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It's part of a fascinating Chinatown in Victoria which is still vibrant with all sorts of interesting restaurants small businesses. If you can catch one of the guided tours, do so as you'll learn so much more than just wandering through on your own.
Vancouver Tourism states this is the narrowest street in all of Canada and the gateway to the oldest Chinatown (in Canada).
Fan Tan Alley is packed with little shops offering handmade products, artsy design, bamboo umbrellas and other goodies.
This was very fun to experience... it is the narrowest alley with stores on almost each side I have ever seen. When we heard about it, we simply make it a point to find it and take pictures. Make sure you look for it whenever...More
We rented a condo for a week in the small Victoria's Chinatown, just beside the Fan tan Alley. It is a nice place to stay and walk around at night. There is light between the two narrow walls of the Alley. Beautiful. It is very...More
While exploring Victoria, we came across a strange looking alley and veered left to walk through it. Turns out, Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in the country, and serves as a unique historical gateway to Victoria Chinatown. There a cute shops along the...More
Funky shops, nice way to cut across town as it connects to many other historic alleys (and one new one), Waddington for example so you can avoid a fair bit of car traffic and experience a historic walk along the way while shopping for first...More
Short block, just wide enough for two people to walk. There are about a dozen shops. The chocolate store is delightful. This street transports you to Hong Kong or mainland China. Certainly something you would not expect to see in Canada.
This is just a narrow alley in Chinatown, with a few shops for tourists. My wife and I walked past the alley entrance, without knowing it and had to backtrack to find it. We walked from one end of the alley to the other end,...More