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Byward Market Square
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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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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $219 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,130 reviews)

"Lots of history all around the hotel rooms old doors solid wood right across from parliament buildings"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2021

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Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $144 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,514 reviews)

"Beautiful Hotel, worth the price with a magnificent view."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

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Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $112 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,099 reviews)

"Great hotel and very nice room! Clean, spacious and great customer service! A little bit noisy due to the heating system and downtown location. We had to pay extra for parking (25$/night)."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Arc The Hotel
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $219 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $144 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $112 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $107 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $143 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
2.5 out of 5
235 KING EDWARD AVENUE, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $90 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
4 out of 5
30 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $219 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
3.5 out of 5
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $129 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Byward Blue Inn
Byward Blue Inn
3 out of 5
157 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $80 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
Byward Blue Inn
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