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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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“fresh produce” (113 reviews)
“maple syrup” (115 reviews)
55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-562-3325
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Reviewed yesterday

The Byward Market is a fun place to go, usually in the early evening. Bars and Restos. are opened much later than in the Ottawa area. Lots of vendors with handmade clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. Nice to stroll around in the busy market area. A...More

Thank Louise C
Reviewed yesterday

ByWard Market is a bit touristy but it's absolutely hopping with activity on a sunny day and there are loads of appealing places to sit out on a patio for a nice meal or drink. We weren't there at night but it looks like there...More

Thank helenahandbasket2000
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was great place to walk around during the evening as its a happening place at night. Many of the patios were backed and buzzing with noise. The only drawback would be at every street corner someone is asking for change or your debit and...More

Thank snoozer22229
Reviewed 2 days ago

Greetings: I am from this area. For the last four years or so. I have lived like a traveler in my own city. I am content in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Probably, the Champagne fitness center on King Edward Ave. has kept me here. The By...More

Thank Robin K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of shops and street vendors as well as restaurants. One of the street vendors had the small containers of maple syrup at prices well below what we saw it for in Ontario or Quebec so we stocked up for gifts. Also a MUST is...More

Thank married96
Reviewed 4 days ago

We walked both at night and the following day through the area. Nice atmosphere both times. Lots of activity and variety. Interesting shops.

Thank 448kerryr
Reviewed 4 days ago

There are so many exciting things to see and do from street performers,stalls selling all sort of things and great restaurants and pubs. When in Ottawa it is one place not to miss.

Thank rossbet
Reviewed 4 days ago

This area did not live up to the hype for me. It is not what I expected and certainly is not a market that sells lovely fresh foods or quality produce that I could see at least. There are lots of average restaurants and bars...More

1  Thank NellieR54
Reviewed 5 days ago

How can you beat this yummy treat when you a walking around to see all the great stalls and items to buy! PLEASE go see the wonderful Canada 150 festivities pavilion which has information and people from all 13 provinces and territories! Have fun and...More

Thank Pierre L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went through mid week, not a lot opened. Honestly I expected it to be a lot bigger, but none the less I bought stuff and enjoyed the morning wandering around.

Thank Heidi S
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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??
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
I want to experience a FRENCH Baguette like in Paris. Is this available in the market area?
14 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