Looking for Cheese?! International Cheese, Inc. has a wide variety of cheeses from around the world: Canadian cheeses, French cheeses, chocolates, coffees, crackers, olives, cooking products, and a deli department.
What to buy: I love all types of cheeses, so when I'm out of town, I try to find local cheeses to try that I can't get at home. I also like to try different olives and pates.
What to pay: Cheeses range in prices per pound.
Le Moulin de Provence is a very popular French bakery shop in the ByWard Market, open every day of the year from 7am to 7pm! They have all kinds of breads, croissants and cookies, including a variety of salads here.
What to buy: The bakery is most famous for the visit by US President Barack Obama, where he bought some Canadian Maple Leaf cookies. Try some!
The Byward Market has many vendors for natural maple products. Canada produces more than 80% of the world's pure maple syrup, so you should definitely buy some here. This is the real stuff that comes from a tree. It tastes good, and it's healthy!
What to buy: There are many different shaped bottles of syrup, so pick the one you like. You can get a regular bottle shape or a Canadian Maple leaf for good luck! Don't forget to pick up some bottles for your friends and family, too! You can also find cookies, candies and other natural maple-flavoured items here!
What to pay: The pure maple syrup you find here is more expensive than the fake sugary things you find in grocery stores. Expect to pay around $10 for a good sized bottle.
During the summer months Ottawa's Byward Market is a riot of colour and activity. The outdoor stalls are heaped with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, the street performers vie with each other for your attention and the bars burst out onto the sidewalks providing the al fresco opportunity to sit and relax and watch it all happen.
On a winter weekday though, when the daytime temperature can be minus 20 (or lower), the only outdoor stall is the maple syrup seller shivering on the corner of Byward and George. The al fresco bar furniture has retreated to its damp and chill storerooms and the buskers have headed to sunnier climes. OK the market becomes a bit less colourful as it goes into semi-hibernation but this doesn't make it any less interesting.
The streets of Byward and York are a haven for the local foodies with a collection of independent retailers covering every type of food imaginable ranging from speciality teas and coffees to fresh fish and organic meats. Freshly baked bread and homemade patisserie are represented, as too are delicatessen goods and cheeses from around the world.
And its not just the foodstuffs that you'll find here but also the means of cooking it, from state-of-the-art kitchen suites (Axiom on Sussex) to tools, gadgets and pots and pans from Domus.
Yep this is the place, winter or summer, to realise all your foodie fantasies.
Website below has a full listing of the shops.
The ByWard Market (named after Ottawa's founder Colonel By) is a wildly popular open-air market just to the east of Sussex Drive, in the heart of the city. It also seems to be home to a very considerable proportion of the most interesting bars and restaurants in the capital.
Since we were staying in a suite with a fully equipped kitchen, it was nice to have a modern supermarket located only a block or two away from our hotel. I made a couple of trips to the Loeb supermarket, while Sue was tied up with child-minding duties, in order to pick up a few basic supplies for breakfast and lunches.
What to buy: Prices were the same as most any similar type store in Canada: bunch of bananas ($0.79), four tomatos ($3.73), four multi-grain bagels ($2.36), loaf of whole grain bread ($3.59), Philadelphia herb & garlic cream cheese spread ($3.49), a small bottle of Hellman's mayo ($2.29), block of cheddar cheese ($4.29), box of Ritz whole wheat crackers ($2), can of tea bags ($3.29) and small containers of strawberry and raspberry yogurt ($1 each).
Because I was not buying very much, the quick service counter for 1-16 items was an efficient way to check out!
The Byward Market area is one of the major shopping areas in Ottawa. There are several souvenir shops here, and also there is a bazaar along the streets where you can but various interesting stuff at cheap prices. Around Christmas time, they also sell Christmas decorations and even real Christmas trees here! Definitely worth a visit to shop and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere here!
To find different articles, gifts and jewellery shop in the market. In shopping center you will find several american stores or things you see in shopping centers. In the market you will find one of kind stores. Designer from Canada, Jewellers form Canada and much much more. I assure you that you'll find something for you and fro your family and friends in the market and that something will be unique and fabulous.
What to buy: Canadian designer clothes, Jewellery, house decoration articles, hats, shoes, etc..
What to pay: From 1 $ to no ending!
There are flower shops, jewelry shops, clothing shops, henna tatoo shops, fruits stands, etc. Even if you don't want anything, it's a fun place to browse through.
The market is near the Parliament Hill, and many nice cafes and restaurants are on the same street.
Everything in the area open till late on Thursday.
What to buy: Hand made Jewelry
What to pay: If you find something you like, you should definitely bargain. I saw a lady negotiated $30 original price hair jewelry to $15, and it was very easy negotiation.
The Book Market is can be found by those daring to adventure beyond the beaten paths in the Byward Market. It is a treasure trove of used books of all kinds. Unfortunately, the ground floor where you first walk in is distinctly unimpressive with a a horribly disorganized selection of largely outdated books. Being the bookaholic that I am meant that I did not go with my gut instinct to walk straight back out the door. Instead I pressed on and went upstairs where I was rewarded with the largest selection of used paperbacks that I have ever encountered. The basement is also chock full of interesting books. In fact, they claim to be the largest used bookstore in Canada, which I find quite plausible.
What to buy: Books, of course.
What to pay: There weren't any amazing, brag-to-your-friends kinds of bargains at the book market, but the prices sure beat buying new.
The Byward Market is an indoor market in the heart of downtown Ottawa. You can find all sorts of neat things in here, clothing and food and art etc...
The upstairs area is sort of 'off the beaten path' (perhaps deserving of its own tip), and often has displays of local artists and other more curious crafts. I saw a wig-maker up there once, for instance.
During summer months the Byward Market fills up with people hawking various wares. A lot of the stuff is really painfully touristic, but some is neat. There's a lot of flowers, fresh produce, and handmade jewelry for sale. Also you can find temporary tattoo artists (as in, both the tattoo and the artist are temporary), painters, sketchers (some sketchier than others), and plenty of musicians. It's a good time to walk around and explore.
What to buy: Buy whatever you want. You can get good deals on fresh fruit, vegetables and berries from the kiosks. Travellers never get enough fruit and veggies, so you should pick some up here.
These souvenir stalls are all over the place in Ottawa during the Winterlude festivities. They sell relatively high quality merchandise for a reasonable price.
Please call the 800 number listed below, toll free for more Winterlude info.
What to buy: Post cards, Scarfs, Winter hats, Toys, Posters and other small souvenirs.
What to pay: Few dollars
The Byward Market is not just a place to shop but also a place for both tourists and locals to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
What to buy: They have nearly everything you might want but we not only had lunch there but also bought some nice Ontario cheeses and maple syrup candies.
I'm a sucker for a nice, tacky souvenir store!! (Otherwise known to most as the ultimate VT tourist trap!)
I don't remember any particular names, but there are some real good ones found in the Byward Market area.
My 3 must-haves when souvenir shopping in any city are: postcards, a keychain, and a nice magnet. That's all I look for and I found some really great ones in the shops of Ottawa! I highly recommend them for all your souvenir shopping needs :)