The Mint

Just a block away from OI is one of the trendiest restaurants in the city. It’s also a great place to enjoy some great DJ-powered or live music while you enjoy a good healthy Nepalese or Tibetan meal, and they’re open super-late–one of the only places in Victoria that keeps their kitchen open until 2am!

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Jam Cafe

Jam Cafe is a fabulous all-day breakfast and lunch joint joint located just outside China Town on Herald Street. The breakfasts at this cafe are mouth watering and always a hearty portion; options include Huevos Rancheros, Green Eggs and Ham, Brioche French Toast and Red Velvet Pancakes, and can be washed down with old fashioned […]

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Shine Cafe (downtown)

Fantastico coffee, delicious all day breakfast and incredibly attentive service that make sure you are never without a full cup of coffee. Open 7am-4pm this brightly coloured cafe serves up fresh local ingredients in fantastically creative ways. Check the specials board for what ever wild breakfast creation the team in the kitchen has prepared for […]

Wildfire Bakery

The family that owns this small bakery uses old-school baking methods with high quality, local ingredients. They serve all sorts of organic leaven breads baked in a wood fired oven and fresh all-organic pastry.

Habit Coffee

The trendiest coffee shop in town has a record player and serves delicious Bowden pressed coffee. And now that they’ve opened a second location in the Atrium building, just a block away from Ocean Island, you’re sure to see our staff in there all the time. They have a second location on Pandora too: stop […]

BC Parliament Buildings

Visitors are welcome to join a free public tour or to explore the building on their own self-guided tour. Guided tours begin from the waiting room inside of the Main Entrance and are offered regularly throughout the day.

Balmacarra Beach

One of the more charming beaches in the area, thanks to its quiet location. Nestled in the suburbs of Gordon Head, the beach on a low tide makes for an excellent walk. Stroll down Balmacarra Road for access. It takes under ten minutes to walk to the northwestern tip of the beach

The Reef

Caribbean Cuisine with a matching decor! It’s worth it just to see the little seahorses in the toilet bowls, but while you’re there you gotta try the yam fries. If they’re not your thing, the plantains are a close second. Curries, roti, jerk anything and fish, it’s kinda like a short vacation to the tropics, […]

Vancouver Island Brewery

  If beer’s what you’re after, why not get it right from the source? Heck, why not rent a keg and throw a REAL party? Maybe even take a brewery tour while you’re there.

Phillips Brewery

A local success story in the heart of downtown Victoria, Phillips has been brewing quality beers in Victoria for the past 11 years. They’re huge supporters of the local community, including the Rifflandia music festival and the Land Conservancy of BC. If you like light beers, try the Phoenix or the Hop Circle IPA; if you want […]

Victoria Sea Cider

Sea Cider grows over 60 varieties of certified organic apples to make their cider.  If you haven’t been to Victoria Sea Cider before, you’re in for a treat! Relax with a glass of cider and an Artisan Lunch Plate. In the winter, enjoy the view from the warmth of their Tasting Room. In the summer, […]