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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day in Ottawa’s Original Downtown

February 1, 2024

Can you feel the love in Ottawa’s Original Downtown? 💘

It’s officially the start of the season when you can indulge in heart-shaped sweet treats, delicious gourmet dishes, and romantic experiences.

Whether you spend it with your significant other or your best gal pals or show yourself a little self-love, you can do it all here!  

Romantic Staycation They’ll Never Forget

Rather than getting a gift for your partner this Valentine’s Day, why not treat them to a Weekend Staycation experience in Ottawa’s Original Downtown?

💕 Stay at Le Germain, which is centrally located to all amenities, making it the perfect base. Relax in their giant soaker tub overlooking the magnificent views, or head down to the Jackson Café for a light lunch and delicious coffee.

💕 Head over to all the Winterlude festivities and enjoy ice sculptures and performances at the National Arts Centre or grab a Beavertail in the ByWard Market.  

💕 Wander the National Gallery of Canada and take in the works of great artists and a magnificent display of Indigenous Art.

💕 Celebrate each other with a special dinner at Zoe’s Ottawa in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and take in the beautiful views of the downtown core.

When you stay at Le Germain take in the gorgeous views of Ottawa’s Original Downtown.
(Image by Ottawa Tourism and @wellnesstraveled)

Lovely Eats and Heart-Shaped Treats

You should never need a special occasion to treat yourself to a fun night out, but Valentine’s Day is one exception. Many of our amazing restaurants and bars offer a special Valentine’s-themed menu for a fun dine-in experience!

💕 Nothing says romance more than eating at Zoe’s in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Wine and dine at this intimate dining experience and indulge in their 3-course Valentine’s menu. Don’t stop your night out, after your meal check out their “Love Lounge” for a unique blend of romance, and luxurious libations.

💕 Indulge in a delicious 5-course menu from The Albion Rooms featuring simple yet flavourful dishes like succulent duck breast or decadent chocolate mousse.

💕 Celebrate with your loved one in a classic Parisian style brasserie in the heart of Ottawa’s Original Downtown. Metropolitain Brasserie is serving up a sumptuous 3-course table d’hote perfect for a special Valentine’s night out.

Head down to the Love Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier from February 2 to February 19, Tuesdays and Saturdays between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.

Last Minute Things That You Can Do With Your Valentine

For those who want to spend this love day with a relaxed night out alongside your special someone, these options are for you!

💕 Skate around the Rink of Dreams at City Hall and enjoy a hot chocolate and Beavertail as you take a romantic walk in Confederation Park.

💕 Wander along the Ottawa Art Gallery and explore art by local artists, and make sure to grab a quick bite at the beautiful Jackson Café.

💕 Spend a night at the CF Rideau Centre and shop to your heart’s content by checking out many retail options.

💕 See a film at the historic ByTowne Cinema and catch a screening of My Bloody Valentine.

You too can skate at the Rink of Dreams during a beautiful sunset in Ottawa’s Original Downtown.
(Image by Mark Gorokhovski and Ottawa Tourism)

Are you worried about where you are going to park? Check out our Parking Blog to help you find all the parking options and rates downtown! 

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