The Penny Farthing

Oak Bay Village is in the heart of Oak Bay in Victoria, BC. The shops and businesses run along Oak Bay Avenue.

Oak Bay Village, commonly called “The Avenue” by the locals due to the street it’s on, is a strip of retail shops, grocery stores, businesses and restaurants. The shops are mostly on Oak Bay Avenue between Monterey Avenue and Bank Street.

 

Shops in Oak Bay Village

Below are the notable shops and restaurants on Oak Bay Avenue, organized into categories based on what they sell.

 

Restaurants

  • The Oaks – a locally-owned and operated restaurant that has the friendliest staff and features live music on some nights. Their meals are both affordable and delicious. We especially recommend going there for brunch.
  • The Penny Farthing Public House – an English Pub that has cozy fireplaces and memorabilia decorating the walls. You are able to reserve the top section of the pub if you are hosting a large gathering, but need to book the section in advance.
  • Vis-a-Vis Bouchon & Bar – this French-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It usually opens at 7 am and if you come before 9 am your breakfast meal will be only $9 (or at least it was the last time we checked).
  • Blighty’s Bistro – a cozy smaller restaurant that serves classic meals such as fish & chips and steak. They also have an inexpensive selection of drinks to go along with your meal. They are only open for dinner and reservations are encouraged.
  • Bon Sushi – a smaller restaurant that offers house-made sushi at an affordable price. Check out their special rolls to try something new and different that’s exclusive to this restaurant.
  • Osaka Sushi  – a Japanese restaurant that has daily specials and deals. They also have a special lunch menu in addition to their regular menu for special Bento boxes.

 

Food To Go

This category includes all the places you can get food to go including grocery stores and coffee shops.

  • Fairway Market – a grocery store that started locally on Vancouver Island and has competitive pricing for being a smaller store. They often support local charities and initiatives within the community.
  • Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen Cafe – this shop has been serving the Oak Bay community since 1997. Their specialties include espresso, baked goods and gelato.
  • Cobs Bread – this Oak Bay franchise of the popular chain opens early in the morning and offers freshly bakes loaves of bread and various pastries every day.
  • Red Barn Market – this local market offers an array of produce items as well as a deli section and normal groceries. To the locals they’re famous for their sandwich and wrap bar which allows you to choose how you want your sandwich done and you know it’s all healthy and locally sourced food being put into it.
  • Good Earth Coffeehouse – this Canadian-based coffee chain has soups, sandwiches and salads as well as classic drinks and baked goods.
  • Starbucks – the classic coffee shop you can find in any city. If you go, make sure you have the app downloaded and you use a Starbucks card connected to your account so you get your rewards and are able to complete challenges for extra stars.
  • Discovery Coffee – the second location of this new chain of coffee shops. It is well known for having an ever-changing display of local art on the walls and various surfaces of the shop.
  • Hide + Seek Coffee – this aesthetically-pleasing café offers a variety of hot and cold beverages as well as pastries. They also host community events such as ‘Waffle Sundays’ and knitting nights.
  • Oak Bay Seafood – a seafood shop committed to supplying Oak Bay locals with sustainable seafood. They work closely with fisheries in Victoria to ensure that they are selling the quality seafood obtained in an eco-friendly way.
  • The Whole Beast – a meat producer that uses local, sustainable and ethical supplies to provide many different types of meats to their customers.
  • Roger’s Chocolates – the world-famous chocolate store that uses Fair Trade cocoa to create its delicious, mouth-watering chocolate. They also serve ice cream bars in the summer and create advent calendars around Christmas time.
  • Jusu Bar – this juice bar features smoothies, cold-pressed juices, almond milks, coffee and different types of food. They also have their own cleanses that give you access to multiple juices in order to cleanse your body and digestive tract.

 

Clothing and Accessories

These shops carry everything from jewelry to clothing to eyeglasses.

  • ArtSEE Eyewear – this franchise has many types and styles of eyeglasses, contact lenses and sunglasses.
  • Barclay’s Fine Jewelers – since opening its doors in 1986, this store creates custom jewelry, sells consignment jewelry and offers a variety of services such as engraving and appraisals.
  • Nicholas Randall – this boutique offers a variety of items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor and food. Whether you’re looking for a simple yet beautiful piece of jewelry, some cute shoes, a funny greeting card or a candle to brighten up your space, Nicholas Randall probably has it.
  • Adorn Clothing Boutique – a local clothing store that has women’s clothing and jewelry. They carry various types of clothes depending on the season.
  • A La Mode Ladies Consignment – a shop that carries women’s clothing. They constantly have different things in the store so it’s a good idea to check back often to find something you love.
  • Finn and Izzy Ltd. – a clothing, toy, and accessory store for children and infants. Here you can find books, shoes and baby essentials.

 

Art and Galleries

This selection of galleries and studios range from small to quite large.

  • The Avenue Gallery – a large gallery of paintings, sculptures, jewelry and glass art, much of which is created by British Columbian artists.
  • Winchester Galleries – a smaller collection of paintings that are changed up every so often.
  • Side Street Studio – features exclusively small artists from around British Columbia. All items are available for sale and are one of a kind.
  • Eclectic Gallery – has many artistic creations by local artists available for sale.
  • Gage Gallery Arts Collection – a non-profit society devoted to creating a community for local artists.

 

Home and Pets

In this category there are home decor stores and pet supplies shops as well as garden and plant stores.

  • Oak Bay Flower Shop – a florist offering a variety of flowers, plants and little gifts.
  • Harry’s Flowers – a locally owned flower shop at the end of Oak Bay Avenue.
  • Gardenworks – one of the chain gardening shops that have many plants, pots and other items to decorate your garden with.
  • Home Hardware – the Canadian hardware store that features hardware materials, power tools, paint, gardening supplies and seasonal items.
  • Bark Bath & Beyond – a locally-owned pet supply and grooming store.
  • The Mucky Mutt Pet Salon – a grooming shop for dogs and cats.

 

Services

These shops offer various services to their clients.

  • Oak Bay Bicycles – these bike specialists know what you need in a bike. They also know how to fix up almost any issue that you may have with your bicycle.
  • The Oak Bay Library – the municipal library has a large selection of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs available to borrow.
  • Timeless Toys – a local toy store with many fun activities for kids to enjoy.
  • Ivy’s Bookshop –a small locally-owned bookstore with a variety of books on different subjects, greeting cards and trinkets.
  • Kharma Salon – has hair stylists, wax artists, microblading and other beauty procedures.
  • David Levi Salon & Spa – along with hair stylists, David Levi also has a full salon including nail services, massages and facials.
  • Banks – RBC, Scotiabank, and CIBC.

 

Other Information

To learn more about the area, see the Oak Bay Village website.

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