Victoria & Neighbourhood Favourites Guidebook

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Victoria & Neighbourhood Favourites Guidebook

Food scene

Great local butcher *definitely try their smoked olives too
Village Butcher
2032 Oak Bay Ave
Great local butcher *definitely try their smoked olives too
Best fresh fish (salmon, halibut. cod, tuna, crab, prawns) They also make great fish tacos at their food truck Buy the: *smoked tuna *smoked salmon *black cod
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Finest At Sea
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Best fresh fish (salmon, halibut. cod, tuna, crab, prawns) They also make great fish tacos at their food truck Buy the: *smoked tuna *smoked salmon *black cod
BEST Grocer End of October 2021 there will be a location near by on Cook Street but for now... you'll have to drive to Mckenzie. Lots of vegan and gluten free items Try their: Secret Green Sauce Butter Chicken Sausages fresh pizza dough (reg and GF) Very Good butcher vegan "meats"
The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
271 Cook Street
BEST Grocer End of October 2021 there will be a location near by on Cook Street but for now... you'll have to drive to Mckenzie. Lots of vegan and gluten free items Try their: Secret Green Sauce Butter Chicken Sausages fresh pizza dough (reg and GF) Very Good butcher vegan "meats"
Vegan Butcher butchering beans for vegan meats carefully crafted with real, whole-food ingredients. Grill it, fry it, roast it. Easy to prep plant-based meat boxes packed with flavor. Plant-Based. Made in Canada.
The Very Good Butchers
1701 Douglas St
Vegan Butcher butchering beans for vegan meats carefully crafted with real, whole-food ingredients. Grill it, fry it, roast it. Easy to prep plant-based meat boxes packed with flavor. Plant-Based. Made in Canada.
Crust Bakery is a fabulous boutique artisan bakery in Victoria. Serving amazing baked goods and many delicious lunch items.
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Crust Bakery
730 Fort St
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Crust Bakery is a fabulous boutique artisan bakery in Victoria. Serving amazing baked goods and many delicious lunch items.
Eat in, take out or delivery: Big Wheel Burger provides the best quality burgers, shakes, sodas and fries through local, sustainable and environmentally friendly resources. Great vegan options too! Located close by in Cook Street Village.
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Big Wheel Burger
341 Cook Street
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Eat in, take out or delivery: Big Wheel Burger provides the best quality burgers, shakes, sodas and fries through local, sustainable and environmentally friendly resources. Great vegan options too! Located close by in Cook Street Village.
Year round produce and makers market Saturdays 10-2 (summer-fall) and 10-1pm during the off season. Great breads, produce, jams, food trucks, makers of all kinds. *10 minute walk from 426 Arnold Avenue
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Moss Street Market
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Year round produce and makers market Saturdays 10-2 (summer-fall) and 10-1pm during the off season. Great breads, produce, jams, food trucks, makers of all kinds. *10 minute walk from 426 Arnold Avenue
Great cheese selection, fresh baguette, Italian meats and gelato *nice place to sit outside for a light lunch or coffee and then stroll along Oak Bay Avenue
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Ottavio Italian Bakery, Delicatessen & Cafe
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Great cheese selection, fresh baguette, Italian meats and gelato *nice place to sit outside for a light lunch or coffee and then stroll along Oak Bay Avenue
Great Bunch and lunch *cute location in Estevan Village Also try eateries: Ruth + Dean, Norah Thai, and the Willows Galley... all in Estevan Village.
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The Village Restaurant
2518 Estevan Avenue
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Great Bunch and lunch *cute location in Estevan Village Also try eateries: Ruth + Dean, Norah Thai, and the Willows Galley... all in Estevan Village.
Best sushi!!!! Also great general menu! *take out sushi and sit on the beach nearby or eat in at the sushi bar or the larger restaurant that serves more continental food...
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Marina Restaurant
1327 Beach Dr
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Best sushi!!!! Also great general menu! *take out sushi and sit on the beach nearby or eat in at the sushi bar or the larger restaurant that serves more continental food...
Best authentic Tacos
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La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop
766 Fort St
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Best authentic Tacos
Great food at the pub and the restaurant (get a table facing the ocean outside if you can)!!! Plus pizza and salads at Faro (street side). *Books a spa treatment and the pools for the day!
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Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Dr
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Great food at the pub and the restaurant (get a table facing the ocean outside if you can)!!! Plus pizza and salads at Faro (street side). *Books a spa treatment and the pools for the day!
Best fresh made Tortillas and Mexican provisions shop -Hot food (tacos) available Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm
MAiiZ Nixtamal Tortillería
540 Fisgard Street
Best fresh made Tortillas and Mexican provisions shop -Hot food (tacos) available Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Great French Bistro
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Brasserie L'Ecole
1715 Government St
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Great French Bistro
Great fresh Sushi (eat in or take out)
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Oak Bay Bon Sushi
1467 Hampshire Rd
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Great fresh Sushi (eat in or take out)
Best food for special occasion. Atmosphere is ok but the food one of the very best in the city!
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Saveur Restaurant
658 Herald St
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Best food for special occasion. Atmosphere is ok but the food one of the very best in the city!
Great food! set tasting menu only
Nowhere *A Restaurant
Great food! set tasting menu only
Lovely Sandy local beach (10 minute drive) (great kids playground overlooking the water) *Get the best Fish n chips to go at the Willows Galley and eat it at the beach
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Willows Beach
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Lovely Sandy local beach (10 minute drive) (great kids playground overlooking the water) *Get the best Fish n chips to go at the Willows Galley and eat it at the beach
Best Fish n chips Eat at willows beach near by or take home.
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Willows Galley
2559 Estevan Avenue
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Best Fish n chips Eat at willows beach near by or take home.
Great bakery and luncheonette in Estevan Village (walk to Willows beach from here)
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Ruth & Dean - Luncheonette & Bakery
1310 BC-1
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Great bakery and luncheonette in Estevan Village (walk to Willows beach from here)
On of our Favourite Restaurants Close by in Fernwood Village
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1307 Gladstone Ave
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On of our Favourite Restaurants Close by in Fernwood Village
Fernwood and Fernwood Square -Stage Restaurant -Fernwood Pizza -Mesa Familiar (great Mexican) -Little June (Excellent Coffee and Sandwiches) -Lots of little shops and the Belfry Theatre
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Fernwood
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Fernwood and Fernwood Square -Stage Restaurant -Fernwood Pizza -Mesa Familiar (great Mexican) -Little June (Excellent Coffee and Sandwiches) -Lots of little shops and the Belfry Theatre
Delicious Indo-French influenced sustainable local seafood Serving both sit down and take away customers, offering a variety of sustainable, locally-sourced and farm-fresh ingredients. With a rotating menu includes a wide selection of mainstay dishes, tartines, salads, house-pickled organic veggies, a daily fish curry and a duet of soups - one chowder and one gazpacho. *the coconut milk based fish chowder is delicious! Maintaining Ocean Wise, local and organic standards, we also offer dairy-free, wheat-free and mayo-free alternatives, giving our customers numerous healthy food options for lunch and dinner.
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Fishhook
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Delicious Indo-French influenced sustainable local seafood Serving both sit down and take away customers, offering a variety of sustainable, locally-sourced and farm-fresh ingredients. With a rotating menu includes a wide selection of mainstay dishes, tartines, salads, house-pickled organic veggies, a daily fish curry and a duet of soups - one chowder and one gazpacho. *the coconut milk based fish chowder is delicious! Maintaining Ocean Wise, local and organic standards, we also offer dairy-free, wheat-free and mayo-free alternatives, giving our customers numerous healthy food options for lunch and dinner.
excellent Southeast Asian fusion restaurant
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Bao
626 Fisgard St
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excellent Southeast Asian fusion restaurant
Morning coffee, brunch or drinks, lunch... cute space
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Bear & Joey Cafe
1025 Cook Street
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Morning coffee, brunch or drinks, lunch... cute space
excellent breakfast/brunch
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Jam Cafe
542 Herald St
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excellent breakfast/brunch
great restaurant Located in a beautiful botanical garden
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Charlotte & the Quail
505 Quayle Road
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great restaurant Located in a beautiful botanical garden
Brunch and lunch only. wonderful vegetarian restaurant located in a charming character house... beautiful patio as well.
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Nourish Kitchen & Cafe
225 Quebec St
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Brunch and lunch only. wonderful vegetarian restaurant located in a charming character house... beautiful patio as well.

Groceries and Provisions

Local Grocer: Get all your basics. Just a 10 minute walk from 426 Arnold ave.
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Thrifty Foods
1590 Fairfield Road
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Local Grocer: Get all your basics. Just a 10 minute walk from 426 Arnold ave.
Closest Liquor Store (in Fairfield Plaza) *10 minute walk from 426 Arnold avenue
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BC Liquor Stores
1520 Fairfield Rd
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Closest Liquor Store (in Fairfield Plaza) *10 minute walk from 426 Arnold avenue
Heart Pharmacy IDA - Fairfield
1594 Fairfield Rd
Closet Pharmacy
Bets local wine, beer and spirits shop.
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Cook St Liquor
230 Cook Street
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Bets local wine, beer and spirits shop.
Best place to buy organic wine, beer and spirits
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Vessel Liquor
1609 Fort St
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Best place to buy organic wine, beer and spirits
Local natural food and vitamin shop *closest location for organic foods, vegan options and vitamins/supplements.
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Mother Nature's Market & Deli
240 Cook St
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Local natural food and vitamin shop *closest location for organic foods, vegan options and vitamins/supplements.
McLennan's Island Meat & Seafood
Closest butcher

Spa

Book an incredible spa treatment and make sure to book time in the pools overlooking the ocean. Great Lunch and dinner by the pool or at one of their restaurants here as well.
Boathouse Spa
1175 Beach Dr
Book an incredible spa treatment and make sure to book time in the pools overlooking the ocean. Great Lunch and dinner by the pool or at one of their restaurants here as well.

Sightseeing

Stroll Canada's oldest China Town -walk thru Fan Tan alley and visit hidden shops and boutiques: -Fan Tan Gallery (boutique) -Maize (tortilleria)
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Chinatown
500 Fisgard St
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Stroll Canada's oldest China Town -walk thru Fan Tan alley and visit hidden shops and boutiques: -Fan Tan Gallery (boutique) -Maize (tortilleria)
Beautiful park for strolling, picnicking, playgrounds and petting zoo. Feed the ducks and peacocks and pet the baby sheep.
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Beacon Hill Park
100 Cook St
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Beautiful park for strolling, picnicking, playgrounds and petting zoo. Feed the ducks and peacocks and pet the baby sheep.
Beautiful gardens for sightseeing, strolling, picnicking *Don't miss the Summer fireworks and show or the Christmas lights and ice skating in December/January.
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Butchart Gardens
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Beautiful gardens for sightseeing, strolling, picnicking *Don't miss the Summer fireworks and show or the Christmas lights and ice skating in December/January.
Garden and Tea House Open Sept-March (walking Distance from 426 Arnold Avenue) https://www.abkhaziteahouse.com Great for strolling thru west coast Gardens and high tea
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Abkhazi Garden
1964 Fairfield Road
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Garden and Tea House Open Sept-March (walking Distance from 426 Arnold Avenue) https://www.abkhaziteahouse.com Great for strolling thru west coast Gardens and high tea
Lovely hike/walk to the top of the Observatory. Looks out onto Gonzales bay... stunning views https://www.victoriabc.ca/historical-buildings/gonzales-hill-observatory/
Gonzales Observatory
302 Denison Road
Lovely hike/walk to the top of the Observatory. Looks out onto Gonzales bay... stunning views https://www.victoriabc.ca/historical-buildings/gonzales-hill-observatory/
great area for a walk, and grab some food, has a great playground for kids and pretty houseboats to see.
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Fisherman's Wharf Park
12 Erie St
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great area for a walk, and grab some food, has a great playground for kids and pretty houseboats to see.

Favourite Beaches/Parks

Beautiful beach and bay in walking distance
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Gonzales Bay
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Beautiful beach and bay in walking distance
best for: walking, sunning, paddling, picnicking, kids playground, get the best Fish n' Chips at the nearby Willow Galley and eat at the beach. *Rent Paddle Boards and Kayaks at the nearby Oak Bay Marina https://oceanriver.com/oak-bay-kayak-shack-booking-page/
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Willows Beach
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best for: walking, sunning, paddling, picnicking, kids playground, get the best Fish n' Chips at the nearby Willow Galley and eat at the beach. *Rent Paddle Boards and Kayaks at the nearby Oak Bay Marina https://oceanriver.com/oak-bay-kayak-shack-booking-page/
Favourite beach and park/playground for kids -Rent paddle boards at nearby Gyro Beach Board Shop -Peppers Crocer -Jusu Juice bar -Machi Sushi -Mocha house -Smuggler's Cove Pub
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Cadboro-Gyro Park
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Favourite beach and park/playground for kids -Rent paddle boards at nearby Gyro Beach Board Shop -Peppers Crocer -Jusu Juice bar -Machi Sushi -Mocha house -Smuggler's Cove Pub
walk up to government house from 426 Arnold avenue and visit the expansive gardens/park... you may see deer and Peacocks. Plan a picnic on a lovely day or walk in the rain.
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Government House
1401 Rockland Ave
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walk up to government house from 426 Arnold avenue and visit the expansive gardens/park... you may see deer and Peacocks. Plan a picnic on a lovely day or walk in the rain.
Dallas road waterfront trail and beach. Walk down from 426 Arnold Avenue straight thru the graveyard to the water and tur right to walk along the beach and keep going to access the water front trail. walk all the way to Ogden Point if you want a good long walk and grab a coffee or bite at The Breakwater cafe.
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Dallas Road
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Dallas road waterfront trail and beach. Walk down from 426 Arnold Avenue straight thru the graveyard to the water and tur right to walk along the beach and keep going to access the water front trail. walk all the way to Ogden Point if you want a good long walk and grab a coffee or bite at The Breakwater cafe.

Neighbourhoods/Places of Interest

Stroll along the avenue and sit the many shops and restaurants -Ottavio deli -Bon Sushi -Penny Farthing Pub and Vis a Vis restaurant -Oak and Barrel wine/liquor shop
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Oak Bay Avenue
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Stroll along the avenue and sit the many shops and restaurants -Ottavio deli -Bon Sushi -Penny Farthing Pub and Vis a Vis restaurant -Oak and Barrel wine/liquor shop
Estevan Village by the ocean Eat at: The Willows Galley Villages Ruth + Dean *dine in or take out and walk to Willows Beach
Estevan Village Park
Estevan Village by the ocean Eat at: The Willows Galley Villages Ruth + Dean *dine in or take out and walk to Willows Beach
Canada's oldest China town
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Chinatown
500 Fisgard St
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Canada's oldest China town
Great shopping along Johnson street. Also, check out Market Square.
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Johnson Street
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Great shopping along Johnson street. Also, check out Market Square.

Neighbourhoods

Cook Street Village (just a 20 minute walk from Arnold Avenue) Stroll from Fairfield Road and Cook Street all the way down to Dallas road (ocean) and Beacon Hill Park and petting Zoo. -the Root Cellar Grocer (opening end of October 2021) -Pizzeria Prima Strata -Surroundings Home shop -The Reflexology Experience -Mclennan's Butcher -Cook Street Liquor -Mother Nature's Market -Big Wheel Burger -Hot and Cold cafe -Thunderbird Chicken -Empire Doughnuts -The Beagle Pub -Food Trucks -Florists
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Cook Street
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Cook Street Village (just a 20 minute walk from Arnold Avenue) Stroll from Fairfield Road and Cook Street all the way down to Dallas road (ocean) and Beacon Hill Park and petting Zoo. -the Root Cellar Grocer (opening end of October 2021) -Pizzeria Prima Strata -Surroundings Home shop -The Reflexology Experience -Mclennan's Butcher -Cook Street Liquor -Mother Nature's Market -Big Wheel Burger -Hot and Cold cafe -Thunderbird Chicken -Empire Doughnuts -The Beagle Pub -Food Trucks -Florists