Visit Fan Tan Alley

When visiting the marina ask our staff about Fan Tan Alley.  It’s located in Victoria’s Chinatown district and is known for its narrow width and eclectic mix of shops and businesses. The alley dates back to the late 19th century and has a rich history tied to the Chinese community in Victoria.

Originally, Fan Tan Alley was home to gambling houses, opium dens, and other establishments catering to the Chinese immigrant population during the Gold Rush era. Over time, it transformed into a vibrant commercial area with various small shops selling everything from souvenirs and clothing to art and food.

Today, Fan Tan Alley is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a glimpse into Victoria’s multicultural past and present. It’s filled with boutique shops, galleries, cafes, and eateries, making it a lively and bustling spot in the heart of the city.

What You’ll Find:

  • Boutique Shops: The alley is lined with numerous boutique shops offering a variety of goods such as clothing, jewelry, accessories, gifts, and souvenirs. These shops often feature unique and locally-made items, making them popular among tourists and locals alike.
  • Art Galleries: Several art galleries are located within Fan Tan Alley, showcasing works by local and international artists. Visitors can explore contemporary art, traditional Indigenous art, and other forms of creative expression.
  • Cafes and Eateries: There are several cafes and eateries nestled within Fan Tan Alley, offering a wide range of culinary delights. From cozy coffee shops serving freshly brewed beverages to restaurants dishing out international cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate.
  • Specialty Stores: You’ll find specialty stores along the alley catering to niche interests. These may include vintage clothing stores, comic book shops, antique stores, and more, providing shoppers with a unique and eclectic shopping experience.
  • Historic Landmarks: Fan Tan Alley is a historic landmark, with its narrow passageway and well-preserved brick buildings evoking a sense of nostalgia. Visitors can admire the architecture and learn about the alley’s intriguing history, including its connection to Victoria’s Chinatown and the Gold Rush era.

Overall, Fan Tan Alley offers a vibrant and eclectic mix of businesses and attractions, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Victoria’s downtown area.

If you have any questions please call our main desk at + 1 778 432 0477.   If you’re looking for a superyacht marina we accept 65′ to 220′ vessels.  Phone or book online to reserve your slip or book the ultimate yacht Rendezvous.