Ottawa: Shopping, Culture

Byward market, Ottawa

Shopping of Ottawa

ByWard Market is Ottawa most famous shopping destination. Located in the historic Lowertown neighborhood, the ByWard market is Canada’s oldest outdoor market. During the day, the market is filled with fresh ingredients, flowers, arts, and crafts. Eclectic groceries, such as fiddleheads and ramps, are found in the market. Locally-produced maple syrup, too, is a favorite.

Byward market, Ottawa

Find some of the best bakery products and cheese. Also abundant in number are handcrafted clothing and artisan boutiques. The ByWard Market has something to cater to every taste. By night, the clubs come to life. Do not miss the special Ottawa pastry at Beaver Tail. In general, a beavertail is a deep fried pastry in the shape of a beavertail. The pastry is topped with sugar and cinnamon.

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Find upscale retailers, such as The Bay and Zellers, at the Bayshore Shopping Centre. The Rideau Centre is famous for fashion retailers, artwork, jewelry, movie theaters and restaurants. Some of the finest wines are available at LCBO and Wine Rack.

Sparks Street Mall is a hip mall located between Elgin and Lyon streets. Located south of the Parliament Buildings, the mall has many souvenirs to offer. Another popular shopping destination is Westboro. Place d’Orleans and St Laurent Centre are two humungous malls with a number of stores, restaurants, cinemas, and fun activities.

Mrs Tiggy Winkles is known for the mouth-watering smorgasbords. It is also a famous toystore. If you are looking for some haute couture and designer labels, visit Holt Renfrew.

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Most shopping centers and malls are open throughout the week. Outdoor markets open at dawn.

Culture of Ottawa

Ottawa is the cultural capital of Canada. The French influence is evident in the arts. Ottawa has become the hub for visual and performing arts. The laidback attitude of the town gives an impetus to creativity. Spend time at the local theatre, outdoor festivals, operas, and concerts. There are some 50-odd art galleries in the region. Also, find museums, heritage buildings, and parks.

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The National Arts Centre encourages talent to be performed on stage. Ottawa Little Theatre is one of the famous theatres. Le Groupe Dance Lab extends the boundaries of artistic expression. The Arts Court houses four visual art galleries and is the focal point for performing, visual, and literary arts. Capital Music Hall hosts live musical performances.