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Ottawa Shopping Style Series: PART II: The ByWard Market beyond Sussex Drive


Ottawa has tons of great neighbourhoods with unique style and shopping experiences. The Ottawa Shopping Style Series will take you on a tour of Ottawa’s best shopping districts.

Valerie Dumaine Jean Dress, at VictoireValerie Dumaine Jean Dress, at VictoireThere are far too many stores in the ByWard Market district to go through them all. As a series of interconnected streets and courtyards, it's easy to miss some of the fantastic spots that locals make sure to hit when out on a shopping spree. Follow the route outlined below to make sure you don’t miss any of these fantastic finds.

Where better to start your shopping tour but at the ByWard Market Building on the corner of William Street and George Street which runs the length of one market block. Pop in and out of the artisan stores that line the William Street side of the building. Here you can find stunning jewellery at all price points, from cute earrings to one-of-a-kind hand-crafted necklaces at Csilla Ekes. On the east side of William Street, check out Allegro Clothing where new and vintage finds mingle in one great store.

Cross York Street and continue down William Street to Frou Frou Boutique for a great selection of unique and trendy clothes. Attached to the store is the Sassy Bead Co. where literally thousands of beads are just waiting to be turned into your creation.

Workshop BoutiqueWorkshop BoutiqueTurn right on Clarence Street and scope a place for dinner as you walk to Dalhousie Street. Turn left on to Dalhousie and meander two blocks to the corner of St. Patrick Street. Here you’ll find Victoire, a fantastic store bursting with Canadian designers and a classic but edgy style. Next door is Workshop Studio and Boutique; the store’s concept is to showcase the work of the two owners and of other talented women in the Ottawa community and beyond. They have a little of everything from handbags and clothing to home accessories and giftware.

Walk back to Murray Street and head west (right). Stop at The French Baker to taste a mouthwatering cookie, croissant or pain au chocolat. Then continue up Murray Street and turn right down Parent Ave. to reach the upscale Lida Boutique where you can find designer duds from Diane Von Furstenburg, Max Mara, Nicole Miller and more. Next door is Funk Your Junk, a quirky store that carries the best in hippy chic.

Return south to Clarence Street and turn right (west), making your way up Clarence St. to Jeanne d’arc Courtyard. As you happily swing your shopping bags, stop to admire the Tin House Courtyard (on the north side of Clarence), and look up! Otherwise you might miss the beautiful sculpture created by tinsmith Honoré Foisy to advertise his work (restored in 1973 by Art Price). Cross the Jeanne d’arc Courtyard through York Street, then into the Clarendon Courtyard on the south side of York to peruse the racks of Roadtrip Clothing for stylish men’s and women’s wear and accessories.

If you are totally exhausted from a full day of shopping, wake-up with a delicious latte next door at Planet Coffee or head back to the hotel and try on all your new duds.

Ottawa Shopping Style Series: The ByWard Market beyond Sussex Drive

A. ByWard Market Building – 55 Byward Market Square
B. Allegro Clothing Store – 53 William Street
C. Frou Frou Boutique – 11 William Street
D. Victoire - 246 Dalhousie Street
E. Workshop Studio and Boutique – 242-1/2 Dalhousie
F. The French Baker - 119 Murray Street
G. Lida Boutique – 112 Parent Avenue
H. Funk Your Junk – 110 Parent Avenue
I. Roadtrip Clothing – 24B York Street

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