Our Story

Built in the late 1800s when Victoria was enjoying tremendous growth and prosperity, Market Square was teeming with sailors and gold prospectors seeking adventure and fortune.  The Square was home to bustling hotels, saloons, and shops that outfitted thousands of miners on their way to the Klondike gold fields.  Market Square was a hub of lively activity, offering a bold contrast to Victoria’s image as a “quaint bit of Old England”!

Market Square offers a wonderful shopping experience!  Browse your way through unique, local boutiques in heritage brick-and-beam buildings that surround an open air courtyard – a great place to take a break and enjoy a take-out lunch, dinner, coffee or snack.  Heard about events happening in the Square?  Be sure to check our WHAT’S HAPPENING page often for free upcoming concerts and activities.

If you’re looking for local boutiques that offer one-of-a-kind merchandise, you’ve come to the right place.  You’ll find the latest fashion trends; home accessories; locally made jewelry; fun gift ideas and more.  Choose from a variety of tasty dine-in and take-out restaurants – authentic Belgian waffles, a vegetarian buffet, Neapolitan pizzeria, curries, Mexican, Indonesian, a coffee shop and craft beer eatery.

Our specialty shops include the biggest bead shop in the city, a metaphysical shop where you can have your Tarot cards read, and a place to buy, sell and trade new and used camera gear.  Have a look at our directory of shops and services under STORE DIRECTORY for a list of businesses and contact information.

One of the city’s oldest landmarks, Market Square is centrally located in downtown Victoria.  Just one block south of Chinatown and an easy 5-10 minute walk from the Inner Harbour.  A “must see” for visitors on vacation; a regular stop for locals enjoying some of the best shopping and dining in the city!