A Neighbourhood Guide- Somerset

December 17, 2019

Your Ottawa Neighbourhood Guide


If you are looking for somewhere to visit, rich in Ottawa culture, you definitely need to visit the Somerset area of Downtown! This area holds many key’s to Ottawa’s heritage and our multi-cultural identity that makes Ottawa so diverse and welcoming!


The Somerset area is a large portion of the Downtown core. It includes sub-neighbourhoods such as Centretown, the Golden Triangle, and Chinatown.

There are approcimately 34,996 residents living in this area, with the average age of 30-35 years old. This is very much a rental community, with approximately 68% of people renting instead of owning… this means that it is a great market for investors who wish to invest in multifamily rentals to look at!




Somerset is ranked as the MOST walkable neighbourhood in Ottawa, with most errands being able to be done by foot. It also has world class public transportation, with around 69 different bus routes passing through the area. Finally, it is a biker’s paradise, with daily errands being easily manageable by bike. Overall, the scores in this area are very high, making life convenient for the residents who call Somerset home.

There are also 3 nearby LRT stations. These stations are Bayview Station which connects Confederation Line and Trillium Line, Lyon Station located on Lyon Street, and Pimisi Station located on Booth Street.

Food and Beverage

 There are approximately 473 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the Somerset area, making daily life fun and exciting! See the list below for a few of the highest rated locations, according to Google. Simple click on the name to be directed to their websites.

Tamis Restaurant & Bar– 374 Bank  (rated 4.7 stars) $$

  • American and International

Beckta Dining & Wine– 150 Elgin (rated 4.6 stars) $$$$

  • New Canadian Menu and Wine Bar

Sansotei Ramen– 153 Bank (rated 4.6 stars) $

  • Authentic Japanese

Fairouz– 343 Somerset (rated 4.6 stars) $$$

  • Modern Middle Eastern

Wilf & Ada’s– 510 Bank (rated 4.5 stars) $$

  • Breakfast, brunch, and baked goods

Along with the restaurants, there are also approximately 21 different grocery stores, 41 convenience stores, and 18 different pharmacies.


Things to Do

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canada’s national history and natural sciences museum. Typically open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., this museum is great for all ages!

Even better, they have free admission on Thursday’s from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.!

Visit their website here


Parliament Hill


Chosen as the site for new parliament buildings in 1858 by Queen Elizabeth, because of it’s prominence over the town and the river. This is the hub of Canadian politics. Visitors can go on (free) guided tours to see the history of our country, look at the House of Commons, and the Peace Tower.

Visit their website here


Market Watch

The Real Estate market is as alive in this area as any other area of Ottawa, with approximately 1 1/2 months of inventory currently available.

Active Listings: 52 |  Sold in the last 30 days: 46 |  Average days on market: 22 |  Average Sales Price: $447,734

Around 75% of the currently active listings are apartment style with an average of 2 bedrooms.


Contact Us for More Information

If you are looking for a home with all amenities close-by, deep in the rich culture of Ottawa, and easy to walk, bike, or bus for daily needs, this is the area for you!

Call Moe McIlwain at 613-299-3100 to hear about what is available, or how he can ADD VALUE to your REAL ESTATE GOALS!