Ottawa's Chinatown is located along Somerset Street west of downtown Ottawa. It runs from Bay Street in the east to Rochester St in the west (according to the Chinatown BIA). Signs for Chinatown continue along Somerset until Preston Street, and Chinese/Asian restaurants can be found even farther west.A visit to Chinatown Ottawa represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ottawa trip itinerary builder website to plot your vacation.
The BIA was designated in 1989 and was named Somerset Heights until it was renamed Chinatown in 2005.
While officially designated "Chinatown," the area is home to businesses from many Asian cultures, such as Vietnamese, Korean and Thai. Restaurants specializing in Phở and dim sum are quite common. The Ottawa Chinatown has on one hand an urban character as it is not a cluster of strip malls, but on the other hand, it is focused on one commercial street, surrounded exclusively by residential areas.
An archway has been built upon the entrance to the western section of Chinatown over Somerset Street, west of Bronson Avenue. It was unveiled in the early Fall of 2010.
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Our visit to Ottawa’s Chinatown gave us endless restaurant choices. While street parking on a Saturday evening was very busy, we easily got sidestreet parking - free too! So many restaurants to... more »
Unless you know a restaurant you want to visit and have a meal, there really is no reason to venture over to this particular Chinatown. At least they have an archway (which is more than Toronto can... more »
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