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We’ve made it to 2019, and the start of the new year might be the perfect time to try out something new.

This is why we’ve compiled a list of 6 exciting new downtown businesses that you might want to experience for yourself.

From a range of restaurants that are fit for any taste, to a retro arcade, a day and night cafe, and a sake bar with the largest selection of sake in the country, there’s something here for everyone; and if you know of any up and coming businesses that have just opened their doors in Victoria, please let us know in the comments!

Without further ado…

1. Chuck’s Burger Bar

Chuck’s Burger Bar has been a Sidney staple for a couple year now, filling up hungry guests with their unique burger creations, and now Victoria gets to share in all of its tasty glory.

The fresh-made burgers with patties created entirely in-house have made their way downtown, and if you’re a fan of poutine you’re in luck, too – Chuck’s has plenty of premium poutines to try!

Where: 538 Yates Street

2. Sherwood Victoria

Victoria has always topped the charts in cafes, but even amongst the established coffee giants, Sherwood stands out.

Fully licensed, this beautiful cafe is open day and night, from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. on weekdays, and serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, even offering a takeaway menu. From classic caffeinated comforts to carefully crafted cocktails, this is the place to try.

Where: 710 Pandora Avenue

3. E:Ne

E:Ne is an exotic and atmospheric raw food and sake bar that never fails to leave a lasting impression.

Touting the largest sake selection in all of Canada, this Japanese eatery and their sake sommeliers know how to expertly pair their drinks and food for unforgettable tasting experience.

Where: 737 Pandora Avenue

4. La Pasta

Located inside the Victoria Public Market, this little eatery is authentically Italian and every pasta lover’s dream.

Using fresh house-made pasta, customers can take their pick of any noodle type, sauce, and filling to create the perfect meal right before their eyes.

Where: 1701 Douglas Street, Victoria Public Market

5. Quazar’s Arcade

Open 7 days a week, this all-ages retro arcade is a must try, no matter how old you are.

Step back in time and feel the weight of a token between your fingers as you walk through the rows of pinball and arcade machines, rotated frequently to keep things fresh. Think you’ve got what it takes to set Victoria’s newest high score?

Oh, and they serve coffee, too!

Where: 1215 Government Street, Trounce Alley

6. Axe and Grind

Looking to let out a little steam?

In what has to be one of the most Canadian activities on this list, this axe-throwing club lets visitors throw axes a targets indoors. If you’ve never thrown an axe before, don’t worry! The staff at Axe and Grind will teach you how to put some oomph behind each toss.

Where: 910 Government Street

Check out DVBA’s Facebook page and website for more information on local businesses in downtown Victoria.

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