With so many options to choose from in Ottawa, pinpointing where to go for some retail therapy can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with the city. That’s why we’ve created this quick list with some of the best places to shop in Ottawa to help narrow down your search so you can dedicate more time to browsing.
Sparks Street, which is located downtown tucked in between Elgin Street and Lyon Street, is one of the best (and oldest) retail districts in the city. Along this strip is where you’ll find a variety of favourite international brands, peppered with a mixture of local shops, boutiques, department stores and of course, the 240 Sparks Shopping Center.
The Rideau Centre is one of the most popular shopping centres in the city, also conveniently located downtown with over 180 different popular brand stores to shop in. Here you’ll find just about anything you need, along with an impressive variety of eateries to grab a bite and refuel at during your visit.
If you haven’t been to the ByWard Market district in Ottawa, make this a priority. This quaint area of the city is filled with so much charm and character. It boasts a good range of artisan-style shops, along with one-of-a-kind stores with unique, handcrafted items. This historic marketplace also contains high-fashion apparel boutiques, cafes, galleries, restaurants, and cozy pubs to enjoy a drink in.
The Rideau District is another popular and historic area, and definitely one of the best places to shop in Ottawa. This lively area is diverse and exciting with arts and theatre and, of course, many retail options, local businesses, and outlet stores to shop in and snag great deals.
If you love unique and eclectic goods, along with exceptional food, be sure to explore the west side of the city at Wellington West. This area is renowned for its culinary offerings and unique stores. Here you won’t find too many common retailers or brands, but instead, independent businesses with many handcrafted items. Be sure to stop in at one of the cafes or restaurants to take in all of what Wellington West has to offer.
If you’re a self-proclaimed shopaholic, we don’t blame you! There are so many amazing shopping districts in the city to choose from. For the best places to shop in Ottawa, be sure to mark off these areas for a visit!
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