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Byward Market

Fresh local produce, artisanal handicrafts and historic courtyards are some of the many features of Ottawa’s oldest and busiest market.

Eat, drink and shop at Byward Market, the most popular market in Ottawa. During the summer months, 50,000 people visit each weekend to browse the stalls, sample produce and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Both a marketplace and a large commercial district just east of the city’s historic center, Byward Market offers enough attractions to take up a whole day of your stay in the city.

Established by Lieutenant-Colonel By in 1826, Byward Market is one of the oldest public markets in Canada. The surrounding area is filled with historic Ottawa buildings. These include Clarendon Court, which has served as a tavern, a hotel, a barracks, an art academy and a hospital during its lifetime.

Start at the market building where vendors sell agricultural goods and handicrafts. Taste fresh produce from the farms outside the city. During summer, browse the outdoor stands surrounding the market.

Explore the narrow streets and alleyways around Byward Market to find several exquisite courtyards. With shady trees, fountains, sculptures and cobblestones, these courtyards are a glimpse of the market as it once was. Visit the Tin House Court and note the metal hanging on the building’s façade. It was hung as extra insulation by the blacksmith who once worked there.

The neighborhood around Byward Market features specialty food shops, art galleries, cafés and fashion boutiques. Spend an afternoon browsing the shops and buying souvenirs. Return after dark to get a taste of Byward Market’s nightlife. Have a drink at a tavern, enjoy some live music at a bar or dance to a live DJ at a nightclub. Stay out late then grab a midnight snack from one of the 24-hour restaurants that operate in the area.

Located just east of the National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market is easily accessible on foot from Ottawa’s historic center. If you are driving, park in one of several parking facilities or along the streets around the market. The market is open daily.

Popular Activities at Byward Market Square

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier ¥16,681
Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill are also within 10 minutes.

    Lord Elgin Hotel ¥12,966
    Lord Elgin Hotel

    Lord Elgin Hotel

    100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre, and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

      Novotel Ottawa City Centre ¥9,308
      Novotel Ottawa City Centre

      Novotel Ottawa City Centre

      33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Ottawa Art Gallery and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre are also within 10 minutes.

        The Westin Ottawa ¥11,753
        The Westin Ottawa

        The Westin Ottawa

        11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre, Byward Market Square, and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Arc The Hotel ¥9,271
          Arc The Hotel

          Arc The Hotel

          140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Supreme Court of Canada and Byward Market Square are also within 15 minutes. Bayview Station is 30 minutes by foot.

            Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt ¥15,225
            Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

            Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

            325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre. National Gallery of Canada and Parliament Hill are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Cartier Place Suite Hotel ¥10,869
              Cartier Place Suite Hotel

              Cartier Place Suite Hotel

              180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centretown, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and National Arts Centre. University of Ottawa and Parliament Hill are also within 15 minutes.

                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites ¥9,632
                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

                88 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Supreme Court of Canada are also within 15 minutes.