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Your Guide to a Successful Black Friday!

November 22, 2023

You know the holidays are right around the corner when Black Friday arrives. The Rideau Centre’s decorations are beautifully lit, Santa Claus is in town and the year’s best sales come out. 

We also understand that it can be overwhelming to find good deals and know where to go, but don’t worry; we’re here to help you have the most successful Black Friday ever! 

Where to Park in Ottawa’s Original Downtown 

Before you drive into Ottawa’s Original Downtown, you need to know where to park. There are several parking garages in the downtown core that are within walking distance to several shopping locations such as the Rideau Centre, the ByWard Market and Sparks Street. 

Here is a handy tool that can help you find the perfect parking spot for your needs that includes hourly rates and locations of parking garages. 

The Red Lot can be found at the intersection of Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street, with entrances and egresses on both road. 

Plan Your Itinerary Ahead 

With so many sales happening on November 24th, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by everything that is happening. We suggest planning out your itinerary for the day to help you have a stress-free Black Friday. 

Think of what stores you would like to visit, what items you intend to buy that day, and which gifts you want to buy for someone. Once you have an understanding of what you are planning to purchase, map out the stores that you want to walk through and check out the sales. 

Check the CF Rideau Centre’s directory map and a directory of all other businesses on Rideau Street with their addresses and hours of operation. The CF Rideau Centre is opening early on Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM to give you all the time to shop the best deals!

The CF Rideau Centre is opening early on Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM to give you all the time to shop the best deals!

Hydration and Consumption are Key 

Shopping all day is not an easy task; in fact, it’s a workout. Take a break and have a bite to eat while you gather yourself. 

The CF Rideau Centre offers an extensive array of food options in its diverse food court, featuring many eateries from Indian to Thai and Greek to All-American. It’s the perfect stop for those who want a quick bite and want to continue shopping right after. 

If you want to sit down and relax and enjoy a meal with your fellow shopping partners, restaurants are abundant within walking distance. Joey Rideau is attached to the Rideau Centre and offers an eclectic menu from sushi to burgers. Check out Clocktower for craft beers and pub eats, or Pure Kitchen for the best vegan food. 

We suggest bringing your water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day, or if you want something a little more caffeinated, Starbucks is at the entrance of the Rideau Centre by Sussex. Enjoy a holiday-inspired drink to get all the festive feels. Might we suggest their Chestnut Praline Latte or a classic Peppermint Mocha?

Where Are the Best Sales?

Don’t worry! We are there for you every step of the way and will help guide you to some of the best deals of the day. Check out some deals already happening at CF Rideau Centre.

Follow us on Instagram to check out our stories for great deals this Black Friday! 

Check out our Events page for a complete list of events in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!