In a semi-food-crazed city, Victoria BC still manages to be the epicenter of all things culinary. Seemingly every single charming, old world inspired block brings another hip restaurant, with tiny spaces typically filled to the brim with gorgeous people. Plus, there’s a little bit of everything: from authentic French fare to Italian eateries practically made for carb-lovers.
If you want to see what makes Victoria (and its culinary scene) so great, there’s no doubt these lunch spots should be your first stop. Just make sure your stomach is empty!
542 Herald St., 778-440-4489, jamcafevictoria.com
For the drool-inducing bacon
One of Victoria’s newer breakfast bistros, the rustic Jam Café sets a high standard for weekend brunch fare. Thick sugar-cured bacon accompanies many of the comfort-food-themed menu items, including the Bloody Caesars. If you’re up for a challenge, go for the gargantuan “green eggs and ham” (scrambled eggs with spinach and pesto), served with a dollop of goat cheese on a buttermilk biscuit. Most menu items are accompanied by the restaurant’s eponymous jam.
554 Pandora Ave., 250-385-6653, molerestaurant.ca
For the inclusive menu options
“We want to take care of you!” proclaims the all-day breakfast menu at this Victoria institution. Judging by the warm exposed brick walls, the scent of espresso and the dulcet strains of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” it’s not an empty boast. Mo:Lé is the go-to brunch destination of retired college professors and young professionals sporting Cowichan sweaters. First-timers should opt for the Mo’s Biscuit; the fluffy cream cheese omelette is served with bacon and havarti on a buttermilk biscuit and sided with a heaping pile of pesto hash browns. For lighter fare, select one of many vegan, raw or gluten-free options. The chi chi cocktail, made with coconut milk, pineapple and vodka, is an excellent way to accent your brunch.
810 Humboldt St., 250-590-8014, caffefantastico.com
For the shareable plates
The newly developed Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa offers a litany of premium amenities: a private penthouse lounge, a rentable 30-seat movie theatre and a creek running through the lobby. With its reclaimed wood tables and abundance of natural light, the Tre Fantastico coffee shop is perhaps the most humble of the hotel’s features. It offers six surprisingly affordable and delectable options. We achieved a higher state when the poached egg yolks burst over braised baby kale drizzled with orange cardamom vinaigrette. Share the plates tapas style, and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows for an impressive view of St. Anne’s, a former convent whose inhabitants were integral to creating British Columbia’s education and health-care systems.
1320 Blanshard St., 250-595-2134, shinecafe.ca
For the travelling family
Shine is a no-fuss, family-owned Victoria institution with sunshine-yellow walls, bottomless cups of coffee and an attentive team. Order a round of the fluffy Shine pancakes for the kids and a Nemo Benedict for yourself (smoked salmon, avocado and hollandaise).
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Written by: Jessica Hugh
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