Before I went to the capital of British Columbia I had a very different picture of the city. Victoria is much more cooler than you think. The little city located on Vancouver Island is filled with unexpected cool and delicious restaurants, nice cafés, unique stores and hip places. I mostly like the old Chinatown (which is the oldest Chinatown in Canada) and it´s atmosphere, cafés and shops.
What I really like about Victoria is the local movement we are local where Locals supporting other local businesses and products wherever they can. ♥ Here are some of my favourite local owned shops, cafés and restaurants:
Still life – for him/for her: Founded from locals in Victoria. Little, unique store with some of my favourite brands like Herschel, Fjällraven, Penfield, Libertine-Libertine, Nudie, Rains and much more. As I am living in Vancouver it is pretty convenient that there is also a second store in Vancouver on Main St. 550 Johnson Street – “Still life – for him” und right across is “Still life – for her” Suasion – right next door. Everything, what is nice and beautiful. From the Brixton Beanie to the Hunter rubber boots there are also weekender bags, candles, jewelleries and magazines… 552 Johnson St
Sitka clothing – Outdoor- Surf-, Lifestyle-Brand in and from Victoria. Here is a lot of attention to detail. There´s delicious coffee, organic sandwiches and a mini ramp. I went there a few times already. If there is a store happening (by mistake we found ourselves on a product launch party) you get Beer from local breweries, self-created Drinks filled in flower vases (I see those vases a lot – current trend here in BC?) and fresh made Sandwiches with, of course, local seasonal products. Everything local, everything sustainable and “earth-friendly”. 570 Yates St Habit Cafe – You need to go to Chinatown anyhow. Good place to hang out and watch people, read good magazines and especially drink some good coffee from their friends at Bows&Arrows. As I said I like the “we are local” thing a lot. 552 Pandora Ave
Willie´s Bakery & Cafe – I found out that it is kind of normal to queue up on sundays to get a place in one of the popular brunch places. It´s not good when you are hungry. There are so many good places! (Next time we`ll try the famous Jam Cafe). So we got a place in Willies Bakery, which is British Columbia’s first bakery. Still operating at the original location, they have pretty delicious all day Breakfasts. All meals are coming with local and organic ingredients including free-run eggs which are purchased from a local farm. Of course! So we tried the “Eggs Benedicts” for the first time, which are very heavy but quite an experience. Even if you can´t eat anymore you shouldn´t miss the fresh made monster muffins in their bakery shop. In the first place I mixed them up with a loaf of bread. (They are sooo big!). 537 Johnson Street