Victoria public market self-guided tour

Grab your cell phone and your appetite and explore this popular foodie destination located in a converted department store using our foodie passport
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Price

$25

DistanCE

0.5 km 0.3 miles

Mode of transport

Walk

From Department Store to Foodie Destination:

Did you know the Hudson Bay building was modeled after Selfridges in London? Or that it once had a library and an orchestra playing while you shopped? Or that now you can get tacos, coffee, pizza and gourmet chocolate all under one roof? Join our self-guided tour of the Victoria Public Market to discover the history of this heritage building, hear stories of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and discover some hard-to-find architectural features.

Not to mention the food! Indulge in a locally roasted espresso, sink your teeth into a traditional kosher pretzel, sip on some seasonal soup, get cozy with some comforting focaccia bread, and bliss out with some bean-to-bar chocolate. The tour includes five tasting samples as well as some discounts, all at local restaurants. The Victoria Public Market Self-Guided Tour is a fun and informative way to explore this tasty market on your own time and at our own pace using our foodie passport and free GPS-guided app.

From Department Store to Foodie Destination:

Did you know the Hudson Bay building was modeled after Selfridges in London? Or that it once had a library and an orchestra playing while you shopped? Or that now you can get tacos, coffee, pizza and gourmet chocolate all under one roof? Join our self-guided tour of the Victoria Public Market to discover the history of this heritage building, hear stories of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and discover some hard-to-find architectural features.

Not to mention the food! Indulge in a locally roasted espresso, sink your teeth into a traditional kosher pretzel, sip on some seasonal soup, get cozy with some comforting focaccia bread, and bliss out with some bean-to-bar chocolate. The tour includes five tasting samples as well as some discounts, all at local restaurants. The Victoria Public Market Self-Guided Tour is a fun and informative way to explore this tasty market on your own time and at our own pace using our foodie passport and free GPS-guided app.

Passport Foodie Stops:

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Passport Sample
One espresso
hands holding an espresso
three traditional pretzels

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Passport Sample
One original pretzel

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Passport Discount
50% Off One 5″ Hand Pie
small vegetable pie from Victoria Pie Co
small bowl of tomato soup from The Big Spoon

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Passport Sample
One small cup of soup
yam tempura taco from The Taco Stand

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Business Website: https://www.tacostandalpastor.com/

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Passport Discount
15% Off One Yam Tempura Taco

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Passport Sample
One bag of focaccia bread

focaccia bread from La Pasta
square of chocolate from The Chocolate Project

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Passport Sample
One square of bean-to-bar chocolate

Important Information

  • Keep your foodie passport safe like you would a real one. We can’t replace lost passports and this is the only way to acquire your tasting samples.
  • The passport is valid for 2 weeks once you pick-it up from our kiosk so use it up! After the expiration date the foodie samples are no longer valid.
  • If you choose to complete the tour in one-day, plan for at least 1-hour to complete. Please note that most places inside the market are closed on Sunday.
  • You will need headphones to listen to the commentary on your phone. Bring your own or we sell them for $7. You could also play the tour on your phone speaker.
  • You will need a fully charged cell phone to run the app. Please charge your cell phone before starting the tour, you are welcome to charge it at the kiosk.
  • Please note that you will need to know your Apple ID in order to download the APP. You may want to have this information handy before you come to pick-up the passport at the kiosk.
  • Hours and times of food businesses change, especially on holidays. For the most up-to-date information please contact the business directly.
  • The most ideal time to do the tour is Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Please note that many of the restaurants included are very busy at lunch hour (11am-1pm). You will have to wait in line if you decide to go at lunch.
  • The Victoria Public Market is wheelchair accessible.
  • This is not a VIP access card that lets you jump the queue. You may have to wait in line or wait for a table at certain spots. We recommend visiting during non-peak times. Sorry, even we have to wait sometimes!
  • The answer is yes, you should definitely leave a gratuity. These are small businesses working incredibly hard and it is our local custom to tip wait staff, counter staff, and really anyone that flashes a smile and serves you food + drinks. A Toonie or Loonie will do.

Dietary Concerns

We are unable to make substitutions for any dietary allergies, please read sample description. This tour can be made vegan and vegetarian.