Victoria is known for its “walkability”. I live not too far from downtown and I walk A LOT. We have many wonderful shops and restaurants in downtown Victoria. How fun would it be to do a bit of “foodie crawl” with a group of friends?
One nice day in March we were invited to participate in Victoria Food Tours. It’s a new business that focuses on walking tour of best of downtown Victoria has to offer—culinary wise. The tour runs daily, and each tour is 2 hours. They typically visit 6-8 spots and you won’t know where you’re going until you get there. (I think that is part of the fun, but if you are *really* curious you can check out their Instagram and Twitter feed to get an idea.)
Our meeting spot (and our first stop of the tour) was Clubhouse in Strathcona Hotel. While we enjoyed our bites of fresh fish tacos, our guide Amber handed everyone a headset – she will be giving us full description of the food and sometimes little history of downtown Victoria landmarks. This was handy as our group probably had about 10 people.
Second stop of this tour (the spots you will visit will vary) was Browns Social House. Tahitian Tuna Salad. Yum.
Stop #3 was my favourite spot—The Oyster bar. LOVE!!
Next we stopped at 10 Acres—this was my first time in this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. We’ll check them out later on our own for sure.
This is a great way for locals like us to discover new places and even if you’ve been to some of the restaurants, to discover new menu and some interesting stories on Victoria. Our guide Amber was friendly and knowledgable. I don’t mind doing this tour again when friends visits from out of town.
Stop #5 –Bon Macaron. I’d heard about this place and knew where it was but it was our first time to actually stopping at the shop. I’ve always thought I wasn’t much of macaron lover, but this place changed it. Everybody got to pick one macaron to try!
Next, we visited Artisan Wine Shop. I have visited here few times before, and I always thought this was the “fancy” wine shop. But we were pleasantly surprised how reasonable all the BC wines they carry here are (really). Since then we’ve been frequesnting them. Here we tasted several different kind of wine.
Stop #7 and our final spot is Victoria’s own Murchie’s. We tasted lovely tea and some cake.
If you have food restrictions, make sure you let the organizers know when you book your tour, and they will give the chefs 24 hour notice.
I really had a wonderful time on this tour and hope you give it a try.
Visit Victoria Food Tours website for more info.