Scattered clouds 12 °C Scattered clouds

Downtown Blog

Victoria has taken a Shine to the Scottish

We're pretty glad that things didn't work out as Barry Thomson planned. Barry came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1990 to work as a car mechanic, but when his trade certificate wasn’t transferable he chose a new career... as a chef.

Four years later, Barry met Lauren while working in the same restaurant over the summer. Now married, the husband and wife team opened their first Shine Cafe nine years ago at 1548 Fort Street and began serving between 6,000 and 8,000 free range eggs a week. Things haven't slowed down since.

Murchie's - Taking Time for Tea

Often considered more British than Britain, downtown Victoria is the centre of tea culture in the city. Thinking of an afternoon spent with friends, sipping tea and chatting, brings to mind one of our Victoria’s oldest tea establishments… Murchie’s.

When Murchie’s was first opened in Victoria in the 1950s, its storefront was in the 600 block of Fort Street; it later moved to lower Government Street and, about 25 years ago, it moved to its current location at 1110 Government St.

Olive the Senses tickles the taste buds

Olive the Senses – a large, open shop tucked into the laneway behind The Hudson Building at 1701 Douglas Street – is a unique tasting experience for any food lover. Specializing in fresh, high quality extra virgin olive oil, Olive the Senses brings the best olive oils from around the world to Downtown Victoria’s doorstep.

Business Profile: Robinson's team knows the outdoors

On November 1, 1929, the shop we now know as Robinson’s Outdoor Store was opened by Mr. George W. Robinson.

The announcement brochure for the opening noted the location as "Opposite Colonist", and included the Robinson’s Creed. Point number eight states:

“… we aim to serve our customers as attentively as possible.”

Business Profile: Head over Heels for shoes

Niomi Wood is very passionate about shoes, and her aptly named women’s shoe store Head over Heels is an homage to the best in shoes as works of art.

With floor to ceiling windows for optimum ogling – and there’s rarely a woman that passes by without stopping to look – Niomi’s choice of location in The Atrium (at 1323 Blanshard Street) lends the store the look of an art gallery with stark, white pillars of varying heights showing off colourful sandals, flats, heels and wedges.

Victoria Harbour Boat Show

With the typically variable weather that is spring in Victoria, it is fun to start looking ahead to the warm days to come... and to getting back out on the water.

Downtown Victoria has plenty of green... and not just because it's spring!

Kermit the Frog may often be quoted saying, “It's not easy being green” but when it comes to Downtown Victoria… he’s wrong! It couldn’t be easier, being green and sustainable downtown.

Come for a bite and stay the night


Presented by Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA) Victoria Branch, Dine Around & Stay In Town is back again, from Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, March 10!

Create a Valentine’s Day to remember in Downtown Victoria

Victoria has recently been named Canada's "Most Romantic City" by (a title we also earned in 2011), and there are certainly no shortage of lovely downtown places to express your own Victoria romance. Flowers, chocolates, and jewellery are all available in plentiful supply downtown and of course there are no shortage of dining options, but for those looking to fully embrace this romantic date, we have compiled a few traditional and not-so-traditional options for you to consider. Warning, this post is for romantics only!



Don’t miss Vancouver Island’s largest celebration of film!

Bringing film to life” for the 19th year, the Victoria Film Festival (VFF) is a 10-day movie extravaganza in Downtown Victoria featuring everything from short films by local youth to Canadian feature films, international documentaries, and everything in between.


Subscribe to Downtown Blog

Business Listings

Helping you connect with a downtown business is a big part of what we do at the DVBA.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign up now to keep up to date with what's happening downtown!