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ByWard Market

55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
+1 613-562-3325
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WITHIN an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all. ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
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55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-562-3325
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Reviewed today

This area did not live up to the hype for me. It is not what I expected and certainly is not a market that sells lovely fresh foods or quality produce that I could see at least. There are lots of average restaurants and bars...More

Thank NellieR54
Reviewed yesterday

How can you beat this yummy treat when you a walking around to see all the great stalls and items to buy! PLEASE go see the wonderful Canada 150 festivities pavilion which has information and people from all 13 provinces and territories! Have fun and...More

Thank Pierre L
Reviewed yesterday

Went through mid week, not a lot opened. Honestly I expected it to be a lot bigger, but none the less I bought stuff and enjoyed the morning wandering around.

Thank Heidi S
Reviewed yesterday

As a local I love coming to the market both during the day and the night. During the day there are markets where you can buy (depending on the time of year) fruits, veggies, clothes, souvenirs etc. There are also a lot of great restaurants...More

Thank Alissa D
Reviewed yesterday

The Byward Market has a variety of restaurants for everyone from pubs to fine dining. All within easy walking distance of each other. Close to the Parliament Buildings, National Art Gallery, Canadian Mint and other attractions

Thank RetiredOrthopod
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Byward Market is another place that my wife and I have visited just about every time we have gone to Ottawa. This time around we had our usual "beavertails" and watched the crowds. Nothing really out of the ordinary happened this time but often...More

Thank Mark_S_1957
Reviewed 2 days ago

I just love the Byward Market and what a lovely place to shop and visit. You can easily spend a couple or so hours here. It is full of shops selling all manner of goods and cafes as well. The product from the fresh product...More

Thank Bernadette K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun to stroll around and look at shops and booths filled with food and all types of wares. Great restaurants, we ate at Zak's Diner and an Indian Restaurant, both great meals. Gets crowded on a Friday or Saturday night, if you enjoy hustle and...More

Thank lindakimberley
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Byward Market is a must visit while in Ottawa. Funky stores and really neat food shops - great spot for Quebec unpasteurized cheese. Apparently anyone outside of Ottawa and Quebec can't eat these delectable products. Haven't heard that anyone has had a problem - be...More

Thank 922JohnA922
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My parents and I spent approximately 5 to 6 hours checking out this area of Ottawa. We shopped in stores and stalls and enjoyed lunch. We sat on benches and people watched, enjoyed ice cream, and had a relaxing afternoon. It offers something for everyone...More

Thank SportsJack
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Where can we park?
15 April 2017|
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Response from ByWard M | Property representative |
Hi laughingwoman6, thanks for asking about parking. You're right, the ByWard Market is incredibly walk-able, and we love to see people out and about! In total, there are over 3,100 parking spaces in the ByWard Market... More
Hi there November 18th weekend we are coming the Saturday night for our girlfriends bachlorette... what would you recommend for a dinner spot before we head out to the bars??
3 November 2016|
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Response from REL_11 | Reviewed this property |
Hmm, it really depends whether you are in a hurry, if you want meat or veg, if you want fancy or casual...because Ottawa has everything! The previous suggestion of 18 is a good one - good service and casual. If you have... More
I want to experience a FRENCH Baguette like in Paris. Is this available in the market area?
13 August 2016|
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Response from ByWard M | Property representative |
Hi Ahfred, if it's French baguette you seek, we can recommend both Le Moulin de Provence at 55 ByWard Market Square, or The French Baker at 119 Murray Street. Both bake their goods on sight, and offer their own unique... More