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“Everything in one place and no crowds.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of ByWard Market

ByWard Market
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Owner description: 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. 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.
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“Everything in one place and no crowds.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We arrived in Ottawa area to spend Christmas with family. It was still green - and mild! The ByWard Market area is so easy to get to and to find parking we headed straight there to do our Christams shopping. There is everything from boutique shops to the Rideau Shopping center with over 100 stores I think. It was great place to meet up with friends and 'do lunch' as there is an endless choice of restaurants within a few blocks of each other. The Christmas tree vendors and the shop decorations were very festive and then it snowed in time for Christmas - it was all very special. Ottawa is a good spot to experience a Canadian winter. The Christams period or in February for the Winterlude festivities and skating on the famous Rideau canal - about 3 km long! The Christmas lights around the Parliment Buildings and Embassies are all very beautiful in the winter evening glow and the people are so friendly! Canada eh!

Visited December 2011
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Guelph, Canada
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“So much to take in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

Fantastic eclectic little area with shops and restaurants. Like any tourist area there are well priced shops and over price rip offs so know what your buying!

Visited May 2011
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“expensive and good luck parking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

The restaurants are pretty good but the entire Market is very pricey and parking can be a royal pain (you can do it, just give yourself extra time). Fun to walk around but it's not particularly earth-shatteringly different in terms of goods for sale.

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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
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“Avoid 'Le Moulin de Provence' if you like good coffee.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

Baristas have NO idea how to use the $30,000 espresso machine. McCafé makes a better latté! Don't waste your money. Go to Café 55 at the other end of the market. (3 minute walk.)
Also if you order any pastries, ask if they were baked that day... If the employees reply that they were but Oh, so sorry they were all burnt... Demand your money back.
I hope the pan handler on the street didn't break any teeth trying to eat that rock we were served.
This place looks French, mais c'est simplement un imposteur cher!

Visited November 2011
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“Nice shops”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

Vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables along the outside of the market. Inside are several shops, some with locally made crafts, as well as coffee shops and places to eat. Worth a walk through the area!

Visited October 2011
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