(Crust Bakery/Photo by Carrie Sullivan)

When you’re a food lover and fortunate enough to live in BC’s capital city, you’ll likely frequent the vibrant culinary scene in downtown Victoria.

With the 2nd highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, downtown Victoria is a playing field of world class flavours.

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Dining here is always an adventure, yet at times a minimal price tag would be more ideal when a light lunch or snack is in order.

Here is a list of 6 noteworthy restaurants offering impressive food options for $6 or less in downtown Victoria. 

BAO

 Just outside of Chinatown is this gem of a restaurant specializing in Asian street food. With many tasty options to choose from – including stir fries and ramen – they are famous and named for their BAO (Chinese steamed buns).

Choose from fillings like Chinese bbq, buttermilk fried chicken, and Shanghai Black Bean, sandwiched between little dough pillows of delight for just $4.50 each.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: 626 Fisgard Street

Crust Bakery

 As one of Victoria’s beloved bakeries, this boutique bakeshop regularly cranks out an impressive array of pastries, breads, and lunch options. 

Many of their savoury options fall in the $6 or less category, including current offerings like the spinach, ricotta and pine nut calzone, beef and rosemary pot pie, and zucchini, dill and feta quiche all for $5.50 each.

  • Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: 730 Fort Street

 La Pasta

 La Pasta is the newest, authentic Italian spot in the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson. They create a range of fresh pastas, sauces, antipasti, salads and more from scratch. Most notably, their entire antipasti menu is priced at $6.

Try the crispy cauliflower with capers, lemon, and garlic, the arancini (fried risotto balls) with a side of marinara, the fried mozzarella sticks served with marinara, and more.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: 6 – 1701 Douglas Street

Superbaba

 Superbaba is a modern Middle Eastern restaurant serving quick and delicious food options for lunch and dinner. They serve authentic sandwich wraps, nourishing bowls, and desserts made from scratch in their kitchen. 

Choose from the dip and pita with hummus, baba ganoush or labneh served with freshly baked pita for only $4.50, or a side order of falafel (4 balls with tahini sauce) for $6.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Location: 1325 Blanshard Street

Sutra

 As an OG staple of the Victoria Public Market , Vij’s Sutra brings a colourful combination of curries, flavourful appetizers and unique side items to the island.

Choose from the satiating vegetable pakoras with chutney for $5.00 or the Cassava fries with chutney for $4.50.

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 6 – 1701 Douglas Street

La Taquisa

(Photo by Carrie Sullivan)

This popular little Mexican restaurant serves 100% authentic family recipes from Guadalajara, Mexico. Their corn tortillas, fresh salsas, tortilla chips and fillings are all made in house.

 Try the veggie tacos for $2.60 each or meat tacos for $2.85 each. They have many fillings to choose from including bean and cheese, chicken tinga, and Baha style shrimp. Also, their chips and salsa are heavenly and come in a generous portion for only $4.00.

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Friday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Sunday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Location: 1017 Blanshard Street

Have any other favourite spots for cheap eats in downtown Victoria? Comment below to let us know!