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ByWard Market

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Neighborhoods, Flea & street markets, Other, Shopping & Fashion
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Address: ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-562-3325
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Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Lots of variety for food lovers! Too cold out to get the full affect of walking around and enjoying the sights! Had a couple of nice meals and will definitely be back in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of variety for food lovers! Too cold out to get the full affect of walking around and enjoying the sights! Had a couple of nice meals and will definitely be back in the warmer weather!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the atmosphere & the selection of restaurants. Clean, close to hotels & other attractions. Some outdoor vendors selling sweaters, mitts, hats. Chocolate & candy stores but didn't stop into these. Bakeries, coffee shops. All outdoor entrances but lots of opportunities to visit & warm up. Easy walking access.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A must visit in Ottawa. Nice place, beautiful stores, flirting shopkeepers! Ottawa is cool and alive!

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Loved the restaurants and most of the shops! Nice pedestrian area with an artistic flair. Would definitely recommend what the area offers and would definitely go back... but be prepared for panhandling and homelessness. Had some folks be very aggressive with us asking for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Can't go wrong. Great food, drink and entertainment. Take the time to just walk around and experience everything. Ask questions, people will have great advice.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Market Area has been on the Downhill for several years now. Would no longer call it a tourist attraction. Many residents no longer go to the market. If you want to be hassled by PANHANDLERS, DRUG ADDICTS, BUMS ETC, this is the place to be. Also over priced parking with city bylaw officers giving out tickets like it is Halloween.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The ByWard Market remains a constant favourite place to visit amongst both residents of Ottawa as well as tourists. There is interesting architecture, both old and new to see in the market. In order to appreciate it best, it is recommended to meander through the various interconnecting courtyards. The visitor will find hidden architectural gems as well as interesting stores,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This area has quite a history and is well worth a poke around. Vendors of produce, flowers, specialty food items and crafts are well represented here. Most active time is summer, but spring and fall are nice as well. Be sure to sample a beaver tail, enjoy the many fine eateries and retail shops. Very nice mix.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Byward Market is unique in a larger city like Ottawa. There is everything from fresh fruit and veggies to crafts and cafes. The friendly atmosphere adds to the enjoyment but getting a Beaver tail makes it even more enjoyable. The prices of goods are quite reasonable with something for almost every budget.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Much over rated . Some really great ladies' boutiques but the rest is mostly mediocre. Parkdale market is more accessible for produce. For the most part resturants and bars are just hype, although their outdoor seating is lovely, especially in the courtyards.And on street parking spots are very difficult to find.

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