With Sparks Street Mall getting extra attention with the International Chicken and Rib Cook-Off (taking place now until June 26), it’s time to give this unique outdoor mall its due. Just a block away from Parliament Hill, Sparks Street Mall is a bustling pedestrian haven. With boutiques, patio cafés, and restaurants, the five-block promenade has something for everyone. Sip a local brew on a patio and enjoy the predominant public art displays, or find that unique treasure on a shopping expedition. Keep your schedule open to make a trip here during the International Busker Festival from July 28 to Aug. 1.