Modern thoroughfares such as *Wellington Street, *Rideau Street, *Sussex Drive, *Elgin Street, *Bank Street, *Somerset Street, *Preston Street, Richmond Road in *Westboro, and *Sparks Street are home to many boutiques, museums, theatres, galleries, landmarks and memorials in addition to eating establishments, cafes, bars and nightclubs.
National Gallery of Canada (map) – The museum’s permanent collection includes over 93,000 works from European, American, and Asian, Canadian, and Indigenous artists.
Canadian Museum of History (map) – The museum’s primary purpose is to collect, study, preserve, and present material objects that illuminate the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people.
ByWard Market (map) Among other things, this is a farmer’s market; in summer, stalls selling fresh produce and flowers line the streets, and maple syrup bought at the farmer’s market costs half the price of the same bottle sold at souvenir shops elsewhere in the Byward Market or anywhere else in the city. It is also a craft and tourist market with a range of shops and the city’s busiest entertainment district with restaurants, pubs, bars and many street performers.
Sparks Street (map). A pleasant pedestrian street one block off Parliament Hill. Along this street you’ll find the majority of the tourist shops selling postcards, magnets, and maple syrup.
The last Saturday in May, Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood hosts the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale. Hundreds of residents set up tables in their garages or on their lawns and sell used goods ranging from household knick-knacks to electronics to clothing. Businesses in the area also hold sidewalk sales, and vendors sell artwork, baking, and refreshments. The event is bustling by 8AM but continues well into the afternoon.
The Byward Market area has a wide selection of different cuisines; the Chinatown are (map) a is along Somerset West (#2 bus from downtown) between Bronson Ave. and Preston St; Little Italy (map) runs along the length of Preston Street, from Carling Avenue to Albert Street (#2 to Somerset & Preston or #3 along Preston).