Monday, June 24, 2024

11 indulgent eateries in Greater Victoria where you can get your ‘guilty pleasure’


Whether you’re a sweet or salty fanatic, Greater Victoria offers plenty of unique treats, foods, and flavours to satisfy your winter cravings.

If you’re looking for sweet or salty treats to give a loved one on Valentine’s Day or simply treating yourself, here are 13 places throughout Greater Victoria that you need to visit!

Patisserie Daniel

Whether you’re looking for lavish pastries, cakes or pies Patisserie Daniel Bakery serves melt in your mouth good specialty desserts.

If you stop by, be sure to try their Sour Cherry Danish, Chocolate sponge cake or Belgian Chocolate Torte!

  • Where: 1729 Cook Street
  • When: Tuesday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beacon Drive-In Restaurant 

The simple joys in life can be found at the Beacon Drive-In Whether you’re out with your family grabbing a Sunday brunch or enjoying a milkshake on a summer day. Beacon Drive-In is comfort food at its finest.

Founded and built in 1958 by Bill Pistol and Bob McMillan, it has come to be known as a “Victoria institution” for its soft-serve ice cream, friendly service and local charm.  Part of the Beacon Drive-In’s appeal stems from the fact that it has been in business for more than 60 years with very few changes. 

  • Where: 126 Douglas Street
  • When: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Baked goods at Murchies

Known as a local favourite for its assortment of tea and delicious eats, Murchies serves delicious desserts, mouth-watering pastries, and savoury sandwiches that will leave you coming back for more!

  • Where: 1110 Government Street
  • When: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Cold Comfort

When it comes to deluxe sundaes, it doesn’t get much better than the sweet treats served best cold at Cold Comfort.

Here all guests can order a variety of organic dairy, vegan and gluten-free options!

  • Where: 1115 North Park Street
  • When: Thursday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sen Zushi 

Preserving the traditional culture of Japanese Cuisine, Sen Zushi  serves a delicious lunch and dinner menu that will leave you feeling refreshed. 

  • Where: 940 Fort Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Yonni’s Doughnuts

From apple fritters to chocolate crullers it’s easy to satisfy your last minute cravings with Yonni’s Doughnuts.

  • Where: 660 Discovery Street
  • When: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

La Roux

Rumoured to have one of the best butter croissants in Victoria, La Roux Patisserie makes life sweeter with a variety of locally made products including country bee honey, Salt Spring jam and of course their delicious pastries.

  • Where: 519 Fisgard Street
  • When: Thursday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fickle Fig Farm Market

At the Fickle Fig, you will enjoy a Year-round farmers’ market, bakery, and bistro, featuring seasonable, sustainable, local andorganic farm produce and products from North Saanich.

If you stop by, be sure to try their sausage roll!

  • Where: 1780 Mills Road
  • When: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Goodside Pastry House

If you want to have your mind blown then the Goodside Pastry House is the place to be! 

It’s hard to resist Goodside’s delicious pastries with their beautiful designs paired with light and sweet tastes.

  • Where: 1805 Fort Street
  • When: Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Empire Donuts

“A whole lotta’ love” is the philosophy behind Empire Donuts, a local sweet treat haven loved by many Victoria residents. 

These donuts are made from scratch and by hand with quality ingredients. 

  • Where: 230 Cook Street and 736 View Street
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Benjo’s Tacos 

Now if you’re in peak snack mode though craving something savoury, Benjo’s Tacos is the place to be! Making delicious Mexican inspired meals from scratch, this is the place to be! Not to mention the impressively large portions. 

  • Where: 230 Cook Street
  • When: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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