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Things to do in Downtown, Victoria

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Great museum, with an amazing collection of local first nation's artifacts. RBCM frequently has top exhibits from around the world.”
  • 205 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Our favourite Italian spot in the city. We always try to get a courtyard table next to a fireplace.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Jam Cafe is one of Victoria's busiest breakfast/brunch spots. Long lines can be seen at 9am, but the trick is to come when the turnover begins. Inspired by recipes from the south, their menu also includes a collection of family home style recipes that have been shared and passed down over generations. Needless to say Jam Café has options that can satisfy the most discerning of appetites. Their ever changing rustic and vintage decor adds to the warmth and welcoming atmosphere in our family-owned eatery.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Night Club
“Just a few doors down, right on the water. Great beer, food and live music on the weekends. The patio in good weather is one of the best.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Historic Empress hotel in Victoria's Inner Harbour. Stroll through the grounds and the rose garden, or make a reservation for afternoon tea.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
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“A little food truck on the harbour pathway (walk about 10min towards the legislature/inner harbour). Some of the best fish and chips in Victoria. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Urban shopping mall in the heart of downtown, with brand-name retailers, dining options & underground parking.”
  • 28 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“French-style bistro. Amazing steak and frites. Our absolute favourite restaurant in the city - bar none. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Bar & eatery serving ribs, sandwiches & regional craft beers in a rustic space”
  • 67 locals recommend
Pub
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“Scottish-style pub pouring whiskey & drafts in a storied space with kilt-clad servers & live music.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian cuisine in an unforgettable Victoria-meets-New York atmosphere. Very popular, so be prepared to wait. Or get there early. Like 5. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“'Winner of Best Irish Pub in North America, we embrace the Irish culture with food for the body, drink for the spirit, and music for the soul. We pride ourselves on providing a true Irish experience since opening our doors in 2004. The traditions of Ireland have been extended to our menu, which has been developed by the philosophy of food for the body, offering Irish classics like bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie and our famous Irish stew. Enjoy a Drink for the spirit with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness or savour Victoria’s best Irish coffee. We boast over 40 taps & the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Canada. Music for the soul is heard 7 nights a week at 9 or Friday & Saturday from 4 to 7. Come for the Guinness, stay for the Craic'”
  • 41 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Mo:Le is fine dining for the Raw Food, Vegan and Vegetarian. Healthy and original, it’s worth a visit, especially for their pesto hashbrowns. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great restaurant in Downtown Victoria. Offers casual fare with local ingredients. One block away from Market Square, and LoJo shopping district.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“The space is a tribute to classic cocktails bars of old, and the pioneering spirit of Victoria. Housed in the ca. 1907 Pacific Transfer Building, the interior is warm exposed brick and worn wooden pillars. Antique light fixtures are juxtaposed with industrial light bulbs, a library of spirited books and shelves of period glassware have found a new home here, and a wall of black cushioned banquettes and booths beckon to sink into. And oh the bar – three hefty pieces of end grain western maple, assembled on site and hand stained with Fernet Branca for the perfezione patina. Even the name, Little Jumbo, is tribute to the Little Jumbo Saloon in New York, founded in 1966 and owned by ‘the father of American mixology”, Harry Johnson.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Flower Shop
““Historic building with local vendors offering gourmet foods, handcrafted goods & live entertainment.””
  • 47 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Our favourite Italian spot in the city. We always try to get a courtyard table next to a fireplace.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Jam Cafe is one of Victoria's busiest breakfast/brunch spots. Long lines can be seen at 9am, but the trick is to come when the turnover begins. Inspired by recipes from the south, their menu also includes a collection of family home style recipes that have been shared and passed down over generations. Needless to say Jam Café has options that can satisfy the most discerning of appetites. Their ever changing rustic and vintage decor adds to the warmth and welcoming atmosphere in our family-owned eatery.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Night Club
“Just a few doors down, right on the water. Great beer, food and live music on the weekends. The patio in good weather is one of the best.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Historic Empress hotel in Victoria's Inner Harbour. Stroll through the grounds and the rose garden, or make a reservation for afternoon tea.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“A little food truck on the harbour pathway (walk about 10min towards the legislature/inner harbour). Some of the best fish and chips in Victoria. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“French-style bistro. Amazing steak and frites. Our absolute favourite restaurant in the city - bar none. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bar & eatery serving ribs, sandwiches & regional craft beers in a rustic space”
  • 67 locals recommend
Pub
“Scottish-style pub pouring whiskey & drafts in a storied space with kilt-clad servers & live music.”
  • 51 locals recommend

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