Join us for a unique walking tour of downtown Victoria that combines a history lesson with modern food. We explore four iconic and historic areas of the city; The old Hudson Bay Building, Chinatown, Old Town, and Bastion Square. We visit 7 modern culinary stops and sample lots of great local food including a craft beer. A tasty history lesson indeed!
We start the tour at the historic Hudson Bay Building, now the home of the bustling Victoria Public Market. Here we will get a tour of the market that includes a coffee from a local roaster, a savoury handpie from Victoria Pie Co. and a unique version of a traditional Canadian dish from Sutra, an Indian cafe owned by Vikram Vij, one of the most famous chefs in Canada. We then make our way to historic Chinatown where we tour the hidden alleys (including the famous Fan Tan Alley) and sample modern Bao buns and a French macaron. Next, we head to Market Square and Old Town to see the revitalized buildings that once housed the rowdy hotels and opium dens that dominated the area in the late 1800s. We stop at the farm-to-table restaurant Hawk & Hen for a local Philips craft beer and some locally sourced food. After passing through Bastion Square, home of the original Fort Victoria, we end the tour at Catawampus Fudge. Tammy has been making homemade fudge for over 40 years and her shop is an eclectic mix of food, fashion, and curiosities.
This tour is suitable for all ages however there is an optional alcohol sample. The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19 years of age. It’s against the law to purchase liquor for or give liquor to a minor. You may be required to present your government issued ID to participate in alcohol tastings. A secondary piece of ID is also required in BC.
Dietary Concerns: We can accommodate most allergies on this tour however we can not accommodate the following: Gluten, dairy, or severe peanut. All of our tours have a vegetarian option that must be requested during the booking process.