Your Ultimate Guide to Victoria’s Summer Markets

On long summer days, explore the best markets this region has to offer.

Long summer days are ahead, and Victoria’s markets are ready to welcome you in! With something for even the most eclectic of tastes, experience the cultural richness of Victoria’s artisanal community. Come along as we explore the best of Victoria’s summer markets.

 

Fresh Produce & Baked Goods

Moss Street Market | Saturdays

A beloved local staple on Saturday mornings in the Fairfield neighbourhood, the Moss Street Market features vendors of all types, including artists, bakers and brewers. A cheerful scene in an otherwise quiet area, this market is perfect for laid back shoppers. Perhaps the best part is getting to connect with vendors in an intimate setting and learn about their businesses!

 

Esquimalt Farmers Market | Thursdays & Mondays

A short drive, walk, or bike ride across the bridge from downtown Victoria, the Esquimalt Farmers Market is another great place to shop local. Operating twice a week—Thursdays at Memorial Park and Mondays at Gorge Park—this market is renowned for its commitment to local growers. In addition to numerous shopping options, you’ll often find live music and family-friendly activities, making this market an excellent outing for groups or solo shoppers alike.

 

Artisanal Items

Bastion Square Public Market | Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

For shoppers with a love of historic charm, the Bastion Square Public Market is the place to be! This market is more suited for art and apparel, but you’ll still find a variety of vendors. Squarely placed in the middle of downtown, the lively atmosphere makes for a great hangout on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Enjoy the vibrant arts scene, with local musicians and performers adding to the ambiance.

While you’re in the area, a stop into Bastion Books will be well worth your time. Tucked down Commercial Alley, this used bookstore is stocked with a wide variety of vintage and contemporary books. Nestle into a comfy reading chair and let your mind transport you to a world of fantasy!

 

Sidney Street Market | Thursdays

If the quaint seaside town of Sidney is calling your name, you have to check out the Sidney Street Market! Operating on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 PM, this market features a wide array of vendors and live entertainment. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy the scenic view down Beacon Ave and relax to the sound of live music. It’s a hidden gem just minutes from Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, but also close enough to drive out from downtown Victoria.

 

Victoria Market Collective | Open 7 Days a Week

Supporting over 100 Canadian Handmade Artisans, Victoria Market Collective is a treasure trove of home goods. From intricate jewellery to beautifully crafted home décor, this shop is a great place to support local artisans with the added convenience of regular store hours. Located on the first floor of the Bay Centre, Victoria Market Collective is especially suitable for shoppers who appreciate high-quality, unique items.

 

Specialty Foods & Beverages

Victoria Public Market at the Hudson | Open 7 Days a Week

Nestled in the historic Hudson building, the Victoria Public Market is a culinary delight. This bustling market features local food producers, bakers, and specialty food retailers. The market also offers a variety of gourmet foods inside a modern, spacious building. Whether you’re craving fresh pasta, decadent pastries or premium teas, the Victoria Public Market has it all.

 

James Bay Market | Saturdays

Known for its strong community spirit, the James Bay Market offers a tasteful array of homemade goodies. Every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, the market comes alive with vendors selling baked goods, locally brewed beverages and fresh local produce. Known for being one of Victoria’s most friendly and relaxed communities, James Bay is a lovely place to spend a leisurely summer morning. Enjoy a cup of coffee as you browse, and don’t miss the chance to chat with the artisans about their creations.

 

Red Barn Market | Open 7 Days a Week

Red Barn Market is a must-visit for farm-to-table enthusiasts. Know for their strong integration with local suppliers, Red Barn offers a variety of fresh produce, high-quality meats and artisanal cheeses. With multiple locations throughout Greater Victoria, it’s a fun, convenient stop whether you’re stocking up for the week or grabbing a few specialty items for a picnic.

 

The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer | Open 7 Days a Week

For another great local option, The Root Cellar is a true embodiment of Victoria’s fresh, earthy spirit. With a flagship location on McKenzie Avenue and a second spot in Cook Street Village, this shop places a particular focus on serving the freshest, locally grown produce. From seasonal fruits and vegetables to speciality organic products, The Root Cellar is your place for access to the best that local farms have to offer. While you’re there, don’t miss out on their Green Sauce—a house recipe infused with fresh herbs and jalapenos that is wildly popular amongst locals!

 

Cultural & Eclectic

Oak Bay Village Night Market | Second Wednesday in June, July, August & September

Once a month in the summer, Oak Bay Village transforms into a European-style night market with live music, family-friendly activities and mouth-watering street food. Vendors often feature local produce and baked goods, in addition to craft beer, wine and spirits. In 2024, this market will run on June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 11. Learn more.

 

Market Square | Open 7 Days a Week

A hub for community and business in the “LoJo” area of Victoria, Market Square offers an eclectic mix of shops for travellers of all interests. If you’re in the mood for some food or a drink, Market Square is filled with many wonderful options including Whistle Buoy Brewing, The Drake Eatery and Artemis Whiskey Bar. On weekends and special events, the atmosphere is especially electric with the energy of downtown converging on this historic square. It’s a vibrant, cultural experience that encapsulates the upbeat spirit of Victoria.

 

Whichever market you choose to visit, you’ll be doing more than shopping. Each of the distinct markets listed above offers an opportunity to connect with locals and experience the city’s rich culture. So, grab your reusable bags and set out to enjoy the best of Victoria’s summer markets. Happy market hopping!

 

Go Beyond the Market and Explore the Flavour Trails

If you’re looking for extra adventure, we have to recommend the Greater Victoria Flavour Trails. A treasure trail of local produce and culinary goods, the Flavour Trails is your one-stop-shop for flavourful itineraries, interactive maps and travel inspiration. Learn more about the Flavour Trails and start planning your next foodie tour!

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