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Historic Downtown Victoria Food Tour

Where: Victoria, British Columbia
Price for: 1 Participant
Enjoy a unique walking tour of downtown Victoria that combines a history lesson with modern food. On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll explore four iconic and historic areas of the city while tasting modern and local Victoria cuisine. The Historic Downtown Victoria Food Tour is a tasty history lesson indeed!

Learn about Victoria’s history, taste local cuisine, and enjoy a leisurely walking tour of beautiful downtown Victoria.

From it’s humble beginnings as a fur trading outpost, Victoria has evolved into having the largest and most vibrant Chinatown in North America.  Your tour begins at the historic Hudson Bay Building, now the home of the bustling Victoria Public Market. Here you will get a tour of the market that includes a savoury handpie from Pie Co., a coffee from a local roaster, and some curried delights from Sutra an Indian café owned by one of Canada’s most famous chefs, Vikram Vij.

Next, the tour will make its way to historic Chinatown where you will tour the hidden alleys (including the famous Fan Tan Alley) and sample a French macaron and modern Korean style steamed buns. Your tour then heads to Market Square and Old Town, once the commercial capital of the city in the late 1800s, to see the revitalized buildings that once housed the rowdy hotels and opium dens that dominated the area in the late 1800s. You’ll stop at the farm-to-table restaurant Hawk & Hen for a local Philips craft beer and some locally sourced food. The tour continues to Bastion Square, the original home of Fort Victoria. Your tour ends on a sweet note with a pastry from Rebar a popular cafe that has been serving up delicious healthy fare in Victoria since 1988.

Tour Highlights

  • Over 8+ food samples & beverage samples from 7 stops, including a local craft beer and a unique Poutine from Vikram Vij's Sutra restaurant.

  • Guided tour of historic Chinatown, Canada's oldest Chinatown and Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in the country.

  • Tour of the bustling Victoria Public Market.

  • Learn the history of Fort Victoria, Market Square, Chinatown, and more.

When: November to April: Fridays and Saturdays  10:30am - 12:30am
           May to October: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:30am - 12: 30am

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting place: 2% Jazz Coffee (1701 Douglas Street – East Corner of Victoria Public Market)

Need to Know:

  • This tour is suitable for all ages however there is an optional alcohol sample. The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19 years of age. You may be required to present your government issued ID to participate in alcohol tastings. 
  • This tour has a vegetarian option that can be requested when you reserve your tour time. Please note that the tour can not accommodate for the following allergies: gluten, dairy, or severe peanut.
  • Capacity:  maximum 12 guests, minimum 4. Guests will be notified 24 hours in advance if the minimum is not met.

  • Walking Distance: approximately 1 km.

  • Price includes: all food and beverage tastings and expert tour guide.

  • Tour runs regardless of weather.

So whether you are looking for fun things to do in Victoria BC or a delicious unique gift, this food tour is perfect!

The Historic Downtown Victoria Food Tour takes place at Victoria, British Columbia. VIEW MAP


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