is an elegant bistro offering an airy rooftop terrace overtop CF Rideau Centre. Enjoy locally sourced, fresh salads, specialty entrées, signature cocktails. This full-service restaurant is casual sophistication with bistro cuisine and a full bar with signature cocktails, and extensive wine list. The two-page menu features options suitable for all diners from meat-based meals, vegetarian as well as gluten-free options. Bazille specialties include risotto, steak frites, and crab mac & cheese–with each item conveniently indicating calorie count. The crab bisque is a seafood stock with rich and bountiful of crab flavours and a garlicky toasted baguette. This is food executed flawlessly. Take in Bazille’s beautiful rooftop views before indulging in a day of world-class shopping.
Murray Street Kitchen
An Intimate atmosphere is to be found at Murray Street Kitchen Wine Charcuterie. Located at 110 Murray Street, this restaurant’s patio is a little piece of tranquility tucked away under an awning fenced in with muted glass panels. Sip wine and share one of Murray Street’s famous charcuterie boards with friends or a romantic summer evening out on the town. This patio starts off the warmer months with full sun, becoming increasingly shaded as the season progresses by the grape vines which thrive on the overhang.
For those craving the best life has to offer, this gourmet restaurant is for you. Located in an historic 18th century building at 18 York Street you’ll find a small, dimly lit patio that’s perfect for intimate conversation and great people-watching. Executive Chef Jonathan Korecki creates Canadian freestyle cuisine that reflects engaging flavour profiles of the summer season from the absolute best of the natural environment. Restaurant e18hteen wine director sources elite wines in every price category. Mood lighting accentuates the beautiful brick of the surrounding architecture, and a view of Parliament Hill’s iconic Peace Tower add an extra exquisite feel to this top notch terrace.
This quaint cafe and its tiny patio is the Byward’s best kept secret. Indochine Cafe is located on a premier piece of the bustling Clarence street. Take advantage of the Byward’s endless array of worldly cuisines by tasting some of the city’s best Vietnamese. It is not just the spectacular food that makes this cafe a Byward treasure. At Indochine you can be immersed within the market’s string of happening patios, while enjoying the quiet vibe of this locale’s small front terrace. The table d’hote, available as one of their lunch specials, is excellently-priced and ideally accompanied by one of their fruity cocktails. It is the house-made iced Jasmine tea–a tall glass of refreshing perfection garnished with fresh lime and mint leaves–that will leave you with the sense of having experienced something quite special.
These top summer terraces are but a snapshot of the Byward Market’s exceptional patios. Perfectly located on the edge of the Market, living at ArtHaus Condos offers endless opportunity to discover the neighbourhood’s many exceptional establishments, as you stroll along the historic and happening streets of the Byward.
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