The Parsonage 

A short stroll east of downtown Victoria, the lively neighbourhood of Fernwood is well worth a visit for its budding food scene alone. Here are five foodie gems you won’t want to miss.

The Fernwood Inn

Skip the line-ups at the downtown Victoria breakfast joints and head to the Fernwood Inn for weekend brunch. Located in an iconic building just across from Fernwood Square, it’s the go-to spot for a sunny patio and casual bite to eat.

Must try: The Jess Benny on Portobello mushrooms instead of bread, with roasted red pepper and goat cheese.

Stage Wine Bar

Often named as one of the best restaurants in Victoria, Stage Wine Bar is located in the revitalized, community-owned Cornerstone Building and is known for its cozy, yet upscale, dining room, delicious cocktail list and creative small plates.

Must try: The scallops with grilled bacon, spring peas, mushrooms and asparagus.

Cold Comfort

Owner Autumn Maxwell opened Cold Comfort after her hand-crafted, small-batch ice cream became ridiculously popular with friends and family. Previous seasonally inspired flavours include Backyard Fennel and Blueberry Cheesecake.

Must try: The vanilla bean ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies or the caramel coconut ice cream sandwich with vanilla dacquoise. Actually, just try anything.

The Parsonage

Next door to Cold Comfort you’ll find Fernwood Coffee Company’s café The Parsonage—the place to go for locals in the know. Not only does this tiny café serve up some of the best coffee in the city, but it’s also known for its local fare. Get there early to beat the rush.

Must try: The breakfast bagel, made with carbs from Mount Royal Bagel factory next door and filled with local bacon free-range egg and cheddar.

Taco Justice

When it isn’t roaming around the province to music festivals, the Taco Justice truck offers Victoria’s most creative taco line-up with a wrestling-inspired menu. Often found on the edge of Fernwood near the corner of Cook and Pandora Streets (1580 Cook St.), check the Facebook page for the truck’s latest whereabouts or call the Taco Hotline (250-588-5400).

Must try: The Belly to Belly, featuring slow cooked pork belly, sweet soy glaze, pickled Thai chilies, cilantro, Thai basil and cucumber slaw.