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Lists of ‘best things’ in Ottawa, like ‘best skiing’, best restaurants, best bars, best dance parties, best bands, best hood, etc.

Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer […]

A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

Best of Ottawa Dance Parties 2014: A Follow-Up

Earlier this summer, we brought you the Best of Ottawa Dance Parties. You guys spoke up about the parties we missed and we listened. There most certainly are other great dance parties in the city besides the six we listed, and now as we dance closer to the end of summer we want everyone to be […]

The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. […]

Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.

Best of: Meditation workshops in Ottawa

The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality. The reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality – because they confuse the world as it is, with the world as they think about it, talk about it, and describe it. -Alan Watts So you’ve […]

Black Squirrel Books. Photo from their Facebook page.

Best of: Independent bookstores

There is a certain something about independent bookstores. A sense of community and bringing people together – connecting over a love of books (which eventually ends up being about so much more) – that you just won’t find at Chapters. Independent bookstores are the best because the people who work there are REALLY passionate about […]

Photo courtesy of DrewOtt on Flickr.

Hood Wars 2013 Round Four: Best Neighbourhood Party

Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 29); Best […]

Photo courtesy of Coffee Go on Flickr.

Hood Wars 2013 Round Three: Best Green Space

Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 28); Best […]

Photo courtesy of spotmaticfanatic on Flickr.

Hood Wars 2013 Round Two: Best Public Art and Architecture

Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 28); Best […]

Photo courtesy of QUOI Media on flickr

Hood Wars 2013 Round One: Best Restaurant Row

Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 28); Best […]

Photo courtesy of tcp909 on flickr

Hood Wars 2013: The Ottawa Open

Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood smack down, a war of words to determine which of the city’s 97 neighbourhoods is the best. The story to date: The Hintonburg Mafia won the first ever Hood Wars, using methods I will not divulge lest I wake up with a horse head in my bed. Smugly assuming […]

The best of #ShitOttawansSay

Open File has collected and organized many of the tweets, which you can see here, but we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite ones here on the site. The following are Apartment613’s picks for the best of #ShitOttawansSay. [View the story “Best of #ShitOttawanssSay” on Storify]

A pho study – 5 takes on Ottawa pho

Posts and photos by Jennifer and Don at FoodiePrints Almost a month ago, we were approached by Apartment613 to do a pho round up, having blogged numerous posts on the subject of Vietnamese noodle soup in Ottawa. Apartment613’s Ryan Saxby once referred to us as “pho obsessed.” After some thought, we agreed to participate. We […]

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The Best (chichi) Patio in Town

It’s officially summertime!!! That time when Ottawa seems to swell in size and everyone and their dog seem to pack restaurant patios. Where are these people in the winter? Here are our top 5 picks for best chichi patios. 1. La Terrasse, Fairmont Château Laurier The best views in town, no question. Perfect for a […]

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