Shopping in Victoria

Victoria has small shopping areas and is home to specialty districts such as Antique Row and Chinatown. Some shops have been around since the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Antique Row—a former antiques district that is now home to outlets that sell artisanal food and environmentally sustainable clothing
  • Artina’s—a jewelry shop with Canadian-made jewelry; 1002 Government Street
  • Bay Centre—a downtown shopping mall with 100 boutiques and restaurants; 1150 Douglas Street
  • Chinatown—a Chinese shopping area with imported Chinese goods, fruits and vegetables, children’s toys, wicker fans, and fabric slippers
  • Cook Culture—an upscale kitchenware store in the Atrium Building that also serves as a cooking school that offers workshops on topics such as handling knives and making sushi; 1317 Blanshard Street
  • Cowichan Trading—a well-known store with First Nations jewelry, art, moccasins, and Cowichan sweaters; 1328 Government Street
  • Hill’s Native Art—a First Nations store with souvenirs, totems, masks, jewelry, and Inuit sculptures; 1008 Government Street
  • Idar—a small jewelry store that is home to the workshop of one of the few goldsmiths in America that forges gold by hand and sells gold, silver, and platinum pieces; 946 Fort Street
  • Irish Linen Stores—a small clothing store open since 1917 that sells linen, lace, and hand-embroidered items; 1019 Government Street
  • Lower Johnson Street—a row of Victorian storefronts with designer clothing stores, boutiques, and eco-friendly clothing stores; Johnson Street between Government and Store streets
  • Munro’s Books—a former bank restored into a well-stocked independent bookstore with bargain books in a remainders bin; 1108 Government Street
  • Murchie’s—a company in existence since 1894 that is the city’s oldest tea shop with over 90 varieties of tea and coffees, tarts, and cakes; 1110 Government Street
  • Rogers’ Chocolates—a chocolatier since 1885 that sells a specialty called Victoria creams in 19 different flavors; 913 Government Street
  • Silk Road—a tea shop with over 300 varieties of tea and a tasting bar as well as aromatherapy remedies and spa treatments; 1624 Government Street
  • Trounce Alley—a pedestrian mall with art galleries and upscale clothing stores; north of View Street and between Broad and Government streets

Shopping in Quebec City

Quebec City is home to several shopping districts and malls and also seems to have good markets selling a variety of products.

  • Aux Petits Delices—part of the market at Les Halles du Petit Quarter, this vendor sells specialty cheeses, crackers, charcuterie, and condiments; 1197 av. Cartier
  • Bedo—a chain clothing store with stylish and affordably priced clothes; 1161 rue St-Jean
  • Benjo—a toy store with games, toys, children’s clothing, a café, a well-stocked bookstore with primarily French storybooks, and an electric train that can take you around the store; 550 boul. Charest Est, St-Roch
  • Camellia Sinensis Maison de The—a tea shop with 150 different teas from various locales including China, Japan, and Africa that have been primarily imported by the owners; 624 rue St-Joseph Est, St-Roch
  • Galeries de la Capitale—a large mall with 35 restaurants, 280 stores, an IMAX theater, and an indoor amusement park next to the mall; 5401 boul. Des Galeries, Lebourgneuf
  • Halles du Petit Quartier—a mall with restaurants and shops selling jewelry, fish, flowers, cheeses, pastries, breads, and other items; 1197 av. Cartier
  • L’ Heritage Antiquite—an antique store in the antiques district with Quebecois furniture, clocks, oil lamps, porcelain, and ceramics; 109 rue St-Paul
  • La Baie—a department store with clothes in all sizes from children’s sizes to adult sizes along with household items and cosmetics; Pl. Laurier
  • La Boite a Pain—a bakery with baguettes, multi-grain breads, dessert breads, sandwiches, and salads; 289 rue-St-Joseph Est, St-Roch
  • La Maison Simons—a Canadian chain department store with designer clothing, linens, and household items; 20 cote de la Fabrique
  • Laurier Quebec—the busiest mall in Quebec City with over 300 stores selling fashionable clothing, electronics, toys, and books located adjacent to two other malls, Place de la Cite and Place St-Foy; 2700 boul. Laurier
  • Le Blanc Mouton—a women’s clothing store with locally designed accessories, jewelry, and clothes; 51 Sous le Fort
  • Les Delices de L’Erable—a food store with products made from maple syrup including maple cookies and muffins as well as gelato; 1044 rue St-Jean
  • Les Promenades du Vieux-Quebec—a shopping district with expensive items such as clothing, perfume, and art as well as a restaurant and change bureau; 43 rue de Buade
  • Point d’Exclamation—artisans from Quebec designed the handcrafted bags, jewelry, hair accessories, paper, notebooks, cards, and paintings in this store; 762 rue St-Jean
  • Quartier Petit-Champlain—a pedestrian shopping mall with 50 boutiques, local businesses, and restaurants known for its Quebecois wooden sculptures, weavings, ceramics, and jewelry
  • Signatures Quebecoises—a basement clothing store with designer clothing and accessories; 50 rue St-Joseph Est, St-Roch
  • Zone—a popular electronics store with gadgets, tools, and accessories for home and office purposes; 999 av. Cartier


Shopping in Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa offers a variety of shopping experiences from the Rideau Centre mall to shopping districts such as Sussex Drive and Bank Street.

  • ByWard Market—four square blocks of museums, cafes, specialty food stores, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, and hair and beauty salons; 55 By Ward Market Square
  • Ottawa Farmers’ Market—has a wide variety of foods, crafts, jewelry, and more; 1015 Bank Street
  • Workshop Studio and Boutique—sells clothes, jewelry, and accessories by over 150 of Canada’s newest designers; 242 ½ Dalhousie Street
  • Cube Gallery—has a selection of works by local artists including paintings and sculptures; 1285 Wellington Street West
  • Astrolabe Gallery—sells a variety of old maps and antiques; 71 Sparks Street
  • Bank Street—a shopping district with bargain goods, shops, boutiques, and antique stores
  • Rideau Centre—a large mall with over 200 stores including Club Monaco, Le Chateau, and Roots; 50 Rideau Street
  • Sussex Drive—a shopping street with local designer stores by designers such as Richard Robinson and Justina McCaffrey


For the Canada portion of the travel guide series I will be focusing not only on the national capital of Ottawa but the capitals and major cities of each province. To start the series off we will be checking out Ottawa and what attractions and shopping experiences it has to offer visitors.

Ottawa Attractions

  • National Gallery of Canada—home to a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photos; 380 Sussex Drive
  • Notre Dame Basilica—a twin-spired ornate Gothic-style cathedral; 385 Sussex Drive
  • Canadian Museum of Nature—the national natural history museum of Canada is home to several excellent galleries including a fossil gallery, mammal gallery, bird gallery, water gallery, earth gallery, and many hands-on activities; 240 McLeod Street
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum—teaches visitors about flight and aerospace technology with more than 130 aircraft and artifacts; 11 Aviation Parkway
  • Rideau Hall—official residence and office of every governor-general since 1867 set within a 79-acre urban paradise; 1 Sussex Drive
  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum—allows visitors to forge personal connections with farm animals at its working farm as well as offering interesting exhibitions that highlight Canada’s agricultural history and problems; 861 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Laurier House National Historic Site—the former residence of the Prime Minister before the move to Sussex Drive; 335 Laurier Avenue East
  • Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada—offers an expansive collection of Canadian coins, currency, and tokens as well as foreign currency; 245 Sparks Street
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum—Canada’s largest science museum is home to displays of printing presses, antique cars, steam locomotives, and hands-on exhibits; 1867 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization—an architecturally elegant building with exhibits that depict Canada’s history from prehistory to the present as well as six longhouses, totem poles, and life-size reconstructions of an archaeological dig and hands-on activities for kids in the children’s museum; 100 Laurier Street
  • Aboriginal Experiences—once an Algonquin trading post, this site allows visitors to look inside tepees and a longhouse where traditional dances are performed twice a day as well as eat in an open-air café and make crafts in a craft workshop; Victoria Island, off Chaudiere Bridge
  • Canadian War Museum—a striking newer museum that depicts Canadian military history with artifacts and a re-creation of a walk-through trench and Peacekeepers’ command post along with a large artillery collection and military vehicles; 1 Vimy Place
  • Mackenzie King Estate—a 563-acre estate in Gatineau Park that was once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, former prime minister, who lived here during the summer in the early 20th century, and has formal gardens, ruins, natural woodlands, and two cottages to walk through (a third cottage is closed to visitors as it is the residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons); Promenade de la Gatineau Parkway, Gatineau
  • Parliament Buildings—three Neo-Gothic buildings that preside over Ottawa and overlook the Ottawa River and consist of the Peace Tower where the Memorial Chamber has five Books of Remembrance that list the names of Canadians killed in military service, the Library of Parliament which is the only original building saved from a fire in 1916 that has book-lined galleries, and the East and West Block which contain parliamentary offices and restored offices of the Fathers of the Confederation; Parliament Hill

Shopping in Cape Town, South Africa

From bustling marketplaces to more traditional brick-and-mortar stores, Cape Town has a variety of shopping experiences including malls, galleries, and niche stores.

  • Baraka Gifts and Décor—a shop with arts, crafts, jewelry, handmade leather notebooks, photo albums, and vintage and antique items; Shop 13A, Dixon Street, Cape Quarter
  • V&A Market on the Wharf—South Africa’s most enticing fresh food and produce market including a foodie bookshop, demo kitchen, and more culinary experiences; Dock Road
  • Canal Walk Shopping Centre—a large mall with a variety of international retailers, a hotel, cinema, and food court; Century City Drive
  • Watershed—sells home décor, jewelry, and souvenirs; Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront
  • Neighbour Goods Market—home to interesting stores and vendors and good food selection; 373-375 Albert Road
  • Kumanov Cosmetics—allows customers to make their own perfume and sells body creams and other body products; 3 Viola Road
  • The Book Lounge—a bookstore with a good selection of titles and a basement café; 71 Roeland Street
  • Rust-en-Vrede Gallery—an art gallery that displays the works of both established and new artists with a clay museum as well; 10 Wellington Road
  • Amiti Shop—a South African design collective with a large collection of locally designed goods including clothing, bags, home décor, jewelry, and art prints; 81 Long Street
  • The African Music Store—a specialty African music shop with over 3000 titles mostly including South African pieces but also a stock of pan-African music as well; 134 Long Street
  • Streetwires—sells wire art and demonstrates how wire art is made in the upstairs factory; 77 Shortmarket Street
  • Red Rock Tribal—a craft store set in a garden with wind sculptures, water features, scrap metal tortoises, and birds; Cape Farmhouse
  • AVOOVA—sells handcrafted gifts made from ostrich eggshells; 97 Bree Street
  • Africa Nova—a store that sells modern African art and unique original African pieces; Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street
  • African Image—an African crafts store that sells modern art and township crafts, cloth from Nigeria and Ghana, West African masks, Malian blankets, and beaded designs from southern African tribes; Burg and Church Streets
  • Exclusive Books Waterfront—South Africa’s largest chain of bookstores with local and international magazines, African coffee-table books, and international best-sellers; V&A Waterfront, Victoria Wharf, Shop 6160
  • Greenmarket Square—a fun marketplace with clothing, locally made leather shoes and sandals, African jewelry, art, and fabrics; Longmarket, Burg, and Shortmarket streets
  • Mnandi Textiles—an African fabric store with West African and Dutch prints (South Africa was a Dutch colony at one point in its history) and African clothing for adults and children; 90 Station Road

Shopping in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Westgate Shopping Mall—one of East Africa’s top shopping destinations with family entertainment and events as well as arts and craft kiosks and over 80 stores; Mwanzi Road
  • The Hub Karen—a shopping mall located in the suburbs of Karen Nairobi that is home to both local and international stores and everyday necessities like dining, medical care, offices, and a wellness center
  • Nairobi Gallery—home to the Murumbi collection of African art and artifacts
  • Utamaduni Craft Centre—has a variety of masks, textiles, jewelry, and home goods; Bogani East Road
  • Spinners Web Kenya—a Kenyan crafts store; Getathuru Gardens off Peponi Road
  • Matbronze Wildlife Art—a gallery with sculptures, jewelry, and souvenirs; No. 2 Kifaru Lane

There really isn’t a wealth of shopping venues in Nairobi but the ones featured do seem like they are very cultural and provide a glimpse of daily life in Kenya.

Shopping in Cairo

  • Abd El-Zaher Bookstore-the last bookbinding company in Cairo that has been open since 1936 and sells leather-bound diaries, sketchbooks, photo albums, and journals; 31 Shar’a al-Sheikh Mohemmed Abdu
  • Anglo-Egyptian Bookshop—a bookstore opened in 1928 that has a great selection of books including a notable nonfiction collection and is a good source of English-language books; 165 Shar’a Muhammad Farid
  • Arkadia Mall—a large mall with over 500 stores and an arcade; Corniche-al-Nil
  • Azza Fahmy—a top Egyptian jewelry designer who sells motif-inspired pieces; First Mall, 35 Shar’a Giza, 2nd floor, shop 205
  • City Centre Ma’adi—a mainstream mall with international names such as H&M and Zara, a pharmacy, an American-style food court, a supermarket, a movie theater, and a play zone for children; Maadi/Katyama Ring Road
  • Fair Trade Egypt—a shop that sells handmade items designed by 2,300 artisans who work in Egyptian cooperatives; 27 Shar’Yahia Ibrahim, 1st floor, Suite 8
  • Khan-al-Khalili—a medieval outdoor market which has been a traditional meeting place for Cairo’s citizens for centuries and sells items such as jewelry, lamps, spices, clothes, textiles, and handiworks among others
  • L’Orientaliste Books—a bookstore that sells Cairo’s best stock of books, antique maps, prints, lithographs, and antique postcards in French, English, and Arabic; 15 Shar’a Qasr-al-Nil
  • Festival City Mall—offers a variety of famous designers and an indoor food court
  • City Stars Mall—a decent mall with attached InterContinental Hotel and international fashion brands as well as two movie theaters and an amusement park; Omar Ibn El Khattab St. off El Nasr Road, Heliopolis, Cairo
  • Mall of Arabia Cairo—Egypt’s biggest mall with international brands, a cinema complex, playground, and musical fountain; Juhaynah Square
  • Mashrabia Gallery—a contemporary art gallery with quality pieces by Egyptian artists; 8 Shar’a Champollion
  • Mit Rehan—an Egyptian furniture store with traditional Egyptian pieces and Western pieces; 13 Shar’a Mara’ashly
  • Oum El Dounia Gallery—offers handcraft and books with Egyptian handicrafts; Road 23 off El Nadi Street behind Dina Farms Supermarket
  • Nomad Gallery Egypt—sells a variety of authentic Egyptian products reasonably priced; 14 Saray Elgezira Street, 1st Floor (next to Tunisian Embassy)
  • The First Mall Cairo—a high-end mall with over 200 boutiques that sell jewelry, designer clothing, and housewares as well as featuring a gym, spa, and hair salon; First Residence Complex, 35 Shar’a al-Giza


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