The ByWard Market is in the downtown area of Ottawa’s oldest neighborhood. It is located east of the government & business district, surrounding the market buildings and open-air market on George, York, ByWard and William Streets.
A four block area around the market provides a very dense concentration of eating places, bars and nightclubs. The areas beyond this zone also offer boutiques and restaurants in abundance, and are frequented by a considerable number of street performers. Having acquired a reputation as the city’s premier bar district, The Market is busy at night with university students and other young adults. Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a great experience for all.
The ByWard neighborhood has a fascinating history as one of the earliest settled areas in Ottawa. The current ByWard Market is a beautiful, classy place to live, shop, and dine. It’s recently seen some new infill development with high rise and loft style condos popping up, but also features many older single family homes converted to apartments.