Food. It’s at the heart of nearly every amazing trip. From quaint cafes and all-day brunch spots to gastrobups and fine dining, Victoria BC does not disappoint.
To help you get a jump-start planning your what-to-eat route while visiting British Columbia’s capitol, we’ve outlined seven of our favorite spots.
A favorite among our pilots, John’s Place throws a nod to the classic American diner. Its selection of meatloaf, mile high apple pie, and Belgian Waffles would be right at home in your classic greasy-spoon stop. However, don’t come expecting pre-bought mixes. This local haunt serves up comfort food from scratch. Their best seller – a selection of Eggs Benedict concoctions – arrives topped with an authentic hollandaise. (It’s made with real butter folks.) Among our most frequently ordered Bennies (that’s Victorian for Eggs Benedict) are the salmon and asparagus and the Blackstone, a grilled tomato and bacon monstrosity.
When a Victoria local, who’s well versed in the international coffee scene, tells you to visit a café – you go. You don’t stop to think about it. You just walk until you find that slice of bean filled heaven. A small Victoria chain, there’s only three locations, Café Tre Fantastico features a morning selection of exceptionally well pulled espresso shots and freshly baked goods served warm with pats of butter. Dabbling into the later hours, they offer charcuterie boards, fresh pastas, seasonal salads, and a comprehensive wine menu.
It’s been said Red Fish Blue Fish should be a required stop on everyone’s Victoria trip. Who are we to disagree? Housed in a recycled cargo container, this fish ‘n’ chips joint focuses on fresh and sustainable ingredients Located on the pier in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, lines can be long and the seating is somewhat haphazard, but it’s worth the wait.
Tucked at the foot of Victoria’s historic Chinatown, Canoe Brewpub’s timber framed ceilings and brick walls are reminiscent of a countryside barn. On tap they feature their own handcrafted small batch brews. Their menu, a compilation of small and large plates, showcases the best of the land and sea. As an added bonus, their Monday through Friday happy hour offers great discounts on pints, pitchers, and snacks. (During the warmer months, this urban chic hotspot features a large waterfront patio and view of the Inner Harbour.)
This all-day breakfast spot made its mark on the Victoria restaurant scene with its vegetarian and vegan-friendly fare. But take heart if you’re a meat eater. Bacon, smoked salmon and a hearty burger have been artfully tucked among the veggie-packed cuisine. With a focus on coaxing the flavor out of every locally sourced ingredient, Mo:Lé is the casually elegant brunch spot that makes you want to linger with friends.
Well-known for their mussels and frites, this French Bistro offers a cozy space ideal for date night. Their service is exquisite. Their dishes are crafted with careful attention. And, their beer selection is Belgian inspired. Just be warned, they don’t take reservations. Swing by early to put your name on the waitlist. There tends to be a line.
Another pilot favorite, the Flying Otter Grill is located on the Harbour Air Seaplane docks. Their seafood-dominated menu features exceptional fish and chips, wraps packed with salmon and prawns, linguini tossed with mussels, and crab-shrimp cakes topped with fresh mango salsa. As an added bonus, show the waiter your boarding pass. You’ll receive 20% off all regularly priced food and non-alcoholic beverages.