As one of Canada's largest nutrition retail outlets, Popeye's Supplements populates its store with nutrition, weight-loss, and fitness aids designed to address a variety of health matters. Expert vitamin prospectors help patrons pan through rivers of pills, sifting out pyrite to find supplements best suited to patrons' fitness goals. Shoppers can fill their baskets with Zone Perfect bars ($19.99) or stock up on Allmax Nutrition's muscle-magnifying creatine ($17.99). Meanwhile, the green-tea extracts and soy vitamin E in the Ascenta NutraSea fish oil ($19.99) team up to healthify hearts, soothe joints, and sweep the dust off of neural pathways, and Now vitamin C powder ($19.99) bolsters immune systems to run with the efficiency of a robotic german shepherd. Customers can also try out different supplements at Popeye's Supplements' sampling station.
Amid the din of Old Town's shops and the bellow of boats coasting through the harbour, Kaz Japanese Restaurant beckons diners with a vast array of East Asian specialties. Chef Masami mans the sushi bar, drawing from more than 35 years of experience to captain his culinary crew as they whip up rolls that awaken the senses through combinations of colour, taste, and texture. Servers bear plates of sushi, teriyaki, and tempura into the dining room, which surrounds guests in softly lit hanging lanterns and elegant Japanese–style shades. The restaurant bustles with activity until 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, accommodating late-night diners trying to stay up late enough to tuck in the moon.
Dog Nation may seem like an unassuming hot-dog stand, but an ambitious gourmet menu distinguishes the silver, umbrella-shaded cart from the others that look like it. Inspired by Victoria’s multicultural history, Dog Nation draws inspiration for its signature hot dogs from world cuisine. Each dog captures the essence of a culture or institution, such as a greek dog, which features tzatziki and kalamata olives.
Nestled within the Swans Hotel, Swans Brewpub crafts the classic flavours of a traditional darkened tavern in a space awash with light, artwork, and heritage architecture. Here, chefs strive to use hormone-free and locally sourced meats as they lay out feasts of savoury shepherd's pie, steak sandwiches, and pasta as bartenders gild glasses with crisp house brews. A glass-covered dining patio graces meals with a dose of sunshine, and live music from swing and blues bands creates a catchy soundtrack as visitors admire the pub's collection of First Nations carvings and ancient Inuit tap handles.