The heart and soul of downtown Ottawa.


The heart and soul of downtown Ottawa.


The heart and soul of downtown Ottawa.


The heart and soul of downtown Ottawa.


This is Downtown Rideau.

World-class shopping. Vibrant arts scene. Extraordinary restaurants.

Nestled in the heart of Ottawa is an experience unlike any other. With over 600 thriving businesses in the area, including some of the city’s best retail shops, eateries, arts organizations, and historical landmarks, there’s truly 
something for everyone.  

Events Calendar

There’s always something going on.

From live music to street festivals to cultural showcases and sidewalk sales, there’s no shortage of spectacular events to be experienced on Rideau Street. 


What’s Happening? June Events

Summer is almost here! With so much happening across the city, we’ve rounded up some of the best events happening this June so you won’t [...]

Your Guide to Downtown Patios!

Patio season is officially here! With no shortage of options in Ottawa’s Original Downtown, you’ll be sure to pick a spot with incredible food, drinks, [...]

What’s Happening? April Events

Even though this weather is unpredictable, winter has officially ended, and we can now get excited about the warmer months! Start Spring by shaking off [...]

Hey Zellers, long time no see!

If you haven’t heard already, Zellers is back, and it feels like we are in the early 2000s! Some things are familiar in stores, such [...]

How to Spend Galentine’s Day this Year!

Valentine’s Day is meant for celebrating love, indulging in copious amounts of chocolate, drinking fancy cocktails and splurging on gourmet food. February 13th is a [...]

Restaurants with a Romantic Valentine’s Menu

Need a little help in the Romance Department? Don’t worry! We are your interim Cupid. We understand how hard it can be to find the [...]

Winterlude Events That You Need to Attend

Winterlude is finally here!  After a few years, it is finally back for everyone to enjoy the amazing sculptures, concerts, ice skating, and live performances. [...]

Five Healthy Restaurants in Downtown Rideau

Coming back from holidays is not an easy process. You’re used to getting up late, not doing much during the day, and eating a copious [...]
The Sheepdogs

What’s Happening? January Events

New year, new events! From Grammy Award Winning Artists to dance performers, fun workshops, and art displays. There is something for everyone this month to [...]

Ring in the New Year at these Rideau Restaurants!

It’s the biggest celebration of the year! Many festivities are happening around Ottawa to help bring the year to a close. Before you head out [...]

Keep your spirits warm and bright with these holiday drinks!

The holidays are right around the corner…and what could be better than a holiday drink to keep your spirits bright? Downtown Ottawa has a number [...]

Gift Guide that they’ll FA-LA-LA-LA LOVE!

We understand the stress of finding the perfect gift. You search far and wide, high and low. You scroll through countless websites only to discover [...]
The Nutcracker

Holiday Festivities in the Downtown Rideau

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To add dash of twinkle to your itinerary this holiday season we recommend these activities and events [...]

How To Support Your Favourite Small Businesses

How To Support Your Favourite Small Businesses Did you know this week Canada is celebrating Small Business Week, from October 16 to 22, 2022? This [...]

Portals: Reflections in Light – Downtown Ottawa’s Newest Art Installation

Downtown Ottawa has just gotten a little bit brighter! Portals: Reflections in Light is nestled between JOEY Rideau and the Clocktower Brew Pub and features [...]
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