The great thing about Canadian food and food culture is that it is so incredibly diverse. Since the land mass of Canada is so huge it offers so many different kinds of tastes for all the different regions it occupies. Victoria B.C is located on the west coast of Canada and is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s right near the border and only about sixty miles (100 km) to Seattle. Named after Queen Victoria the island and region have a long history with First Nations people giving the city a certain cultural flair between European and First Nations. British Columbia is incredibly diverse and that certainly reflects the food around Victoria. So if you’re in the area and are looking for something good to eat, why not try out some of these favorites.
1. Ferris's Oyster Bar
Since Victoria is on the west coast of Canada you can bet you’ll be able to find some great seafood. Ferris’s Oyster Bar has some of the best seafood around the island and if you’re not the type of person who enjoys seafood, there’s still something for you. Upstairs you’ll find the oyster bar and downstairs you’ll find a more grill/BBQ type menu. The upstairs oyster bar is where you’ll find some great seafood plates and dishes and if you’re not super hungry that’s fine too because you can order small tapas style plates and sit back with some wine.
Ferris's Oyster Bar
Address: 536 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada
Website: Ferris’s Oyster Bar
2. North Forty Eight
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This is definitely a foodie kinda spot. Serving up almost any kind of cuisine you can think of, from classic American, to Belgian Bistro to Japanese Izakaya. There’s no way you won’t be able to find something you want to eat. A great thing about North Forty Eight is that everything is made in house - everything! Including the ketchup! That’s a lot of work and dedication to food. Make sure to check out their menus, they have different specials everyday.
North Forty Eight
Address: 1005 Langley St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1V7, Canada
Website: North Forty Eight
3. Be Love
This one is for all the vegetarians out there. This restaurant is not only great for your vegetarian or gluten free folks but for everyone looking for a healthy alternative. Vegan restaurants tend to have a reputation for being boring and bland but the people at Be Love definitely stepped up their food game in this modern and elegant restaurant. It is owned by two siblings to give that family owned feel. Everything is sugar free, organic and natural including the wine and drinks, leaving you feeling energized after each meal
Address: 1019 Blanshard St., Victoria, Canada
Website: Be Love
4. Pizzaria Prima Strada
Who doesn’t love a good pizza, right? Well forget your Domino’s and your Pizza Hut because this is the real deal deliciousness. Fire roasted, authentic Italian style pizza made with fresh ingredients in a wood burning oven. Featuring a long list of pizza choices and some great wine to pair it with, this is a can’t miss for pizza lovers out there.
Pizzaria Prima Strada
Address: 14-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd. Cobble Hill, BC Canada, V0R 1L3
Website: Pizzaria Prima Strada
Victoria and B.C history wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Asian community. Many Chinese, Japanese and Korean immigrants have called B.C home for over one hundred years. Suffice it to say that you’ll definitely find some great Asian inspired cuisine almost anywhere around Victoria. Bao serves up some amazing ramen, buns and bibimbap. On a chilly Canadian winter or fall day, nothing is more satisfying than a nice warm bowl of ramen. It warms the soul.
Address: 626 Fisgard St.Victoria, BC V8W 1R6, Canada
6. Taste of Europe Deli
Alright this may not be the classiest place you’ll ever step into for a bite, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest because the food is amazing. Serving up some of the best eastern European food you can find in Victoria, you’ll feel like a member of the family as soon as you step inside. The soup, pirogies and the cabbage rolls are a fan favorite, and so good I’m salivating just thinking about them. Great spot for a quick lunch on a cold day.
Taste of Europe Deli
Address: 1412 Douglas St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2G1, Canada
Website: Taste of Europe Deli
7. La Taqueria Pinche
Sleep well and dream of a delicious lunch because tomorrow we are open from 11am // See you in Victoria BC at 766 Fort St for some #pinchesburritosPosted by La Taqueria on Sunday, 13 August 2017
A taste of Mexico in Canada! Everything they serve is sourced from local ingredients for a fresh taste but is made with the care only found through years of tradition. In this case, Mexican traditional tacos. They have vegetarian options as well as amazing mezcal margaritas. The space is vibrantly decorated, you’ll feel like you’ve steep into a real Mexican taqueria.
La Taqueria Pinche
Address: 766 Fort St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Website: La Taqueria Pinche
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Owned by a couple who also own a few other establishment around Victoria, this restaurant has rotisserie chicken. But it is not just any kind of rotisserie chicken, it’s chicken with a Korean twist! You’re definitely going to get messy eating here so make sure you stock up on napkins and leave your personal pride at the door. Of course it’s not only rotisserie chicken, they also serve up some great sandwiches and Korean inspired western dishes as well.
Address: 838 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook page: Dak
HEMINGWAY SHORT STORY tortellini stuffed with beef, parmesan, cottage and mozzarella cheeses in a cream sauce with bacon and green onions. it'll make the earth move for you.Posted by Pagliacci's Restaurant on Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Serving some great Italian dishes you won’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Who can say no to pasta and tons of cheese? Pagliacci’s is a classic Victoria spot that’s pretty well known around town. Despite their growing popularity they still maintain an affordable menu and a great selection of wine to go with your meal. Try the cheesecake, you won’t be disappointed!
Address: 1011 Broad St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2A1, Canada
10. Chorizo & Co
I won’t lie to you dear reader, I love me some good Spanish food. And if you’re like me then Chorizo & Co will not disappoint. Amazing paella, wine, and churros? What could be better! The answer is breakfast. They serve up a really great breakfast sandwich so if you’re up early and need a quick bite make sure to go grab one. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweets, Chorizo & Co is good at any time of the day.
Chorizo & Co
Address: 807 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook page: Chorizo & Co
A diverse food culture
Victoria is an amazing place with amazing food that reflects the multicultural attitudes of Canada. Here you’ll be able to find any kind of food you crave and it will be delicious. From anything Asian to European, Victoria has it for you to taste!
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