Ah Victoria, the provincial capital British Columbia. Beautiful in the summer, quiet in the winter. And if you’re a brunch lover, the best place to be. There are so many amazing places to have brunch in this city – a disproportionate amount it seems given the size of the city. On Sunday mornings when I lived in the city, you’d often find me at one of these places. Nothing cures a night out as well as a big stack of pancakes. Or maybe a big pile of bacon and eggs. Or a corned beef hash. The options are endless. It truly is safe to say: Victoria – a city of brunch.
Here are a few of my favourite places to grab brunch in the city of gardens. Would you believe I’ve been to these places so many times and yet, I barely have any photos? Shocking!
But be warned, if you want brunch you’re going to have to work for it. Lines are long, so go early or be prepared to wait. Smaller parties get seated first, large ones, good luck.
Blue Fox Café
The Blue Fox Café is an institution in the brunch world of Victoria. It has been around for a long time and it’s popularity keeps on growing. They offer a large menu with many classics including 7 different types of omelets, and 11 different eggs benedicts. There are also tempting burgers and sandwiches on the menu as well.
This place is the hardest to get into so go early and not with a large group! It’s so busy that I’ve only been here once or twice as there are other places that offer delicious food, with a faster line.
919 Fort St
Another popular place in Victoria. I use to live just around the corner from this place and went a lot. The waitresses are super friendly and make you feel at home. My favorite things to order here are their eggs benedicts. That hollandaise sauce is the best thing ever. There are so many different kinds available you can eat for a week and not have the same thing twice. Or get their waffles with their cream cheese syrup. They’ve been featured on Food Network Canada as well as used as a film set.
The best part of John’s Place are all the photos on the walls. Images of famous actresses and actors, plus plenty of memorabilia, all line the walls from floor to ceiling. It is endless and provides great entertainment to see how many you can name from afar. Be prepared to be squished though – they like to pack in as many people as possible. There is little more than an inch or two between you and the next table over. It’s all worth it for the food though.
723 Pandora Avenue
This place is not fancy. It’s chill, and laid back, with simple yet tasty food as if your grandmother was making it. Like many of the other brunch places on this list, the furniture is a smattering of eclectic chairs and tables which added to the charm of the place.
Above is Willie’s Hash – a mix of hash browns, cheese, egg, sausage, and bacon. But it was the hashbrowns that stole the show. They’re perfectly crispy on the outside with a nice bite to it where you really taste the delicious potato-y-ness.
They also offer a lunch menu complete with a vegan poutine. Yes please! While they’re not located right downtown anymore (they use to be), they’re definitely worth making the trek to visit if you’re in town.
You know you’re at Floyd’s when you’re walking into a bright pink building. With mismatched chairs and tables of various sizes throughout the brightly painted room, you won’t know where to look. There are lots of framed images on the walls and the scribblings from previous patrons in between it all. The menu names are the best taking inspiration from classic movies and tv shows like Seinfield and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And if you’re feeling lucky, get the Mahoney. You get whatever the kitchen feels like and you can either pay the original price, or you can flip for it – Double or Nothing!
My favourite item is the BC Hash – get the full size and it’s a meal for two almost. The portions are massive! The service is friendly and you don’t feel the pressure to eat quickly. The place is bigger and they can get more people in. There are lines, but usually not as bad as some of the others.
866 Yates Street
My latest discovery on my most recent trip to the city. Jam Café is an all-day breakfast and lunch place location just on the outskirts of Chinatown. I love the look of the restaurant inside. It is decorated with a mishmash of collected items from snowshoes and skis to a gigantic chalkboard with the day’s specials.
The menu is awesome. How can you say no to red velvet pancakes or a fried chicken eggs benedict? Swoon. I ultimately went with the special of the day. I had a delicious pesto and prosciutto benny with a side of hash browns and sun-dried tomatoes. They also a great drinks menu if you need a little kick to get you started in the morning. Bourbon Caesar anyone? They also offer lollipops with the bill which is awesome.
542 Herald Street
My top picks for brunch in beautiful Victoria, BC! So who’s coming with me?
Have you been to Victoria? Have you tried a brunch place?