Yes, Victoria has tremendous beaches, scenic views, an excellent university, a beautiful inner harbour, and arguably the best climate in Canada.
But you know what else it has?
Great food, and lots of it!
A smorgasbord of delicious, original restaurants and cafes give the city an incredible culinary culture that is constantly shifting and evolving.
By our count, Greater Victoria welcomed 7 new restaurants to its local cuisine family in 2017. Check them out!
You can revitalize your palette by heading over to Superbaba, where colorful Middle Eastern cuisine will take your taste buds for a ride. A couple of our must-try faves are the mouthwatering spiced shawarma chicken sandwich, and the falafel bowl.
Centrally located at Blanshard and Johnson.
Address: 1325 Johnson Street
Look out, Victoria! There’s a new bitchin’ brunch spot in town, and the reviews are rolling in! Our authentic biscuits and gravy are a hit! Thanks to everyone who has come down to try us out in the first week! Photo credit @tjoestewart . . . . . #bitchinbiscuit #bitchinbiscuityyj #southernfood #newintown #yyjrestaurants #yyjeathere #supportlocal #tastingvictoria #yhjcafe #yyjcoffee #biscuitsandgravy #downtownvictoria #lojo #startyourmorningright #vancouverislandguide #eatmagazine
Bitchin’ Biscuit is Victoria’s newest breakfast spot, serving Southern comfort food with a plethora of biscuit n’ gravy combinations. Shannon, the owner, is a mom who’s full of spirit, and thrilled to have just opened a unique slice of Victoria’s breakfast and brunch scene.
Address: 529 Pandora Ave
The Very Good Butchers started as a meatless butcher shop on Denman Island in the Spring of 2016, and had the brilliant idea to set up shop in Victoria. After selling out within hours of opening this past February, it became clear: The Very Good Butchers had found a new home. With plenty of Western Canadians interested in finding unique vegan options, these folks have hit the nail on the head.
Address: 1701 Douglas St, #6
The caption above matches our sentiments here at Victoria Buzz. Chicken 649 delivers a crispy, grease-free deep fried chicken option inspired by Korean flavours. Who doesn’t like deliciously tender chicken with that glorious, crunchy exterior?
Address: 2224 Quadra St.
The 328 Taphouse burst into the city’s food scene in early 2017 and hasn’t looked back. With 40 taps including 3 rotators, they bring to Colwood a variety of local beers that are simply unparalleled. The Taphouse also offers a great selection of specialty pizzas, with hand-stretched dough and cooked in their 900° stone fired pizza oven. Tasty!
Address: 102-328 Wale Road
Sushi Story has quickly earned a reputation for great service and excellent sushi, with tasty Korean options on the menu as well. Located on Head St in Esquimalt, they provide folks in the community with a friendly environment for food and fun, and give other Victorians a reason to cross the bridges and explore the other side of the Harbour.
Address: 1-642 Head St.
Sidney’s first Indian Cafe has drawn obvious interest from all over town. The owners make everything on the menu themselves, and the cozy cafe will make you feel like a family guest. So now, Saanich Peninsula folk can stick close to home to satisfy their Indian food cravings.
Address: 2407 Bevan Ave.