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Stationery in Victoria

Regional Assembly of Text

The satellite of Vancouver's charming hipster stationery store is socked into a quirky space resembling a hotel lobby from 1968. You'll find the same clever greeting cards and cool journals, plus the best Victoria p…
Books in Victoria

Munro's Books

Like a cathedral to reading, this high-ceilinged bookstore lures legions of locals and visitors who love communing with the written word. There's a good array of local-interest tomes, as well as a fairly extensive t…
Food in Cowichan Bay

True Grain Bread

Look for the old bicycle hanging over the entrance and follow your nose inside for your favorite fresh-baked loaf. From sourdough to raisin, they're all handcrafted, organic and milled on-site (from BC farmed grain)…
Tea in Victoria

Silk Road

A pilgrimage spot for regular and exotic tea fans where you can pick up all manner of leafy paraphernalia. Alternatively, sidle up to the tasting bar to quaff some adventurous brews. There's also a small on-site spa…
Toys in Victoria

Cherry Bomb Toys

The nostalgically inclined will love this large toy emporium of collectibles, especially if they head upstairs to the mezzanine-level toy museum. It's crammed with everything from vintage GI Joes to antique Lego plu…
Food in Victoria

Rogers' Chocolates

This charming, museum-like confectioner serves the best ice-cream bars, but repeat offenders usually spend their time hitting the menu of rich Victoria Creams, one of which is usually enough to substitute for lunch.…
Chocolate in Comox Valley

Dark Side Chocolates

Testament to Cumberland's hipster revival, this artisan choccie shop is a delicious delight. Everything is made on-site but don't miss the dainty salted caramel truffles and be sure to pick up a satisfying bar or tw…
Clothing in Victoria

Milkman's Daughter

This shop is a hipster's dream, with an array of clothing as well as must-have artisan creations from both locals and those from further afield, mostly from the West Coast. It's an eclectic mix, from jewelry to pott…
Books in Sidney

Tanner's Books

You can easily spend a leisurely afternoon perusing the selection at this cavernous corner bookshop with its large array of magazines and comprehensive travel-book section. They also organize evening book readings, …
Music in Victoria

Ditch Records

A fave record store among the locals, Ditch is lined with tempting vinyl, plenty of CDs and many furtive musos perusing releases by acts like Frazey Ford and Nightmares on Wax. An ideal rainy-day hangout, but if it …