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3 Hidden Gems in Ottawa’s ByWard Market

The ByWard Market is an important part of Ottawa’s past and present. Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Today, the ByWard Market is the perfect destination for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment. Here’s a few of our picks for your visit:


If you love bringing home a souvenir which will be sure to get you lots of compliments, a stop at ByWard Market’s Roadtrip is a must. From brand names to independent labels you can pick up unique men’s and women’s clothing here, as well as great accessories. Want a sneak preview of what’s in store? Roadtrip’s Facebook page is regularly updated with new fashion finds.

Road Trip - Ottawa, Ontario

Farm Fresh Goodies

ByWard market is home to both a local farmers’ market and artisans with an amazing 260 stands. Whether you’ve come to the market craving fresh fruit, local cheese or sweet treats you’ll be sure to leave the market satisfied. You’ll find the ByWard Market vendors outside 363 days per year  – the market is only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day! Check out the complete list of what is available here.

ByWard Farmer's MarketDine in style

There are over 108 restaurants in the ByWard Market,  including two 24 hour restaurants. Need help choosing? If you enjoy food paired perfectly with wine by the glass, Play Food and Wine Bar is worth a visit. Created by Chef Michael Moffatt, Play has small plates, which means you can sample from across the menu. Save room for dessert! Their rhubarb cherry crumble with gelato is delicious. Check out their menu here – and remember the menu changes in small ways every day!

PlayWhat are your favourite places to shop, stay and dine in the ByWard Market? Let us know in the comments! For more ideas for your Ottawa vacation click here.

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