What to do in Ottawa: The hipster edition
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:29
Although hipster mania has hit the world by storm, prompting 20-somethings to dress like their parents did in the '80s and wear black-framed glasses while discussing Socrates and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ottawa has remained calm and collected, letting the younger generation slowly find its footing in this booming trend. Self-proclaimed hipsters - even those still in denial - can use this travel guide to Canada to meet a few like-minded individuals around the city.
Beer, cheese curds and art at The Hintonburg Public House
The Hintonburg neighbourhood has recently become a mecca for hipsters looking for sophisticated hangout spots where they can talk about contemporary art over a glass of microbrewed beer. According to Agora Cosmopolitan, the last few years have seen a number of changes in Hintonburg, including the creation of the new Public House restaurant. The menu boasts a unique twist on common comfort foods like pickled eggs and marinated cheese curds while sticking to the basics with their beef burger.
True to what hipsters love the most, locally sourced goods, the Public House works with nearby vendors and farmers to create their satisfying tastes, including their beer and wine menu, which contains mostly regional libations.
Living in a hipster's paradise
Whether staying in Ottawa accommodations or simply passing through, travellers can rest assured that their day will be filled with fun activities that even non-hipsters would enjoy. Feeling social? Grab some friends and head to the West Park Bowling alley in Hintonburg, where families and college students flock for an evening of exhilarating action. These vintage lanes are a popular weekday activity and games are very affordable. A word of advice: bring a pair of socks.
If midday farmers' markets are so last decade, visitors can go to the Ottawa Night Market, where nations converge during a cultural display of what makes Canada's capital truly one of a kind. Tents are run by vendors hailing from nearly every corner of the world, and hip-minded travellers can wander through dozens of food and craft stalls before checking out live entertainment at the main stage.
Looking for some vintage fashion? Dalhousie Street has become a one-stop shop for hipsters and burgeoning fashionistas who are looking for unique clothing and accessories to complement their cool lifestyles.