Guidebook for Victoria

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Guidebook for Victoria

Food Scene
Fresh take on sushi and great ramen bowls!
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The Next
240 Cook St
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Fresh take on sushi and great ramen bowls!
The real deal. Take it to go, wrapped in newspaper, and eat it at the beach or a nearby park.
Fairfield Fish & Chips
1275 Fairfield Road
The real deal. Take it to go, wrapped in newspaper, and eat it at the beach or a nearby park.
Quality basics: burger, fries and shakes. Family friendly, laid back with a diner vibe we remember from childhood. Free range, hormone and antiobiotic free meats. http://bigwheelburger.com/
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Big Wheel Burger
341 Cook Street
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Quality basics: burger, fries and shakes. Family friendly, laid back with a diner vibe we remember from childhood. Free range, hormone and antiobiotic free meats. http://bigwheelburger.com/
We haven't tried the entrees, but this place is consistently voted the best soft-serve ice cream in Victoria. We agree.
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Beacon Drive In Ltd
126 Douglas St
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We haven't tried the entrees, but this place is consistently voted the best soft-serve ice cream in Victoria. We agree.
Quality local ingredients. Their breakfasts are awesome.
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Bubby's Kitchen
355 Cook Street
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Quality local ingredients. Their breakfasts are awesome.
Hands down the best thin crust pizza in the city, within walking distance. Eat in - arrive early, as seating is limited and lineups develop fast - or phone ahead and take it to go. The pizza reheats well.
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Pizzeria Prima Strada
230 Cook St
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Hands down the best thin crust pizza in the city, within walking distance. Eat in - arrive early, as seating is limited and lineups develop fast - or phone ahead and take it to go. The pizza reheats well.
Funky vegetarian restaurant with a cult-like following. We recommend making reservations.
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Rebar
50 Bastion Square
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Funky vegetarian restaurant with a cult-like following. We recommend making reservations.
Locally roasted coffee, friendly staff. A neighbourhood favourite.
Fairfield Market
Locally roasted coffee, friendly staff. A neighbourhood favourite.
Well regarded for its meals. We've heard epic things about their Sunday Brunches! Great views.
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Oak Bay Marina
1327 Beach Drive
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Well regarded for its meals. We've heard epic things about their Sunday Brunches! Great views.
The coffee here is some of the best in the city. Try the breakfast bagel if you want something to keep you going until well after lunch!
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Little June
1115 North Park Street
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The coffee here is some of the best in the city. Try the breakfast bagel if you want something to keep you going until well after lunch!
We love this place for its unabashed use of butter.
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Patisserie Daniel
1729 Cook St
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We love this place for its unabashed use of butter.
If you're after steak and frites and a sommelier who knows his French wines, this is your place. It does not accept reservations, so show up early or be prepared to put your name on the list and head out for a pre-dinner drink.
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Brasserie L'Ecole
1715 Government St
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If you're after steak and frites and a sommelier who knows his French wines, this is your place. It does not accept reservations, so show up early or be prepared to put your name on the list and head out for a pre-dinner drink.
Friendly, fantastic hole in the wall microwbrewery. Award-winning.
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Hoyne Brewing Company
2740 Bridge Street
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Friendly, fantastic hole in the wall microwbrewery. Award-winning.
Oldest brewpub in the region. Great beer and stunning water views.
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses
308 Catherine St
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Oldest brewpub in the region. Great beer and stunning water views.
Pastries and gelato. Fabulous brunch on the weekends.
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Mosi Bakery Cafe & Gelateria
5303 W Saanich Rd
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Pastries and gelato. Fabulous brunch on the weekends.
Another award winning microbrewery. Tasting room on site...try their Critical Point Pale Ale. En route to Butchart Gardens and local farm stands.
Category 12 Brewing
2200 Keating Cross Rd
Another award winning microbrewery. Tasting room on site...try their Critical Point Pale Ale. En route to Butchart Gardens and local farm stands.
Amongst the most established of local breweries. If you like hops, you'll love it here. One of the bigger tasting rooms; ask about their tours. For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, their handcrafted soda is earning a name for itself, too.
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Phillips Brewing & Malting
2010 Government Street
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Amongst the most established of local breweries. If you like hops, you'll love it here. One of the bigger tasting rooms; ask about their tours. For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, their handcrafted soda is earning a name for itself, too.
Small wine bar with an extensive wine selection and tasty tapas-style menu.
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stage.
1307 Gladstone Ave
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Small wine bar with an extensive wine selection and tasty tapas-style menu.
Good quality barbecue basics: pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken, cornbread, and slaw. Eat in or request it to go.
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Pig BBQ Joint
1325 Blanshard Street
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Good quality barbecue basics: pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken, cornbread, and slaw. Eat in or request it to go.
Essentials
For those seeking something stronger than coffee. A good selection of BC wines and brews.
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Cook St Liquor
230 Cook Street
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For those seeking something stronger than coffee. A good selection of BC wines and brews.
Open 24 hours, solid selection. Pharmacy on site (open 9 am to 8pm most days)
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Thrifty Foods
198 Menzies St
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Open 24 hours, solid selection. Pharmacy on site (open 9 am to 8pm most days)
A solid selection of organic foods within walking distance. If you're looking for items to fill your picnic hamper head to the back for deli items.
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Mother Nature's Market & Deli
240 Cook St
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A solid selection of organic foods within walking distance. If you're looking for items to fill your picnic hamper head to the back for deli items.
Good if you need a pint of milk or other basics. Be warned they don't take credit cards and they close early.
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Oxford Foods
271 Cook St
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Good if you need a pint of milk or other basics. Be warned they don't take credit cards and they close early.
Pharmacy and post office within walking distance.
Rexall
230 Cook St
Pharmacy and post office within walking distance.
The closest walk-in medical clinic.
Cook Street Village Medical Clinic
230 Cook St
The closest walk-in medical clinic.
A great hair salon minutes away.
Shampoo Hair Bar
1272 May Street
A great hair salon minutes away.
Local butcher specializing in locally sourced, ethically raised meats.
McLennan's Island Meat & Seafood
Local butcher specializing in locally sourced, ethically raised meats.
Good selection of local meats and produce. An excellent deli...Their sandwiches are a mile high!
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Red Barn Market
1933 Oak Bay Ave
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Good selection of local meats and produce. An excellent deli...Their sandwiches are a mile high!
Government liquor store with a good selection.
BC Liquor Stores
225 Menzies St
Government liquor store with a good selection.
Drinks & Nightlife
Innovative cocktails, wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff.
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Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
506 Fort St
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Innovative cocktails, wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff.
This place is in competition with Little Jumbo for best cocktails in town...Try them both!
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Veneto Bar Ristorante
653 Pandora Avenue
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This place is in competition with Little Jumbo for best cocktails in town...Try them both!
Our local pub. The place to go if you're looking for a pint and a platter of nachos within walking distance.
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Beagle Pub The
301 Cook Street
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Our local pub. The place to go if you're looking for a pint and a platter of nachos within walking distance.
Great beer, good food for lunch and dinner. Extensive waterfront outdoor patio. Live music Thursday through Saturday.
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CANOE Brewpub
450 Swift St
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Great beer, good food for lunch and dinner. Extensive waterfront outdoor patio. Live music Thursday through Saturday.
Parks & Nature
A fabulous view of the surrounding area.
Gonzales Hill Regional Park - Main Parking Lot
A fabulous view of the surrounding area.
Beautiful views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. Make a cuppa coffee - or get one from nearby Cook St Village - and take a wander...
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Clover Point
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Beautiful views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. Make a cuppa coffee - or get one from nearby Cook St Village - and take a wander...
Lots to see and do - gardens, ponds, two playgrounds, even a petting zoo. Walk up Beacon Hill for a beautiful view of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains.
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Beacon Hill Park
100 Cook St
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Lots to see and do - gardens, ponds, two playgrounds, even a petting zoo. Walk up Beacon Hill for a beautiful view of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains.
The grounds of Government House are open free to the public sunrise to sunset. A perfect place for a picnic, offering secluded spots for reflection and lovely water views. Walk up for live music on the lawns Thursday evenings during the summer. (http://www.ltgov.bc.ca/news-events/news/default.html#../../news-events/news/special-events/2016/july/concerts.html)
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Government House
1401 Rockland Ave
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The grounds of Government House are open free to the public sunrise to sunset. A perfect place for a picnic, offering secluded spots for reflection and lovely water views. Walk up for live music on the lawns Thursday evenings during the summer. (http://www.ltgov.bc.ca/news-events/news/default.html#../../news-events/news/special-events/2016/july/concerts.html)
Offers panoramic views of the Saanich Penninsula. Drive up, or enjoy a rainforest hike on the myriad of trails. Road is closed to cars till noon for those who wish to bike, walk or run up on the pavement.
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Mount Douglas Park
4500 Cedar Hill Rd
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Offers panoramic views of the Saanich Penninsula. Drive up, or enjoy a rainforest hike on the myriad of trails. Road is closed to cars till noon for those who wish to bike, walk or run up on the pavement.
Great views of the city.
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Mount Tolmie Park
3492 Mayfair Dr
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Great views of the city.
10km chip trail through forests.
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Elk Lake
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10km chip trail through forests.
Lovely beach with nice evening light. You can see Mt. Baker on clear days.
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Willows Beach
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Lovely beach with nice evening light. You can see Mt. Baker on clear days.
Neat gardens that are close by. Run by the not-for-profit Land Conservancy. Entry by donation.
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Abkhazi Garden
1964 Fairfield Road
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Neat gardens that are close by. Run by the not-for-profit Land Conservancy. Entry by donation.
Shopping
Fresh local produce and baked goods, coffee, live music, arts and crafts. Saturdays 10 am - 2pm, May through October.
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Moss Street Market
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Fresh local produce and baked goods, coffee, live music, arts and crafts. Saturdays 10 am - 2pm, May through October.
A fabulous selection of fresh organic teas - our favourite tea place in town. Ask about their tea tasting bar and upcoming workshops. (http://silkroadteastore.com/) Also features a spa on site.
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Silk Road Tea
1624 Government St
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A fabulous selection of fresh organic teas - our favourite tea place in town. Ask about their tea tasting bar and upcoming workshops. (http://silkroadteastore.com/) Also features a spa on site.
All things wooly and wonderful. If you're a knitter, you'll like this shop.
Beehive Wool Shop
1700 Douglas St
All things wooly and wonderful. If you're a knitter, you'll like this shop.
Established by one-time spouse of Canadian author Alice Munro. An excellent bookstore in an exceptional building. Look up at the ceiling!
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Munro's Books
1108 Government St
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Established by one-time spouse of Canadian author Alice Munro. An excellent bookstore in an exceptional building. Look up at the ceiling!
Large, family-owned used book store with an extensive selection. A great place to stock up on your vacation reads.
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Russell Books
734 Fort Street
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Large, family-owned used book store with an extensive selection. A great place to stock up on your vacation reads.
A quaint seaside town with an abundance of bookstores, bakeries and boutiques.
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Sidney
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A quaint seaside town with an abundance of bookstores, bakeries and boutiques.
Farm fresh produce! Some of the very best around.
Sun Wing Greenhouses Ltd
6070 Oldfield Rd
Farm fresh produce! Some of the very best around.
Everything Else
If you're looking for a run from the suite that incorporates hills, run along Dallas Road to Beach Drive and up and over King George Terrace. You'll be rewarded with some pretty special views.
King George Terrace
If you're looking for a run from the suite that incorporates hills, run along Dallas Road to Beach Drive and up and over King George Terrace. You'll be rewarded with some pretty special views.
Arts & Culture
Extensive collection of works by Emily Carr.
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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
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Extensive collection of works by Emily Carr.
IMAX Theatre, permanent exhibits that provide a comprehensive overview of BC history, interesting visiting exhibits and a life size replica of a wooly mammoth ; ) A really good coffee shop, as well as food trucks in the museum courtyard during summer months.
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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St
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IMAX Theatre, permanent exhibits that provide a comprehensive overview of BC history, interesting visiting exhibits and a life size replica of a wooly mammoth ; ) A really good coffee shop, as well as food trucks in the museum courtyard during summer months.
The birthplace of Emily Carr.
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Emily Carr House
207 Government Street
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The birthplace of Emily Carr.