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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
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+1 613-562-3325
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

I have lived in Ottawa for 68 years and I have seen the numerous changes to the ByWard Market going back to when it used to be just that, a market where grocers would go extremely early in the mornings to purchase fresh produce for...More

Thank fournierca
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

I personally think that the vendors are the best part of the market! My daughter and I were on a mini vacation for her sweet 16 and there is a lady that does henna tattoos named Patti . She was so friendly and funny! She...More

Thank Karrie P
Reviewed 30 April 2017

There are some interesting merchants in the area but traffic and parking are a bit difficult. OK if you are in the area but after many visits here I'm not really sure of what makes the Market "special".

Thank Glenncca
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The Byward Market is home to the oldest part of Ottawa, and is replete with things to see and do for everyone. Not just for tourists, the locals frequent the Market every day and night of the week. Good mix of bars, restaurants, and unique...More

1  Thank marymoo24
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Would be nice if it wasn't for all the homeless people. What a way to ruin a good night out with your friends or family by running into aggressive beggars, mentally ill and intoxicated people. Could be something great if only the city could clean...More

Thank Yukon P
Reviewed 29 April 2017

As the night moves in the area is seized by the a much younger crowd. And deservedly so. But a few places for the outgoing but older set would be nice. There are plenty of high end restaurants and pubs in which to linger after...More

Thank EasyRider54
Reviewed 27 April 2017

ByWard Market is a historical market in the oldest district in Ottawa. It is best if you get there by public transportation; it is in walking distance from other Ottawa attractions: the National Gallery, the National Art Centre and the Rideau Canal. A perfect place...More

Thank Sassamatt
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Roads always under construction. Otherwise, there is lots to see and do in this area. There is the national arts gallery, many restaurants and pubs and coffee shops. The Rideau Centre is a large shopping mall. The National Arts centre is just around the corner,...More

Thank Golda M
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a sun brunch and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Now that the weather is warmer, it will be nice to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. There are also shops set up so take a look.

Thank travel_asian_513
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Whatever you are looking for you will probably find it in the ByWard Market.Great Restaurants , Hotels, Bars,local produce, gift shops,next door to the Rideau Center ( Shopping Mall) and a short walk to Parliament Hill.Very busy during summer months.

Thank JimLake132
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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