Victoria

In Victoria, as in the rest of British Columbia, the most popular souvenirs are First Nations arts and crafts, which you can pick up at shops, galleries, street markets, and—in some cases—directly from artists' studios. Look for silver jewelry and cedar boxes carved with traditional images and, especially around Duncan (in the Cowichan Valley), the thick hand-knit sweaters made by the Cowichan people. BC wines, from shops in Victoria or directly from the wineries, make good souvenirs, as most are unavailable outside the province. Shopping in Victoria is easy: virtually everything is in the Downtown area on or near Government Street stretching north from the Fairmont Empress hotel.

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  • 1. Silk Road

    Downtown | Spa/Beauty

    Tea aspires to new heights in this chic emporium at the edge of Chinatown. Shelves are stacked with more than 300 intriguing varieties; some...Read More

  • 2. Antique Row

    Downtown | Shopping Neighborhoods

    Fort Street between Blanshard and Cook streets was once the place for antiques, curios, and collectibles. The number of these shops has diminished...Read More

  • 3. Artina's

    Downtown | Jewelry/Accessories

    Canadian-made jewelry—all handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces—fills the display cases at this unique jewelry shop. ...Read More

  • 4. Bastion Square Public Market

    Downtown | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Crafts vendors and entertainers congregate in this historic square Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from May through September. On Sunday, area...Read More

  • 5. Bay Centre

    Downtown | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Downtown Victoria's main shopping mall has about 100 boutiques and restaurants. ...Read More

  • 6. Breakwater Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Located at Ogden Point close to the cruise-ship terminal, this small, oceanfront farmers' market runs July and August, 11–4, featuring artisan...Read More

  • 7. Chinatown

    Downtown | Shopping Neighborhoods

    Exotic fruits and vegetables, children's toys, wicker fans, fabric slippers, and other Chinese imports fill the shops along Fisgard Street....Read More

  • 8. Cook Culture

    Downtown | Household Items/Furniture

    A hive of foodie activity, this upscale kitchenware store in the Atrium Building is also a cooking school, offering workshops on topics like...Read More

  • 9. Cowichan Trading

    Downtown | Crafts

    First Nations jewelry, art, moccasins, and Cowichan sweaters are the focus at this long-established outlet....Read More

  • 10. Float House Victoria

    Downtown | Spa/Beauty

    This contemporary spa offers five float tanks, each filled with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts for a deeply relaxing sensory-free session bar none. ...Read More

  • 11. Haven Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    Aesthetics, massages, and facials are the focus at this full-service spa on the Saanich Peninsula. A pretreatment steam room and posttreatment...Read More

  • 12. Hill's Native Art

    Downtown | Crafts

    Of the many First Nations stores you'll come across, Hill's is one of the best, offering everything from affordable souvenirs to original First...Read More

  • 13. idar

    Downtown | Jewelry/Accessories

    This tiny Tudor-framed shop on Fort Street (look for the three brass honeybees in the sidewalk) houses the workshop of one of the few goldsmiths...Read More

  • 14. Irish Linen Stores

    Downtown | Textiles/Sewing

    In business since 1917, this tiny shop has kept Victorians in fine linen, lace, and hand-embroidered items for generations....Read More

  • 15. James Bay Community Market

    Downtown | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Organic food, local produce, creative crafts, and live music draw shoppers to this summer Saturday market south of the Inner Harbour. Look for...Read More

  • 16. Le Spa Sereine

    Downtown | Spa/Beauty

    A custom-built pedicure room with fully reclining chairs and sunken basins is the hallmark at this independent Downtown spa. Set in an atmospheric...Read More

  • 17. Lower Johnson Street

    Downtown | Shopping Neighborhoods

    This row of candy-color Victorian-era shopfronts in LoJo (Lower Johnson) is Victoria's hub for independent fashion boutiques. Storefronts—some...Read More

  • 18. Moss Street Market

    Fairfield | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Make it, bake it, or grow it" is the rule for vendors at this street market, held 10 to 2 on Saturday from May through October. ...Read More

  • 19. Munro's Books

    Downtown | Books/Stationery

    Move over, Chapters-Indigo: this beautifully restored 1909 former bank now houses one of Canada's best-stocked independent bookstores. Deals...Read More

  • 20. Murchie's

    Downtown | Food/Candy

    You can choose from more than 90 varieties of tea to sip here or take home, plus coffees, tarts, and cakes at Victoria's oldest tea purveyor...Read More

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