Sitting on the southern end of Vancouver Island is the city of Victoria. This beautiful coastal city is a popular vacation destination known for its outdoor activities. It has many historic buildings. Two of the most famous architectural wonders are the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. The city also has many lovely parks and pristine beaches. With its location on the ocean, you will also find numerous seafood restaurants to tempt you. But sometimes you just need something sweet to satisfy both body and soul. Delicious cinnamon buns, cheesecake, macaroons and yummy tarts - you have arrived in pastry heaven. Scroll below for a list of the 10 best sweets and dessert spots in Victoria, Canada that will satisfy any sweet cravings.
BeaverTails has been satisfying sweet cravings since 1978. Their unique, artisanal Canadian pastry is both chewy and crispy at the same time. It starts with a hand-stretched whole-wheat pastry that is topped with a variety of treats, all served piping hot. Some of the many choices include chocolate hazelnut, cinnamon sugar, apple cinnamon, and cocoa vanilla.
Address: 602 Broughton St, Victoria British Columbia V8W 1C7, Canada
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 12am
2. Saveur Restaurant
The Saveur Restaurant combines fine dining with a casual, urban setting. They specialize in French-inspired cuisine served in a playful way. While their many entrees are delicious, their dessert menu is worth saving a little room to enjoy. While the tasting menu changes with the seasons, one dessert that is always available is the lemon steamed pudding with coconut crème anglaise and topped with yoghurt whipped cream.
Address: 658 Herald Street – Victoria BC
Website: Saveur Restaurant
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm (closed Sun & Mon)
3. Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria
Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria is everything you expect from the name. They create their chocolates in small batches to give you the most decadent candy that melts in your mouth. All of their treats are crafted with a mix of the finest Belgium and French chocolate with nothing added like preservatives, sugars or wax. But they don’t stop with just their gourmet chocolates, they also offer cheesecakes, rum balls, and raspberry velvet tarts.
Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria
Address: 703 Fort Street, Victoria BC
Website: Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria
Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Fri: 10am - 5:30pm; Tue: 10am - 5:00pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Sat)
4. II Terrazzo
II Terrazzo features fine Italian cuisine served in a romantic ambience. The restaurant is designed with an old-fashioned courtyard setting right down to brick fireplaces and candlelight dinners. The menu consists of dishes from northern Italy with a Pacific north-west twist. While the food is quite tasty be sure to leave some room for dessert. The dessert menu includes all the traditional Italian treats like gelato, tiramisu, and pannacotta. Or try their decadent Torta di Noci, a chocolate bourbon pecan tart served with orange crème anglaise and chocolate sauce.
Address: 537 Johnson Street, Victoria BC
Website: II Terrazzo
Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (daily)
5. Kid Sister Ice Cream
I scream, you scream, who doesn’t love ice cream? Located in the historic Fan Tan Alley, Kid Sister Ice Cream is a Victoria staple. All of their ice creams and popsicles are made in small batches from scratch. You can choose your flavour by the scoop, the pint, or served as a milkshake or sundae. Just some of the flavours on the menu are Banana Coconut Caramel, Rhubarb and Ginger, and Lemon Meringue.
Kid Sister Ice Cream
Address: #10 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, British Columbia
Website: Kid Sister Ice Cream
Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 12pm - 6pm (closed Mon & Tue)
Fishhook is a seafood restaurant that serves a fusion of French and Indonesian-style cuisines. They only use sustainable local seafood to create their unique recipes. Even their desserts are a creative twist on old favourites. Like their chocolate cake served with pineapple gelato, dulce de leche, pineapple gel, and sprinkled with toasted coconut.
Address: 805 Fort St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H6
Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)
7. OLO Restaurant
OLO Restaurant is based on farm-to-table dining concept. They use only the best seasonal ingredients, grown locally and combined with different cooking techniques and they turn those ingredients into something stunning. All of the items on their menu appeal to the eyes as much as the palate. Their desserts are no exception. Since they use seasonal ingredients, their menu items change often, so you might find a bright lemon tart or a rich parsnip cake as dessert choices.
Address: 509 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC
Website: OLO Restaurant
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm
8. Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
Little Jumbo emphasizes the fine art of preparing fresh local food with a focus on continental and contemporary techniques, then pair it with fine wines and the best of classic and modern mixology. Their main focus is to create a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Their desserts are created with the same care and attention as the cocktails and entrees. For example, their warm beignets are topped with green apples in caramel sauce then sprinkled with apple dust and powdered sugar.
Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
Address: Down the Hall, 506 Fort Street,Victoria, BC V8W 1E6
Website: Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 12am
9. Cafe Brio
At Cafe Brio you will be treated like one of the family. This fun restaurant serves Italian-inspired seafood dishes. All of their seafood and produce are sourced locally. Everything is made from scratch and the sauces are light so they don’t mask the flavour of the dish. This includes their desserts, they make all of their ice creams and sorbets in house. They offer a daily selection of handmade chocolate truffles or try the Lemon Posset with almond praline, toasted meringue, and warm beignets.
Address: 944 Forst St, Victoria, BC
Website: Cafe Brio
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 5:30pm - 11pm (closed Sun & Mon)
Pagliacci’s has been satisfying its customers since 1979. Their Italian-inspired dishes are served in generous portions, so you will have plenty to take home with you. Even their desserts are large enough for two people to share if you want to. Their dessert menu includes a number of tasty treats like carrot cake, house-made ice creams, and a selection of cheesecakes.
Address: Broad & Fort Street Victoria, BC
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 10pm
Cookies, cakes or pies
No matter our age, we all have that one guilty pleasure we just can’t resist. For me it’s ice cream, they just haven’t made a flavour that I don’t like! Whether you crave cake or pie, chocolate or vanilla, you will find something to satisfy your sweet tooth at any of these restaurants.
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