Murchie’s is, as they say, “steeped in tradition.” Since 1894, this wee West Coast company has been blending and selling exceptional teas and today, it ships all over the world, mostly online. Its Victoria store, located in a large heritage building on Government Street, is loud, busy, and one of the city’s longest standing traditions. In the front section, customers order from a long counter that sits in front of a bank of antique oak drawers filled with fragrant blends under Tiffany-style stained glass. In the back is the big, bright, light-filled shop with windows facing the harbor. Murchie’s doesn’t have a full-on afternoon tea, but it does offer a huge tea selection and some fantastic baked goods, including light-as-air scones, hearty sandwiches, and classic sweets like opera cake and marzipan-wrapped Marie Antoinette cake.