Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes patio season. It's almost time to grab your shades and head downtown to take new pictures for your Instagram. If you're from Ottawa, or planning a trip to the capital city, the ByWard Market has plenty of restaurants and cafes that will compliment your grid. Here are six of the best ByWard Market Instagram locations where you can step up your Insta game this summer.

1. Sweet Jesus

At Sweet Jesus, the ice cream alone is Insta-worthy. Choose from a variety of flavours, ranging from "Birthday Cake" to "Hella Nutella" to "Rocky Road Rage." You really can't go wrong. If you're like me and aren't a fan of cones, don't worry. Sweet Jesus also sells shakes and frappés, hot chocolate, and ice cream pints with the same creative look.

2. Cornerstone Bar and Grill

Cornerstone is the ideal place to grab dinner and a picture. Their menu offers everything from pizza to burgers to steak and shrimp, and it includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. If this wall isn't cute enough for your Insta post, the restaurant also has a wrap-around patio. 

3. Atari

While you wait for your food at Atari, there are several places to take pictures. Not only is the inside of the restaurant decorated perfectly for an Instagram photo shoot, it also has a rooftop patio. No matter the weather, Atari has you covered. Plus, ladies eat for free every Tuesday night.

4. Cacao 70

Calling all chocolate addicts. Cacao 70 is the place where you can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The "Banana Split Waffle" is a personal favourite, but you can order any chocolate creation that you have in mind. The colours of the fruit and the aesthetic plating will be sure to brighten your Insta page. Plus, there's nothing cuter than the classic fondue picture.

5. El Furniture Warehous

Warehouse offers more than just bathroom mirror selfies. In Ottawa, they have a rooftop patio with lots of Instagram potential. This summer, you can order a cocktail and people-watch above Clarence street. Did I mention that all of the food on their menu is $5.95? With deals like this, you can't say no!

6. BeaverTails

BeaverTails are the classic Canadian pastry that everyone needs on their grid. They're a staple all year 'round, but you can sit outside in the Market this summer with your favourite fried treat. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try one of their BeaverTail alternatives. BeaverTails now offers BeaverDogs, BeaverBites, frozen treats, poutine, and signature beverages. There is something for everyone and their feed.

This summer, check out these ByWard Market Instagram locations in Ottawa. Make a day of it and pick up dinner and dessert, all while snapping pictures. Trust me, your followers will thank you later.