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Downtown Ottawa

Good shops and restaurants. Was expecting for it to be a bit more exciting though. Good time to go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amber C
A PALE COPY OF THE BYWARD MARKET

This mall, essentially a street that has been closed to vehicular traffic, is getting old and... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Chris D
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New Westminster, Canada
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Shop. Savour. Social. Come to historic Sparks Street in Canada’s Capital. Discover the unique shops, lively restaurants and beautiful history. One block south of Parliament Hill
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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100 Sparks St | Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B7, Canada
Byward Market Area
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good shops and restaurants. Was expecting for it to be a bit more exciting though. Good time to go is during Buskerfest.

Thank Amber C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the annual buskar festival. Was great attraction as usual a mist visit in the area around this time in August.

Thank Ashim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Strolled the length of Sparks st, and was in awe of the beautiful old buildings that I didn't even notice before. Trick is look UP. The fonts of many older buildings are still there and looking magnificent. Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal,to name a...More

Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visited Sparks St. many years ago and it was a booming area of Ottawa. Now it is lined with For Lease storefronts and units that are more information than touristy. Not worth the visit,

Thank sandracjames
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This mall, essentially a street that has been closed to vehicular traffic, is getting old and dated. A number of non-funky uses, like office buildings, are intruding on what was once a tourist area. More of a place for employees to enjoy their lunch break...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Just a block away from Parliament Hill runs Spark Street, if you can call it a street, as there is no traffic. Pedestrians are free to walk and visit a wide variety of stores, from banks, to souvenir shops, to a wide variety of dining...More

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Spark Street is a relatively short traffic free zone. I walked end to end several times - it is convenient if it fits with your itinerary. The stores are not remarkable and there are no significant historical sights. One time we saw a parade with...More

Thank Lawrence S
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We found parking at Kent and Albert, then walked down to Sparks street where all the poutine trucks were lined up. It usually stretches from one end to the other so we walked it to see what they had to offer this year. I ended...More

Thank Summer B
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Nice street to talk a stroll down on a weekend day. A lot of good restaurants and pubs to choose from as well. Now have a Bier Markt on Sparks which just recently opened...great food and beer for sure.

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 10 November 2017

As you may know, Sparks Street is a pedestrian walk way. No cars are permitted but be careful of courier bikes. Sadly many locations on the street are now occupied by government buildings. All of the major banks are also located here. The CBC building...More

Thank Canadatom1
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