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“souvenir shops”(36 reviews)
“empress hotel”(64 reviews)
Busy street lined with some of Victoria's biggest tourist attractions.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 March 2008

If you start your stroll up Government St. at the south end, be sure to check out the inner harbour. If it is summer, there are street performers (buskers) down the lower walkway across from the Empress Hotel. Moving up Government St. there are some...More

10  Thank taggsbc
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I'm not the visitor that subscribe to trinket shopping. It's a trap of mostly gaudy trinkets not worth the exorbitant rip off prices for the cheap items that are made in China. There are some "Native" look alike items. I recommend you be careful as...More

8  Thank YYZ T
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All reviews souvenir shops roger's chocolates empress hotel irish times beautiful street window shopping great shopping pubs and restaurants bay centre few blocks bastion square downtown victoria book store nice stroll parliament building sunny day cruise ship
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Reviewed 1 week ago

whatever one desires can be found in a shop along Government St. Such a delightful variety, from souvenirs to sensible clothing. Watch out for the Mounted Bear!

Thank snddowns
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very interesting place to walk or drive down. So many neat things to see. This area has everything from shops to restaurants to various things to see, or go for a ferry ride.

Thank Berthab41
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a visitors heaven. so much to see and do. the flowers are so beautiful. so many shops and beautiful restaurants. The shops are trendy and pricey but very interesting. I went to the beautiful old Bay Center building, and enjoyed many old historical...More

Thank debbie1961255068
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Declining in appeal, like other parts of downtown Victoria, Governement St is getting too busy to enjoy. There is a decent variety of shops, and a few decent pubs, much of it is (over) priced for tourists.

Thank Slade L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This area is full of shops, bars and restaurants geared towards the tourist trade. Few locals to be seen.

Thank giffenk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the stores have the same things you would expect: Tee shirts, sweatshirts, license plates, shot glasses, magnets, etc. It's a tourist area, and we were tourists. It was fun. Nice and clean and talented buskers on many blocks.

Thank PBSpeakeasy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very beautiful street that all the way to Holland Point from the North. It has many beautiful buildings. Part of it faces the Inner harbour and the Bastion Square. Lots of restaurants and retail outlets and some souvenir shops. Good for a...More

Thank JamesKMTan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see for travellers who enjoy a diverse selection of pubs and restaurants. We spent most of an evening walking government street and visited a few of the pub/restaurants for drinks and appetizers.

Thank Dean L
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Commercial district and walking area, this is a tourist area. Whenever I have been there it has been crowded. Souvenirs are in abundance. A short walk to Chinatown for lunch or dinner.

Thank SleeplessInManhatten
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

The best street to walk in Victoria . From there you see other nice street’s to go to. It is very safe and lots of restaurants & shops there. Can’t live victoria with out visiting government st.

Thank Alvaro C
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16 October 2018|
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Response from gooilersLeduc | Reviewed this property |
Depending on what time of year it is as to who is open on weekends and who is open late.Go and enjoy yourself it is Victoria.