Fan Tan Alley, Victoria

Fan Tan Alley, Victoria

Fan Tan Alley, Victoria: Our most recommended tours and activities

Victoria: Chinatown and Old Town Food Tour with Tastings

1. Victoria: Chinatown and Old Town Food Tour with Tastings

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.

Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

2. 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: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

3. Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

Explore Victoria's must-see landmarks and establishments on a fun tips-based walking tour. Victoria is filled with stories that will connect you to its history, architecture, triumphs, and shortcomings. You will hear tales of local legends and guide you to the cities most interesting spots. The tour is filled with recommendations and tips to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Victoria. Start this tour at the BC Legislature Building in front of the Victoria's War Memorial. Your guide will make introductions and go over the expectations for the tour. Your guide will take you through the legislature grounds, going over the notable sights within. After wrapping the grounds you will cross the street to the Royal BC Museum where you will be introduced to the rich history and culture of the Indigenous people that shaped this city, province, and country. For a special happenstance enter the longhouse for an immersive experience with a local indigenous leader. After you will walk over to the Empress hotel, it's name will provide you with a deeper understanding of Victoria, how it came to be and why you may see peacocks about. Across from the Empress hotel is the gorgeous harbor-front where you might catch the world famous water ballet. Continue into the inner downtown of Victoria along Government Street and allow your guide to point out some of their favourite recommendations. Be sure to ask your guide if you're looking for something in particular. Here your guide will amaze you with insights into the life of a famous poet that lived in Victoria and amazed the world with his literature. Next is Bastion Square, a place with more than a few spooky tales. Bastion Square leads to one of the oldest original built streets in the city, and you'll find out why when you get there. This street takes you to Market Square, a hotspot for unique boutiques that is a must to return to after your tour. Your guide will take you to places the locals aren't even aware of. A beautiful hidden garden for a photo op and then over to the countries oldest Chinatown, and most famously Fan Tan Alley, that made a name for itself when slew of explicit acts were legal in harbor city at the turn of the 19th century. Your knowledgeable local guide will share their personal perspective of this beautiful city and it is encouraged that guests get to know everyone in the group.

Cultural & Historical Victoria Walking Tour

4. Cultural & Historical Victoria Walking Tour

Embark on an enthralling 2-hour walking tour through the heart of downtown Victoria, where every step unveils fascinating tales of the city's rich history. Begin at the iconic Inner Harbour, where the Fairmont Empress Hotel and BC Legislature set the stage for captivating narratives of the area's colonial past. Learn about a diverse and inclusive culture, blending Indigenous heritage, British colonial influence, and a modern Pacific Northwest vibe, fostering a community known for its artistic expression, culinary diversity, and appreciation for natural beauty. As you meander down Government Street, soak in the ambiance of this historic street lined with charming shops and hear intriguing stories about its evolution over the years. Bastion Square invites you to step back in time as you traverse its cobblestone streets. Uncover the secrets of this historic square, once a marketplace and the site of public executions. Engage with tales of the city's early days and witness how this space has transformed into a lively cultural centre. Market Square awaits, a vibrant hub blending heritage and modernity. Explore hidden nooks and crannies while learning about the unique stories behind the boutique shops and artisanal treasures. Last, venture into the narrow alleys of Chinatown, starting with the renowned Fan Tan Alley. Discover the rich multicultural history of this area during the Gold Rush and explore the diverse offerings of shops and cafes that now characterize this unique passageway.

Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

Victoria Delicious Donut Adventure by Underground Donut Tour

6. Victoria Delicious Donut Adventure by Underground Donut Tour

Our tour starts at a quintessentially Victoria donut shop, Empire Donuts, in the heart of downtown. Empire is known for its unique donuts in an intergalactic 50’s diner style shop. From there, we walk a short distance to a beloved coffee and donut spot in Victoria, passing some of the best restaurant locations (according to our guides!) along the way. Once caffeinated, we will make our way down to Government Street, taking in the inner harbour which includes the Empress hotel and parliament buildings. As we weave our way back into downtown, we will eventually hit our third donut spot, a local ma and pop shop for delightful donuts. Finally, we will walk towards Chinatown and end at Friend and Family Bake in Fantan Alley. This bakery has numerous Filipino treats, including donuts, and if we are lucky, we can see these delicious treats being made. We can’t wait to show you this wonderful city in all its donut glory! We hope to see you soon! Book your tour today!

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(44 reviews)

Brenda was really fun and informative. It was like walking around town with a best friend. We especially enjoyed the tacos at Maiiz and the chocolate from Pure Lovin. La Roux had excellent macarons. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Victoria. The tour was a small group of max 10 people.

Excellent tour of Chinatown foods, a variety of ethnic foods. Brenda, guide, was very knowledgeable about everything Victoria and Chinatown. We would definitely recommend this tour and request Brenda.

Terrific tour, full of fun history and delicious food. She showed us places we would never have found on our own.

The best way to know a little bit of the city, culture and food! Super highly recommended

Very good tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable local guide.