Ottawa Shopping Areas
Enjoy the traditional open air market that sells not only fruits and vegetables but also crafts and arts. More than a market, this is a community; take the time to talk to the local grocers and artisans.
Running North from Dow's Lake, Preston Street is Ottawa's Little Italy. Numerous cafes and eclectic restaurants are found here, each with its own distinctive charm. Be sure to check out Italian week, held every year in June during the Feast of St. Anthony, or the Preston Street Grape Harvest (La Vendemmia) every September.
If the Parliament Buildings are Ottawa's heart, then the Bank Street Promenade is its main artery. Encompassing a 15 block area with over 500 restaurants, shops, galleries and museums, this is a neighbourhood that visitors can not even avoid.
Located one block from Parliament Hill, Sparks street boasts a large number of stores, restaurants and numerous historical buildings. Stroll around and visit some of the oldest and most unique shopping establishments in the country. Many tours can be arranged directly on Sparks Street.
Located on the east side of the canal, just south of the Byward market, the Rideau area contains stores, hotels, theatres, restaurants and galleries. Centred around the Rideau shopping centre, the downtown Rideau area features the best of Canadian retail.