If you know me, you know that I hate sitting in the library, especially when I have something to study for. Week after week of exams can make you go crazy and one thing I like to do to keep my sanity is change where I work.

When I moved into my new apartment this past fall, I found myself steps away from what would become one of my favourite places to hang out in Ottawa.

Artissimo Coffee n’ Tea, located on 179 George street (across from Metro) is a great place to hang with friends, grab a delicious treat, or get some serious studying done. There are tables with outlets if you have work to do and there are also couches for those wanting to just relax or read a book.

Tucked by the window is a piano and sometimes the café will have someone come in for a bit and play (which makes for great background music).

Artissimo has great hot and cold drinks, delicious sandwiches and soups, as well as pastries and treats for those wanting something a little sweeter.

I have been going to Artissimo now for 7 months and it really is one of the best places I have been to when it comes to having a good atmosphere, amazing service (with a smile) and a delicious bite to eat.

If you’re ever in the downtown/Byward market area – definitely come check it out!