Giant waffles, served with bacon, berries and lashings of maple syrup. Just the thought of it now has me nearly dribbling over my laptop (sorry). Sadly I had food envy as my eggs faded in comparison to the delight on a plate that my fellow blogger was devouring. A week of eating like this though would really flummox my fight against the pounds. The food in Canada, however, was so very good throughout that the battle was lost before it had begun. And I indulged… a lot.
My Favourite Places to Eat In Downtown Victoria
Everywhere we ate throughout the trip was excellent. I had no idea that Canada was such a fabulous place to visit for food lovers. I’m sure there are plenty more excellent restaurants so please do leave a comment at the end of the post if you’d like to add any recommendations.
Here’s my round-up of my favourite foodie finds.
Willies Cafe and Bakery, 537 Johnson Street
The oldest bakery in British Columbia, Willies opened on the very same spot it occupies today back in 1887 in Old Town Victoria. They only use local and organic ingredients, portions are plentiful and I saw more than a few dishes I yearned to know more intimately than a passing glance. All day breakfasts, succulent salads, gourmet burgers and so much more is on the menu it’s hard to know what to pick but it was the waffle with strawberries and blackberries, bacon and maple syrup (pictured above) that stole the show and cost $10.50. Website: Willies Cafe & Bakery
Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street
North 48, 1005 Langley Street
Using ingredients that are as local, seasonal and as sustainable as possible, North 48 have selected a wonderful range of North American and international classics and elevated them to a whole new level. My two favourite dishes I ate whilst in Canada I had here.
After a cracking selection of starters and cocktails to get us in the mood, out came my chicken with green onion waffles and maple honey costing $18 with one piece of chicken, which I found plenty. It was absolutely superb. I couldn’t quite believe just how good it tasted. They can also serve it with tofu instead of chicken.
This was followed by S’mores, a new experience for me. I have to admit I did get a little carried away and probably added too much chocolate so it all got a bit messy but boy were they good. First I stabbed a marshmallow, then showing no mercy singed it to within an inch of its life. Meanwhile I smothered a biscuit with gooey dark chocolate and topped it off with the toasted marshmallow, then devoured it whole. Actually it was a little too big to devour whole which is where it got messy but it was a heavenly mess at that. The S’mores cost $12 for 2 people. Without doubt this was the best meal of the trip for me and that really is saying something as we ate so well throughout. Website: North 48 Restaurant
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
I love exploring food markets and although rather small there are some great stalls here and it’s the perfect place to pick up some treats for a picnic or a light bite on the go. Be sure to check out the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company who specialise in handmade goat and sheep cheeses. Try a homemade pie from the Victoria Pie Company or some spicy Mexican flavours at La Cocina de Mama Oli. Website: Victoria Public Market
Street Food by the Inner Harbour
Wherever you eat, if you’re in downtown Victoria be sure to have a stroll around the Inner Harbour which is lovely whatever time of day you are here. Plus there’s a couple of great street food stalls where you can pick an inexpensive Greek gyro or souvlaki for just a few dollars or a 6oz beef burger with fries for $11.
Another lovely waterside location is Fisherman’s Wharf. Although I didn’t eat here there are a number of cafes that look very inviting but this area is just as much about the charming, if rather touristy, location as it is the food. Fisherman’s Wharf.
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I visited Victoria as a guest of Destination Canada as part of a Travelator Media campaign.