Queen's Reich

You flash your ankles at anyone who’ll look, prefer a giant slice to a petit four, and mingle in mixed company without a chaperone. Not so Victorian?

Not to worry. With its evergreen forests, unstuffy restos, and colorful shops, neither is Victoria.

Breakfast on the cusp of Canada’s oldest Chinatown. At trendy MoLé, raw and vegan foods are rounded out with hearty meals like the house Benny in a smoky paprika cream sauce.

tea party!Silk Road’s laid-back but educated approach to tea showcases infusions like the blossoming Everlasting Kiss or Japanese sour cherry. Duck into the natural spa for a Mandarin manicure or green tea facial.

Lunch at quaint Lucy’s in the Square (1296 Gladstone Avenue; 778-430-5829) in Fernwood or grab house-made prosciutto, patés, European cheeses, and baguettes from Choux Choux Charcuterie to picnic on the waterfront.

shoe-in!Lower Johnson (LoJo) brims with hip boutiques like Rebel Rebel (585 Johnson Street; 250-380-0906) and Hemingway (560 Johnson Street; 250-590-8774). In Trounce Alley you’ll find posh She She Bags (616 View Street; 250-388-0613) and She She Shoes (616 Trounce Alley; 250-383-1883) as well as the crafty Button & Needlework Boutique.

Wind down with cocktails beneath palm fans at The Fairmont Empress’s Bengal Lounge (try the Empress 1908). Near The Belfry Theatre, Stage wine bar hits the spot before a show.

that’s the spirit!Dine at Cafe Brio (the pasta’s divine) or call for reservations at Brasserie L’Ecole for classic French country cuisine.

Tuckered? Head to bed at The Oswego Hotel, where modern rooms overlook the city (including the Parliament building) and the sea. Inn at Laurel Point provides seawall paths, a Japanese garden, and ponds for scenic strolls.

Venturing outside the area is worthwhile, too. The Butchart Gardens and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse make a great day trip. Goldstream Provincial Park offers temperate rain forests and bald eagle sightings. And Seaflora’s seaweed harvesting tours and thalasso therapy lessons prove a fun afternoon.

Of corset’s up to you which you bustle off to.

Hot and bothered for more? Then get to Summer Trippin’.

Bengal Lounge
721 Government St
@ Belleville St
Victoria, BC V8W 1w5
Button & Needlework Boutique
614 View St
@ Government St
Victoria, BC V8W
The Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Ave
@ Fernwood Rd
Victoria, BC V8T
Lucy's in the Square
1296 Gladstone Ave
@ Fernwood Rd
Victoria, BC V8T
560 Johnson St
@ Store St
Victoria, BC V8W
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
2487 Mt St Michael Rd
@ Central Saanich Rd.
Saanichton, BC V8M 1T7
Silk Road
1624 Government St
@ Fisgard St
Victoria, BC V8W 1Z3
Cafe Brio
944 Fort St
@ Quadra St
Victoria, BC V8V
Choux Choux Charcuterie
830 Fort St
@ Blanchard St
Victoria, BC V8W 1H8
She She Shoes
616 Trounce Alley
@ Government St
Victoria, BC V8W
The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
@ Wallace Dr
Central Saanich, BC V8M 1J8
Inn at Laurel Point
680 Montreal St
@ Quebec St
Victoria, BC V8V
She She Bags
616 View St
@ Government St
Victoria, BC V8W
Goldstream Provincial Park
2807 Sooke Lake Rd
@ Hwy 1 S
Langford, BC
MoLé Restaurant
554 Pandora Ave
@ Government St
Victoria, BC V8W 1N7
Rebel Rebel
585 Johnson St
@ Government St
Victoria, BC V8W
The Oswego Hotel
500 Oswego St
@ Kingston St
Victoria, BC V8V 5C1
1307 Gladstone Ave
@ Fernwood Rd
Victoria, BC V8R
Brasserie L'Ecole
1715 Government St
@ Fisgard St
Victoria, BC V8W