With flowers in blooming year-round, Victoria, Canada, is a desirable place to live and vacation. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, visitors can fly, ferry, or cruise to British Columbia’s capital city.
One you arrive in Victoria, the Inner Harbour, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, is an excellent place to begin exploring the city. After wandering along the Inner Harbour’s multi-level walkway, follow this guide -— Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Victoria — and discover a few of the best spots in British Columbia’s capital city. Use the Google map at the end of this article to locate all of the recommended places to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria, B.C.
Where to Drink in Victoria
Fragrant tea shops and cozy cafes abound in Victoria, B.C. When I am downtown, I often stop at Union Pacific Coffee Co. near Chinatown.
Another excellent espresso stop is Shatterbox Coffee Co. located in the Victoria Public Market.
Get Your Juice On
Quench your thirst with fresh juice at Rebar or Jusu, Victoria’ first cold-press juice bar.
The iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel serves a traditional afternoon tea in the tea lobby overlooking Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour.
Venus Sophia Tea Room, in Victoria’s Chinatown, offers a more casual but equally delicious afternoon tea. And lastly, The Tea House at Abkhazi Garden offers attentive service in a garden setting near downtown.
Victoria’s bartenders use award-winning, local craft spirts and fresh ingredients to create incredible cocktails. Plan to visit the cosy Bodega Bar in Victoria’s Trounce Alley. At night, the outdoor passage way is illuminated with authentic gaslights that are over 125 years old. You can learn more about Victoria’s craft spirits and cocktails in this story I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Where to Eat in Victoria
Clean eating is a passion, and my favourite restaurants are Rebar and be love. At Rebar, I order the Rebar salad or the monk’s curry. At be love restaurant, I always order the green bowl – it’s delicious!
For pub food and a pint, Irish Times or the Bard and Banker Public House on Government Street are excellent choices.
Fantastic Food Truck
For a fresh fish fix, head over to the Finest at Sea food truck, located on the other side of the Inner Harbour. The fish tacos are superb.
Make a reservation at The Courtney Room located in Victoria’s award-winning Magnolia Hotel for a dinner to remember. Recognized as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada, The Courtney Room partners with local supplies and serves modern Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Tucked away on tiny Broad Street, Bon Macaron, makes delicious and authentic macarons in every flavour imaginable. If you want to learn how to make your own, sign-up for an in-store macaron making class.
To learn more about Victoria’s thriving food and beverage scene from a local expert, join A Taste of Victoria Food Tour. You can book one of the two-hour walking tours here.
Where to Shop in Victoria
Munro’s Books, located in a stunning neo-classical building on Government Street, is a perfect place to pick-up your next page-turner.
Tea and Accessories
My two favourite tea shops – Silk Road and Venus Sophia Tea Room – are conveniently located around the corner from each. Both stores sell organic teas, and Silk Road carries lots of tea-making accessories.
Lower Johnson, known locally as LoJo, offers an excellent selection of mostly locally owned women’s and men’s shops.
Victoria’s Lululemon store carries everything for an active lifestyle. This includes yoga, running, tennis, or chasing after your kids.
Located off of Johnson Street, Bernstein & Gold carries jewellery, women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. I rarely leave empty handed!
Another interesting shop is Milkman’s Daughter with clothing, accessories, gifts, and home decor curated by Smoking Lily (a designer of locally-made clothing with unique silk-screened designs).
Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Victoria — Travel Tips
- Contact Destination Greater Victoria for more information or send me an email.
- Finally, this Google map will ensure you can find all of the top places to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria, B.C.
Have you been to Vancouver Island? Where are your favourite places to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria?
If you visit Victoria, don’t miss this post about Victoria’s best beaches.