Ottawa’s winter festival, Winterlude, kicks off today with a party on Sparks Street.
(You can find the full list of official events here: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/winterlude.html)
While the party is sure to be fun, and organizers have applied some cool colour and light treatments to the shopfronts that line the pedestrian mall, you may find yourself wanting to escape from the cold and warm up indoors.
Our favourite options on or near Sparks? Riviera is delish. BierMarkt has some good food options, and a huge beer menu. For coffee or hot chocolate, you can try a local (for now) chain called Bridgehead or head south one block on Metcalfe to Moulin de Provence.
The weather forecast is looking pretty good for Winterlude’s first weekend. Bundle up and enjoy.