Rideau Centre, Ottawa
The main shopping mall in the downtown core is called the Rideau Center (pronounced Ree-doe). It's not a bad mall, but the layout is really poor, and you'll often find yourself lost. Just remember, it's shaped like a big starfish, so if you get too lost, just head towards the center and regroup!
What to buy: There are lots of novelty and tourist shops here.. Maple Syrup is a big item, as well as postcards and Ottawa shirts.. I recommend a couple of shot glasses myself =)
What to pay: Same price as the rest of Canada.
Books and Stationary
Cards and Gifts
Great shopping in Ottawa! You will find:
Footwear and Leather Goods
Health and Beauty
Hobby and Toys
Magazines and Tobacco
Men's and Women's Apparel and Accessories
Music and Electronics
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00pm
Holidays - Closed
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day
What to buy: High quality Men's and Women's Apparel, Footwear and Accessories; Gifts
What to pay: Depend
Rideau Centre is the place to shop in Ottawa - all under one roof. I had been several times to Ottawa before I noticed that this was a mall there right in the very city centre. One cannot really see it from the outside that this is a mall.
There are 180 stores at the mall. It is big and one can spend hours in there. One can also cross the street and enter the big store Le Bay - by a glass-corridor/bridge crossing over Rideau street.
Monday-Friday 9:30-21:00. Saturday: 9:30-18:00. Sunday: 11:00-17:00.
Here is a list of the stores at Rideau Centre.
The Rideau Centre was opened in 1983.
I love the floors in one part of the mall, white floors with golden maple leaves (see my photo).
What to buy: Clothes and shoes. Electronics and cosmetics. Food-products etc.
The Rideau Centre is a "classic" Canadian mall. Double doors, only opening to the outside does not look like a welcome to foreigners, but once you visit Canada in wintertime you will understand.
Inside you find a food court and a mix of 180 known Canadian shops and some temporay new ones.
There's a skyway to the Bay department store at the other side of Rideau St.
Mo-Fr: 9.30AM - 9PM
Sa: 9.30AM - 6PM
Su: 11AM - 5PM
What to buy: Fast food and for the rest it's up to your likings.
It is the city's main shopping centre, and is in the heart of the tourist area, right off the Byward Market, next to the northern tip of the Rideau Canal.
It has plenty of shops for all sorts of purchases, especially if you're looking for clothes, in a variety of price ranges.
The Rideau Centre was quite a big shopping mall which sold everything such as clothes, jewellery, showes, beauty products, biooks Gifts and food and drink.
What to buy: All goods were cheaper to buy than in England
If you're tired of all the souvenir and specialty shopping and searching for a normal shopping center with all the stores you're used to or are looking for, then this is the place to be!
What to buy: Its a mall...need I say more? Just have fun!
Many Canadians shop in so called department stores. These stores carry many items. From food to clothing and garden tools, etc. There are also big shopping centers in and around Ottawa. Those are the best places in the winter time since you can access all shops and stores under one roof.
There are also malls in Ottawa. There is a difference between a mall and a shopping center. In a mall you'd have to come out of one store, get in your car and drive or perhaps walk up to the next shop outside. The biggest shopping center in Ottawa is Place D'orleans. The busiest is the Rideau center in downtown.
What to buy: You can also find regular stores on the streets. Mainly in downtown, like on Elgin Street or Bank street. In these stores you can purchase gifts, food, instruments, clothing goods and electronics. You can also visit China Town on Somerset St to buy authentic Chinese food, fruits, vegetables and other items.
What to pay: You can spend all your money in Ottawa. Especially in a shopping center.
The Rideau Centre is perhaps the biggest shopping mall in Ottawa which is located near to the major attractions and various hotels. There are many shops and restaurants located here, including a big food court for those going on a budget.
HMV at the Rideau Centre is a medium size CD and DVD shop.
Very good service from young sales people with know-how.
Mo-Fr: 9.30AM - 9PM
Sa: 9.30AM - 6PM
Su: 11AM - 5PM
What to buy: DVD's.
What to pay: From CAD 15.
The Bay/La Baie is the descendent of the historic Hudson Bay Company, which played such an important role in the development of the fur trade in North America, and the exploration and exploitation of the resources of the great interior forestlands of the north. They are now a chain of department stores across Ottawa and Quebec, and their main Ottawa location is across from the Rideau Center at 73 Rideau Street. This is an older traditional style store, and the display areas take advantage of some unusual and unique spaces in a series of connected older buildings. I enjoyed the feel of this being one of those traditional "big city downtown" department stores.
The Rideau Centre's is Ottawa's main central shopping outlet. Just steps away from the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill, the Rideau Centre offers people a large multi-storied shopping mall, selling everything from men and women's clothing, books, gifts and a food court. If you want to stay within the downtown area and want to shop, then this is the place to do it.
Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Rideau Centre offers something for everyone. Conveniently located near all major hotels, a few blocks from Parliament and the Rideau Canal.
If you get tired of the mall you can always hop across Rideau Street and head to to the Byward Market which starts just behind The Bay.
Unfourtanely I didn't get to look around and see what's really in this mall. But, I do remember walking into this big book store. It had a wide variety of books for all ages. Very helpful people there too.
What to buy: You will just not shop for one thing you'll shop for lot's of things. There's so many neat stores that you can be neat things.
What to pay: You'll spend a lot becuase there's some stores that you never get to see in your hometown. So, you'll spend about $50 or more.
After tiring yourself out by sightseeing, this is the place to go. Retailtherapy. Clothes, souvenirs, shoes, camera, and wide range of restaurants. We bought shoes and had a nice meal in the shopping mall. Especially when it's cold/raining outside, this is the shelter for you.
What to buy: I don't know...I bought shoes, my husband bought cheap films in Japan Camera. Food there was cheap and good.
What to pay: As much as you want, as little as you want.