This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks (north of Rideau Street and east of Sussex Drive) ... More
This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks (north of Rideau Street and east of Sussex Drive) and offers something for everyone. You'll find trendy stores selling the latest in designer fashions, jewelry and artwork, as well as a variety of restaurants. In the evening, the market is a buzz of activity as partygoers hop from nightclub to nightclub. To experience the true roots of the market, visit during the weekend, when local farmers and artisans ply their wares near the Byward Market Building.
The market was awful. Prices are way abouve any other farmer's market I have been to. The fruit/veg. was almost all over ripe.The only saving part is the home made(?) stuff you can get there . Its a real tourist trap,
not used by locals like a real farmer's market is ment to be.
Tons of cafes and restaurants and pubs...as well as cheap fresh fruits to purchase, ice cream and gelato places (Piccolo Grande on Elgin is amazing), and tons of ethnic food varieties to choose from. It's a very nice atmosphere. There are also fresh bakeries, a chocolate factory store where you see them make a lot of their products right in the store, and even a Beavertails kiosk - delicious fried dough with toppings like cinnamon and brown sugar or chocolate hazelnut spread....yum! Go here especially when you're hungry - you won't regret it.
I like it in the summer when there are a bunch of vendors. I Rollerblade to the market and purchase my vegetables there, I see it as supporting the local farmers. There are also many great restaurants to try. The only I thing I dislike are the homeless people who beg for money.