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Modern Chinatown History & 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. You’ll explore three iconic and historic areas including an extensive tour of Chinatown, Victoria Public Market, and the emerging Design District while tasting modern and local Victoria cuisine.
Learn about Victoria’s history, taste local cuisine, and enjoy a leisurely walking tour of beautiful downtown Victoria.

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 hand pie from Victoria Pie Co., a coffee from a local roaster and a unique version of poutine, a traditional Canadian dish from Sutra. Sutra is the only place outside of Vancouver that you can experience food designed by renowned chef Vikram Vij.

Next, the tour will make its way to historic Chinatown where you will tour the hidden alleys, visit the Chinese Public School built in 1909 and sample handmade dumplings and a Bao bun from a local business.

After exploring Dragon Alley you’ll head towards the emerging Design District for two new modern culinary stops including a local craft beer from iconic Philip’s Brewery and a delicious sandwich from Salt & Pepper Fox. The Design District was once the industrial part of the city and is now home to restaurants, galleries, and art shops. The tour then swings back along historic Store street to explore and taste your way through Fan Tan Alley, Market Square and end on a sweet note at the new and modern Johnson Street Bridge.

The Modern Chinatown History & Food Tour is a great tour to sample modern local cuisine while getting the stories and history of one the oldest neighbourhoods in Victoria.

Tour Highlights:

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

  • Try a local craft beer and a unique Poutine from Vikram Vij's Sutra restaurant.

  • Tour of the bustling Victoria Public Market.

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

What's included:

  • Over 10+ food samples & beverage samples from 8 stops.
  • Small group walking tour with expert local guide.

When:Available year-round  Monday – Sunday  10:30am – 1pm

2.5 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 avegetarian 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 2 guests.

  • Walking Distance: approximately 2 km.Total walking time is approximately 45 minutes.

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

  • Tour runs regardless of weather.

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

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