As the main strip of Victoria—or at least one of the most prominent ones—Government Street is packed to the curbs with awesome shops to duck into. Whether you're looking to shop at some cool boutiques, sample some of the best local cuisine, soak in Victoria's legendary history, or just meander and get your people-watching quota met, if you're in Victoria, you should definitely explore Government Street and the surrounding blocks—heck, there's even some alleys to duck into and explore. So from cupcakes to used books, Government Street should have a few that'll be highlights on your trip to Victoria.
Need some ideas on where to start?
Rogers Chocolate: Because who doesn't love a chocolate shop?
Old Morris Tobacconists: Cigars, pipes, and tobacco
Murchie’s: Tea shop with a tea cafe
Phillips Brewing: A much-loved local brewery
Vancouver Island Brewing Co.: Local, tasty beers—need we say more?
Ooh La La Cupcakes: Fun-as-they-are-fancy cupcakes
Solstice Cafe: A rad little coffee shop
Sitka: Casual, modern urbanware with a touch of skate/surf vibe
MEC: One of Canada's premiere outdoor clothing stores
Munro’s: A revered local bookstore
Renaissance Books: Specializes in used/vintage books
Baggins: Quirky shoe shop
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