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ByWard Market

ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada (Byward Market Area)
+1 613-562-3325
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$35*
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #1 of 32 Shopping in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Specialty Shops, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Specialty Shops, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: 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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Halifax, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My husband and I spent a single afternoon walking the market. There are hundreds of restaurants and shops to see, but we didn't really have time to take any of them in because we wanted to see it all. I would recommend taking an entire day or even a couple of days to stop and see and taste all that... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

While the Byward Market, aka Lower Town, is one of the oldest most historic areas of Ottawa, and most buildings have heritage status, this area is far from old fashioned. Trendy stores like Zone on Sussex Drive carry the latest hard-to-find items perfect for that unique gift. There are several small specialized fashion stores where one can find upscale trendy... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love the Byward market at all times but it is different in December. Gone are the vegetable and fruit stands and replaced by the Christmas boughs stands. If you need to get into the Christmas spirit the market will do it for you. There is still the diversity of shops to visit and besides at this time of the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Hi all, let me say the best times to visit are during the summer months when the vendors are out selling fresh fruit and vegetables, and you are comfortable walking around outside! Having said that, there is a central building where you can use the washrooms if needed, and many restaurants in the Market where you can enjoy people-watching from... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I go often to the market area, being a local, to buy fresh produce from local farmers shop at various specialty shops and more often than not dine out at one of many fine restaurants. Summer or winter the market is divine. Guarantee you'll love your experience.

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

With the plethora of restaurants and shops in the Byward, you're sure to find something of interest. So many really good restaurants to choose from, to suit all palates and budgets. The Highlander Pub has an astonishing assortment of single malts, Fat Tuesday is always a fun place, and Haveli has a shrimp dish to die for! ll the little... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Enjoy the unique shops, the outdoor vendors, the buskers and some of the best restaurants in the country.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Beautiful boutiques, restaurants of all ethnicities, intermixed within historic old buildings. You can find the original Beavertail makers to 5 star restaurants - a must visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just a browse through the ByWard Market and seeing all the colour of trees, wreathes with beautiful ribbons, shiney balls, people chatting as they walk--stop for a drink of choice--and enjoy the view! May be a little Christmas Shopping!??

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

So much fun for a Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon. All kinds of artisans, excellent restaurants and cafes. Lots of nightlife if you wish.

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