Victoria

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 on 2022.02.02
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This guide recommends visiting 2 neighbourhood(s) in Victoria: Fernwood and Rock Bay Quadra Village Credit: Friends & Neighbors and The Number

Alive Mindbody

Fitness centre • Harris Green

"Alive Mindbody, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Alive Mind & Body is a barre studio on located above local haunt Logan’s Pub. The barre exercise phenomenon is best summed up as if ballet had a date with Arnold; it’s a workout focused on functional, non-impact movements that fuse ballet, yoga, dance, pilates & fitness. No matter which form you choose, Alive Mind & Body promises you’ll have fun as well as a killer workout. Plan a Friday night at their Girls Barre Parties they’ll provide the theme and music, you’re encouraged to dress the part and afterwards they usually head downstairs to the pub."

Alive Mindbody

The Local General Store

General store • Fernwood

"The Local General Store, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. The Local General Store is a Fernwood Staple located in the Haultain Hub. As the name suggests this is a spot where you can find all sorts of goodies from local meats and vegetables to pottery and gardening accessories. The general store was born out of a desire to see a neighbourhood “one stop shop” with a focus on locally sourced goods & sustainability. Whatever it is you are looking for, you can be assured that the quality and heart put into the selection and production of all the items at the Local General Store makes them 100% satisfaction guaranteed."

The Local General Store

Thrive Studio

Acupuncturist • Harris Green

"Thrive, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Thrive offers Massage Therapy, Medical Herbology, Acupuncture, Yoga, Pilates & Qi Gong all within the calming backdrop of this beautiful urban oasis. Built from the desire for change, the husband and wife team developed the property themselves with trees brought over from their property on Galiano Island. When asked what made her business unique, owner/operator Kim answered “good people, love and acceptance”. Thrive’s values and commitment to this way of life shines through in a way that you feel a sense of calm as soon as you walk in the door."

Thrive Studio

"Poppet Creative, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Looking for activities in Fernwood like a spur of the moment craft jam with toddler-friendly drop-ins? Check out one of the everyone-welcome workshops at Poppet Creative. In only a couple of years, Poppet has cultivated the community and the city’s need for a play place for the creative mind. Having taught art for years, owner/operator Andrea has created a functional space that pleases many different creative outlets and occasions. Out of town artists and instructors schedule workshops and artist-retreats all year round."

1508 Haultain St

Mount Royal Bagel

Bagel shop • Harris Green

"Mount Royal Bagel Factory, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Memories of sticky and sweet Mount Royal cinnamon bagels still linger in the minds of the local Fernwood community. Years later those same customers make time to swing by for everything bagels still warm from the oven, topped with a shmear of cream cheese, lox, capers, shallot and lemon - heavenly. Grab your own bagful of these neighbourhood favourites, or find their bagels on the menu throughout the city (including The Parsonage Cafe just around the corner)."

Mount Royal Bagel

Standard Pizza

Pizza Takeaway • Harris Green

"Standard Pizza, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Victoria has its fair-share of wood-fired Neapolitan pizza joints, but when Standard Pizza opened their doors they flipped the game on its head. Their 50+ 5-star online ratings all agree: this crisp and chewy pizza, with plenty of topping variety, is legendary. With an unpretentious, confident lineup of pizzas on the menu, you can’t go wrong. Call in and order a couple pies for pickup; wherever you’re going (the park, the beach, the house-party) you’ll be a star. We’re feeling The Kale + Lemon, Garlic Chilli + Cheese, or The Salami with cheese, tomato, olives, honey & chilli."

Standard Pizza

Stadacona Park

City park • Rockland

"Stadacona Park, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. The perfect spot to stop and check out what’s in bloom, this manicured square provides a touch of flora and fauna in the heart of Fernwood. Whether you’re in the mood to lounge on the grass with your latest read, or spend a bit of time on the tennis court, this slice of greenery is your new secret spot. There’s a modern playground for the kiddos and some local eat-in or take-out spots just across the street it you’re feeling peckish and up for a picnic!"

Stadacona Park

Cold Comfort Ice Cream

Ice cream shop • Harris Green

"Cold Comfort, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. A twee smattering of seafoam and checkered-print, Cold Comfort’s interior is just as quaint and cool as the rad staffers behind its counters. The first of its kind in Vic, this local gem combines honest ingredients with unexpected twists that capture the nostalgia of a retro ice-cream parlor, mixed with a modern foodie’s palate. Inclusive, diverse and community oriented, Cold Comfort fits in perfectly with Fernwood’s wackadooism. With an ever-changing roster of flavours, swing by on the regular for an original ice-cream sandwich, cone or slice o’ pie!"

Cold Comfort Ice Cream

Logan's Liquor Store

Off Licence • Harris Green

"Logan's Pub, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. A hub for live music and locally brewed beer, Logan’s is the epitome of neighbourhood pub. On the block for over 20 years, they’ve got their weekend brunch specials locked down with items like The Loganite (a benny combo of bacon, avocado, grilled tomato & cream cheese), not to mention their “Special Caesar”. Whether you’re flying solo or with a crew, Logan’s is a great spot to checkout live bands, participate in a little karaoke, shoot some pool or simply knock back a few bevies"

Logan's Liquor Store

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Art gallery • Harris Green

"Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. A vibrant and active part of Victoria’s artist community, the AGGV is home to the largest public collection of art in BC and showcases a diverse range of exhibitions: Canadian, historical and contemporary pieces. On permanent display is the work of Victoria’s own Emily Carr, as well as a stunning Asian collection featuring amber and ivory carvings and an authentic Shinto Shrine. The AGGV hosts a variety events including Urbanite: an exciting evening of live music, cocktails, twisted visuals and dancing. Family Days every Sunday provide a kid-friendly atmosphere and include hands-on art making, storytelling, and a stroll through the gardens. Dedicated to the celebration of art, the AGGV is a must-see for those looking to be inspired!"

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Belfry Theatre

Performing arts theatre • Fernwood

"Belfry Theatre, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. Since 1974, The Belfry has been presenting smart, contemporary theatre right in the heart of Fernwood. A converted church, this local gem is steeped in history: just ask the front desk to fill you in on the lore of Little Iceland! Close to the Fernwood Inn and Stage Wine Bar, it’s a perfect addition to your itinerary. Brimming with live talent, guests are welcome to stop in to watch local creatives come and go, as well as check out whatever’s on the docket for the evening!"

Belfry Theatre

Fernwood Coffee Company/Parsonage Cafe

Coffee shop • Harris Green

"Parsonage Cafe, Fernwood by Friends & Neighbors. The Parsonage Café is a true neighbourhood hub where community, food and all things coffee come together in a mélange of locally-sourced products as humble as they are delicious. A great place to refuel and people-watch, this decade old café welcomes all customers, new and old - and truly embodies a West Coast tasty-eats and easy-living lifestyle. The home of Fernwood Coffee, try out their unique Carbonated Cold Brew for a caffeine jolt the next time you need it. If you’re waiting in a line-up out the door for your morning bagel and Americano - don’t give up! The wait is never too long and most definitely worth it."

Fernwood Coffee Company/Parsonage Cafe

Caffe Fantastico

Cafe • Hillside

"Caffe Fantastico, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. More than most neighbourhoods in Victoria, Quadra Village is always flipping. While the game stores, pot shops, and hammock district may come and go, you've always been able to count on Caffe Fantastico."

Caffe Fantastico

Saltchuck Pie Company

Bakery • Burnside

"Saltchuck Pies, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Give me all the pies... seriously. Don't let anyone tell you a savoury steak and cheese pie shouldn't be followed by a delicious rhubarb-berry pie. The perfect spot to warm up and catch up, or grab some snacks for the road. Saltchuck knows that they don't need to diversify their product offering to please everyone - they're already doing it."

Saltchuck Pie Company

2% Jazz Coffee

Coffee shop • Rock Bay

"2% Jazz Coffee Midtown, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. 2% Jazz ("98% funky stuff" - a Maceo Parker reference) is tough to separate from its owner/founder Sam Jones. He's been a character keepin it real in Victoria's coffee scene since '96. So it's no surprise they roast and brew some of the best coffee in the region. This spot is a bit more utilitarian than many cafés in town, but the quality is everything here and the staff are sure to charm. Also a great spot to grab a donut, breakfast sandwich, or salad if you're rushing through the 'hood."

2% Jazz Coffee

Blue Bridge At The Roxy

Performing arts theater • Hillside

"Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Producing some of the great works of the past, Blue Bridge provides opportunity to University of Victoria students and working theatre actors from all over British Columbia."

Blue Bridge At The Roxy

Wheelies Motorcycles & Cafe

Cafe • Rock Bay

"Wheelies Motorcycles & Cafe, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. That low grumble you hear coming up behind you along Rock Bay Ave? That's the sound of a squad of classic motorcycles announcing their impending arrival. Authentic without any hint of pretentiousness, Wheelie's became an instant local classic the first day they opened their doors. Daily lunch specials, happy hour drinks and a bevy of classic motorcycle memorabilia make this a key stop on a Victoria culture-tour. Swing by on the weekend for parking lot concerts, Sunday brunch, and unofficial show & shines featuring killer vintage and antique custom bikes."

Wheelies Motorcycles & Cafe

Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters

Cafe • Burnside

"Bows X Arrows Coffee, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Easily one of the most highly regarded cafe/roasteries in Victoria, Bows + Arrows' Rock Bay location is a community lynchpin without a need to sing their own praises. When the weather's right, wide open garage doors invite you in; when the weather's not-so-right their high ceilings and bright roasting room allow for quiet introspection over a delicious brew. Bring your laptop or don't: this is the type of coffee shop you really don't need much to feel completely at home."

Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters

Caribbean Village Cafe

Restaurant • Hillside

"Carribbean Village, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. As charming as it is delicious, no trip to the Caribbean Village Cafe is complete without spending some time chatting to owner/operator James Bowen. When he's not busy prepping and cookinghe'll be halfway through a thorough discussion of the day's news with neighbourhood locals. Pass through for some quick takeaway or sit down a while on a Friday night and get in on the conversation."

Caribbean Village Cafe

Hoyne Brewing Company

Brewery • Burnside

"Hoyne Brewing, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Hoyne walks a hard line of producing amazing beers, and not fussing with much else. If you swing through Rock Bay along Bridge St, you can't miss Hoyne's adorable "FRESH BEER HERE" sign and walls of beautiful label art. But step into their growler station and sampling room and you'll see: this is a brewery dedicated to its work. They're busy folk, permanently at max capacity, but the work is worth it and the brews never fail to deliver."

Hoyne Brewing Company

Driftwood Brewing Company

Brewery • Victoria West

"Driftwood Brewing, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Driftwood's "Fat Tug" IPA has a hefty reputation in BC's craft beer community. And many wild tales from locals begin with "so I was drinking Fat Tug last night..." But this is by no means a brewery for reckless partying. Driftwood's entire catalogue of brews is a dedication to quality and complexity. Always worth hitting up their #PNW tasting room and have their wonderful staff guide you through some bolder choices. And don't miss the rocketship!"

Driftwood Brewing Company

"Moon Underwater Brewpub, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. While Rock Bay is widely considered Victoria's Brewery District, you might be surprised at how difficult it can be to grab a full pint of beer around here. Moon Under Water rises to that challenge. Casual neighbourhood pub vibes, consistently delicious fare, and some truly exceptional beers. Their "Light Side of the Moon" is the perfect session lager for a productive lunch, but go for the "Hip as Funk" farmhouse IPA when you're looking for some punch."

Moon Under Water Brewpub and Distillery

Part and Parcel

Restaurant • Hillside

"Part + Parcel, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Well worth the trip through Midtown (Quadra Village), Part + Parcel is a local gem - and word is getting out. Casual counter service doesn't do justice to the refined, inspired dishes coming out of their little kitchen. Local seasonal veggies and ethical, sustainable meat and seafood in an adorable, friendly neighbourhood restaurant - you deserve this."

Part and Parcel

Phillips Brewing & Malting Beer Shop

Brewery • Chinatown

"Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. Something of a local standard-bearer for creative craft brewing, Matt Phillips' namesake brewery and tasting room offers a peek behind the carnival curtain if you partake in a full tour of their inspired facility. A well-timed trip to Phillips Brewery may mean you're popping in on a carnivorous food festival (Brewery & The Beast) or high-profile music festival (Rifflandia). Stick around a while to chat with the friendly staff and check out their creative bottle artwork while you taste freshly tapped beers."

Phillips Brewing & Malting Beer Shop

the fifty fifty arts collective

Art gallery • Rock Bay

"The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. This not-for-profit, volunteer-run artists space is a fundamental part of Victoria's local, emerging artists community. For artists, by artists, the Fifty Fifty regular hosts some of the most talked about gallery showing and off-sitelive performances of the year. Think more blue collar than blue hair."

the fifty fifty arts collective

Supreme Echo

Record Shop • Rock Bay

"Supreme Echo, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. There are record stores in Victoria, then there's Supreme Echo. It's tiny, it's weird, it's full of surprises. Expect to spend more time than anticipated in this small retail space tucked away in Rock Bay. An open mind and curious ear pairs well with the rare and obscure, new and vintage LPs on offer. Consider taking notes while chatting up the knowledgable staff; this place is one-part history lesson, one-part audiophile dreamland. You're gonna need a bigger record crate."

Supreme Echo

Chicken 649

Korean restaurant • Chinatown

"Chicken 649, Rock Bay Quadra Village by The Number. If the bright and friendly interior doesn't make you smile upon arrival, their delicious, unique Korean fried chicken selection is sure to do the trick. The new kid on the block, Chicken 649 created a big buzz within the Victoria food scene as soon as the paint dried on their small Quadra storefront. Simple, mouth-watering fried chicken plus an assortment of fantastic sides make for a perfect group dine-in experience. Call ahead and place an order for pickup and you'll be the star of the next potluck dinner."

Chicken 649