Best things to do in Victoria

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St
277local recommendations
Shannon says “The Royal BC Museum includes three permanent galleries: natural history, modern history, and local F...” ·
2. Beacon Hill Park
100 Cook St
257local recommendations
Rachel says “take a walk through beacon hill park, walk through the flower gardens that show cases beautiful flow...” ·
3. Jam Cafe
542 Herald St
121local recommendations
Deirdre says “For breakfast or lunch, these guys cover all the flavour profiles. Their menu is diverse, unique and...” ·
4. Market On Yates
903 Yates St
131local recommendations
Matt says “Pretty much the only grocery store near to dowtown other than the Thrifty Foods in James Bay. This p...” ·
5. Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
103local recommendations
Matt says “Craigdarroch castle was built by a rich mine baron in the late 1800's. It has been a military hospit...” ·
6. CANOE Brewpub
450 Swift St
121local recommendations
Matt says “Great location and an awesome patio. The beer is certainly nothing to write home about which is a bu...” ·
7. Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St
106local recommendations
Debra says “An outdoor waterfront eatery in an up-cycled cargo container in Victoria's Inner Harbour. Best fish ...” ·
8. II Terrazzo
555 Johnson St
112local recommendations
Sloane & Raff
Sloane & Raff says “ANNIVERSARY/DATE SPOT: Reservation recommended. Beautiful ambience, amazing service. If you are look...” ·
9. Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses
308 Catherine St
102local recommendations
Maia says “This a restaurant, a pub AND a brewery! They use as much local food as possible. The views are epic....” ·
10. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
501 Belleville St
92local recommendations
Randi says “Victoria B.C is the capitol of British Columbia and our legislature is quite impressive. Covered wit...” ·
11. Brasserie L'Ecole
1715 Government St
85local recommendations
Melissa says “Quaint french bistro here in China town, has been here my whole life. They have the best burger i h...” ·
12. Fairmont Empress
721 Government St
77local recommendations
Bonnie Drouillard &
Bonnie Drouillard & says “The Inner Harbour is where seaplanes, water taxis, kayak outfitters, whale-watching tours, restauran...” ·
13. Pizzeria Prima Strada
230 Cook St
80local recommendations
Tobin says “Walk across the park to the best pizza ever. Ever!!! This is my all-time favourite restaurant. There...” ·
14. The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Ave
68local recommendations
Maia says “The Drake is a beer parlour! How cool is that? They have SO many amazing beers to choose from, and a...” ·
15. Stage Wine Bar
1307 Gladstone Ave
77local recommendations
Grady says “This place is popular with local chefs who come after their shifts to enjoy the food and lively/loud...” ·
16. Blue Fox Cafe
919 Fort St
63local recommendations
Karen And Ian
Karen And Ian says “This is one of our all time favourite places for breakfast. The eggs benny is probably one of the be...” ·
17. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
69local recommendations
Diane says “The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is an art gallery located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada....” ·
18. Pagliacci's
1011 Broad Street
60local recommendations
Matt says “A Victoria classic. A cozy but lively Italian restaurant. Arguably the best bread in town. The "Hemi...” ·
19. Fol Epi
398 Harbour Road
66local recommendations
Maia says “So much yum!!! This bakery is killer, and is also attached to a fantastic coffee shop, the best chee...” ·
20. The Fernwood Inn
1302 Gladstone Ave
63local recommendations
Megan says “It might be a secret lunch spot for me and my kid...shhhh, don't tell. But this place has amazing Fr...” ·
21. Ferris' Grill & Garden Patio
536 Yates St
56local recommendations
Lauren & Dave
Lauren & Dave says “If you are interested in trying oysters, make sure you stop by Ferris'. They offer raw oysters, bake...” ·
22. Mo:Lé Restaurant
554 Pandora Ave
59local recommendations
Tobin says “Best breakfast in town! Get here before the lineup starts. Even if there is a lineup, give your name...” ·
23. Bard & Banker
1022 Government St
53local recommendations
Ana says “This well-run establishment is housed in what was originally a bank building. Many of the (exquisite...” ·
24. be love
1019 Blanshard St
59local recommendations
Cindy says “Be Love is my favourite Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant. Being a Vegan myself, I am ecstatic to go to a...” ·
25. Irish Times Pub
1200 Government St
54local recommendations
Sharon & David
Sharon & David says “Rated #1 Pub in B.C. This is not a place to go for a quiet meal and drink. The Irish music can be he...” ·
26. Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
1701 Douglas St
57local recommendations
Debra says “The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, highlights local artisans, farmers, fishers, butchers, bak...” ·
27. Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
506 Fort St
51local recommendations
Matt says “This place is a hidden gem. Tucked away inside a doored-off hallway, this boujie cocktail bar is sup...” ·