A walk down Wharf, the street.

The Keg Downtown, a Wharf Street icon!

The Keg Downtown, a Wharf Street icon!

It’s hilarious how Victoria is often referred to as the Garden City. But take a stroll downtown and you’re eventually going to hit water no matter which way you roll, some directions quicker than others. You might say it should be the city on the water.

Wharf Street often gets a rap for being a strictly tourist area and this couldn't be further from the facts. Wharf has so, so much cultural value in our town and some of the most densely packed dining experiences in one little neighbourhood the city has to dish out.

Looking towards the water from Bastion Square. Walk down the steps and Voila!... Wharf Street!

Looking towards the water from Bastion Square. Walk down the steps and Voila!... Wharf Street!

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I took a walk through the bricks and stones of Bastion Square and took a gander out into the harbour to see the sun reflecting off the waves like glass. It’s suppertime in early fall and this is an excellent neighbourhood to dine in.

Wharf offers everything from fine dining, to seafood and pubs to local fast food gems. Bastion Square is a – wait for it – bastion of dining and nightlife in Victoria with much to offer locals as our many tourists.

Want some surf and turf? Check out the steak standard that is The Keg or try something new at Nautical Nellies. A quick slice of huge local pizza can be found at The Joint, and don’t forget to hop down past the street level and see what lies next to the water.

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Lola’s is a new burger joint and tapas bar hidden below The Docks, another popular fine dining spot. There’s a reason the line at Red Fish Blue Fish is so long, and now that the dying days of tourist season are upon us, it’s a great time to take advantage of the shorter waits.

It may be September, and technically it's fall, but Wharf Street has so many patios for you to take advantage of. Ditch the pumpkin spice lattes and enjoy the final stretches of sun as autumn sets upon us.

The Docks seem to be taking their customer service experience very seriously. We noticed.

The Docks seem to be taking their customer service experience very seriously. We noticed.

Looking to make splash with a big night on the town? Both Darcy’s and The Local offer a dining experience bordering on nightlife. Enjoy a bite before you knock over the town.

Tourist season is over, so if you avoid Wharf because of the summer crowds, your time is now. Carpe diem and seize an area that is as much old Victoria as it is new, and densely packed with sites and sounds that will fill grumbly tummies.

New Asian Village rocking the Indian Buffet and night life feel of a chic Indian club abroad.

New Asian Village rocking the Indian Buffet and night life feel of a chic Indian club abroad.

Eat a Pita. Love,  Mom.

Eat a Pita. Love,  Mom.

Follow your nose when exploring Wharf Street eateries. It'll get you there.

Follow your nose when exploring Wharf Street eateries. It'll get you there.

Josh Collis

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