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Another of my favourite neighbourhood haunts is Trade Roots, a furniture and home decor shop at 545 Herald Street. Their small space is full of gorgeous antiques, furniture custom crafted from reclaimed wood and fixtures, and imports.  This welcoming and inviting shop is also a great place to find unique gifts!

Trade Roots: one of our favourites. Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Trade Roots: one of our favourites. Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Beautiful postcards and packages of assorted buttons and interesting bits and bobs.

Beautiful postcards and packages of assorted buttons and interesting bits and bobs.

I dream of sitting at this desk with all its magical drawers.

I dream of sitting at this desk with all its magical drawers.

A large selection of super-cool lighbulbs.

A large selection of super-cool lighbulbs.

I love their line of metal shelves and cabinets from India.

I love their line of metal shelves and cabinets from India.

Reflections of our wonderful neighbourhood.

Reflections of our wonderful neighbourhood.

A recent install of maple and pipe shelving at another neighbourhood treasure, Arrogant Pirate in Dragon Alley.

A recent install of maple and pipe shelving at another neighbourhood treasure, Arrogant Pirate in Dragon Alley.

There are so many great shops, restaurants, and boutiques in our Old Town/Chinatown neighbourhood of Victoria BC. Dogs in the Bakery is one of my favourite. Located in vibrant Dragon Alley, Dogs provides toys and novelties for your beloved pooch as well as house-made healthy treats, including custom birthday cakes.

The sign still says High End Dog, but royalty or average pup, Dogs in the Bakery has something for you.

The sign still says High End Dog, but royalty or average pup, Dogs in the Bakery has something for you.

Roxie and Max are always ready to great you warmly, whether human or canine.

Roxie and Max are always ready to great you warmly, whether human or canine.

Delicious nibbles for pup; great as gifts too.

Delicious nibbles for pup; great as gifts too.

Special treats.

Special treats.

Lots of sizes and colours!

Lots of sizes and colours!

Waiting for friends on a blustery day.

Waiting for friends on a blustery day.

A beautiful day in Chinatown for New Year’s celebrations! Here are some pics from around our wonderful neighbourhood in Victoria BC. Welcome to the Year of the Snake.

As well as his attendants, a huge crowd of onlookers follow the lions through the streets of Chinatown, all to the sound of beating drums and firecrackers popping!

As well as his attendants, a huge crowd of onlookers follows the lions through the streets of Chinatown, all to the sound of beating drums and firecrackers popping!

The lion takes the offering at The Milkman's Daughter on Government Street.

The lion takes the offering at The Milkman’s Daughter on Government Street.

500 block Fisgard Street, the heart of Chinatown.

500 block Fisgard Street, the heart of Chinatown.

This dragon adorns the corner of Government Street and Pandora Avenue.

This dragon adorns the corner of Government Street and Pandora Avenue.

Doorway in Fan Tan Alley.

Doorway in Fan Tan Alley.

The classic shot with Don Mee Restaurant, a Victoria landmark for more than 80 years.

The classic shot with Don Mee Restaurant, a Victoria landmark for more than 80 years.

The Holiday decorations came down last week and up went new lanterns, some of them yellow.

The Holiday decorations came down last week and up went new lanterns, some of them yellow.

New this year, a banner across Government Street announces Canada's oldest Chinatown.

New this year, a banner across Government Street announces Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

We popped out to the last night market of the year after dinner yesterday evening. I’ve been trying to figure out what setting on my point and shoot works for night time shots, but I cannot seem to get a non-blurry photo. But that’s OK as it produced these blurry photos last night that kind of set the right mood!

Lots of people out for the market, eating and shopping.

So much going on in our pretty little neighbourhood! I love that so many people live in these old historic buildings, including us!

After an exhausting day of city buses and museum we had a quick rest at the hotel then back out again for dinner with friends S and J. Of the places they recommended, Bao Bei sold us from their website, which is beautiful. We met there at 7:00 and put our name on the list (no reservations). Luckily there is a beautiful bar just steps away at The Keefer Hotel. We were seated at about 8:15 in most exquisite surroundings. It was cramped and bustling, but that only added to the charm. The menu is simple with small plates for sharing. We ordered drinks and about ten dishes which came out one or two at a time. The food was exceptional, one of the best meals of my life. As our camera is poor at taking indoor low-light food shots, I have no pics to show you. I can, however, recommend Bao Bei very highly as long as you have the time to wait for a table. I think my favourite things about this place are that all their meat is “locally sourced, ethically raised, hormone and chemical free” and MSG? “No! Never!” Check out the menu on their website.

On Keefer Street just off Main.

Gorgeously designed menu.

These two lovely brothers reside in Fan Tan Alley and seem to be at home in most of the shops there.

Afternoon cuddle nap.

These adorables reside at a quaint shop in Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Brother and sister. Cole, on the left, is enormous; the photo doesn't give a true depiction of just how big he is!