Next up with our friends on our day trip in Ottawa were the Byward Market, Chinatown and The House of Targ.
The Byward Market
Would you believe that the ByWard Market (Marché By) is actually a highly sought-after tourist attraction? Here you will find shopping, dining, arts, professional services, farmer’s market, artisans, over 600 businesses, as well as entertainment. During the summer months, an average of 50,000 visitors attend. It is a retail and entertainment district in downtown Ottawa. It includes the market buildings and open-air market along George, York, ByWard and William Street. The district is bordered on the west by Sussex Drive and Mackenzie Avenue, east by Cumberland Street, north by Cathcart Street and south by Rideau Street.
Hours of the different businesses vary but you are good to go if you attend between 9 am and 5 pm. If you are looking for a particular business, you can contact them through their directory.
Our friend Mandy saw some cool hoodies on sale that she wanted to buy but couldn’t make up her mind! This is truly a shopper’s paradise, offering just about anything you are looking for.
As of 2019, celebrations have been happening here for 193 years such as the Maple Sugar Celebration or Canada Day.
Featured events include walking tours which are conducted between June and September. During the tour, you will discover such things as how the ByWard market came to be and learn historical information. Hours are 11 am, 12 pm, 4 pm Thursdays and Fridays and on weekends (including holiday Mondays) 10 am, 11 am.
If you are a night owl, you will find many cafes, specialty food shops, restaurants and pubs with late hours to keep you busy and entertained.
Everything is accessible by foot, transit or car. Here you will find information on buses and cabs.
We didn’t spend a lot of time here but found it interesting. It was bustling with lots of activity. In addition to the business and residential area, there is dining and entertainment. Merchants from all over the world are here: Chinese, Indian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Philippinos, Spanish, Lebanese, French and Middle Eastern. Whew! It was fun going to the different stores with their interesting Asian smells.