Tips for Foodies in Ottawa
With these tips for Foodies in Ottawa you will experience the city from its culinary side. Ottawa's Byward Market is just steps away from Parliament Hill, Canada's center of power. The parliamentarians like to come here for lunch. But even with tourists, the market is in the lower city of Ottawa very popular. Here you make a culinary stop on your city tour. Most of them stroll through the market halls in the center of the market. There, traders sell their goods to their customers over the counter. Appetizing sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, imaginatively prepared salads, fresh fruit juice drinks and smoothies, fragrant breads and cakes fresh from the oven. A land of milk and honey for everyone who likes to eat well.
The treats are simply eaten during a market stroll or in one of the cafes. These usually set up their tables outdoors. However, you need luck to get one of them. The rush to the market is great. In front of the halls farmers from the area praise their harvest-fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh flowers, which seem to attract the eyes - and cameras - of passers-by. A hustle and bustle prevails in the market of Ottawa.
Food Tour for Gourmets at the Byward Market in Ottawa
However, if you are looking for spices, fruits, cheeses of all kinds, tea blends or Italian noodles or salami, you are well advised to look around the small shops at the Byward Market in Ottawa. From the outside, these seem inconspicuous. However, if you open your doors and browse through their offer, there are many interesting things to discover.
Cheeses, teas and spices from all over the world
There's the cheese shop. In this one there are cheeses from the farms around Ottawa to buy as well as those from all over Canada. We even discover cheeses from the great cheese nations of the world. In addition, the door opens to a paradise for those who like to spice up exotic. Here you can find spice varieties from India, Arabia, from the spice islands, from Africa. You discover the smells of the world. The gourmet cooks of Ottawa know that too. They like to come here. Here you can order spices that do not exist elsewhere in the city.
If you ask the owner for exotic spice mixes, he almost knows them all. And if he does not, he sets all levers in motion until he finds the most extraordinary seasoning mixture. His customers are important to him. Interesting is a visit to the tea shop. Its owner comes from Germany. She sells tea blends like John Lemmon, Berry White or Red Zeppelin Tea. Even Queen Elizabeth is honored with a tea creation. Reason enough to get involved in a tea sample.
Shopping Tour at Byward Market
If you want to get to know the Byward Market in Ottawa with gourmets, you can do so on a food tour of C'est Bon Cooking do. Paola, our guide, shows us backyards with cobblestones. There I almost expect that a horse-drawn carriage will turn the corner. She introduces us to chefs who let us taste their delicacies.
The Courtyard Restaurant cooks on the principles of fusion cuisine. We also get to know the owners of small shops around the Byward Market. These give us an insight into their stores. We learn where they get their goods from. Again and again there is something to try. Here is a bit of cheese, there a cup of tea. In the next shop an extra hot spice. This makes us thirst for Italian baguette. We want to calm our burning throats again. Finally, we do it like President Obama. We conclude our shopping stroll through the market of Ottawa with Beavertails. This is puff pastry, which was invented on the Byward Market.
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Source: own research on site with the kind support of Ottawa Tourism
Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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