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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.


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Lodging Near Byward Market Square

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Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

88 Albert St, Ottawa
3.3
of 5, from 1,489 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Ottawa hotel is 2 blocks from Parliament Hill; 1 block from the National Arts Centre; 5 blocks from Byward Market.

$131
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

130 Besserer St, Ottawa
4.1
of 5, from 876 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa is in the city centre, just steps from the Ottawa Convention Centre, Rideau Shopping Centre, and ByWard Market, and a short distance to Parliament Hill.

$136
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
4.7
of 5, from 247 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in ByWard Market, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University of Ottawa are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$136
Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa
4.3
of 5, from 1,008 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Rising above the Rideau Canal, this French Renaissance-style hotel is regally situated next door to Parliament, across the street from the ByWard Market, and within walking distance of many museums.

$144
Lord Elgin Hotel

Lord Elgin Hotel

100 Elgin St, Ottawa
4.2
of 5, from 1,284 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated amid Elgin Street's restaurants and nightlife and 1 block from Rideau Canal, the landmark Lord Elgin Hotel is within 4 blocks of Parliament House and the Ottawa Shaw Centre.

$103
Cartier Place Suite Hotel

Cartier Place Suite Hotel

180 Cooper Street, Ottawa
4.0
of 5, from 910 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

In the nation's capital, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is 0.3 kilometer (.18 miles) from Parliament Hill and a 5-minute walk from the Ottawa Convention Center.

$119
Novotel Ottawa Hotel

Novotel Ottawa Hotel

33 Nicholas St, Ottawa
4.0
of 5, from 1,338 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Across from Rideau Canal, Rideau Shopping Center, and the Ottawa Convention Center, this hotel is 2 blocks from Byward Market with its many shops, restaurants, and nightspots, and within walking distance of museums.

$115
Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites

25 Cartier St, Ottawa
3.5
of 5, from 802 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The 11-story Embassy Hotel and Suites is located in the downtown area, one block from Rideau Canal and six blocks from Parliament Hill.