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Victoria is known for its afternoon teas, but our tea scene has more to offer than doilies and finger sandwiches.
Lift your pinkies in the air at classics like The Fairmont Empress or The Pacific. For a more modern outing, head for local fave Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery. This funky spot puts a fresh twist on tradition, with wild mushroom and truffle oil sandwiches and chai cinnamon scones.
The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offers the best of all worlds — a beautiful setting, fresh baking and a fascinating story (hint: it involves an orphan, an exiled Georgian prince and a chance meeting in 1920s Paris).
Grab some tea for the road from tea-lovers’ paradise Silk Road Tea or try a green tea facial at the in-house spa.
Nothing makes you feel like you’re on vacation quite like sipping a cocktail before you’d normally be off work.
Head to Sutra at Victoria Public Market between 4 and 6 p.m. to snag the Summer Breeze, made with fresh-squeezed lemon and ginger and gin or vodka, for $4. Pitchers of local beer are on for $15 and small bites like poutine and samosas are on special, too.
Veneto Tapa Lounge is a sleek spot in the Hotel Rialto known for its master mixologists. On weekdays between 4 and 6 p.m., they offer $5 pints and deals on wine. Plus, a selection of appies (think: thai curry mussels and frites) are on for half price.
To find Little Jumbo, spot the neon purple elephant and then walk down a short passageway. You’ll be glad you did. Happy hour runs from 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 10:30 p.m. until close. Pair a French 75 cocktail or a $5 pint of beer with the chili garlic prawns or juicy ground chuck burger.