This diverse downtown neighbourhood is located south of Parliament Hill and is characterized by older homes mixed with new developments, condos and eclectic businesses in the two main commercial areas of Bank and Elgin Street.
Families, students and young professionals all live in the neighbourhood, including a number of Hill-staffers. Centretown has excellent transit links, two parks, a Curling Club and the Canadian Museum of Nature is also here.
Bank Street itself has had significant investment over the last eight years and this has attracted an incredible variety of shops, services, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and more. On one street you will find organic groceries, spa services, gourmet restaurants like Union 613, Fairouz, The Whalesbone and unique independent cafés and casual eateries like Colonnade Pizza (an Ottawa institution) and others serving Pho, Thai, Kabobs and more.