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“Ottawa's biggest secret”
Review of ByWard Market

ByWard Market
Ranked #1 of 84 Shopping in Ottawa
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Owner description: 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. 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.
Reviewed 17 August 2011

The byward market was a complete surprise in the political heart of Canada - so many great bars, restaurants and a neat little market... don't miss it!

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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Plenty of shopping with something for everyone and restaurants for every taste bud. You've got to leave room for desert at the wonderful pastry shop!
Lots of entertainment at every street corner

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The Byward market is a must visit if you're in Ottawa. Great restaurants (lots of selection!), great little stores and a large mall, fantastic atmosphere with street performers, and great little markets. You could easily spend the entire day here (less likely if you have kids - although there's lots to keep them interested) but I recommend that if you're going for the markets that you visit before noon and if you're going to look around or to have dinner go in the late afternoon/early evening - the place seems to have this magic when the sun's going down. Parking is tricky here but there's lots of options including a decent parking garage that isn't too expensive. The market is also a short walk to other major attractions and sight seeing stops so if it's a nice day it would be wise to park at the Market and venture out from there.

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Reviewed 28 July 2011

The Byward market is a must visit if you're in Ottawa. Great restaurants (lots of selection!), great little stores and a large mall, fantastic atmosphere with street performers, and great little markets. You could easily spend the entire day here (less likely if you have kids - although there's lots to keep them interested) but I recommend that if you're going for the markets that you visit before noon and if you're going to look around or to have dinner go in the late afternoon/early evening - the place seems to have this magic when the sun's going down. Parking is tricky here but there's lots of options including a decent parking garage that isn't too expensive. The market is also a short walk to other major attractions and sight seeing stops so if it's a nice day it would be wise to park at the Market and venture out from there.

3  Thank B-l-a-i-r_82
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

We wanted to show our Belgian family Ottawa and the ByWard Market was the perfect place to start. We went to eat at the Heart and Crown Irish Pub which was DELICIOUS! service was quick and friendly and they were very accommodating when our party of 13 asked to change our table for one in the shade. Our choices ranged from fish and chips - a must!! either with sweet potato fries or regular fries, Cajun chicken, soups and club sandwich. There was a good selection of imported and domestic beers. The only issue we did have is that...a soup is served hot and a gazpacho is served cold...so the girls were not impressed to have cold soup. Even though it was minor, it should be something they should correct or at least tell the person that it will be served cold. Overall it's a great place to go!

Beavertails - well..what can I say....they were in shock when they heard in Europe that Canadians eat Beavers! lol so we milked this one all we could until we got to the beaver tails and they loved it!!!! everyone got a piece of tail haha too bad they are so much smaller than I remember...another victim of the recession I presume.

Public toilets was a bone of contention for us...come on!! get with it! in Old Quebec there are public toilets... It would be a great idea!! honestly....

We went to Planet Coffee and Le Moulin De Provence (where the famous Obama cookie is made and if you didn't know it...you would once seeing the HUGE poster about it) I had a black coffee at Planet Coffee and an almond Biscotti...delicious....but no air con and it was hot!

Le Moulin de Provence is open air...so find a parasol. Great coffee, good cookies...BUT the door to the toilet was closed because it's really not their toilets..but the buildings...and as Ottawa closes it's doors and rolls up the carpets at 6pm every Sunday (?!?!) no use of the toilet...but hey...just run down the road to the Macdonald's.... we were told by the young lady. Not impressed.....at all especially after spending $50! so Public toilets is a must!

I had never remembered seeing so many homeless there.....sad...

lots of great vendors and buskers!

Overall...it's a fabulous place to start off or end off a tour of Ottawa....you're so close to the Parliament Buildings and other sites....very central...

if you can find free parking on the street....you're so in luck..if not go to York or George Street and pay for the indoor parking. $13.00 fee for the day on Weekends and much cheaper than paying to get your car back after it has been towed! Ottawa is notorious for towing!!

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