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If you watched our Ontario episode of Far And Wide, you may have seen some clips of Ottawa’s ByWard Market. This centrally located neighbourhood offers specialty shops, city sights and landmarks, incredible restaurants, unique shopping, and seemingly limitless bars, pubs, and nightlife. We’ve refined a list of some of our favourite destinations and attractions in the market that can all be checked out within a day’s time.
Zak’s Diner is an institution in the ByWard Market. The classic diner decor is cozy and endearing and the huge menu features diner staples like burgers, milkshakes, and poutine. Starting your day here will get you into the heart of the market and they serve an array of breakfast options for everyone in your crew.
Address: 14 ByWard Market Square
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: (613) 241-2401
Along this strip you’ll find Wunderkammer. This uniquely named shop is made for those on the hunt for jewellery. With an in-house designer and unique designs and materials sourced from all over the world, you’re likely going to find a piece you didn’t even know you wanted. Next door to Wunderkammer is Workshop Studio & Boutique that stocks Canadian designers and operates a workshop for local Ottawa designers.
Address: 234 Dalhousie St
Hours: 11am–6pm Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun, Closed Mon
Phone: (613) 860-3510
Recharge at Bluebird Coffee. This coffeehouse is lined with some great art and the house-roasted beans makes for a great cup of coffee.
Address: 261 Dalhousie
Hours: 7am-9pm Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm Sat-Sun
Phone: (613) 695-7766
Goods is a cool spot that has an array of trendy and unique locally made products for your body, home, and mind. Essential oils, glass planters, rare and unique magazines, and recipe books. A great place to shop for gifts for you or a loved one.
Address: 201 Dalhousie St
Hours: 11am–6pm Tues + Wed + Fri, 11am-7pm Thurs, 10am-5pm Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun-Mon
Phone: (613) 421-9418
The ByWard Market has an array of amazing pubs and patios that are worth checking out. A quick stroll around the market will give you an idea of just how many places you could sit down to have a beer. Our recommendation is The Brig Pub which serves up tasty food and has local beer on tap. From the front deck you can see Parliament and they also have an Instagram worthy back patio.
Address: 23 York St.
Phone: (613) 562-6666
Wander through the market stalls and shops in the ByWard Market Building tasting fresh produce and local products. Make a stop at Milk Shop Ottawa for trendy clothes and accessories.
Address: 45 William St
Hours: 10am–8pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
Phone: (613) 789-6455
Arguably the best visual art gallery in Canada, the National Gallery of Canada features more than 40,000 works of art by 6,000 artists including Group of Seven, and large collections of Indigenous, Asian, and International works. You’re blowing it if you make it to the Market but don’t check out this gallery.
Address: 380 Sussex Dr
Hours: 10am–5pm, Closed Mon, 10am-8pm Thurs
Phone: (613) 990-1985
Vittoria Trattoria is an incredible Italian restaurant and the perfect place to cap your day in the ByWard Market. The menu is expansive and delicious and the wine and beer list is extensive. Their Chicken Parmigiana might be the best we’ve ever had in Canada.
Address: 35 William St
Hours: 11am–10pm Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm Sat-Sun
Phone: (613) 789-8959
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Check out all of the mentioned destinations on our interactive Google Map of the ByWard Market: