Victoria’s old-world charm is part of the BC capital’s heartbeat. But there’s more to this city than flower lined light posts and quaint carriage rides. Its walkable streets have become a trendy shopping hub, especially for Americans who enjoy a favorable exchange rate.
Start your shopping adventure by indulging your sweet tooth at Roger’s Chocolates downtown heritage store. As Canada’s first chocolatier, walking into Roger’s is like biting into a sweet piece of history. Their Victoria Creams—featuring a thick chocolate shell and creamy center—are the shop’s most iconic selection.
Wander two blocks north the Munro’s Books, housed in a historic 1909 neo-classical building. Fully refurbished, it sports 24-foot ceilings that resemble the great library of Ephesus built by the Romans.
Half a block north, at the edge of the chic pedestrian Trounce Alley, you’ll find Sitka. Featuring Pacific Northwest-inspired outdoor apparel, this environmentally conscious store makes clothes as comfortable for you as they are kind to Mother Nature. Continue down the Alley to the back entrance of Button & Needlework Boutique. Marked by the large, red button hanging outside its door, the shop showcases exquisite yarns and more than 300 framed needlework designs.
One block north, tea lovers will relish Special Teas, where over 110 varieties from four continents are showcased. You’ll find everything from blacks, greens and oolongs to rooibos, honeybush and herbal blends.
Continue north one more block and take a left on Johnson Street (aka Lower Johnson or LoJo). A mecca for boutique shoppers, you’ll find trendy stops like Still Life featuring casual everyday wear, Little Gold showcasing a carefully curated collection of delicate jewelry, and Flavour Upstairs packed with killer vintage finds.
Shopping can be hard work. If you’ve built up an appetite head one block north to The Drake. With a focus on locally-brewed pints and hearty sandwiches, this offers a down-to-earth vibe perfect for kicking back and relaxing.
More Things to do in Victoria
As one would expect of a city where cobblestone streets still linger and gardens are meticulously manicured, Victoria’s swanky cocktail scene specializes in creative, tasty libations.
The captivating providence of ancient Egypt has descended on the old-world elegance of Victoria, B.C. May 18 – December 31, the Royal BC Museum is hosting Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Featuring more than 300 original artifacts, this is the first time a North American audience have access to this staggering exhibition.
Eat and walk your way through British Columbia’s iconic capital, while soaking in Victoria’s breathtaking views, quaint neighborhoods, and thriving food scene.
Remarkable architecture, lush gardens, and a plethora of delectable eateries dishing up some of the best eggs Benedict you’ve ever had make Victoria a must-visit destination.