Taste of Victoria

When in Victoria we quickly realized that British traditions are still quite alive in the city. What could be more British than fish and chips for lunch and high tea in the afternoon? So we decided to check it out for ourselves. For lunch we went to the locally recommended Red Fish Blue Fish located on the waterfront. This place it just a shack on the dock with only outdoor seating. It’s very popular so expect to wait in line (it’s well worth it though!).

I had 1 piece of halibut, fries and it came with a side of coleslaw.

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High Tea at Venus Sophia 

For a little afternoon pick-me-up we decided to partake in a very British activity – high tea! The most famous place to have high tea in Victoria is at the Empress Hotel and costs $50 per person. Since we were on more of a budget we decided to try a more cost-effective, yet equally impressive option at the Venus Sophia Tea House and Vegetarian Eatery. Venus Sophia has several comfortable couches and chairs and feels very cozy. For $25 per person we got more goodies than we needed (and delicious ones at that!). I would highly recommend this tea house if you want to experience high tea in Victoria.

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Other Notable Mentions:

While in Victoria there are a few other treasures not to miss including:

  • Rogers Chocolates – gourmet chocolate shop on Government St.
  • Cook Street Village – cute neighbourhood with little shops and restaurants including The Beagle Pub.
  • Boutique browsing on Government Street near Yates/ Pandora ( my favourite store was definitely Emporia which had cute home and lifestyle apparel).
  • There are countless independent cafes/coffee shops which offer small meals and a good afternoon pick-me-up. You can find one on almost every corner.

Wave hello to Victoria!

This past winter, I went to go visit one of my BFFs in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is located in western Canada on Vancouver island and has a population of about 300 000 (with a large population of retirees!). The city of Victoria was named after Queen Victoria and still maintains its charmed British history (via historical buildings, cuisine, and culture). We spent three days exploring (very easy to navigate on foot) which gave us plenty of time to see the main sights. Here are some of the photo highlights:

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Me and my bestie strolling around Beacon Hill Park.

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Pacific Ocean

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Provincial Parliament Buildings. Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia.

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One of the many nice walking paths in Victoria (Dallas Rd)

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Empress Hotel. Luxurious hotel in downtown Victoria.

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Downtown Victoria (check out the flowers in February!)