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The Hidden Gems of Sooke: A Shopper’s Treasure Map

written bySteven Eckert

Last ModifiedApril 12, 2024

Have you found Sooke's hidden treasures?

While en route to the stunning trails and beaches beyond Sooke, take a moment to explore the town’s shopping scene.

Though the best places might not always be right in plain sight, discovering them is part of the fun! Dedicate an hour to meander through Sooke, where you’ll stumble upon a variety of shops that promise unique finds.

Expect to encounter everything from quaint local artisan stores and chic boutiques to charming galleries. Sooke is more than just a scenic pause on your journey—it’s a place to uncover shopping treasures that make the stop well worth it.

Local Treasurers

A Sea of Bloom – Local artisan’s gifts & flowers

South Shore Gallery – Art gallery & handcrafted jewelry

Artisan’s Garden – Pottery, gifts and home decor

Soul of a Gypsy Boutique – A wonderful blend of jewelry, candles, gifts and more

 

Showroom with a veiw shop local in Sooke great for visitors and travellers looking to do some shopping or grab a coffee

As you plan your visit to Sooke, you’ll find a town rich in history and charm, evolving from its roots in logging and fishing into a burgeoning tourist destination.

While Sooke is quickly growing, its shops remain sprawled across the downtown core, presenting a delightful puzzle for visitors.

The town’s layout can be a bit confusing at first glance, with shops and attractions dotted around rather than clustered in a single, easily navigable downtown strip. But don’t let that deter you!

Map of downtown Sooke highlighting local businesses and parking areas, with key points like 'Soul of a Gypsy Boutique,' 'A Sea of Bloom,' 'South Shore Gallery,' and 'Artisan's Garden' marked alongside the Sooke Boardwalk. Text on the map reads 'Shop in Sooke - Visitor shopping guide map' with a compass for orientation.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of must-visit places and tips on how to find them, ensuring you can navigate Sooke’s spread-out charm with ease.

Whether you’re here to explore the outdoors or soak in the local culture, our guide will help you discover what Sooke has to offer without missing a beat.

 

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Inside 'A Sea of Bloom,' located in Sooke. A whimsical display of toys, gifts, and handmade items on a central table, set against an array of products lining the shelves in the background.Sea of Bloom floral and gift boutique in Sooke BCA Sea of Bloom

• Local artisan gifts and jewelry  • Flowers and bouquets  • Organic self-care

Located right in the heart of town, A Sea of Bloom provides a sensory delight with handcrafted gifts, local, high-quality self-care items, and, of course, fresh blooms. Pick up a memorable piece of Sooke to take home or give as a gift to someone special.

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Bright and organized interior of South Shore Gallery with an array of framed paintings, ceramics, and other art pieces displayed on shelves and walls for sale.
South Shore Gallery Logo - Sooke BC
South Shore Gallery

•  Art gallery  •  Handcrafted jewelry  •  Ceramics & glass

Situated conveniently in the town’s centre, this gallery is a treasure trove of local artistry, featuring an impressive collection of works from artists across the region. From stunning paintings and sculptures to exquisite jewelry and handcrafted pottery, South Shore Gallery offers a unique glimpse into the vibrant cultural tapestry of Sooke and the West Coast.

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Bright and airy artisanal home decor shop with a variety of plants and handcrafted items. Sunlight streams in through large windows, illuminating shelves of ceramics, textiles, and greenery, with a central display table and cozy seating area.

the logo for Artisans Garden, Coffee Bar, Home goods and garden centre located in Sooke BCArtisans Garden

•  Home decor  •  Pottery & gifts  •  Coffee shop  •  Garden & flowers

Tucked away from the main road, Artisans Garden in Sooke is a hidden delight that’s well worth the detour. This charming artisans market focuses on handcrafted home decor, including pottery, rugs and garden items. Its off-the-beaten-path location adds to the allure, inviting visitors to step into a world of creativity and discovery that feels like Sooke’s best-kept secret.

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Interior of 'Soul of a Gypsy Boutique' featuring eclectic home decor and gifts, with items such as colourful candles, whimsical wind chimes, and vintage furniture pieces arranged in a cozy, space in Sooke BC.

Soul of a Gypsy, meditation, home decor and curated gifts
Soul of a Gypsy Boutique

•  Home decor  •  Meditation Rings • Jewelry • Candles

Just a short walk down Otter Point Road, tucked away in a lower unit, lies a store you won’t want to miss: Soul of a Gypsy Boutique. Renowned for its custom-designed meditation rings and homemade candles, this boutique offers a selection beyond its signature items.

Here, you’ll discover a meticulously curated collection of jewelry, home decor, gifts, and more. As you explore the charming shops in Sooke, be sure to add Soul of a Gypsy to your must-visit list.

 


 

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Map of downtown Sooke highlighting local businesses and parking areas, with key points like 'Soul of a Gypsy Boutique,' 'A Sea of Bloom,' 'South Shore Gallery,' and 'Artisan's Garden' marked alongside the Sooke Boardwalk. Text on the map reads 'Shop in Sooke - Visitor shopping guide map' with a compass for orientation.

More Shops

In addition to our list of must-visit shops, the map opens the door to even more of Sooke’s local shops. As you follow the dotted lines we’ve marked out, you’ll discover an array of stores throughout town, each offering its own unique treasures.

For a full list of stores, visit our Sooke Retail Directory

Parking

Finding a parking spot will be fine if you’re heading to the downtown area. You can park your vehicle in the two spacious parking lots in front of the grocery stores on either side of the street. Additionally, parking space is available in front of the small strip mall at the main intersection.

Where to Next?

Make your through the Sooke core and enjoy the Boardwalk Loop through Ed Macgregor Park

You can also take a short drive and experience the famous Whiffin Spit, which separates Sooke Harbour from the Juan de Fuca Strait.

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