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