Shop. Taste. Live. Experience The ByWard Market
Morning, noon or night the ByWard Market has something for everyone.
Located in the centre of the Byward Market, the Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa is just a few minutes' walk from many quirky boutiques, locally-focused gourmet food stores, nationally and internationally acclaimed restaurants, unique art galleries, major tourist attracts and of course, a farmers & artisans market.
The Byward Market was established in 1826 by Lt-Col. John By and is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Colonel By, who designed and built the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO world heritage site), designed and planned the Byward Market himself, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
Byward Market Dining Package - rates starting at $249
Experience the Byward Market the best way we know how, gastronomically!
Stay at the Courtyard Ottawa one night and receive a $60 coupon towards dinner at any one of the following restaurants (located in the Byward Market): The Grand Pizzeria, Metropolitain Brasserie, Zak’s Diner and Zak’s Cantina. Also included in the package:
- Overnight accommodations for two
- Breakfast for two at The Bistro
As a proud and long term resident of this vibrant neighbourhood, the Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa is pleased to highlight our top places to visit, to dine or to shop when you visit Canada's Capital Region - Ottawa.
Explore The Byward Market
The Byward Market is home to over 130 restaurants, touching all tastes, ethnicities and budgets. Here are some of our favourites.
The Grand Pizzeria
Combining old world traditional recipes with a modern décor, is an authentic southern Italian Restaurant with the centerpiece being traditional Napoletana Pizza from Naples, Italy, cooked in a specially constructed wood burning oven.
Located in the heart of the ByWard Market, ATARI welcomes you with a contemporary but playful décor, including breathtaking retro-inspired full graffiti floor, full concrete bar showcasing our talented bar chefs, floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick and side patio. Or take a seat at our spacious rooftop patio overlooking the prime people-watching streets of Clarence and Dalhousie while listening to an unforgettable soundtrack.
Bite Burger House
Owners Glen & Bettina have designed a high end twist on an old concept. This includes using local meats and cheeses and in house made sauces. Bite is based on bringing back basic comfort food with added flavor profiles while offering unique and tasty drinks.
Das Lokal Kitchen & Bar
Locally sourced ingredients, proudly prepared in-house. Seasonal menus and drinks inspired by our staffs love for food and wine.
Located in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Lowertown Brewery is the newest addition to the Ontario craft beer market. Serving great comfort food and pre-prohibition cocktails, you won't want to miss what we're brewing next!
Moscow Tea Room
Moscow Tea Room is open daily from 11:00am until 2:00am and features award winning teas, small plates, pastries, charcuterie & cheeses, vodka, craft cocktails, champagne & caviar all within a sumptuous décor filled with art. Whether you are looking for a tea, coffee, a business lunch, martinis with the girls, make a great impression during a date or just have a great evening in a lounge, Moscow Tea Room has it all.
For hundreds of years, Parisians and tourists alike have flocked to the great brasseries of Paris. Now, in the heart of Ottawa, is the city's own French Brasserie with the city's largest fresh oyster bar. Featuring fresh oysters and daily creations from Chef de Cuisine Mike Poliquin, there is something for everyone at Metropolitain Brasserie.
Ahora Mexican Cuisine
Simply the best Mexican cuisine found in Ottawa - from quesadillas to margaritas.
Located just across the street from the hotel, the Aulde Dubliner/Pourhouse is an authentic two-storey, Irish-style pub.
Housed in an 1827 heritage stone building the Courtyard Restaurant has been providing elegant facilities for lunches, dinners and groups since 1980.
Earl of Sussex Pub
The old English-style atmosphere of the Earl of Sussex Pub on the corner of Sussex Dr. and Murray St. brings a unique feel to downtown Ottawa.
Fat Boy's Southern Smokehouse
Enjoy Southern hospitality, biker ambience and a good old fashioned slow & low BBQ at this restaurant.
Fiazza Fresh Fired
Custom pizza - either your creation or their signature pies - healthy gourmet ingredients, crafted by hand and fired to perfection in minutes. Salads created to order with homemade zesty dressings. Local beer and Niagara Wines. Experience - The Evolution of Pizza!
Lapointe Seafood & Grill
Whether you would like to purchase some fish to cook at home, or treat yourself out for an intimate dinner at one of our grills, Lapointe is your headquarters for quality fresh fish and seafood!
In Ottawa's premier location, the ByWard Market step into the flavour of New York and savour the tastes created in this Bistro Style Steakhouse.
Old World Italian cuisine is featured, with chicken and veal dishes complementing the wide variety of thin-crust pizzas and fresh pasta dishes.
Play Food & Wine
This restaurant is the creation of Stephen Beckta and Chef Michael Moffatt. Its menu focuses on constantly changing small plates and large selection of wines by-the-glass.
Located in the historic ByWard Market in the heart of Ottawa, Social offers a sumptuous and elegant atmosphere. Traditional French and contemporary North American cuisine marry with playful air.
Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
This award winning wine bar has been hosting local wine & beer lovers, as well as visitors from around the globe since 1979. Known for an outstanding collection of wines, imported beers & malt whiskeys we are proud recipients of the "WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" for the past 15 years.
Wasabi Sushi Bar
Wasabi offers an extensive array of authentic Japanese dishes from signature rolls and sushi to a variety of cooked dishes from the kitchen.
It's easy to imagine Archie, Jughead and the gang at Zak's Diner, an authentic 50's style diner in the heart of Ottawa's lively ByWard Market. Zak's serves great burgers, fries, sandwiches and breakfast "all day every day".
Looking for lunch? Their full service lunch counter is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 until 3 pm. Stop in for homemade salads, soups, pizza, pasta, and hot sandwiches. Or try the chefs daily specials and famous Tiramisu. Enjoy a glass of wine or an Italian beer.
Side Door Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
This restaurant offers a mix of shared plates and a mix-match of tastes and textures however, the Doughnut Sharing Platter is, in a word; life changing.
Combining authentic Italian cuisine with fine wine and stellar service, Vittoria Trattoria has been satisfying the appetites of diners in the Ottawa area for almost two decades.
Pubs, Bars & Dance Clubs
Mystery Motel Escape Rooms
The Mystery Motel is Ottawa’s newest Escape Room. Here, we place you in different settings, locked rooms containing their own alternate universes. Each room will encourage you to not only work together as a team but to adopt and role play as one of many different personas. We will provide you with backstories and plots for each scenario but, for a truly immersive experience, don’t be shy to don a fitting costume for the role you are playing.
The only shisha lounge in the ByWard Market, Downtown Ottawa.
The Lafayette first opened its doors in 1849 and is the oldest tavern in Ottawa. Although it's never closed, this Ottawa pub and tavern has gone through a lot of changes. The current inception is The Laff: a comfortable pub in the heart of Ottawa's ByWard Market.
Since opening in the Spring of 2003, The Whiskey Bar has been THE hottest and most popular 21+ bar in Ottawa.
A 21st century soul club focused on music like electronic, house, soul, jazz and funk.
The Irish Village
The Irish Village is the conglomeration of 4 different pubs centered around the Heart and Crown on the corner of Clarence and Parent. The pubs being The Heart and Crown, The Snug, Mother McGuinty's and The Black Rose and it is possible to do a mid-winter pub crawl of all four without having to step out into the cold!
Heart & Crown
Live entertainment throughout the night and globally infused, Irish inspired healthy and hearty dishes to satisfy your hunger.
Patty Boland's is the Byward Market's pub for all ages, featuring both Irish fare and contemporary cuisine in a hand-crafted interior decorated with antiques, iron works and five fireplaces, designed by Anne Browne. The pub also offers Ottawa's only authentic Irish carvery.
The Rainbow Bistro
Since opening it's doors 1984, The Rainbow has built a solid reputation Internationally and throughout Canada as an excellent club to see favourite blues artists as well as being an outstanding venue and a "must stop" for musicians to perform at.
Adorit is Located at 159 York St in the ByWard Market close to the intersection of Cumberland and York. Adorit is full of an amazing collection of Fair Trade, locally made clothing and accessories as well as goods for your home from around the world all made in a fair trade manner.
NRML clothing offers a fresh choice of clothing from brands such as Obey, Fred Perry, Stussy, WeSC, Naked & Famous and Lifetime. But it doesn't stop there, visit their graffiti room full of spray paints in every color or see the colorful hat display behind the cash register.
Looking for trendy and fashionable items that won't break the bank (90% of their clothing is under $100)? This store carries funky clothing and accessories from distressed jeans to flowery dresses.
The fashion-forward can shop for trendy clothing at this boutique where one side is a designer women's shop and the other is a stylish men's store.
Find unique clothing brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Rag & Bone, Ellie Moss and more. It's filled with items that you can't find at the mall.
Cantas is an independent boutique with a European flair offering items from casual urban tops to ball gowns for women of all ages.
Ça va de Soi
Sweaters, cardigans and row upon row of T-shirts, made of luxurious fabrics such as Egyptian cotton and cashmere, line this exclusive knitware boutique.
Unconventional, practical and easy to wear is the theme at this boutique. Where else in the world would you find the Anti-Suit?
The owners of this boutique travel often to find new collections, from Lady Dutch to Pink Martini as well as featuring local pieces such as Mafia.
Most of the clothing is Canadian-made, and 50% comes from local designers. Funky décor and upbeat tunes make for a fun shopping experience.
Disegno Fine Jewelry
Visit this jewelry shop to see owner Pamela Coulston's original, handmade jewelry.
This little shop is a hodgepodge of handmade jewellery, clothing and accessories.
Marigold Design Studios
The unique jewellery made and designed by the owner is award-winning. Dated pieces can also be re-designed.
All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, the revolutionary proprietary closed-cell resin, which represents a substantial innovation in footwear. The Croslite™ material enables Crocs™ to produce comfortable, lightweight, ergonomic and odor resistant shoes. These unique elements make Crocs™ footwear ideal for casual wear, as well as for professional and recreational uses.
John Fluevog Shoes
The location had been a shoe store for over forty years before it was completely Fluevogified in 2014, and it’ll continue to house shoes for years to come. The space features the artwork of FluevogCreative artists, a restored antique tin ceiling, and salvaged custom wood furniture found and built in Vancouver (bringing a bit of John’s home to the capital).
Wolf + Zed
This hip shoe store has a very selective line up including styles by Frye, Camper, Modern Vintage, Timberland and more.
Salons & Spas
Fresh and organic is the main stay for this spa with facial treatments as its speciality.
This is a high-end boutique salon which puts healthy hair first. Each visit includes a full consultation, relaxation treatment and suggestion for care of your style once at home.
Rinaldo Hair Designers & Spa
Rinaldo Canonico - Owner, has kept everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Carrie Underwoood trimmed and polished while visiting Ottawa.
York Street Spa
This spa offers the full range of services from massage and skin care treatments to hairstyling and make up.
Galerie St-Laurent + Hill
This spacious gallery features contemporary works by artists from across Canada.
Byward Fruit Market
ByWard Fruit Market is a small intimate space where the owners quietly interface and interact directly with clients and customers
Be sure to visit this old-fashioned Italian grocery store with a modern-day deli and restaurant.
This fishmonger sells fish in many forms - fresh or frozen - either in their restaurant or wrapped up and ready to bring home.
Saslove's Meat Market
Catering to gourmets and health-conscious carnivores, this store is a great source for Quebec foie gras, hormone- & antibiotic-free chicken, nitrate-free ham, organic pork and local duck.
The House of Cheese
The House of Cheese has been providing Canada's Nation's Capital area with the widest variety of high quality imported and domestic cheeses since 1975. Although specializing in exotic and hard to find domestic and imported cheeses, we also carry a large stock of everyday favorites.
Hobby, Craft & Giftware
This shop is a sure bet for anyone looking for unique stationary.
Cricket & Company
Bringing love for your pets back to the ByWard Market; this was a challenge that the team at Cricket & Company were ready to face head on. The word is spreading fast - dogs, cats, AND their owners are loving the space, the staff, the products, and their message - follow your instincts ... Love your beast. It's that simple! Oh and yes, it helps that they've got quite a cute crew of pooches 'working' in the store with them daily!
The relatively new store sells scooters and electric bikes as well as any accessories you might need to go with them.
Maternity & Baby
Owner & designer, Julie Thibault offers fashions, toys and accessories for youngsters up to age 10. Her creations are colorful, practical and are made from high-quality fabrics.
A costume store for young people with attire for princess, knights and superhero's along with clothing for little ones.
Décor & Accessories
This store has over 12,000 items in stock, carrying hard-to-find items for cooking and baking.
When you visit this store, you will find innovative gadgets for every room of the house.
Innovation and modern design are the cornerstones of this furniture store with European-inspired, affordable and hip products.
This shop features rustic furniture with a contemporary touch.