What Makes Le Plateau Ottawa’s Hippest Neigbourhood

Le Plateau, Ottawa, covered by the snow during winter
November 14, 2014

What Makes Le Plateau Ottawa’s Hippest Neigbourhood

If you’re deliberating about which neighborhood when booking your accommodation in Ottawa, then we highly recommend Le Plateau (and hey, we just so happen to have amazing luxury apartments there!) It’s long been considered Ottawa’s coolest, most colourful neighborhood. Here’s why:


Shopping: You won’t find any of downtown’s brand name giants like H&M or Zara in the Plateau. Instead, this neighbourhood is full of independent record shops, cozy cafes, and quirky offerings like bead stores and dog accessory boutiques. When it comes to clothing, the Plateau is known for its assortment of upscale ‘friperies’, or second-hand clothes stores. You can also find some interesting spots to hunt for antiques and art, and great little fruit stores that are also packed full of gourmet food gifts.


Dining: Le Plateau is great for a bite at any time of day, but it is weekend brunch that attracts locals and visitors for all over town. Cult favourite restaurants like l’Avenue will have lines out the door every saturday and sunday, but nearby Lawrence is great for a gourmet brunch, while the famous St. Viateur Bagel is perfect for a quick lunch or take-out sandwich. As for coffee – Starbucks doesn’t hold much weight here – grab a cup of joe to go from La Distributrice on Mont Royal, or cozy up for a few hours with a book or a laptop at Cafe Neve.


Architecture: What gives Le Plateau its unique charm is the sense of history and culture that is missing from the downtown core. The residential streets are filled with large stone houses and spiral iron staircases, and the eaves and front doors are often brightly coloured. There are no skyscrapers in Le Plateau, which lends an intimate, bohemian feel, and green spaces like Parc LaFontaine and Parc Laurier are beautiful in summer and winter.


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