09 January 2011

Fan Tan Alley

I spent the day walking around downtown and ventured into Chinatown
I had my camera with me and took a bunch of photos to share with all of you.

Victoria B.C. has the oldest Chinatown in Canada, says the garbage can :)

The most historic place is the famous Fan Tan Alley

                        The pathway is only 5 feet wide, with a height of 3 stories!

Most of the shops are dedicated to the Mystical Arts,
 Spirituality, Naturalism and Healing; There's also a yoga studio!

And if your a dude in need of a haircut, there's even a nostalgic Barber Shop too!

As I was taking photos, I saw this kitty prancing over to me! 

'Tis the Fan Tan Alley Cat!!!

Please be a clean kitty lol

Then I noticed an empty can of cat food on the ledge, but it had cigarette butts inside :(

Before you exit, there's a peculiar back door noodle service...

Of course it's safe and all, but I prefer my noodles from the front door ;)

Questions: Does your city have a Chinatown? 
Do you have a favorite spot to go when you're there?


Anonymous said... [reply]

Chicago has a china town and surprisingly, I've never been there!

Kristi said... [reply]

No China town where I live! I'm still in a pretty rural area.

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said... [reply]

Such neat photos! I love narrow alleyways.

YES, Toronto has two Chinatowns! I enjoy perusing the fruit and vegetable stands- so many exotic things! I also like to pick up coconut buns from one of the many bakeries.

Anonymous said... [reply]

My city has a china town with a huge all you can eat buffet. It's really good, my dad loves taking me there! They even have a "healthy vegetarian" section LOL where instead of deep fried meat you can get deep fried vegetables... :P At least they tried!

Mary said... [reply]

The alley kind of reminds me of Nockturn (sp?) Alley in Harry Potter. :P Just without all the dwarfs, wizards, and what not.

Heather Iacobacci-Miller said... [reply]

Very cool. Love the photos. We most definitely do NOT have a China town here at all.

Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose said... [reply]

that alley looks super fun! DC has a chinatown-but its very mainstream with a bed bath and beyond and urban outfitters. I still the NYC's is the best--always expanding too!

Red Deception said... [reply]

No Chinatown up here. This area is more known for it's indigenous aboriginal population and history.

I have run through that Chinatown several times when I've gone to visit the great city of Victoria. I run through there on my way to the harbor. I will NEED to search for Fan Tan Alley on my next visit!

Aspiring Steph said... [reply]

Vancouver definitely has Chinatown!! I think I saw on TV before that the chinatown here has the best Chinese food in the world...lol

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

My city doesn't really have a Chinatown ... it kind of just has "Asian block" :-)

I love your pictures!

Anonymous said... [reply]

That's so neat! I love the vibrant colors in all of the Chinatowns I've been to. One thing I'm not to keen on though is the smell lol. There's no Chinatown in Richmond (too small of a city for that), but I my favorite is in NYC. They have this awesome vegetarian dim sum place that has the best spinach dumplings. I don't like Chinese food with the exception of dim sum and usually they're filled with pork :\ But that place is a gold mine!


p.s. you are friends of all animals :)

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said... [reply]

That alley is hella cool! Well, I live in NY, so 'course we have a Chinatown. :) I've never been there, though! I've rode through it in a car and train, but never stopped. It's on my NYC to-do list.

lequan said... [reply]

hi Kelsey,

we've been to Victoria a few times (so beautiful), but have yet to visit Chinatown...don't know why. thank you for sharing this with us. being as i'm Asian, we visit Chinatown a lot in Edmonton for groceries and eats of course.

Anonymous said... [reply]

I used to live a few blocks from the Chinatown in Vancouver but I can't say that I ever went exploring... looks beautiful in Victoria though!

Lola said... [reply]

Awwwww I wish my city had a China Town!!! one day I'll go to one!
I'm glad you are feeling better Kelsey! big hugs :)

Kath (Eating for Living) said... [reply]

Cities in Germany usually don't have Chinatowns. I've been to the Chinatown in San Francisco once and liked it a lot! I still have a bowl I bought there.

Chelsea said... [reply]

Exploring the city is such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Mine doesn't have a China town, but I've been to the ones in Toronto and Montreal!

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free said... [reply]

I just moved to a bigger city, and surprisingly, the "China town" consists of a mere block and a half! It is tiny!!!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

We don't have a "China Town", but I love the look of them!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said... [reply]

What a charming little place! You gave us a lovely tour!

sara said... [reply]

chinatowns are so fun to explore. i love the informational garbage can :) i stayed in a hotel in san francisco's chinatown, and in the mornings i would watch the elderly doing tai chi in the park across the street. i think nyc's chinatown is shrinking, it feels pretty small, but still fun to walk around in!

Anonymous said... [reply]

YEah there is a china town in london!... but I've only ever been twice!-- these photos are gorgeous!

Candice @ ChiaSeedMe said... [reply]

There definitely isn't a China town in my city, but I love to go to them! We just went to China town in D.C. a couple of months ago, and it was great fun:) Love your photos of the alley!

Anonymous said... [reply]

that is one fat alley cat! lol at the backdoor entrance. super sketchy!

Jes said... [reply]

I love the kitty!

lo.cal said... [reply]

My city does have a China town and it's my favorite place to go for homemade udon noodle soup. You can watch the guy slap the noodles against the counter top right next to your table.

Karen (Toronto Girl West) said... [reply]

I used to live in the converted lofts just across the way. In fact, my place was directly above the MEC sign.

I can't even tell you how many times I scurried across Fan Tan Alley to go buy my produce before the Chinatown shops closed!

Thanks for the walk down memory lane - literally! :)

Toronto Girl West

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said... [reply]

Good ol' Fan Tan Alley. I've never eaten at the noodle place though - I stick to Noodle Box for all my boxed noodle needs when in Victoria.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Awww, thanks Kelsey for the photos on my birthday! Made me want to go shopping ... I think half of my closet is made up of stuff from those two import shops on the right hand side, across from the music store I think? And how on earth did you manage to catch it devoid of people? I've never once been alone in that little space. Victoria in the off-season..... so nice :) My apartment was right on a carriage route, and I used to love thinking that I lived somewhere that thousands of people paid money to visit every year. We always played "wave to the tourists" games from the windows :P


Anonymous said... [reply]

P.S - Victoria's Chinatown rocks for super-cheap produce.


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