This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks and offers something for everyone. You'll find trendy stores selling the latest in designer fashions, jewelry and artwork, as well as a variety of excellent restaurants. In the evening, the market is a buzz of activity as party-goers hop from nightclub to nightclub. To experience the true roots of ByWard Market, visit during the weekend when local farmers and artisans ply their wares near the Byward Market Building. The market is closed on Christmas and New Year's Day but is otherwise open during the summer and fall.
This Canadian crafts gift shop on the Sparks Street Mall, just a block away from Parliament Hill, is a real gem. Breathe deeply as you enter The Snow Goose, as the scent of sweet grass mingles with the smell of tanned leather. Handmade beaded moccasins, delicate quill baskets and aboriginal jewelry are just a few of the handicrafts on display. Quality soapstone Inuit carvings and Iroquois masks adorn the rear of the shop. A knowledgeable staff is on hand to provide historical product information and to answer all your questions.
If you are looking to purchase something that is one of a kind and truly Candaian, Flock Boutique located in the West End's, Fisher Park neighborhood, is a boutique store that you must visit. This shop is dedicated to supporting and promoting local Canadian designers and hence offers up a wide variety of products which includes clothes, accessories, home supplies, bath and beauty supplies and loads of gifting options! With over 150 different brands, this is the place where you can pick up something that is memorable and useful too.
Well-regarded among the city's fashionistas, Schad showcases a curated selection of the latest designer trends. You'll find some of the hottest local designers like Mackage, AG Jeans, Charli and others as well as international names like Thierry Lasry, Spiewak and more featured within the boutique's regularly updated stock. From pretty tops and elegant dresses for women to sharp suits, denims and casual wear for men, the store's collection is eclectic.
This West End mall is perfect for power shopping or just spending the day browsing. Located just off the Queensway, on Bayshore Drive, parking at Bayshore Shopping Centre is hassle-free, and you'll find plenty of chain stores (The Gap, Club Monaco, Crabtree & Evelyn and Eddie Bauer, just to name a few), specialty shops and a large grocery store to meet your shopping needs. There is also an extensive food court and the mall often hosts sidewalk sales that cater to the bargain hunter.
Located in Ottawa's center, The Glebe is a neighborhood that offers ardent shoppers a retail experience that is centered around a variety of unique stores and services. With most of the stores situated on Bank Street stretching from Queensway up to Rideau Canal, this area is a great place to shop as everything is within walking distance. Whether you are looking for clothes, food, groceries, medical supplies, home decor, jewelry, shoes, automobiles, sports and fitness supplies, confectioneries, souvenirs or other specialty stores like electronics, optical products, kitchenware or stationery, shoppers can find almost everything here. This is one area that you must visit when in Ottawa to get a quick glimpse into the culture and the life of the area. There are also several restaurants and bars around, making The Glebe and all rounded neighborhood.
This massive gift store has souvenirs from all four corners of Canada. Whether you want postcards, clothing, maple syrup, books or native art; they have it all. Browse through an enormous selection of Canadian handicrafts while listening to peaceful nature CDs. A small gallery contained within the shop has prints for sale and a framing service. Located on the busy Sparks Street strip, this shop is only a block from Parliament Hill.
This jewelry store prides itself on offering only the finest diamonds and a surprising selection of rare and unique gemstones from around the world. Canadian designers create their most elaborate pieces, but some simple gold chains of Italian origin are also available. If you're looking to buy antique jewelry, this is the place; conversely, if you're looking to sell antique jewelry, Alyea's also facilitates estate treasures. Call ahead for more information.
This outdoor mall is one of the city's oldest shopping districts. Stretching three blocks, it is home to a number of specialty shops including Nocean, O'Shea's Market Ireland and Canada's Four Corners. Items for sale include a wide selection of original Inuit carvings and other Native Canadian artwork and accessories. During the summer months, the mall is buzzing with activity, especially during the lunch hour when hundreds of public servants fill the many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
There are just a handful of people who can resist the sultry charms of chocolate, and Laura Secord knows just how to tempt the remainder of the lot. Being Canada's premier chocolatier, they take their job pretty seriously and give you the best in chocolate treats. Find everything from premium chocolates, truffles, ice-creams and roasted nuts to appease your senses. Take a prettily packed box as a special gift for loved ones or a sweet indulgence for yourself.
Spread over 23 blocks of Downtown Ottawa from Parliament Hill, Downtown Rideau is the most happening cultural districts around. With theater, hotels, nightlife, landmarks, restaurants, bars, cafes and entertainment centers, this is one area you cannot miss out on. However the main attraction and reason to visit Rideau is for its thriving and vibrant shopping opportunities. There is a large array of fashion's most well known branded stores here, with names like Forever 21, Chapters, Victoria's Secret and Urban Outfitters as just a couple among the many. However it is not just shopping for clothes that you can do here. Whether you are looking for jewelry, home decor, shoes, accessories, health and beauty products, books, art, toys, optical products, food, cars or any other specialty goods, you can buy it all here.