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Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Victoria

February 15, 2016

Victoria, B.C., located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, is the envy of most Canadians, especially during the winter months. With an average daytime temperature of 9 C (49 F) in February and spring flowers in bloom, Victoria is Canada’s hot spot.

With the devalued Canadian dollar, Victoria, B.C. is an enticing year-round destination for neighbouring Americans, fellow Canadians who find the U.S.A. too expensive, and many overseas travellers. And Victoria’s Inner Harbour, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, is a perfect place to begin exploring the city.

Inner Harbour Where to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria

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 my favourite spots in British Columbia’s capital city.

Eat and Drink

Caffeine Fix

Hip tea shops and cool cafes abound in Victoria, B.C., and when I am downtown, I often stop at Union Pacific Coffee Co. near Chinatown, Habit Coffee, or Macchiato Cafe.

Union Pacific where to eat, drink and shop in Victoria

Get Your Juice On

Quench your thirst with fresh juice at Rebar or Jusu, Victoria’ first cold-press juice bar.

Afternoon Tea

The iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel serves a traditional afternoon tea in the tea lobby overlooking Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour.

High tea Empress Hotel Victoria

High tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel

Venus Sophia Tea Room, in Victoria’s Chinatown, offers a more casual but equally delicious afternoon tea.

Sweet Treats

Tucked away on tiny Broad Street, Bon Macaron, makes delicious and authentic macarons in every flavour imaginable.

Bon Macaron where to eat, drink and shop in Victoria B.C.

A Real Meal

Clean eating is a passion, and my favourite restaurants are Rebar and be love. At Rebar, I order the Rebar salad, quesadilla or the monk’s curry. At be love restaurant, I always order the Green Bowl – it is so good!

For pub food and a pint, Irish Times or the Bard and Banker Public House on Government Street are excellent choices.

Bastion Square Where to Eat and Drink in Victoria

Irish Times pub in Bastion Square

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.



Munro’s Books, located in a stunning neo-classical building on Government Street, is a perfect place to pick-up your next page-turner.

Munro's where to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria

Munro’s Books

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 tonnes of tea-making accessories.

Silk Road tea and accessories Victoria BC

Silk Road


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 – yoga, running, tennis, or chasing after your kids.

Located off of Johnson Street, but only a short stroll away, Bernstein & Gold carries jewellery, women’s clothing, shoes, spa products, and accessories. I rarely leave empty handed!

Another excellent 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 Tourism Victoria for all of your Victoria travel related needs or send me an email.
  • This Google Map shows many of my favourite 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?


You might be interested in reading about Victoria’s best beaches.


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  • Reply Carmen February 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Great collection of tips for a visit!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Hannah @GettingStamped February 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    We missed coming here when we were in BC this past September!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      An excellent reason to return to B.C.!

  • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Great tips Nancy! Hope to go to Vancouver one day soon (and that you’re in town). The tea at Fairmount looks divine!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks so much Jessica! I look forward to welcoming you to British Columbia 🙂

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