Ottawa, Canada
Alyssa, 34
Freelance Wardrobe Stylist, Writer, Speaker and Runner
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What are the Ottawa spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A quick wander from the Chateau Laurier to the Byward Market. A drink at Copper - the rooftop bar at the Andaz Hotel. A walk, run, or bike ride along the canal and across the river to Quebec so they get the best view of Parliament and Ottawa's skyline.

Do’s and don’ts in Ottawa: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Ottawa is a pretty easy going city - service staff expect tips, it's pretty safe ... just don't expect public transit to be on time and you're good!

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a freelance copywriter and wardrobe stylist. I also have a Youtube Channel where I give tips on slow fashion. I do it because it's flexible, and I am extremely lucky to have some amazing clients that share my values. I keep my Youtube Channel because I think there needs to be more positive talk around our consumption of fashion and clothing and how we can reduce our impact on the environment through how we dress.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

For one - anywhere between $30-50 depending on where I'm going and if I end up paying for my friends!

Which Ottawa shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I try not to shop too much (see q number 3!) and it depends what I'm looking for, but if I'll start with a thrift shop like St. Vincent de Paul and always stop at schad.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

I have so many - Gaga, Adele, Carla Bruni, Sia ... does Beethoven count? I have an eclectic taste depending on how I feel!

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: Glebe, New Edinburgh, Westboro // Night: Byward Market, Elgin Street,

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Any of the suburbs - except when I visit my parents

What’s the one place in Ottawa you think is underrated?

Vanier! It's a little rough around the edges but has SO much character and potential.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Ottawa?

Zaks Diner, Elgin Street Diner,

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Any of the museums (they're all good!), a long slow coffee at Origin, The loft for some boardgames, any of the escape rooms, the Ottawa Art Gallery

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?


Your go-to brunch spots:

Benny's Bistro at the back of the French Baker, Wilf & Ada's

Your perfect night out in Ottawa includes:

drinks at the Riviera then maybe bar Robo or the Rainbow for live music. But normally I like to stay in and have good food and wine with friends.

Which local creators do you admire?

Noah Venkatarangam, Rebecca Noelle

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