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I found myself eating whatever I could get my hands on during a day in Victoria, BC. Danton and I ended up here after a small map reading blunder that cut our  Juan De Fuca Marine Trail hike one day short. As they say, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or, eat them- I guess. Listed below, in chronological order, are a few places in Victoria we were able to try.

1. Tapas Bar

620 Trounce Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 1K3

Price: $$$

The first night we aimlessly walked around downtown Victoria on a quest for food. Google Maps came to our aid and we were walking towards a sushi restaurant – which one is irrelevant now- until we came across this post identifying Trounce Alley.It’s a nice alley with several restaurants and small art shops. We decided to dine at the busiest place.

We were promptly seated in a loud corner, but someone was with us right away to get us started. Sangria, ceviche, fondue, mussels, and a few cocktails were decided upon. The photos came out a bit dark, but the best thing we had that night were the Coconut Lime Saltspring Island mussels. After hiking by the coastline, and seeing these clinging to rocks everywhere, a huge craving that was finally satiated.

You have to order these!

2. La Tana

3 Fan Tan Alley #101, Victoria, BC V8W 1W3

Price: $


The moment we walked through Fan Tan Alley, 2 people told us this was the best bakery in all of Victoria. It’s a cozy little shop, and it smelled amazing!

One of the staff there helped us out and answered all my questions and pronunciations of the food (which I have sadly already forgotten). The heart-shaped pastries are almost identical in taste and texture to the french palmier. The sfogliatella (say that 3 times fast) is a specialty from Naples and is flaky and stuffed with candied orange peel and ricotta filling. Will need to eat at more bakeries to confirm if La Tana is indeed the best. A huge undertaking, but someone needs to do it!

 

3. Olo

509 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2P3

Price: $$$

victoria_oloThis was our brunch destination for the day. Located in Chinatown and serving brunch and dinner. They follow a farm-to-table philosophy and all ingredients are from British Columbia!

It took me a while to decide because their menu was just so tantalizing! I got the souffle pancake with cheese fondue sauce, and my other-half got the summer vegetables and poached eggs. The pancake was really neat. I particularly enjoyed it because it wasn’t as dense as a pancake, and also it was nice that there was a savory option for it. The poached eggs in the other dish were perfect. It reminded me of Japanese soft boiled eggs.

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My favorite thing about the room were the shelves full of awesome cook books. I felt like a kid eager to get my grimy little fingers all over a new toy. The staff were nice about me flipping through one while we were waiting for our food to arrive.

I am looking forward to trying their dinner menu sometime!

 

4. Silk Road Tea

1624 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z3

Price: $$ **They have some free tasters**

The shop expanded some time ago so there are two rooms full of tea! I particularly liked that it was a self-service. Packaging tins and labels are available for consumers to fill from the larger tins of their amazing teas neatly lined on the shelves.

We sampled some iced-tea as we perused their selections and were thoroughly educated by one of the staff about how they process their teas, how to brew them, and some cocktail ideas. I think there will be some end-of-summer gin cocktails resulting from our brew. 

5. Kid Sister Ice Cream

#10 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 1W3

Price: $$

I love icecream. A lot. We saw this earlier, when we were going to have pastries but saved it for an after brunch treat. The two flavors we settled on were the Sour Cherry Lemon and the Blackcurrant Lime. They also had a freezer full of popsicles that were very tempting too but I couldn’t consume any more things. The citrus in the ice-cream was perfect for a refreshing treat in the summer heat.

I’ll be back for the popsicles Kid Sister Ice Cream… I’ll be back.

 

6. Church and State Winery 

1445 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5

Price: $$-$$$

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Danton and I had been so spontaneous while in Victoria that when we saw signs for wineries on the way to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal we thought, “why stop now?”. We turned the car around and drove to the winery.

Sadly, we just missed the food service and had to settle for a liquid only experience. There is a reasonably priced fee to taste 4 of their 8 open wines (it is waived with the purchase of two bottles). The server suggested we “leap-frog” where I tried one then my S/O tried the next. By the end, we both sampled all 8 and I had a nice buzz going and walked out of there after purchasing 4 bottles of their Lost Inhibitions wines.

 

I hope you guys get a chance to go to these places! Where else should I go next time I’m in town? Let me know in the comments below.

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