Genesis Davies is a freelance writer from Saltspring Island, BC, who has spent an inordinate amount of time wandering around Victoria. She's spent the past decade honing her craft and loves what she does. When not at the keyboard, Genesis can be found exploring with her three sons and checking out new places to play and eat.
Eating out can be a challenge when you’re gluten-free, unless you know where to go. Many of Ottawa’s cafes and restaurants offer gluten-free options and some stand out for doing them particularly well. Try these options for an enjoyable lunch with your friends or a romantic dinner with that special someone, all without having to settle for just a salad. [Image credit: iStock.com/Sarah Bossert]
A well done bagel, one that has been boiled and then baked, is sometimes hard to come by. Victoria's many bakeries and restaurants have risen to the challenge, though, and they provide top-quality sandwiches and plain bagels for your enjoyment. If you're looking for the real deal, check out these yummy bagel shops.
Croissants are traditionally a breakfast food, but whether you stick to early morning munching or don't mind a little filled pastry for dessert at lunch, you'll find what you need in this city. From bakeries to cafes, Victoria offers you all the delectable pastries you could want, sometimes filled with other treats and sometimes on their own. Which do you prefer?
Thai food is one of the top Asian cuisines on this side of the ocean. From the rich flavours found in peanut sauce and satay to the more delicate tastes in the fresh spring rolls, Thai food is unique and suits nearly every occasion. Check out the best places in Victoria to grab some delicious grub, Thai style.
When it comes to cool places to hang out, indie coffee shops are pretty high on the list. Whether you enjoy the ambiance of these unique, usually small, cafes, or simply need a good cup of coffee, Victoria seems to be particularly conducive to coffee culture. Take advantage, and check out these independent cafes.
Do you have kids in tow but still want to dine out in Victoria? Even the best-behaved youngsters do better in family-friendly restaurants where no one is judging your fussy toddler. Fortunately, the city is full of great places to eat where everyone is welcome and the food is terrific.
Nachos are considered by many to be the epitome of pub food; finding the perfect plate is a worthwhile quest. Lots of Victoria’s many secret and not-so-secret haunts serve chips with cheese, but only a few do it well enough to make this list.
Mac n cheese features strongly in many people’s childhood memories, but the grownup version is a little more elegant. You’ll find dozens of remade dishes in Victoria’s pubs, cafes and restaurants, all waiting for you to try. If it's cheesy deliciousness you want, you don’t have to go far.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and these restaurants and cafes do justice to the breaking of your fast. From locally sourced ingredients and organic veggies to amazing flavours usually reserved for dinner, you can find some of the best breakfast places in the city right here.
Nothing brings back childhood memories like a good grilled cheese sandwich, but these Victoria pubs, restaurants and bistros go above and beyond your mom’s cheddar and white bread. Their top-quality sandwiches are made with the ingredients that are sure to seduce your taste buds. Here's a list of the grilled cheese sandwiches worth seeking out in Victoria.
Burritos are one of those foods that can be truly great when they're done right, and there are a number of places in Victoria that have things dialled in on the burrito front. From beans to chicken and everything in between, those tortilla bundles make the perfect meal-on-the-go. Check out this list of burrito hotspots to find your favourite.
Vancouver is a haven for musicians in more ways than one. Whether you play professional concerts on stage, busk on the street, or simply enjoy musical performances at home, you’ll find the instrument you need in these fine musical establishments. From guitars to pianos to violins, these shops have something for everyone. [Photo credit: iStock.com/AlexRodavlas]
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