Why Now: A year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swept into office with a new vision for the country, twenty-somethings have invaded historic ByWard Market, with young entrepreneurs and budding tech start-ups being lured by spots in Lowertown’s restored brick buildings.
Where to Go: Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, the first hotel from this modern boutique chain to open north of the 49th parallel, offers a stylish rooftop lounge—the newest haven for politicos and the creative class. Get caffeinated with a steaming cortado at Origin Trade coffee house before walking or biking the Capital Pathway, which connects downtown to 140 miles of trails. Spend an afternoon shopping for fashionable made-in-Canada wardrobe must-haves at Workshop Studio & Boutique and enjoying an art walk of the 20-some neighborhood galleries, including the contemporary collection at Ottawa Art Gallery. Then follow the local tradition of cinq à sept (a postwork social time) at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro with a wine flight such as Good Things Grow in Ontario. Or try a distinctly different libation from The Albion Rooms gastropub: a craft beer and rye whiskey shandy with fresh ginger. For a spicy finish to the day, visit Ace Mercado in the market, which offers inventive modern Mexican cuisine paired with fusion cocktails such as the memorable Quebexicano, a heady mix of vodka, maple syrup, green apple, bitters, lemon juice and sparkling wine.