One of the best ways to experience Ottawa is by visiting its many distinctive neighbourhoods. And it couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re on foot or riding a bicycle — taking in Ottawa’s scenic urban surrounds that include gorgeous views of the Rideau Canal — on public transit, or in your car, you’re always minutes from one of Ottawa’s vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods, with each offering a new experience.
The food and shopping woven into the historic ByWard Market district or Downtown Rideau is very different from that of Chinatown (Somerset Street West), Bank Street, Somerset Village and Preston Street/Little Italy; the vibe and atmosphere of Sparks Street, and Wellington West and Westboro Village all differ greatly from Beechwood Village, the Glebe and Quartier Vanier.
Discover the unique ambiance of each.
Founded in the 1820's, the Market houses unique stores, restaurants and nightclubs, surrounding outdoor stalls that sell fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, and the work of local artisans.
Located moments away from downtown, Ottawa's Chinatown is a multicultural village offering local dinning, shopping and entertainment experiences with a unique Asian flavour.
Shopping lovers and arts enthusiasts head to Downtown Rideau for an abundance of trendy retail outlets, exquisite restaurants, captivating theatres and a hub of cultural activity in Ottawa's Retail, Arts & Theatre District -- 23-blocks surrounding Rideau Street, east of the canal.
Ottawa's Corso Italia offers popular restaurants and specialty stores, and is located between Carling Avenue at Dow's Lake and LeBreton Flats.
One block away are the Parliament Buildings, house for the Canadian government. Nearby, are some of the city's finest hotels, shopping, restaurants and historical sites.
Bank Street Promenade
The Bank Street Promenade is located on "Ottawa's original Main Street". WIth over 250 eclectic shops, services, bars and restaurants stretching 15 blocks from Wellington St. to Gladstone Ave.
Bordered by the Rideau River to the west and exclusive Rockcliffe Park to the North, Beechwood Village is a vibrant neighbourhood offering a unique blend of shops, boutiques and stores, fine restaurants, and a relaxed ambiance.
The Glebe is a relaxed and historic neighbourhood of shops, restaurants, pubs and services along Bank Street just south of Highway 417, otherwise known as the Queensway.
The village-like downtown east neighbourhood, mostly known for its large Francophone population, is also becoming known for good food, culture and quality of life.
Located between Bank & O’Connor Streets and only minutes away from Parliament Hill, Somerset Village features beautiful heritage 19th Century buildings that are home to many fine restaurants, businesses and services.
Home to some of the city's most highly ranked restaurants, the Wellington Village/Hintonburg area west of downtown offers a funky blend of dining, unique shopping and theatre.
The Village's shopping district offers a unique mix of boutiques, restaurants and many other delightful stops along the way.