ByWard Market
ByWard Market
4.5
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WITHIN an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all. ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
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  • AH0624
    Toronto, Canada92 contributions
    Nice place but seems dangerous at night.
    This is regular tourist spot with outdoor markets and restaurants so you every visitor basically ends up there. However, I would say you should likely visit during daylight hours. Lots of homeless people and drug addicts are walking around so it doesn’t seem very safe. When I went at night I left after a few minutes because of safety. Having said that, it is an interesting place worth visiting…just go in the afternoon.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • marc
    16 contributions
    A nice idea, rough around the edges!
    It was a nice area in concept, but there was a lot of vagrants, some shops and artisans were vary clean and well kept, and others were not. The smell of pot permeates the air, I know pot is legal, but here you might think it’s required… Lots of shops and art, and food. We picked up a few things along the way, Nearby parking was very easy. It’s honestly not a place I’d take the kids…but two adults did just fine.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • hairybear007
    Tipton, United Kingdom4,163 contributions
    Worth a visit.
    Personally I think it’s worth a visit both day/ night ,makes a change from all the chains. Found this lovely cafe, doing fabulous cakes,sandwiches etc became almost our daily visit. Lots of choice for restaurants,plenty of tourists and nice to walk around at your own pace. Felt very safe ,security visible ,it’s an open space with locals who have issues shall we say ,might be off putting for some ,but not for us . The independent shops need the support and we enjoyed our daily visits.
    Visited September 2023
    Written October 1, 2023
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Kane M
Lakewood, CO50 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
I loved this area. Lots of options for food, coffee, souvenirs , etc. they had live music on Sunday morning right before Halloween. Lots of options..
Written November 2, 2023
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Citytour2011
North Vancouver, Canada169 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Some shady looking characters around. Not a comfortable feeling when walking around. We would not go at night. Looks a bit like a flea market.
Written October 2, 2023
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hairybear007
Tipton, UK4,163 contributions
Sep. 2023
Personally I think it’s worth a visit both day/ night ,makes a change from all the chains.
Found this lovely cafe, doing fabulous cakes,sandwiches etc became almost our daily visit.
Lots of choice for restaurants,plenty of tourists and nice to walk around at your own pace.
Felt very safe ,security visible ,it’s an open space with locals who have issues shall we say ,might be off putting for some ,but not for us .
The independent shops need the support and we enjoyed our daily visits.
Written October 1, 2023
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HankOttawa
Ottawa, Canada22 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Once a pleasant area to go for shopping, food and drink the market has devolved into a dangerous place rampant with drug use, vagrancy and crime. Avoid, especially at night.
Written September 4, 2023
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marc
16 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
It was a nice area in concept, but there was a lot of vagrants, some shops and artisans were vary clean and well kept, and others were not.
The smell of pot permeates the air, I know pot is legal, but here you might think it’s required…
Lots of shops and art, and food. We picked up a few things along the way,
Nearby parking was very easy.
It’s honestly not a place I’d take the kids…but two adults did just fine.
Written September 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Claire A
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Not safe. My partner and I visited the market in the evening and it was full of drug addicts shooting up on the benches. I would not recommended this place at all, but particularly avoid if you have children or with elderly people. It is disgraceful, there was blood, human poo on the floor. I have never seen people injecting on streets before, never mind at a supposed food market. We went for beaver tails, grabbed one and then left ASAP and avoided the next night.
Written September 1, 2023
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Lovefood S
Ottawa, Canada10 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
The market is absolutely disgusting. It is overrun with homeless people and drug addicts and there are cars everywhere. Most of the restaurants are awful, but I feel sorry for the few good ones and other nice shops there -they are surrounded by misery and locals like me will certainly never go. Time to clean it up, Ottawa.
Written August 31, 2023
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VJ5
Sarnia, Canada47 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Solo
Picked up excellent cheese, bread and enjoyed some shopping for tourist items. Walkable and fun . There is also a little spot that makes delicious fresh lemonade and smoothies
Written August 23, 2023
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David M
Ottawa, Canada66 contributions
Aug. 2023
My mother's 84 year old cousin is visiting from Alberta and wanted to see the Byward market and get a beaver tale. I drove my mother's cousin to the market and parked on George Street. My wife went to get a parking ticket and I witnessed a man bare chested with a t-shirt around his neck approach a 20 something tourist and scream at her. The bare chested man really really scared the young "tourist" so I walked over and told the bare chested man to stop. The bare chested man started threatening me and a truck driver came over and offered support. I called 911 and explained I was being threatened and finally they said they would send an officer. No officer showed and later I was able to talk to a security guard and appears that this person is known.
Written August 4, 2023
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dimas r
4 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Friends
The homeless population is growing so fast and this is their home ,there is a new building being built on king Edward, there are soooo many homeless people around byward , zombies , drug addicts , so dirty !!! They are everywhere man! On every single corner , they fight they yell like crazy, not safe or nice going to the market anymore
Written July 23, 2023
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