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Address: 55 By Ward Market Sq, 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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Byward Market is a great area to spend an afternoon or a weekend. Lots of good restaurants, shops, vendors and performers. Ottawa is a great town, this is my favorite part of it.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Byward Market is a great area to spend an afternoon or a weekend. Lots of good restaurants, shops, vendors and performers. Ottawa is a great town, this is my favorite part of it.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was really such a surprise when I came upon this. It is like an outdoor mall and farmers market rolled into one. There are so many unique stores and so expansive. This what downtown Royal Oak wants to be when it grows up. :) I have really enjoyed my time here. If it rains like it did today, they... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Close to the centre this area is well worth a visit. Just good for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. Lots of eateries and various small shops.

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Fonthill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. A little surprised to see young people openly drinking in groups. Not a thing you see in small towns in Ontario. Very busy with a lot of panhandlers hanging about. But nothing you don't see in Europe and Asia. I would have no reservations in visiting again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Like any North American downtown market place and then some. Of interest the shops and Beaver's Tail....with vegetarian option.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was another favorite spot that I had the pleasure of visiting when in Canada last week, the shops have great one of a kind items and good pricing !! Five Stars !!!

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Kensington, Prince Edward Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While staying in Ottawa at the U of Ottawa campus, we visited the Byword Market several times. Funky in a good way and certainly not without some pizazz. If you're a foodie, definitely a good place to visit. A shame that there are so many homeless around our capital city, though and this area has several shelters.

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Steinbach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a great place to visit during the day, but I'd be cautious to go into that area at night. It's bustling with activity during business hours and there is lots of shopping around the area. I didn't sample any of the food in the area, but the restaurants were all quite busy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a huge selection of places to eat, however most places are overpriced and the food is not what it should be for the price. There are a few exceptions where some of the food is quite good but again half a good meal is not great. The market is dirty, lots of street people begging all over throughout... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved By ward Market. There was so much to see- mostly in a food or commercial sense. We went to Vittoria Trattoria (excellent food and even better service!!), Cafe 55 (Espresso good but staff was rude), and another little place for lunch that neither of us remember the name of because it was a quick stop. If you're looking... More 

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