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Address: ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-562-3325
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ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of...

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.

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.

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A bit on the busy side

It is a great place to people watch especially while you sit in an outdoor cafe. It was really busy due to the summer travelers. Love the local shops and the specialty markets for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Heather S
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Grass Valley, California

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Grass Valley, California
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a great place to people watch especially while you sit in an outdoor cafe. It was really busy due to the summer travelers. Love the local shops and the specialty markets for food items.

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Recife, PE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a good ambiance, cool stores, nice restaurants and coffee shops, it's a must see in Ottawa. I really enjoyed walking around there.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beaver tails and a cappuccino on a Saturday afternoon. Had a great time and checked out a cheese specialty shop. Left with a great variety of cheeses. All in all, a great afternoon.

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Whistler, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good for tourists and locals alike, this is definitely a popular part of Ottawa to visit. within a few minutes walk of downtown, it is filled with shops, restaurants and places to get a drink. It felt very quaint and by that I meant it was comfortable to be in and made you feel like you were in a different... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of cool shops, restaurants - and in the summer , many outdoor kiosques, clothes, jewelry, food, flowers.....a must if you visit Ottawa.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I come for Montreal, so I might be being harsh. But walking around Byward market is always interesting, Ottawa is made up of Gov`t workers who go home at 4pm and also has a lot of young University aged adults, hence the pubs and bars dotting the area. It`s an interesting experience and must see if your walking around the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This street is really nice, it has a few restaurants with terraces and a lot of local products in the market.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We just walked around this eclectic place. Full with locals and tourists too. We love the fact that you can listen English and French all the time.

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Campbells Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If hustle and bustle are your thing then you are sure to enjoy the energy of the byward market ..... best time is fairweather time of course so many people great shopping and awesome food.....street entertainers on every corner take the time and find an outdoor cafe so many to enjoy sit back and people watch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I used to work at the Byward Café and go every chance i can get into Ottawa!! Their food is so good and freshly made every day! They have so many varieties from soup to panini, quiche, dessert and salads from green to pasta to the best potato salad you'll ever have! They have proper cappuccinos and espresso and flavoured... More 

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