Market Square
Market Square
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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PookyCake
By PookyCake
Yaletown in Microcosm
3.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2023
I think Market Square is one of those places locals tend to take for granted because it’s always been there. I’m guilty of that. Despite passing by this place countless times over the years, I didn’t take the time to actively patronize it until this past August. What I found was a nice blend of eclectic boutique shops and eateries housed within a historic setting perfectly fitting of Victoria’s Old Town (see my earlier review of “Old Town” on this site). The impetus for my visit to Market Square was Wannawafel. Specializing in Belgian liege waffles, Wannawafel gained a modicum of fame following their successful appearance on Dragons’ Den (2010). I found the dining experience disappointing (see my review), but, after I was finished, took this as a golden opportunity to fully explore Market Square. The sky was clear of clouds, but smoke from the BC wildfires obstructed the blue sky. I moved gingerly throughout the Square thanks to a foot issue I was dealing with at the time. Nevertheless, smoke and discomfort didn’t detract from the overall experience. When I visited in late August, Market Square was surprisingly quiet; however, I didn’t complain because it made for a peaceful stroll through this historic part of town. I checked out a couple boutique shops – Little Shop of Strange and Oscar & Libby’s – before taking a moment to sit and people-watch for a while. And that’s when it struck me: Market Square reminded me, in many ways, of Vancouver’s Yaletown in microcosm. Like Yaletown, Market Square is a former shipping and trading hub that’s been converted into a successful commercial center. The brick and beam heritage buildings further entrench the comparison, in my mind. A historic part of town – Market Square – re-purposed and contemporized for modern tastes. It’s a great use of heritage buildings and keeps this part of Victoria lively and colourful. If you’re in the area, do take some time and check out the unique shops and eateries in this attractive space.

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  • gary r
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victoria in 5 days
    We stayed at the strathcona in down town Victoria. We had a great time and were able to walk where ever we wanted to go. The Market square was cool and eclectic for.shopping and eating. We were a few blocks off of government street and it was near the harbor. Fantastic sights to see including China town.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,903 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yaletown in Microcosm
    I think Market Square is one of those places locals tend to take for granted because it’s always been there. I’m guilty of that. Despite passing by this place countless times over the years, I didn’t take the time to actively patronize it until this past August. What I found was a nice blend of eclectic boutique shops and eateries housed within a historic setting perfectly fitting of Victoria’s Old Town (see my earlier review of “Old Town” on this site). The impetus for my visit to Market Square was Wannawafel. Specializing in Belgian liege waffles, Wannawafel gained a modicum of fame following their successful appearance on Dragons’ Den (2010). I found the dining experience disappointing (see my review), but, after I was finished, took this as a golden opportunity to fully explore Market Square. The sky was clear of clouds, but smoke from the BC wildfires obstructed the blue sky. I moved gingerly throughout the Square thanks to a foot issue I was dealing with at the time. Nevertheless, smoke and discomfort didn’t detract from the overall experience. When I visited in late August, Market Square was surprisingly quiet; however, I didn’t complain because it made for a peaceful stroll through this historic part of town. I checked out a couple boutique shops – Little Shop of Strange and Oscar & Libby’s – before taking a moment to sit and people-watch for a while. And that’s when it struck me: Market Square reminded me, in many ways, of Vancouver’s Yaletown in microcosm. Like Yaletown, Market Square is a former shipping and trading hub that’s been converted into a successful commercial center. The brick and beam heritage buildings further entrench the comparison, in my mind. A historic part of town – Market Square – re-purposed and contemporized for modern tastes. It’s a great use of heritage buildings and keeps this part of Victoria lively and colourful. If you’re in the area, do take some time and check out the unique shops and eateries in this attractive space.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 December 2023
  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,762 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A 3.5, a little work to do!&
    Market Square has a cool feel to the place. I just feel that it needs a bit of a shot in the arm, get a few more places in there. However, the couple of places me and the kids went to too, they loved. My oldest had to go back just to look at some of the kitschy goods! Safe feeling and immediately adjacent to Chinatown, Market Square is a lovely place to check out, a decent 3.5!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2024
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tdsuperstar
Toronto, Canada18,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Market Square has a cool feel to the place. I just feel that it needs a bit of a shot in the arm, get a few more places in there. However, the couple of places me and the kids went to too, they loved. My oldest had to go back just to look at some of the kitschy goods! Safe feeling and immediately adjacent to Chinatown, Market Square is a lovely place to check out, a decent 3.5!
Written 14 April 2024
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,903 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I think Market Square is one of those places locals tend to take for granted because it’s always been there. I’m guilty of that. Despite passing by this place countless times over the years, I didn’t take the time to actively patronize it until this past August. What I found was a nice blend of eclectic boutique shops and eateries housed within a historic setting perfectly fitting of Victoria’s Old Town (see my earlier review of “Old Town” on this site).

The impetus for my visit to Market Square was Wannawafel. Specializing in Belgian liege waffles, Wannawafel gained a modicum of fame following their successful appearance on Dragons’ Den (2010). I found the dining experience disappointing (see my review), but, after I was finished, took this as a golden opportunity to fully explore Market Square.

The sky was clear of clouds, but smoke from the BC wildfires obstructed the blue sky. I moved gingerly throughout the Square thanks to a foot issue I was dealing with at the time. Nevertheless, smoke and discomfort didn’t detract from the overall experience. When I visited in late August, Market Square was surprisingly quiet; however, I didn’t complain because it made for a peaceful stroll through this historic part of town. I checked out a couple boutique shops – Little Shop of Strange and Oscar & Libby’s – before taking a moment to sit and people-watch for a while. And that’s when it struck me: Market Square reminded me, in many ways, of Vancouver’s Yaletown in microcosm. Like Yaletown, Market Square is a former shipping and trading hub that’s been converted into a successful commercial center. The brick and beam heritage buildings further entrench the comparison, in my mind.

A historic part of town – Market Square – re-purposed and contemporized for modern tastes. It’s a great use of heritage buildings and keeps this part of Victoria lively and colourful. If you’re in the area, do take some time and check out the unique shops and eateries in this attractive space.
Written 21 December 2023
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Stewarts Vacation
1,037 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This area was almost deserted when we wandered through on a Thursday. Perhaps it would be more busy over a weekend? It was pretty with colourful flowers in the garden beds and hanging baskets, and brightly coloured tables and chairs!
Written 12 November 2023
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gary r
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We stayed at the strathcona in down town Victoria. We had a great time and were able to walk where ever we wanted to go. The Market square was cool and eclectic for.shopping and eating. We were a few blocks off of government street and it was near the harbor. Fantastic sights to see including China town.
Written 13 June 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were just wandering through, but still picked up the good atmosphere from the bars, restaurants and shops in this converted shipping/trading area.
Written 2 August 2022
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Sigrun S
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
lots to see and explore in a "circle" - fun loving atmosphere, good to explore, fantastic shops and easy to walk to , great location.
Written 28 January 2020
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Michael M
Vancouver, Canada2,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is a wide variety of shops to choose to breeze through or to take more expensive time to find very interesting local art and gift ideas..plenty of places to rest with very interesting scenery... also a wide variety of restaurants and Coffeeshops .. close to the Johnson Street Bridge and Chinatown.. Market Square is located between Pandora Avenue and Johnson Street and fronted by Stote Street..
Written 4 January 2020
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Meisie2013
New York City, NY46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We had expected some activity in the large patio area - Wednesday morning, no rain. It was basically empty!
The surrounding shops had nothing of unique interest to offer. We left after 15 mins!!
Written 8 October 2019
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Market Square Old Town Victoria British Columbia has lots to see and do as old town is more interesting to me. Shopping boutiques and stores.
Written 10 September 2018
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This place is such a cool place. It is an old building that was transformed into a open mall with hipsters and cool local shops. There is a huge patio with restaurants.
Written 15 August 2018
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