In a world brimming with captivating destinations, Victoria, British Columbia, stands out as a beacon of adventure, friendliness, and foodie culture. The city achieved a remarkable feat this year by clinching three prestigious awards in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2023. It’s no wonder Tourism Victoria is boasting about the city being voted #1 Best Small City in the World, the #3 Friendliest City and the #8 Food City globally. According to Condé Nast, some travel trend takeaways from this year’s survey include:
- Travelling for relaxation (70% of respondents).
- Looking for adventure (63%).
- Eating in establishments that serve locally sourced foods (60%).
Victoria delivers on all those trends—no wonder it ranked so well in three separate categories.
A Jewel in the Pacific Northwest
Nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria boasts a unique blend of old-world charm and rugged allure. Its historic architecture, lush gardens, misty rainforests, sweeping coastlines and mountain vistas have long thrilled visitors, earning it the well-deserved title of the Best Small City in the World. The city’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage while embracing West Coast vibes creates vacation opportunities full of charm or exhilaration.
Warmth that Welcomes
What sets Victoria apart, however, is its warm and friendly atmosphere. Locals here are renowned for their hospitality and genuine smiles, making every visitor feel like they’ve found a home away from home. From mixologists to market vendors, the people of Victoria go the extra mile to ensure everyone feels welcome and attended to. This extraordinary hospitality earned Victoria the esteemed position of the #3 Friendliest City in the World.
A Foodie Destination
The city’s culinary scene is a hub of chefs, vendors, farmers, wineries, breweries and distilleries that embrace sustainability by showcasing their talents through locally sourced ingredients. The result is a cornucopia of unique food and drink infused with West Coast flare. From quaint local cafes and high-end restaurants to gourmet shops and farmers markets, Victoria offers gastronomic adventures that are hard to rival. The recognition as #8 on the list of best cities for food in the world is a testament to the “fascinating mix of influences and dedication to farm-to-table produce” travellers will find scattered across the city and its surroundings.
Beyond its scenic beauty, warm hospitality, and culinary treasures, Victoria offers a plethora of activities for travellers of all interests. Nature enthusiasts can explore numerous beautiful gardens, and watch whales frolic in the Pacific Ocean. Outdoorsy types flock here to surf local breaks, kayak nearby archipelagos and bike or hike miles of scenic trails within and around the city. The region is also a mecca for wellness and relaxation seekers who come to unwind at one of the city’s unique or luxurious spas, go forest bathing amid ancient trees, stroll the coastlines of the Salish Sea and even join the locals for a sauna and cold plunge at a local beach. History buffs can visit the Royal BC Museum, while art lovers can wander through a diversity of galleries. The vibrant cultural scene and the region’s natural wonders make Victoria an exceptional destination that delivers something for everyone.
Victoria, BC’s triple triumph in this year’s CNT Readers’ Choice Awards is a testament to the city’s irresistible charm, warm-hearted people, and fabulous food culture. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, a food lover, or someone seeking to relax surrounded by genuine hospitality, Victoria welcomes you with open arms. Come and experience the magic that has captured the hearts of travellers from around the World, and discover why Victoria stands out as the best small city in the world as well as one of the friendliest and foodiest destinations on the globe.