The small outdoors: 10 patios at Laurier (and 2 bonus wagons)
At first glance, Laurier Ave in Ottawa might come across as a concrete jungle-like street with uninspiring buildings. But in the end, it’s the people who ‘make’ a street: there are a number of coffee places and restaurants with outdoor terraces. I went out at lunch time and found 12 places with a terrace to watch the world go by and see cyclists in particular. It is quite fun to see that virtually every few minutes someone cycles by, usually very calmly. Added bonus, you can keep an eye on your bike, if you are sitting outside. The last one on the (geographical east to west) list, “Quick Check” at Laurier and Lyon, offers 10% discount on a number of items: I strongly recommend the Samosas. Obviously, there are more food and beverage places but they don’t have outdoor places. The Dutch have a neat word for the food and beverage industry: “Horeca” (from hotels, restaurants and cafes). It is such a common word, that many don’t even know it is an abbreviation of three words.