In the mood for another fun and local road trip? We’ve got a great suggestion that is sure to please every member of your family. A fall tradition that dates back over a decade and never seems to grow old – our annual trip to the Third World Market & Bazaar in Manotick Station.
The Third World Bazaar is like a flea market on steroids. Every year we find unique one of a kind items that really bring warmth to our house just before the winter season sets in. Last year we found a handmade bamboo floor lamp for our library, and this year we found a truly unique painting from Bali that complements the earth tones in our home. This market is a decorators dream come true, there really is nothing else quite like it in the Ottawa area.
So what can you expect to find at this Bazaar? Mostly carpets, furniture, jewelry, masks and exotic home decor items. If you enjoy hiking, you’ll find a nice collection of walking sticks on offer.
When checking out, you’ll see a collection of music CD’s near the cash registers. The Blues Around the World and African Blues CD’s are particularly good; if you can imagine true blues music intertwined with rich African sounds (à la Paul Simon’s Graceland) you’ll get a pretty good idea of what’s on offer here. A great soundtrack for your next dinner party or to simply kick back and relax while reading a good book.
Just outside the main building are food stalls selling fresh produce and baked goods. A great place to pick up a nice homemade pie for the evening’s dessert.
The Bazaar is only open for 7 weekends each fall. This year, the market is open on the following dates:
October 3rd, 4th and 5th
October 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th (Thanksgiving)
October 17th, 18th and 19th
October 24th, 25th and 26th
October 31st, November 1st and 2nd
November 7th, 8th, 9th
November 14th, 15th and 16th
Operating hours are between 10am until 5pm.
We recommend visiting on Friday mornings when the Bazaar is less crowded, followed by a nice lunch at Zizi’s Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar – a perfect morning excursion followed by a delicious meal you won’t soon forget.
Going on a Saturday or Sunday? Why not pair your visit with a meal at the Black Dog Bistro in Manotick, another fine dining experience for those who truly appreciate quality cuisine.
Getting to the Bazaar is very easy. Cross over the new Amrstrong-Strandherd Bridge and turn right on River Road. Head south towards Manotick, and turn left on Mitch Owens drive. The Bazaar is approximately 5km down the road on your right hand side – when you see a large sign for Bakker’s General Store, you’ve arrived. For those of you with GPS, simply enter 6110 Mitch Owens drive as your destination. A fun 15 minute drive through beautiful countryside from Barrhaven.