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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

There is so much to see and do here. Lots of farmers market and restaurants of all types. Street vendors and entertainers. Huge mall (Rideau Center) to smaller shops . Soak it all in big events are close to this area as well. Bluesfest, Canada...More

Thank gonetosnorkel
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a pretty busy place, with fruits and vegetables being sold, and a lot of shops too. Very lively.

Thank Ivan Z
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This market is central to many attractions. Has plenty of vendors with different things to sell. Clothing, jewelry, fruits, veggies, flowers, many vendors with something for everyone. Similar to an upscale craft show. There are tons of restaurants, cafes, local bars to drop in and...More

Thank Natalie G
Reviewed yesterday

There are many shops but not well arranged. So we just ate a beaver tail and had lunch there. In my opinion, do not worth a special visit

Thank rodjin
Reviewed yesterday

We stopped here to have lunch while exploring Ottawa. There are lots of local cafes and restaurants, farmers markets, street performers. TONS of events and festivals in the summer time. Definitely worth roaming around and soaking up the local culture for awhile!

Thank Becky W
Reviewed yesterday

We visited Byward every night of our stay for dinner. A seemingly endless choice of cuisine in a European setting. The shopping at the Rideau Centre was also very good. We visited the artisinal shops and farmers market and these were as good as found...More

Thank Brian E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a mix of Farmers Market, little unique shops and amazing restaurants. We eat like kings at the restaurants, and fresh available fruit / veggies are a rarity on a long trip. Pick a hotel by the market and EVERYTHING is walkable. Rideau Center...More

Thank Natalie H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We wandered through the stalls, picking out fresh local items and decent prices. Even in winter there are reasons to come here; pubs, restaurants and just people watching or meeting up. We filled our packsack and headed across the bridge to Gatineau for Jacques-Cartier Park...More

1  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 3 days ago

A few interesting spots but by and large one large tourist trap Too bad we were looking forward to visiting. Very disappointing.

Thank Haverfordgranny
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit either tin winter or summer. Great for a nice long walk after dinner on the market.

Thank CryssyShortcake
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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
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
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