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This unique alley located in Chinatown between Fisgard & Johnson streets. There are numerous shops & stores located along this narrow alley.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Chinatown, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SadieB088
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. Must visit!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank caligirl0105
Reviewed December 30, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank carole_mist
Reviewed December 28, 2018

Worth a wander through this alley. It was home to Chinese workers beginning in the late 1800’s during the gold rush. It was rife with brothels, opium dens and gambling joints.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ancientmoods
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank graceh768
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit if you can slow down and just chill. Roam the cute shops, take pics of the alley and enjoy this piece of history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ninaupnorth
Reviewed December 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stopfer
Reviewed December 13, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SaskatoonSaskCanada
Reviewed November 27, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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