A main street destination for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment.
Downtown Rideau has trendy fashion stores, exquisite restaurants, captivating theatres, and a hub of cultural activity to please fashionistas and artists alike, or those simply looking to put a little drama in their life!
Located just one block east of Parliament Hill.
Here you’ll find a rich assortment of shopping, dining, culture and entertainment conveniently located in the heart of the city. Landmarks and attractions include: the Shaw Centre, CF Rideau Centre, Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site, National War Memorial, Bytown Museum, Confederation Park, Major’s Hill Park, ByWard Market and Ottawa City Hall.
Shopping lovers rejoice.
Rideau Street is the city’s historical Main Street and remains so today. It’s a shopping destination for the biggest names in fashion available at: CF Rideau Centre, Nordstrom, Simons, Hudson’s Bay, Saks OFF 5th and Urban Outfitters. If you’re looking for fashion with attitude, you’ll find it at independent retailers: Top of the World and NRML. To help you look your best for a night out Downtown, try one of our many beauty services including: Rinaldo Hair Designers, Holtz Spa, Fernandino Regine Esthetique, Riccioli and Beauty+Sussex.
Culinary arts and spirits abound.
After shopping up an appetite, enjoy fabulous food and views of Parliament and the Rideau Canal at Metropolitain Brasserie, The Shore Club, Wilfrid’s, Zoe’s Lounge or Milestones Grill & Bar. Off the beaten path plates, brews and spirits are popular with foodies at: The Albion Rooms, Bazille, Brothers Beer Bistro, Jackson Café and Norca. Sample over 150 single scotch whiskies at the Highlander Pub or have a prohibition-era experience tasting craft beer at Waller Street Brewing. For those times you like to play with your food or have a unique food experience, we’ve got you covered. Indulge in a mouth-watering treat at the Rideau Bakery, shop for fresh deli produce at La Bottega; or play board and computer games at The Loft and Level One.
Alive with culture and entertainment all year long.
From seasonal festivals and events, to classical music productions at the National Arts Centre, local theatrical productions at Arts Court Theatre, community theatre at Ottawa Little Theatre, french theatre at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins, and contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery, or taking in live music at Mavericks, Café Dekcuf, and Avant-Garde — visitors soon discover Downtown Rideau is where culture lives!
One day is not enough.
Can’t fit it all into one day? Stay awhile. Downtown Rideau offers a variety of luxury and affordable hotels and accommodations including the historic landmark Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, world-class Westin Ottawa Hotel, stylish Le Germain Hotel, contemporary Novotel Hotel, family-friendly Les Suites Hotel, family-owned and operated Swiss Hotel or economical Days Inn and Econo Lodge.