Econo Lodge Downtown
475 Rideau St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z3
Phone: (613) 789-3781
Fax: (613) 789-0207
Walking into the Rideau Bakery is like walking into a time warp. To the left, chrome stools with powder-blue leather covers line up along a silver coffee bar. To the right is a lengthy counter displaying fresh baked goods, including everything from poppy seed cookies to pumpernickel bread. The back wall offers a limited selection of groceries. Whether they eat in or take out, people just keep coming back for more baked goodies. Party platters with fresh vegetables are now available.
This discount bookstore is a real find here in Ottawa. Publisher's clearances and university trade presses make up the bulk of the selection, which is neatly organized into separate sections. All titles are 30 to 90 per cent off their listed price. This is not a store you would go to in search of a specific book; you'll definitely need time to browse. A large selection of classics, self-help and historical non-fiction books is also available.
Ma Cuisine is a store that is much more than pots and pans. The spacious warehouse-style building stocks all the gadgets, glassware and cookbooks you need for a functional and funky kitchen. You will find perfect gift ideas for the person in your life who goes the extra mile in the kitchen; these include all the tools for a backyard barbecue including brightly colored plastic dishes and industrial strength flippers and forks. Located on the corner of Dalhousie and Murray streets, it is just steps away from all the action in the Byward Market.
You may have an urge to stretch out and take a nap on one of the beautiful rugs adorning the floor of this store as piles of gorgeous hand woven rugs call out for a stroke of the hand. Located in the Byward Market, the store has an excellent reputation for selling the best quality rugs available, and you are encouraged to stop in and browse. The owners are also committed to fair trade practices, meaning that their suppliers overseas get a fair price for their exquisite craft and that their working conditions are monitored.
With all the competition of the busy Byward Market, this cozy shop still manages to lure customers in with the sweet smell of incense. Specializing in arts and crafts, this beautifully decorated shop has a lot to offer in the way of African masks and carvings. Colorful mobiles dangle high above hardwood floors, giving the store a warm atmosphere. Vibrant sarongs are part of a selection of clothing for sale. Choose well; refunds are not accepted.
Grab a tray and a pencil and go shopping! Your creative juices will flow as you pick out beads to design the most beautiful necklace in the world. Located in the Byward Market, this store is the ultimate in interactive shopping. You choose the beads and the staff will help you string it all together. The store usually has folk tunes playing and the atmosphere is friendly. Children are very welcome and are encouraged to spend their allowance. A series of bead-making workshops are held throughout the week and on Sunday morning; call for details.
Canada's oldest department store, incorporated in 1670 when a royal charter was granted by King Charles II, is alive and well in the new millennium. The Rideau Centre location has just about every department imaginable: beauty salon, dry cleaners, optical center, watch repair, wigs, souvenirs, restaurant, name-brand fashions, cosmetics and gift registry. A solarium passage over Rideau Street allows shoppers to enter the store on the second floor. Ground level entrances lead to the Byward Market. Another Bay store is located in the St-Laurent Shopping Centre.
This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks (north of Rideau Street and east of Sussex Drive) 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 the 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. Check the website or call ahead for hours.
The perfect place to pick up a capital city souvenir, this store specializes in quality, Ottawa-emblazoned clothing. In other words, you can get that shirt, hat or shorts to remember your stay. Tucked away in the busy Rideau Center, they also offer Canadian postcards, stuffed toys, kitchenware and books. A small selection of traditional foods is available. If you're about to board the plane and have forgotten to grab a gift, a small outlet is available in the airport as well.
Would you like to stop pollution? If you are nodding your head in the affirmative, walk-in to Karma Wear. This is an organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and soy apparel haven. Unique and one of a kind, the store offers apparel for men and women, with accessories like boots, hats, belts from Yellow Port. Offering clothes that breathe twice as more than normal fabrics and its the 'In' thing today. Not just this, get soft, sweet smelling skin after using Serf to Surf hemp balm. So pick an organic shirt, team it with a bamboo shawl and recycled shoes and organic make-up. Go Organic!
Located in Downtown Ottawa, Freiman Mall once used to be a public road. After lot of decisions, the mall was opened at this public area in 1983.
This large downtown shopping mall is situated on the south side of Rideau Street at the corner of Sussex Drive. With three levels of over 200 stores, restaurants and services, it is a great place to power shop or simply spend a rainy day. Dispersed among the regular slate of chain stores like the Disney Store and Eddie Bauer are several specialty shops that are worth a visit : Miss Tiggy Winkles, a toy store with something for kids of all ages; Ottawa Souvenir and Gifts, which sells everything from maple candy to t-shirts and the Canadian Geographic Shop. Credit cards accepted vary by store.