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Address: 55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-562-3325

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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Short walk from the Parliament Hill

Great place for a coffee and even a meal there. It's only 10 minutes walking away from the Parliament Hill. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are a few cute shops but nothing really started opening until after 10 on a Saturday. Some shops still weren't open at that time. Don't go out if your way to visit this "Market"

Thank charlene r
Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Byward Market is fun to visit, especially if you haven't been for a while. There are a wide variety of restaurants, shops and often seasonal events. Be careful though, some of the places take tourists for granted and don't give you quality for your money. Others are unique to the market and sell food and articles that you won't... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place for a coffee and even a meal there. It's only 10 minutes walking away from the Parliament Hill. Worth a visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very nice market with a lot to see and do. From cheese shops to fresh produce, restaurants and entertainment. Everything you might want you can find in this location. It seems pretty pet friendly for the most part. Take a walk around the entire market and get a feel for what you can purchase. There are a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We tripped around the market on a few very hot days in the city. Lots of people! Lots of things to see. Lots of local shops and lots of local artists. The people watching is amazing too!

Thank AngelVenom99
Main Beach, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The market area offers a range of fresh food stalls, lunch options, restaurants, bars and speciality stores. It's a fun place to wander, taste and graze your way through lunch.

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tons to do and see without being overly crowded, loud, or smelly. Lots of places to eat, read, explore, and enjoy

Thank Laura V
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss this and bring cash! Fun to just walk around and step into a friendly neighborhood market. But once you are here you won't be able to help yourself. Le Moulin, Ace Mercado, LA Bottega any foodie will want to lap this treasure repeatedly. Le Casablanca is one of our favorite stops for Moroccan. There is literally something for... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is just an outdoor market. Some producers are there which is nice but only really useful if you have somewhere to cook for yourself

Thank Sam3314
Vienna Region, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking mid afternoon, nice array of shops, any kind of world nations represented. Did not try restaurants there as was a bit in a hurry, a must see in Ottawa.

Thank Lionheart1261

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