Looking for some great spots to head out and tackle your holiday shopping in Ottawa? Well, you won’t be limited by selection in this city! But to help you pinpoint some of the more popular spots to check out, here’s our list of the best spots around the city that are perfect for finding the items you need while enjoying the vibrant and festive settings around you.

Rideau Centre

The Rideau Centre is one of the top shopping malls in Ottawa, with a modern, sleek design that houses a massive variety of stores. The diversity of stores is impressive, and the food options are endless. It has a particular high-end flare, so if you’re looking for stores such as Tiffany’s, Nordstrom, Apple, Coach, or Sephora, you’ll find these and many more! So if you need a one-stop destination that’s large and convenient, this is a great option.


The Westboro is a trendy area of Ottawa that features an impressive variety of places to shop and dine. Here you can find close to 200 shops to browse through and enjoy. This is a quaint and vibrant urban village that also offers some great “Mom and pop” stores, as well as free street parking!

The Glebe

Another quaint area of the city is the Glebe, which is comprised of various shops, pubs, and restaurants that make this historic neighbourhood so enjoyable to stroll through – even when you need to get your holiday shopping done and dusted. Plus, Bank Street, which stretches through the Glebe, is one of Ottawa’s premier shopping destinations, so you’re guaranteed to find you’re looking for. When it comes to holiday shopping in Ottawa, be sure to add the Glebe to your list of places to visit.

Byward Market

The Byward Market is one of the oldest and largest public marketplaces throughout Canada. It’s also one of the most lively and enjoyable areas of Ottawa to experience the festivities and vibe of the city. This market spans approximately four blocks square, containing specialty food shops, artisans vendors, chic boutiques, plenty of clothing and gift items, quaint and cozy pubs, restaurants, galleries and more. The Byward truly has something for everyone, including some Canadian staple goods.

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale

Looking for some unique and handmade goods? Then don’t miss out on this craft sale that’s happening during the first few weeks of December. Here you’ll find over 180 vendors and some of the best in Canadian handmade goods from local communities. This event features an assortment of artisan goods, such as pottery, jewelry, fashion, glassware, fine art, sculptures, leather, gourmet treats, and so much more quality Canadian-made goods.

This craft sale is on from December 7th – 17th, located at the EY Centre, so don’t miss out!

When you need some go-to spots for holiday shopping in Ottawa, each of these destinations will be well worth the visit!