Welcome to our Neighbourhood


the Milkman’s Daughter is a quick twenty minute walk from the Inner Harbour in Victoria's historic Chinatown neighbourhood.  Along the way you will find Smoking Lily at 569 Johnson street - the smallest store in the world at 44 square feet.  We freaking love this area of town and thought we would share with you the best it has to offer.

Touristy Musts

Across the street from the Milkman's Daughter is the entrance to Chinatown and the beautiful Gate of Harmonious Interest.  Visit the Yen Wo Society 's Chinese Temple just upstairs from our shop. Around the corner is the Chinese Public School opened in 1909 by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.Walk half a block down Fisgard St. and you will find Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada.

Great Eats

Next door to us is  Brasserie l'Ecole, amazing French fare, well worth the line up and only open in the evenings. If you can’t get in there check out Northern Quarter on Douglas Street across  from the Hudson Public Market. Are you vegan?  Over on Pandora Street is the super delicious Cafe Bliss. For all-day breakfast and lunch you can’t go wrong with Jam.  Last but not least Cascadia Bakery on Government Street has all the sweets and savouries you can imagine.

Coffee Shops

Discovery Coffee, Habit and Bean Around The World are three great local cafes with excellent coffee and treats.


Phillips Brewery is just down the street from us. FYI: Smoking Lily makes their Growler Bags.  On the bottom of Pandora Street is The Drake, a British-style pub offering the best of local craft brews.


Besides us, the Milkman's Daughter, Chinatown’s Fisgard Street and Fan Tan Alley are lined with great little shops for groceries, housewares and clothing.  Check out Fantan Gallery Housewares, Heart’s Content and the Turntable, to name a few. Don't miss Silk Road Tea Shop, purveyors of fresh, organic tea and a Victoria institution. Looking for second hand or vintage?  Besides Value Village, check out Dutchess & Duke a locally owned boutique full of great finds. For the crafty folks there is the Bee Hive Wool Shop (100 years old!) and Opus Art Supplies. There are a few furniture shops in the area.  Our faves are The Fabulous Find for their Danish modern furnishings, and Chester Fields for contemporary sofas and lighting.


x o x o - love from the lilies