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“Great place to be during the Busker Festival”
Review of Sparks Street Mall

Sparks Street Mall
Ranked #67 of 271 things to do in Ottawa
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Sparks Street Mall can be fun and bland at the same time. It's a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, cafés and bistros along most of it, but other sections are simply government buildings and television studios that don't really offer much to the tourist or visitor. However, if you love architecture, it's a great place to check out.

The best time to go is during the Busker Festival - the Sparks St Mall is full of people and performers and definitely gets a 5-star rating for that!

On the average day, three stars, which is why we gave it a four star overall.

Thank Trillium_Family
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Sparse crowd on a winter's night, window shopping and cold crisp air. And some people like to walk at an indoor mall.

1  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

It was a pseudo-pedestrian (twice I had cars go by me) street with offices and shops. I would not bother going again but we did have a nice meal the and there were some fun sculptures. Not a destination in my mind.

Thank KootenayKathy
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

A pleasant outdoor mall with a good variety of small but unusual shops. In my view this mall benefits from not being full of large, corporate stores but, instead offers something different. Worth a visit

Thank manswa
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

I think the thing really holding this pedestrian mall is a lack of good stores. I don't think many people would come here just for shopping, and it doesn't deserve to be called a "mall". Apart from an old Zellers and a few souvenir stores, there isn't much else in the way of shopping. Some big name clothing stores would really add to the area. The last time we went, it was basically deserted.

Would recommend for restaurants, but NOT to shoppers.

Thank davidplustanya
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