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ByWard Market

267 Dalhousie St | Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E3, 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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“fresh produce” (133 reviews)
“maple syrup” (135 reviews)
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267 Dalhousie St | Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E3, Canada
Byward Market Area
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+1 613-562-3325
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"fresh produce"
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"maple syrup"
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"street performers"
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"lots of restaurants"
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"outdoor vendors"
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"beaver tail"
in 114 reviews
"pastry"
in 34 reviews
"walk around"
in 79 reviews
"snails"
in 123 reviews
"rideau centre"
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"for sale"
in 38 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 41 reviews
"downtown ottawa"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Dirty, full of homeless people, scary place to go at night, shooting and stabbing. A little nicer on a Sunny Sunday afternoon.Beware at night!!!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is always something going on down here, lots of great seller stalls and fresh foods in the summer and fall. I love the restaurants all around! Lots of choices.

Thank svinga2016
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello! Thanks for the glowing review! We love the ByWard Market in the summer and fall months too :) Thanks, Katherine Solomon Marketing & Communications ByWard Market BIA

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Reviewed 5 days ago

At first, you might think this is a tourist trap, but there are many spots that will persuade you the place is quite an opposite. Lot of nice food places, boutiques, pubs and coffee places. Plus it's right in the centre, so when you need...More

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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review the ByWard Market! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit, and hope you found a few favourites that you will want to visit again and again :) Thank you, Katherine Solomon Marketing & Communications ByWard...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of life, good restaurants and bars. Safe although more homeless people than I expected. However, not aggressive. A few low profile drugs dealers but again no problem.

Thank Paulboxwell
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review the ByWard Market. We hope you had a chance to experience all we have to offer, including art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife & entertainment too! Thank you, Katherine Solomon Marketing & Communications ByWard Market BIA

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner in the Byward market at the Fish Market. Food, service, staff and atmosphere are great. Enjoyed a nice walk around the market afterwards. So many market stands and shops too little time. I will be back sooner than later.More

Thank 84ElaineC
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review your recent trip to the ByWard Market :) We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again soon. We will also let the folks at the Fish...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town for a ball tournament and went here every day. Great place to walk around, shop, just sit outside and grab a bite to eat. The night seemed to be hopping and musicians playing outside. Lots of hustle and bustle but thoroughly...More

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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thanks for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit during your tournament, and hope to see you again soon. Have a great day! Katherine Solomon

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The market have a lot to offer and if you have time to explore and get to know the place, it shows the culture of ottawa. The place have food of all kinds italian, Indian, chinese etc. you name it and its here. The main...More

Thank Swati K
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review the ByWard Market! Our daily motto for lunch is "where in the world to we want to eat today?" The choices are pleasantly overwhelming :) Have a great day, Katherine Solomon Marketing & Communications ByWard Market...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether foraging for ingredients to that special dinner or checking out all the amazing eats to be enjoyed. Certainly you can’t go wrong at the market. I must have had several delicious choices for meals on this short stay. I even managed to return to...More

Thank Paul R
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paul, Thanks so much for your review and kind words! We are so pleased you found a new gem. There's always something new to discover and enjoy in the ByWard Market! We hope to see you again soon :) Thank you Katherine Solomon Marketing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not much of a shopper, however the stores were spaced out so I just relaxed and let my wife have fun. A good assortment of different shops.More

Thank nessy65
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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thank you for your review of the shopping in the ByWard Market :) There are so many shops to explore in our 600+ establishments in the entire neighbourhood. We hope you found a comfortable spot to relax! Thank you, Katherine Solomon Marketing & Communications...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s essentially a place for fruit stands and independent stores - (and a surplus store of Asian dollar store garbage). But it’s far from pretty - and then again - that’s part of its charm. Or not. It’s better than it’s been in the past...More

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ByWard M, Public Relations Manager at ByWard Market, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review the ByWard Market. We are a historical neighbourhood of over 600+ independent businesses, with a rich history of all sorts of people who make up our complicated tapestry, since 1826. The grit is part of the...More

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occams-razor
26 November 2017|
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Response from IAN W | Reviewed this property |
Its both in and out
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Mary Lou D
29 September 2017|
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Response from JBMartiniguy | Reviewed this property |
Out door market closes at 18:00, the shops between 18:00 and 21:00, the pubs and restaurants close between midnite and 2:00AM
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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
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