Cool of West Coast style with an iced coffee in Victoria

Coffee culture has exploded in Victoria, and the variety of coffee purveyors has grown exponentially. Whether you’re looking for a dark cold brew or your sweet tooth wants an iced mint latte, you won’t be left wanting.

Shatterbox

BC

At Shatterbox coffee bar, there is an inverse relationship of space to spirit. It’s a small place – though there is patio seating in nice weather – with an outsize dedication to quality. You’ll find all the traditional kinds of iced coffee on the menu here, but give their cold brew signature Miami Vice a try: The water is sparkling and the espresso is sweetened with vanilla.

Fernwood Coffee Co Ltd

1
5-1115 North Park St, Victoria, BC V8T 1C7

At Fernwood Coffee Company, you can find the perfect refreshment for a hot West Coast day. They serve their cold brew coffee in a can, and you can also get it on tap. If you want to stay in, the setting is small but cozy, and always lively. These baristas have won numerous awards; a testament to their superlative product and impeccable service.

Koffi

2
1441 Haultain Street, Victoria, BC V8R 2J8

Koffi is a large, inviting, art-filled space with an extensive list of iced coffees for your enjoyment. Do you want a simple iced Americano or a blended matcha frappe? The delightfully friendly staff here will fill your order with aplomb. Sit down inside and enjoy the art wall, where local artists display their latest work, or take your drink outside and get a load of the street life.

Second Crack Coffee Lab

3
101-2612 Bridge St, Victoria, BC V8T 4S9

When you enter this minimalist space – there’s not much seating – you feel as if you’ve come upon the lair of an inventor; a place where something is being created with the utmost care. Indeed, “second crack” is a term used to indicate a phase in the roasting process where the bean is most flavourful, and flavour here is off the charts. Come get one of the few seats at the bar and watch the magic happen.

Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters Ltd

4
483 Garbally Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 2J9

A cozy, charming little place you must try – for the sweet, sincere staff, the picnic table, the record player and the savoury, ethically sourced coffee. Bows & Arrows is primarily a roaster and they’re not open at night, so find a moment in your day to come and get that iced coffee you’ve been craving. The almond milk latte is a favourite.

Jazz Espresso Bar 2 Percent

5
105-740 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4

2% Jazz Coffee started as a kiosk but now has two brick-and-mortar locations in Victoria, one of which includes a roastery. You can actually watch the beans roast! It's no wonder the coffee is so rich and so silky. Get it iced and enjoy some of that fine West Coast weather or stay inside – you’ll want to breathe the aroma all day.

Heist Coffee Co

6
727 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1C3

You might not notice Heist Coffee Company as you walk by, the stools are really tall inside and it’s a tight squeeze. But don’t let this put you off – the iced coffee is worth it. It’s a strong brew, guaranteed to wake you up and keep you going. “Ridiculously good coffee” is their motto, and it’s not one you’ll be prepared to argue with after you make a stop here.

Habit Coffee

7
552 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N7

Habit Coffee gets their beans roasted at nearby Bows & Arrows, which means they aren’t serving you fast-and-easy coffee. There’s lots of space inside with light coming in, so it’s a good bet if you want to hunker down with that iced latte you can’t stop thinking about. Think stools and exposed brick.

Cafe Bliss

8
A-556 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N7

Cafe Bliss has a mission to uplift your spirit. All of their ingredients are organic, fresh and local. The atmosphere is friendly and fresh – white walls, large pictures of forests and plenty of plants. Float in and treat yourself to an iced vanilla latte or an iced mint mocha. The menu is not extensive, but it’s made with love.

The Caesar is a true Canadian classic invented in a Calgary hotel in the 1960s. But this beloved Canuck cocktail is just as popular in Halifax as it is on the Prairies. The vodka flows freely, the Clamato juice is plentiful and there’s lots of pepper to go around. From downtown to the North End, sally forth and seek your perfect Caesar.
Halifax has a healthy food scene, but is still finding its footing with ramen; the selection is limited with stark variations in quality and diversity. Don't despair though – there are some wonderful places that have sprung up in the last few years where you're bound to find ramen to your liking.
Halifax is a town built for eaters and drinkers: Whenever a new spot opens, there's always plenty of interest in and debate around it. In order to hold your own as a restaurant here in Halifax, you have to do something tasty and interesting. This holds especially true for that cherished dish: The salad. All the traditional iterations are here, as well as succulent Cobb versions to citrus Caesar salads.
Close menu