Ottawa shopping offers much that will please both the serious bargain hunter as well as the trendiest fashionistas. Whether you are looking for bargains, open-air markets, flea markets, shopping malls, antiques, or the latest in fashion, Ottawa shopping has it all! Some areas of interest include:
- Byward Market: Within an area of about four blocks square, you’ll find boutiques, galleries, and public markets. Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the Byward Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. George Street and York Street were planned extra-wide to accomodate the open air farmer’s market that is there in the summer. Fresh fruits & vegetables, jewellry, clothing, maple syrup stands, and other goods are available for purchase. Be entertained by buskers (street performers) or relax from your shopping at local cafes, restaurants and pubs.
- Carp Road Flea Market in Stittsville, located on 2079 Carp Road, about 30 minutes from Parliament Hill. Featuring antiques and collectables, country furniture, jewelry, tools, books, cds, movies, golf sporting goods, oriental antiques and carpets, homemade jams, toys, sports cards and memorabilia, paintings, pictures and decorations, cell phone accessories, lamps, chandeliers, solid oak mennonite furniture plus many other items. The flea market is open every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- On the Ottawa shopping list, do not miss Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa’s Historic outdoor pedestrian mall. The street is blocked off from cars and is found one street over from the Parliament Buildings. Besides hosting the International Buskers’ Festival, the mall is home to family-owned businesses, department stores, services and more. Dining possibilities include pubs, sidewalk cafes, elegant restaurants, and many others.
- Rideau Centre is a large indoor mall located at 50 Rideau Street in the heart of Ottawa. The centre covers 15.54 acres between Colonel By Drive, Rideau Street, Nicholas Street and Mackenzie King Bridge. Opened iin 1983, the Centre now has 180 stores in the fields of fashion, beauty, accessories, electronics, entertainment and more are found here.
- Close to Parliament Hill, Bank Street Promenade is an outdoor shopping district that stretches 15 city blocks from Wellington to Gladstone. With over 200 shops, services, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, the Promenade is one of Ottawa’s most eclectic shopping experiences. There is free parking available on weekends.
- Place D’Orleans: Being an east-ender, I have a soft spot for this mall! Located 20 minutes east of downtown Ottawa, this mall is a bright, well-lit mall with plenty of national and regional retailers. There is free parking available and is conveniently located at a OC Transpo transit station. The mall is open 7 days a week and has lovely little extras that help make shopping enjoyable. Place D’Orleans has many services that cater to young families including free coat/parcel check, free stroller loan, free wheelchair loans, and a well-appointed Parents Room for infant and toddler care near the food court on the second level. There is also a safe, though unsupervised, play area for children when they (or you!) have had enough of the shopping!
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