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Lower Johnson Street, Victoria

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Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

1. Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

Join your guide at the Victoria Public Market, an old department store from 1921. After the first tasting at this location, make your way to Canada's oldest Chinatown and discover the Chinese Public School, Gates of Harmonious Interest and Fan Tan Alley. Moving on after 3 tastings in Chinatown, you will discover Victoria's Old Town district with stops at Market Square, Johnson Street, Bastion Square, and the Government Street shopping district.  After 3 more local tastings, you will finish the tour at the Visitor Center in the beautiful Inner Harbour. Here, learn about the Empress Hotel and the British Columbia legislative buildings (Provincial Parliament).  From this location, you will be well-positioned to discover the rest of Victoria or access local transportation to the cruise ship terminal, ferry or airport.

Victoria: Hip & Hidden Chinatown + Old Town Food Tour

2. Victoria: Hip & Hidden Chinatown + Old Town Food Tour

Discover hip and hidden foodie gems in Canada's oldest Chinatown and vibrant Old Town. Eat like a local at our newest restaurants that are off the tourist path including decadent South Indian cuisine, farm-to-table dishes, Thai dumplings, a mind-blowing taco, pastries, craft beer and much more. Perfect for the adventurous traveller looking for an authentic experience. Start your tour off at the bustling Victoria Public Market, once an old department store, where you'll get to taste a farm-to-table soup from a trendy cafe and authentic South Indian Cuisine from one of Victoria's newest pop-up kitchen. Then, emerge into Chinatown and listen as your guide talks about the neighborhood's long-standing history. Stop at the Chinese Public School and work your way down the bustling Fisgard Street. Along the way, try a traditionally-baked Char Sui bun from a Cantonese bakery and a mind-blowing taco from Maiiz Nixtamal. Chef and owner Israel Molina is a Michelin-starred chef from Mexico City and a must-visit stop in Victoria. After passing through the iconic Fan Tan Alley, the tour will stop at a fun Filipino bakery for some delightful treats and will make a stop at super trendy Dumpling Drop for some fried Thai dumplings. After exploring Market Square in Old Town the tour will end at Whistle Buoy Brewing, a fun and vibrant craft brewery for either a beer or a locally made soda.

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What people are saying about Lower Johnson Street, Victoria

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 41 reviews

The tour was so interesting and informative. It was a really great way to experience many different types of food while seeing so many hidden gems in Victoria. I was traveling alone and this was a great way to see some sites, eat some amazing local food (which I went back to later!) and meet really cool travellers at the same time!

Andy was great and so was the tour. He has about 18 vendors on his list and he rotates daily to 7 or 8 of them. All we visited were terrific and we were very full at the end - just a salad for dinner, thanks! Highly recommended !!!!!!!

Andy was a great tour guide. He's very passionate about food and history which is translated well into the tour. We had a good selection of foods and enjoyed a nice walk downtown Victoria on a beautiful day!

Excellent time spent sampling different foods and interesting historical information of the area. Highly recommend

Finished full of interesting food, local historical facts, and people encounters.