Ottawa Date Ideas blogger shares her top Beechwood Village spots

Catherine is a sociology student at the University of Ottawa, working towards becoming an urban planner. In the mean time, she does another form of urban planning by suggesting date ideas in Ottawa through her blog, Ottawa Date Ideas.

Crazy Horse pizza from Zazaza Pizzeria

As we finished our pizzas, my date says to me: “This was worth braving the rain for.”

I agreed.

It was pouring outside, my boots were soaking wet but I was happy eating my Crazy Horse pizza at ZaZaZa Pizzeria. This is one of Beechwood’s many great restaurants and date locations.

I love Ottawa for this. Since last summer, I’ve been keeping a list of things to do on dates in the Capital on my blog and it opened my eyes to the ton of hidden little places and forgotten activities the city has to offer. We have so many distinct neighbourhoods with their own particular style of shops and restaurants. I’ve loved the Beechwood avenue area for years now but had yet to really experience it in a romantic way. Because of the range of great restaurants in the neighbourhood, planning our date was a difficult task, but we settled on a mix resulting as a relaxed pleasant Saturday night.

Zazaza Pizzeria's menu

We first headed to ZaZaZa, the lovely “The Works-style” pizzeria situated at the east end of Beechwood Avenue. In spite of the cold rainy night, the restaurant felt warm and inviting.

We picked the Hot Hot Hot pizza and the previously stated Crazy Horse. The first one was a classic spicy pizza and the second was a refreshing mix of goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions, mushrooms, chicken and pine nuts. Delicious! This laid-back restaurant is perfect for no-fuss, sure to be a hit, casual date.

We then made our way to Farbs Kitchen and Wine Bar, located at the other end of the street, for some after-dinner drinks.

Cappuccino from Farbs Kitchen and Wine Bar

The first thing we noticed was that the crowd was definitively more mature than the one at ZaZaZa’s. Although that didn’t stop us from enjoying the amazing live jazz duo (there every Saturday) and discovering some impressive wines. As if the pizza wasn’t enough, we decided to order the risotto and were not disappointed. One of the great things about Farbs is that it’s a classy restaurant with a relaxed lounge vibe that doesn’t come off as pretentious. This is certainly because of the charmingly friendly staff with whom we had the opportunity to chat with while sitting at the bar.

Stuffed with great food and a great time, I grabbed a flawlessly fluffy cappuccino, feeling satisfied and happy to have found another great Ottawa date idea.

Looking for more to do in Beechwood Village?

Check out Arturo’s MarketFraser Café, New Edinburgh Pub, and the Dale Smith Gallery.

Thanks for the post Catherine! Do you have a place you want to write about? Send us a note!