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Lower Johnson/Market Square
Lower Johnson street is the place to go for trendy boutique shopping in a picture-perfect setting.
Start with a visit to Baggins Shoes, which lays claim to having the largest selection of Converse shoes in the world. Plus, you can order up a custom pair with any print you can imagine.
At the entrance to Market Square you’ll find Oscar and Libby’s — specializing in gifts for the upbeat and offbeat. In other words, if you’re after a tea infuser shaped like a guitar or an ice cube tray of sea creatures, this is your spot.
Market Square itself dates from the 1880s and was built while Victoria was a raucous boom town. The square once housed the hotels, saloons and shops where sailors, miners and Chinese merchants worked and played. Now Market Square is home to tamer affairs — including several major events each year.