I think I had the best souvenirs buy in a Souvenit shop, where I forgot to note the name.
It was in the 1300 block of Government street, next to the Command Post Antique shop.
Just have a look, businesses seems to change a lot in that block, but you always can get a deal here.
Like any major town Victoria has its Dollar Shops.
Well, you know them: Low prices for items Made in China and with a questionable quality.
But hey, sometimes it's just what you need!
What to buy: Just some gadget.
What to pay: CAD 1
Geordie's Music claims to have rare Vinyl Records & Vintage Guitars. As the shop is a bit off from downtown Victoria I missed an opportunity to check that for myself.
Stiil through the window some crate with albums were waiting for me.
Geordie's also give guitar playing lessons and offers guitar repair service.
Tu-Sa: 10:30AM – 5:30PM
What to buy: Records
Ditch Records is a BIG store with many records, well devided insections etc.
Quality is high and so are the prices.
Be aware of re-releases!
Mo-Sa: 10:30AM - 6PM
Su: Noon - 5PM
What to buy: Records
What to pay: High prices
The Victoria Salvation Army Thrift shop is located not to far away from the Inner harbour.
It's a rather large shop with clothing, household items and more for sale.
I went there to find some second hand records and there were a few albums to my liking.
The music section is not that big.
Mo-Sa: 9AM - 5:30PM
What to buy: Second hand goods
What to pay: Low prices
Turntable is a small (what else can you expect in Fan Tan Alley?).
I was struck by the collection of "Father Abraham" records on display in the shop window.
The merchandise was mainly main stream music and I think I did not bought any record.
The owner stayed very friendly and helpful.
All records are in excellent condition.
Mo-Th: 10AM - 5:30PM
Fr: 10AM - 6PM
Sa-Su: 10AM - 5:30PM
What to buy: Second Hand Records.
Talk's Cheap is a young and vivid store. One of those stores where you have to go up into, look underneath and dig some deeper. I found some crazy Christmas records and some original sixties material. The owner is well into the business and open for a deal.
The store is more than records only; it's a Pop Culture Gallery with clothing, posters and more.
Mo-Th: 11AM - 5PM
Fr: 11AM - 9PM
Sa-Su: 11AM - 5PM
What to buy: Second Hand Music
What to pay: Reasonable prices
Russell Books is a fantastic, huge used bookstore on Fort Street,
downtown Victoria. We saw it a few times while we were across the street
waiting for the bus and decided to check it out.
There are two floors that actually have two separate entrances to get
into, and we spent more time on the second floor. Both floors are wall
to wall, floor to ceiling, covered in books. There are piles of books on
the floor, on tables and counters. It was a little bit mind boggling. I
can't comment specifically on the selection, as I've only been there
once, but it is obviously vast. I wanted to check out the travel
section, and ended up buying six books for around $50. I could have
spent much more time and money there, but alas we were on vacation and
wouldn't of had room in our suitcases to bring much more home! I noticed
a sign on the door saying they were voted Victoria's Best Used
Bookstore, and it is also mentioned on their website. I can see why!
Russell Books also has some new books, calendars, journals and cards.
Worth a visit for any book lover. I'm sure you could find some real gems
in here if you had the time.
What to buy: Books!!
This street starts just across from the Inner Harbour to the left of the Empress...heads northwards and is really the spot to find memorabilia or souvenirs of Victoria or Canada....
You name it....there are shops selling clothing [t-shirts],carvings,postcards,art work,posters,stuffed toy animals,restaurants,etc etc...
Buskers can be found here also adding to the buzz of the street...its a popular destination and is quite busy during daytime..
Rogers Chocolates store is found here...a quite popular shop that ships its merchandise all over the World for customers that just cant quite get enough....you'll find Rogers in the 900 block...
Hills Native Art shop is also found here in the 1000 block...this is a GREAT shop if you are intent on finding a gift or item that really says "Pacific Northwest"...
What to buy: Below you'll find links for both Rogers and Hills....These two shops are maybe my favorite shops in all of Victoria...
Yes, Victoria has a condom store! Which is very popular both by locals and toursts. It is locateded inside the Market Square and it offers a variety of colorful and funny condoms, in many, many shapes! Don't miss it even if you're not going to buy. It has a branch in Vancouver too.
What to buy: any funny condom to surprise your loved one.
What to pay: Depends on the condom
One of the best chocolates I've ever had. They are ready for you to take them home as a gift as they are beautifully wrapped in classic boxes. An advantage is that if you liked them, you can order more because they ship worldwhile.
What to pay: it is expensive but worths it
Prices are higher in Canada for the things you buy everyday, but Victoia has found it's niche in a shopping district that has a lot of unique shops that don't sell what you can get at home. On a nice day, touring the shopping district is a lot of fun, and you will probably buy something.
What to buy: Things shops in your neighborhood don't have.
The Papery is a small shop on Fort Street (opposite the Bay Center) that specializes in high-quality stationary and unique cards. They sell cards by many BC designers as well as unusual choices like the pair of Napolean Dynamite birthday cards. Other merchandise includes loose writing paper and envelopes, stickers, pens and postcards. It's a lot more personal that Hallmark (though rarely more expensive) and it's nice to send a card that is distinctly Victorian!
Government Street is the main shopping street in downtown Victoria. Beginning at the Inner Harbour, the shopping district extends about 8 blocks to Chinatown. You'll find the usual tourist shops selling the 3 M's... Moose, Mounties and Maple Syrup. But there are also a number of interesting stores. Munro's Books is a great little local book store. Roger's Chocolates has been selling chocolates since 1885. The Bay Centre is a 3 story enclosed mall, with a food court up on the 3rd floor. Government Street also has a lot of interesting architecture, which the husbands can admire while their wives shop.
The Bosun's Locker is THE place to go if you need stuff for a boat. They have standing and running rigging, clothing, books, navigation equipment, charts and publications. They also sell windsurfing, kiteboarding and performance dingy equipment as well as providing professional windsufing sail and kite repair.
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