Despite having a population of just 400,000, Victoria’s restaurant scene punches above its weight. But if you’re new to the city or just visiting, the number of options can make it hard to know where to eat in Victoria.
Dozens of quaint cafes dot the downtown, perhaps nowhere in Canada will you get to experience high tea to such a high calibre. Decadent desserts and French pastries is your mouth watering yet. let find out The Great Places To Eat In Victoria, BC below.
The Great Places To Eat In Victoria, BC
Imagine Studio Cafe
For something more low key, try grabbing a coffee and snack from Imagine Studio Cafe. Imagine is located a little outside the main downtown core, near Fisherman’s Wharf. The cafe offers a wide selection of homemade baked goods, teas and espresso beverages. In front of where you order there are displays of small artwork pieces for purchase. I got a few beautiful cards, but there were also small sculptures and trinkets. I’d suggest coming in the morning, get a coffee and bannock, and sit in their garden patio.
The Fish Store
Hands down, I think the best place for lunch is the Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a quaint neighborhood of houseboats and restaurants right on the water. My favourite place there is The Fish Shop, which has several different dishes all made with local, freshly caught fish. The fish tacos are the best and I also loved the salon chowder. The fish and chips is a great classic too. Even if you don’t come for the food, be sure to check out Fisherman’s Wharf it’s one of my favourite things to do in Victoria.
Perverted Ice Cream
Soft serve in black cone with crunchy toppings. Perverted Ice Cream is located right across the road from the Fairmont Empress and Little Harbour. And it is home to some of the best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had. Vanilla or chocolate soft serve comes served on their classic black ice cream cones. What makes Perverted so good are the toppings each ice cream has a theme of toppings piled high. I went with the salted caramel, which came with caramel sauce, crushed pretzels and a mini snickers bar.
Q At The Empress
This bar at the Empress is perhaps a bit overhyped and definitely overpriced, but the cocktails are too tasty for me not to recommend it. I absolutely love the Empress 75. I still can’t get over that I paid $30 for a drink but it was one of the best cocktails of my life. The gin lemonade and sangria are great too.
La Roux Patisserie
If you like pastries you will love La Roux. They have the most beautiful and delicious French pastries I’ve ever seen. There are several flavours of macarons, and pastries like Tiramisu, Creme Brule, Brownies and two flavours of Eclairs. Although this is a dessert, come in the late morning and pair your treat with a cup of tea.
Bard & Banker
View of Bard and Banker pub in Victoria Canada from the top floor. Bard and Banker. For more affordable drinks, head to Bard & Banker. The inside decor made me feel like I was in an episode of Mad Men.
There is often live music on weekends and the drinks are good and very reasonably priced. They have an overwhelming number of cocktails and a huge variety of beer on tap.
If Italian food is more your fancy, be sure to check out Il Terrazzo. This cozy restaurant has tons of traditional Italian pizza, pasta and meat entrees. If you want to splurge go for the Australian lamp or the tenderloin.
But really, anything with prosciutto or the pasta dishes will be excellent. Just be sure to leave room for a Creme Brulee or Panna Cotta for dessert.
This French restaurant is a true gem in the Victoria downtown. I think it has a little bit of a speakeasy vibe; exposed brick, low lighting and an old, polished wood bar. I highly recommend the Duck Breast or the Albacore Tuna. For dessert have the Mille Feuille I’m not usually a fan of creamy desserts, but this one blew me away.