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5 places to get your shawarma fix in and around Victoria


Meat, pita and pickled vegetables.

Sometimes there is nothing in the world that can satisfy your hunger itch except the Ottoman empire originated dish – shawarma.

Shawarma is a bit different from gyro (a similar Greek dish) or donair (a Canadian delicacy). While all three dishes are served on pita and they’re all cooked on a vertical rotisserie, they are spiced differently, garnished differently and feature different proteins.

Shawarma is usually lamb, beef and/or chicken served in a pita wrap with pickled/preserved vegetables and a sauce that is yogurt, citrus, oil and tahini based.

If you haven’t tried shawarma for yourself yet, you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled a list of some of the finest eateries in the city to sample the dish.

Here are some of the best spots in town to get your shawarma fix:

Maham & Pop’s

The newest addition to the scene, Maham and Pop’s is located in the heart of Quadra Village.

  • Where: 2639 Quadra Street


Located in downtown Victoria, Superbaba is a modern Middle Eastern quick-service restaurant. They bake their pita bread in-house daily!

  • Where: 1325 Blanshard Street


Yalla is a family owned restaurant bringing great flavors of Middle Eastern food from many different countries. Gluten-free (celiac) and nut allergies can be accommodated.

  • Where: 1011 Blanshard Street

Bold Butchery & Grill

Not only do they claim to make the best shawarma in town, they also make a mean burger.

  • Where: 1420 Quadra Street

Fig Mediterranean Deli


This staple of Saanich is a popular spot for locals to stop by and grab a bite!

  • Where: 551 Cedar Hill Cross Road

Did your go-to shawarma spot make the list? Let us know in the comments!

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