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Our Story

Nestled in the heart of Ottawa, La Catrina Churros is a family-owned café and the city’s only churreria (churro shop).

It all started with the dream of Ulises Ortega.

After noticing a gap in the Ottawa market for Mexican ‘desserts’ in 2013, he set out to offer the best ones and step forth in a challenging domain to offer Canadians new and tasteful products.

Ulises went to Mexico, where he is from, and was trained by the best churro makers.

Six months later, he and his family returned to Ottawa, purchased a custom-designed “Churro cart”, named “Mr. Churritos”, serving at private events and festivals. Success was immediate – and you can now find the “Mr. Churritos’” churro cart at all of our major festivals.

In order to better serve something simple yet authentic, he and his wife, Diana, leapt at the chance to create a cozy Mexican café. In May 2017, they opened La Catrina Churros, a café that specializes in Churros.

“La Catrina” showcases the culture, the sweet delicacies, the language and “La Catrina” the Dame of Death of Mexico.

It conveys a mortar Mexican styled dessert bar that would offer not only the tastes of Mexico but showcases our special tradition, “Dia de Los Muertos”.

Join us for the best churros in town! 

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A lot of people often ask what the Pan de Muerto " Bread of the Dead" represents, and what its shape means. The bread represents an offering made to the departed loved one. While the family members are the ones who eat the Pan de Muerto physically, it is believed that when the spirit returns during the Day of the Dead, it can be nourished by the “essence” of the bread (and any other offerings that have been left for it).

As for the shape, there are countless differing stories and explanations, but most will tell you that the pieces forming a cross are meant to symbolize the bones of the dead. On top of the bun is a small ball or nub, which some say is a teardrop, representing the tears shed for the dead. Others say it represents a skull, while still others say it represents the heart.

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Celebrate with us el Dia de Muertos!

At the cafe will have the exhibition of Catrinas made by @dulcetappart while you enjoy different promotions with #pandemuerto and #hotchocolate .

Will have a booth at the Aberdeen pavilion at the Celebración de Dia de Muertos event from 2 to 10 pm. Free entrance.

And we are also sort of the Day of the Dead in the Byward market on York St from 11 am to 6 pm.

If you plan it well you can go to all the events!!
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We have the best exposition of Catrinas!

Thank you @dulcetappart for this amazing array!

On Oct 29-30 we will have her here to present her exposition.
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Happy birthday to Ulises! And thank you for the amazing staff we have that got him a cake!

One year wiser 🙂
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We will be part of this festival to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

It will be in the Byward market and we will be accompanied by other great vendors.

Stop by and grab your Churros!!
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We are getting ready for Dia de Muertos.

Starting this Friday will have delicious Pan de Muerto that you can enjoy with hot chocolate or our variety of coffees.

Check out our altar that our great employees have put together to honor our families.
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Pulled pork marinated in achiote, a recipe from our hometown Merida Yucatan. 🐖

Between in a fluffy bread, it is a perfect sandwich for any time.

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This coming weekend we will have our traditional Pan de Muerto!

Individual sizes so you can pair it with hot chocolate nor coffee!!
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This small tres leches cake ( serves 5-8) is ready for pick up!

You can have it like this or surrounded by Churros!
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After a well deserved Thanksgiving break, we are back!!

Open today 4 pm to 9 pm, come grab your churro fix!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

We decided to CLOSE today so our staff and us can enjoy some time with the family.

Much needed time to give thanks. We are blessed and fortunate.

Enjoy this time with the family!
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Churros with Dulce de leche, what else can you wish for?

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Craving churros?

Downtown at La Catrina, open at 4

Ottawa South at @retajriversidesouth now. For all Riverside south and #Barrhaven residents.
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Fall is here!! Stay cozy with our Spanish and Mexican hot chocolate 🍫☕

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We are closing early today. The rain 🌧️ spooked our customers and we need to install the espresso machine.

See you tomorrow and this weekend at the Carp Fair!
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Hey amigos. We are closed today cause we have private events back to back and not tons of staff.

Thank you for your understanding and see you all tomorrow.
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Gracias @aztlan.mexico !!!

We truly enjoyed the show and it was great to see so many people gathering and taking videos!!

VIVA MEXICO!!!!🇲🇽
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$5 Tequila shots and beers!

In 15 mins we will have @aztlan.mexico dancing away to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day!

Come and enjoy it here at La Catrina
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Did you know we make our horchata in house?

Next time you come to visit, make sure you try it, it is so delicious!
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Viva Mexico!

To add to the festivities of our Independence Day, this Saturday at 7 pm the Ballet Aztlan @aztlan.mexico will join us to show some our folkloric dances.

Mexican beers &Tequila shots $5
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This Saturday, to celebrate Mexico's independence we will welcome the Ballet Aztlan @aztlan.mexico at La Catrina.

Come and celebrate with us while enjoying our folkloric dances.

Our drinks will be on promotion!
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Not sure if you all know, but we have a mobile churro cart to add your favorite dessert to any event!

Churros are a great addition to corporate events, birthdays, weddings or any occasion.
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Latte with Kahlua shot...loved it! ...

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Making delicious freshly made churros...

Come and pair them with Mexican hot chocolate!
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Hot chocolate season is here!

Our Mexican hot chocolate is made with milk, chocolate tablets and cinnamon.

Want it a bit thicker? Ask for the Spanish version.

Feeling adventurous? Add raspberry or mint flavors!
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Growing up Horchata was my favorite drink, back then we made it from a store bought sirop.

When we opened La Catrina I was determined to find a recipe to do it from scratch. We made it and it is even more delicious!

Now is my son's favorite drink 🙂

Have you tried our horchata?
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For this heat you should definitely try our churro bowls.

Ice cream is locally made by @themerrydairy , so delicious and smooth.

And to quench your thirst, just ask for a Jamaica, you won't regret it.
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Chugos...is a hot dog wrapped in a delicious churro.

Interesting mix of savory and sweet.

Try it today!
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