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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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  • Average11%
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Whether it’s strolling around for fresh local produce, snacking on a beavertail or enjoying the night life. The Byward market is a must see stop when visiting our Nation’s capital!

Thank I4218TWjujul
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must visit and shop stop!! Have lunch, great bakery and fast food areas. Lots of vendors and shops.

Thank IndLes
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was refreshing to see something like this during my visit. Local market that offered everything from fish to beaver tails not to mention little souvenirs. I really enjoyed walking around this market. So many things to discover. Make an afternoon of it!

Thank C A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed walking through the various stalls and to see the actual farmers selling their produce - The place is surrounded by so many things to do - or so many places to eat!

1  Thank Ron P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s a great place to shop, eat and enjoy open air markets. A special place here in the heart of Ottawa to make you forget that it’s the centre of the craziness of national politics.

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is much more than a market. It has wonderful restaurants, interesting shops, street foods, entertainment and market stalls. There are a lot of street people and some are very aggressive so just be careful. I had one grab me and scream and would not...More

Thank altun13
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great experience in the market ! Very unique shops and lots of pubs and restaurants ! We are at Fat Boys Southern Bbq Smokehouse, Great Friendly Staff, very clean and food was awesome !!! 😊

Thank Kel O
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stayed, walked and ate in and around Byward Market area. A great choice - central and interesting. Plenty of eating spots and good people watching.

Thank Mcfor
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our visits to Ottawa are made special when we hit the Byward Market. Lots of restaurants, shops, eateries/coffee shops, and love the special events put on each season. Saw ice sculptures in the winter and Canada Day festivities in the summer. The 'farmers' market is...More

1  Thank HarronThomson
Reviewed 4 days ago

We walked around the Byward market in the morning and most places weren't open at 10 am. There were not many open air stalls possibly due to the forecasted rain. Looks like more action later in the day.

Thank Victoria W
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Mary Lou D
29 September 2017|
Response from David W | Reviewed this property |
The outdoor market closes at 6:00 PM, restaurants up to 2:00 AM
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
4 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