Ottawa’s Fashion, Arts & Theatre District
Downtown Rideau is abundant with 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 theatre in their life"! Located just one block east of Parliament Hill, Downtown Rideau has a rich assortment of some 475 establishments and is adjacent to many landmarks and attractions including the Ottawa Convention Centre, Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site, National War Memorial, National Gallery and National Arts Centre.
Shopping lovers won’t be disappointed with a selection of the biggest names in retail at Ottawa’s premier shopping centre, Rideau Centre; The Bay department store, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and Chapters, to name a few! Looking for fashion with attitude – you’ll want to visit local independents Top of the World, NormL and Neon. To help you look your best for a night out Downtown, try one of our many beauty services including Rinaldo Hair Designers & Spa and Holtz Spa.
After “shopping” up an appetite, unwind enjoying fabulous food and views of the canal at Santé Restaurant & Art Gallery, Metropolitain Brasserie, The Exchange Restaurant & Pub, or Milestones Restaurant & Lounge; sample over 150 single malt scotch whiskies at the Highlander Pub; watch the game on one of 95+ screens or the 27' screen at Real Sports Bar & Grill, indulge in a mouth-watering treat at Stubbe Chocolates; or shop for fresh deli produce at La Bottega.
Downtown Rideau is alive with culture and entertainment all year long. From many 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, contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery, dancing the night away at Ritual Nightclub or taking in live music at Mavericks -- visitors soon discover, Downtown Rideau is Where Culture Lives in Ottawa.
Can’t fit it all into one day? Stay awhile. Downtown Rideau offers a variety of luxury and affordable hotels including the historic landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel and world class Westin Ottawa Hotel, as well as Novotel, Les Suites and Quality hotels.