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Address: 55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 613-562-3325

WITHIN an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes,...

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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My boyfriend and I just recently visited Ottawa and we stayed in the byward market in an airbnb. The market is a great place to be situated its right in the middle of everything... read more

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Waterdown, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I just recently visited Ottawa and we stayed in the byward market in an airbnb. The market is a great place to be situated its right in the middle of everything and anything you need is a short walk. It's like it's own mini little town, I loved it. There's lots of restaurants, bakery's and shops, also... More 

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ByWard Market is perfect for tourists looking for a meal, a drink, gifts or small treasures. It gets very busy so you may need to park a couple blocks away or walk from your hotel.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It used to be a place to go for a relaxing walk and shopping on a Weekend day and Party Hard on weekend night. Now there are a bunch of shipping containers taking up the parking spaces and creating traffic chaos. The rowdies come out at night and cause a lot of problems for no reason. I live in Ottawa... More 

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Cambridge Bay, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This area will not dissappoint you! There are so many places to grab a drink or grab a bite. Anything from simple fast food, to great seafood to The Keg!

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Ottawa, Ohio
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One of the most depressing "nightlife" areas in North America. There are more homeless shelters in the Byward Market than 5 star restaurants. If you value your life and have any taste at all, avoid this hell hole like the plague.

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Malone, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Outdoor vendors selling their wares, great variety of food and restaurants, shops, art galleries, live music...it has a heartbeat all its own!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots and lots of vendors, stores and restaurants in this market. The places we ate were excellent and the atmosphere of the whole market was very nice. All the vendors we chatted with were happy to talk to us and the produce all seemed very very fresh. There are all types of restaurants from the macdonald types to the fancy... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good variety of KNick KNacks and fun in summer for outdoor shops.Friendly , good food in the area , fun atmosphere

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Canton, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the market to kill some time. It is a very nice little area with plenty of shops to keep anyone busy. We shared a beavertail at Beavertails and found some treats in a bakery. It is definitely something everyone should check out if they are in the area.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want atmosphere and good food, the Market is the place for you. Summer is best but it is open all year. Think open air market, outdoor restaurants and patios. From gourmet to fast food, the Market has it. Street performers and crowds of people are all within walking distance of the Parliament Buildings, the Supreme Court of Canada... More 

Thank Carol R

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