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Sparks Street Mall

Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 2 - 151 Sparks St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5E3, Canada
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The Sparks Street Mall is quite nice in spots, but right now (June 2016) there is so much construction that it's not as lively or inviting as it normally is. Watch your ankles... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2016
Rik T
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Fredericton, Canada
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Fredericton, Canada
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

The Sparks Street Mall is quite nice in spots, but right now (June 2016) there is so much construction that it's not as lively or inviting as it normally is. Watch your ankles because there are a lot of holes and unevenness on this pedestrian-only street. Because of the construction noise and blockages, it's difficult to sit and have conversation... More 

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Canada
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

I love Sparks Street, its always been a go to place down town Ottawa especially for tourists and local visitors - however over the past few years construction began on quite a number of buildings scaffolding on NCC and heritage building then just left ............the retail side of things is shrinking dramatically and while yes there are some good places... More 

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Reviewed 7 January 2016

While I appreciate that Sparks Street has some interesting history (see Ottawa Walking Tours), and a few small diners, pubs (see D'Arcy McGee's) and stores, I found it lacking in character and attractions. Maybe it will improve after the next couple years of renovations.

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Thank Brian T
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408 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015

This Mall that is a paved street was once a hub of shops, but today is undergoing massive changes! But still worth a leisurely walk, seeing what is being done, the unique shops that are open, restaurants, and coffee shops! Still enjoy this walk and then walk up Elgin St., and see all the sites of the Nations Capital!

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Thank MASH16
Toronto
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532 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Most trips to Ottawa we try to stroll through Sparks Street Mall. Once, to us at least, a very unique destination ... but seems less so now. One of the things we noticed is that there are fewer places to eat than we remember ... aside from pub after pub ... after pub. Noted one Italian resto with what seemed... More 

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Thank TO_Trips
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Take advantage of the restaurants and shops along this pedestrian street mall. There's a german restaurant, brew pub, italian restaurant and more. This pedestrian mall spans 4 blocks. Don't be turned off by the vacant store fronts.

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Thank hogwashhogan
Fredericton, NB, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

Nice pedestrian area full of shops, outdoor dining, pubs and outdoor performances. Its a neat area to take in, even just for a stroll. Right next to Parliament Hill.

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Thank Fireguy169
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Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

It's been awhile since I strolled along Spark street, a once depressing view of Ottawa with closed shops & run down facilities. Imagine my delight when this time I return to a vibrant scene of pubs and restaurants, outdoor patios, and a buskerfest which brought tourists and families alike to the Pedestrian street. Great fun and lots of choice for... More 

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Thank TravelsWithKECA
Singapore, Singapore
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364 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 July 2015

We were here as part of our day tour in Ottawa and it was around 11.45am when we arrived. In fact, Sparks Street was only opened for pedestrians. The place was already crowded with diners queuing up at the various food stalls. It was later that we got to know that we were in time for the Rib Festival was... More 

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Thank ZfyEd
Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

This outdoor mall used to be a great few blocks of interesting stores, different from what you see in the large malls. However, most of the stores seem to be gone, replaced mostly by restaurants/bars. In fact, much of the open air space down the center of the mall has now been taken up by the bars and restaurants. Lots... More 

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