12 Places to Eat and Drink in Victoria

From brunch spots and bakeries to seafood and cocktails, this seaside city’s dining scene is blooming
 

Jam Cafe, photo by Helene Cyr

Victoria B.C., named for a British monarch, draws visitors with its craggy shoreline, verdant landscape and quaint nods to an era long past. The city’s seaside location produces lush, green trees and blossoming pansies, tulips, daffodils and cherry trees as early as February. The city’s dining scene has likewise bloomed in recent years, with chain restaurants and tourist traps having been replaced by establishments with progressive cocktail lists and thoughtful menus.

Brunch

Mo:Lé

This spot on Pandora Avenue, offers healthy, traditional brunch fare including dishes suitable for vegan and gluten-free diners. Try the thyme-roasted mushrooms and back bacon with local, farm-fresh scrambled eggs.

Blue Fox Cafe

Come to Blue Fox Cafe on Fort Street for eggs Benny with Moroccan spices or an omelette jammed with cinnamon-tinged bananas.

Jam Cafe

At this Old Town locale, the southern end of Vancouver Island meets the Southern United States in chicken and waffles, red velvet pancakes and biscuits with gravy.

Lunch and Dinner

Red Fish, Blue Fish

Located in a refurbished shipping container on the wharf just off Broughton Street, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a natural spot to enjoy halibut and chips. Crisp, golden batter envelops perfectly cooked fish that neatly flakes into perfect mouthfuls. This seasonal spot is open from mid-February to the end of October.

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Thin-crust pizzas lightly sauced, topped with Italian meats and cheeses and kissed by flames in a wood-fired oven, are the signature of beloved Pizzeria Prima Strada.

Pizzeria Prima

Pizzeria Prima Strada, photo by Belinda Fontes

Stage Wine Bar

In the Fernwood neighbourhood, Stage Wine Bar offers big flavours on small plates. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients, the spiced meatballs and gnocchi (which is impossibly light) are always excellent.

Rebar

The vegetarian dishes at Rebar are standard fare—quesadillas, veggie burgers and filling salads—but the flavours are a cut above.

Sweet Spots

Chocolat Chocolaterie de Victoria

Chocolat Chocolaterie de Victoria satiates chocolate lovers’ desires be they sweet, savoury or spicy. Opt for creations that use saffron, rosewater, lemongrass and more.

Crust Bakery

Crust Bakery serves flaky croissants, Danishes and pastries filled with local fruits and berries as well as specialty breads like its signature olive, onion seed and rosemary sourdough.

Bubby Rose’s Bakery & Cafe

Bubby Rose’s Bakery & Cafe satisfies sweet cravings with its tightly coiled cinnamon rolls, seasonal pies in all-butter pastry and cookies, like the spice-spiked Beezlebubby.

Bars

The Drake Eatery

Locally brewed craft beer bolsters the extensive and ever-changing drinks menu at The Drake Eatery in Market Square. With no TVs and lots of cozy seating, this spot is an ideal place in which to unwind.

Veneto Tapa Lounge

Set in the city’s historic Hotel Rialto, Veneto Tapa Lounge offers cocktails with a focus on local spirits. Can’t choose? Bartenders are happy to create something to suit your mood and flavour preferences.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Victoria 14 times a day from four Canadian and two International cities.

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