5 Favorites - Sabine Modder's Ottawa
by the editors / August 17, 2007

Click on the map above to see all of Sabine's favorite places.

National Gallery of Canada | 613.990.1985 | 380 Sussex Drive

Being greeted by Louise Bourgeois’ Maman on the plaza outside the national Art Gallery of Canada is a spectacular way to make an entrance to this extraordinary space designed by Moshe Safdie. Tucked inside are the Rideau Chapel and the Garden Court, two excellent places to sneak away for some peace and quiet. And there’s always Ron Mueck’s giant baby head …

The Whalesbone Oyster House | 613.231.8569 | 430 Bank Street

Don’t like oysters? Not a problem. The Whalesbone’s menu is a small yet varied grouping of fresh offerings … Oysters are your thing? Then you’re in luck, as there are usually about half a dozen different kinds on offer, from both coasts fed’exed in from the boats. The space is tiny, the atmosphere lively and intimate, the service is friendly and quick – and home to Ottawa’s favorite chef, Steve Vardy.

Planet Coffee | 24A York Street

Lots of windows and magazines, the artwork often changes, good music selection. Hard to focus if you bring work, there are people to watch and conversations to listen in on. Grilled paninis have interesting fillings, the bean salad is comfort food and the coffee cake a perennial weakness. Oh, yeah, there’s coffee, too.

The Fourth Avenue Wine Bar | 613.236.0040 | 107 Fourth Avenue

Tucked away on a residential street just off the main drag of Bank Street, the Wine Bar is like a well-kept secret. A good thing, too, ‘cause it’s tiny, and that’s part of the charm. A good selection of wines by the glass, loads of tapas-sized eats and attentive service make this a favorite spot for spilling confidences or festive celebrations. Off the beaten track means you can hear the conversation you’re part of. I know I can go out and buy white port from a store, but it’s much more fun to imbibe here.

Kaliyana | 613.526.3676 | 515 Sussex Drive

Japanese-inspired designs with European flavour is one way to describe Kaliyana’s linen blend separates and assorted knits for all seasons. Elegantly comfortable is another. Go for the one-on-one service that is friendly and in-depth, the Trippens (shoes with attitude from Germany) and the wide selection of jewellery from Italy, Germany and all over Canada.


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