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ByWard Market, Ottawa

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Arguably the city’s number one tourist attraction, historical ByWard Market offers an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs. Reconciling contrasts such as secluded courtyards and bustling streets, a local farmers' market and artisans’ stands, the market is the city's leading destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Walk between outdoor stalls with fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables., then look for local trend-setting artworks. Stop by a little teashop and experience the small neighborhood feel. The market is also home to museums, specialty food shops, hair and beauty salons, and over 500 businesses. Plan your visit to ByWard Market and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ottawa trip itinerary builder app .
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  • Not much going on here on a Monday, I imagine its another thing entirely to come here during the weekend but we planned our trip specifically to avoid crowds. Would probably come back during another t...  more »
  • Great place to walk around, browse stores and grab a drink or bite to eat. There are tons of pubs and great restaurants. Perfect outing for a nice day.  more »
  • The ByWard Market is a must when visiting Ottawa. Lots to see and do, plenty of shopping and restaurants. An eclectic area with many shops indoors. You need a Beaver Tail! Must get a Beaver Tail! Very...  more »

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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