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“Tired looking and disappointing store selection”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Rideau Centre

Rideau Centre
Ranked #28 of 255 things to do in Ottawa
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Owner description: Shop-until-you-drop, seven days a week, at Ottawa's premier mall complex that offers more than two hundred shops, restaurants and services.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 955 helpful votes
“Tired looking and disappointing store selection”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Rideau Centre bills itself as Ottawa's premier shopping destination. If it is then all the other malls must be pretty pathetic.

The mall - which dates to 1983 - has seen very little upgrading which counts for it's very tired look. It just doesn't feel upscale with the wall-to-wall beige tones. The mall is also sadly lacking many stores you would expect. Yes, it does have an Apple outlet but where is the Victoria's Secret, H&M, J. Crew, Pottery Barn, etc., etc. For a city of Ottawa's size and supposed wealth we were very disappointed by what it had to ofer. Even the "local" stores served up just the usual tacky souvenirs or merchandise.

However, the future is looking bright. The owners have announced a $250 million upgrade/expansion which will bring a Nordstrom store (which replaces a depressingly bad Sears store - the only department store in the mall - The Bay is next door and pre-dates the mall by decades!) and a much mproved look. The work is supposed to be completed by 2015.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank John B
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Fantastic Mall”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

I loved the mall and most especially the Market restaurant at the ground floor. Fantastic array of food.

Visited November 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Airy, patriotic mall with class Canadian stores”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

About two blocks from Parliament Hill, the Rideau Centre has enough shops to keep you busy for a few hours. Good food court on lower level. Shame that Sears has recently closed up shop.

Across the street is the Bay and the Chapters.

Visited October 2012
Thank E J
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Amazing place to shop!!”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Many brand name stores located all under one roof!! Stores such as Michael Kors, Coach, BCBG, Lacoste, Forever21 and many more! You can stop and have a coffee at Starbucks and other merchants or have lunch/dinner all found on the main/lower level. You won't be disappointed!! Happy shopping!!

Visited May 2012
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Douglas IOM
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“Excellent shopping Mall worth a visit”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Visited this mall last week 3 times both in the day and evening.Not to big to get lost and great places to get bargains for females if you have time to look.It opens at 9am and the clothes shops etc open at 9.30 and if I recall the shops close at 9pm.Close to Byward market .The basement floor has food places and a lovely bar/restaurant on the entrance of the ground floor plus a coffee shop opposite.Handy if you are working in Ottowa and want a bite to eat and a bit of retail therapy.Husband came to this City for work hence late evening visiits.

Visited September 2012
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