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Victorians know that brunch rules in BC’s capital city, but it wasn’t until Canada’s Food Network proclaimed the city to be the brunch capital of Canada earlier this year that non-Islanders took notice. Here locals line up—rain or shine—to break bread at their favourite spots. You might want to join them.
Avalon – 1075 Fort St / Daily
This cheery Fort Street space promises a simple, no-fuss menu with, arguably, the best Benny in town: the hollandaise is light, the ingredients are fresh and the house-made oaten toast is excellent.
The Blue Fox Cafe – 101-919 Fort St / Daily
Expect a lineup at this popular Victoria eatery where generous portions and delicious dishes are the norm. The café’s extensive breakfast lineup showcases 10 options for eggs Benedict alongside some of the best comfort food in the city.
The Dutch Bakery – 718 Fort St / Monday-Saturday
Little has changed at this Fort Street fixture since it opened its doors in 1956. Translation: it’s still a grand spot to enjoy good company over a cup of coffee and a slice of pie.
ReBar – 50 Bastion Square / Saturday-Sunday
When ReBar first hit the scene, its “modern food” menu was at the forefront of a New Age health craze. Today, the restaurant remains a pillar of clean eating, with emphasis on fresh, creative cuisine (think chia seed power bowls and savoury smoked salmon scrambles).
Floyd’s Diner – 866 Yates St / Daily
This diner’s a nostalgic trip: images of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles all vie for attention alongside a heavy-duty menu of greasy-spoon favourites. Feeling lucky? Try the Mahoney: a flip of the coin determines whether you pay or walk away with a free meal.
Zambri’s – 820 Yates St / Sunday
Floor-to-ceiling windows and a cosy indoor patio lend a tranquil feel to Zambri’s Italian-style brunch. The airy, dramatic Atrium building space may inspire you to order a mimosa (or two) alongside meatballs and eggs, or poached eggs fiorentina.
Agrius – 732 Yates St / Saturday-Sunday
Agrius elevates brunch, thanks to locally sourced food and exquisite baked goods from its sister bakery, Fol Epi. The croque madame with greens, Gruyère scrambled eggs, and French toast with mascarpone and strawberry rhubarb compote all pay homage to the restaurant’s French roots. Don’t have time for brunch? Pick up baguettes or pain au chocolat to go. Your family will thank you.
Ferris’ Grill – 536 Yates St / Sunday
Ferris’ heritage building locale is a brunch hot spot by day and an oyster bar by night. Seafood is indisputably the star of this menu; try the open-faced oyster omelette Hangtown Fry or the free-range scrambled eggs and smoked salmon Pacifico. High ceilings and dark wood throughout make this narrow-yet-comfy space feel intimate—even more so if you snag one of the covered booths in the back.
The Reef – 533 Yates St / Saturday-Sunday
The Reef’s Caribbean vibes are served up via jerk salmon bennies and curried crab cakes. Add a bucket of hot, fluffy Johnny Cakes to the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a super-chill weekend brunch. Cue the reggae beats.
Willie’s Cafe and Bakery – 537 Johnson St / Daily
LoJo (Lower Johnson Street) is home to local boutiques, brightly coloured heritage buildings and Willie’s Cafe and Bakery. Fuel a day of shopping with all-day breakfast classics—including omelettes and skillets—on the patio at this heritage spot, modelled after the original 1887 Wille family bakery.
Shine Cafe – 1320 Blanshard St at Johnson St / Daily
The original Shine Cafe, located at Oak Bay Junction, proved so popular that a second downtown location was, well, inevitable. This shiny new spot is a friendly place with a vast menu, including an impressive lineup of eggs Benedict options and creative vegetarian plates.
John’s Place – 723 Pandora Ave / Daily
Countless cups of coffee have been poured at John’s Place, an eclectic space bedecked floor-to-ceiling in paintings, photos and posters that reflect the diner’s offbeat personality. Here, it’s all about diner classics, including the eatery’s popular Belgian waffle, featured on the Food Network series “You Gotta Eat Here.”
Relish – 920 Pandora Ave / Saturday-Sunday
Locally grown produce meshes beautifully with Asian sensibilities at Relish: rock cod congee with onsen egg is served alongside in-house-cured back bacon Bennys—all to delicious results. (Limited brunch options are available during the week.) Local produce sources are spotlighted too, highlighting, for example, that coffee beans were roasted at Bows & Arrows, a mere 2.5 kilometres away.
Mo:Le – 554 Pandora Ave / Daily
Mo:Le boasts options for all: traditionalists will dig the eggs, maple sausage and buttered sourdough; vegetarians can opt for the curry tofu scramble; and vegans have a variation of huevos rancheros made especially for them. If there’s a lineup, pop into Habit Coffee next door; hosts routinely check for patrons at this neighbouring coffee shop, welcoming diners—and their fresh-brewed coffees—back at Mo:Le.
Northern Quarter – 1724 Douglas St / Sunday
At night, Victoria’s Northern Quarter brings some of the city’s best live performers to the stage. On Sunday, though, the doors open early for brunch, with options including breakfast poutine, avocado toast, and the decadent NQ, a buttermilk pancake served with fried eggs and bacon.
Paul’s Motor Inn – 1900 Douglas St / Daily
The retro 1960s decor at Paul’s is reason enough to tuck into a tiny booth for a cup of joe. Here the menu is no-fuss: order a plate of eggs, bacon and potatoes, with a cup of black coffee, and you’ll see why Paul’s success lies in its simplicity.
Don Mee – 538 Fisgard St / Saturday-Sunday
If a table brimming with options is tempting, head to Don Mee in Chinatown for dim sum where dishes, carted from table to table, make it easy to select the day’s feast. Be adventurous in your choices but rest assured: you can’t go wrong with steamed shrimp dumplings, or har gow, served in a bamboo basket.
OLO – 509 Fisgard St / Daily
A fresh-is-best approach—anchored by quality, seasonal ingredients—is on delicious display at OLO, where brunches of smoked wild salmon poached eggs, soufflé pancakes with honey yogurt and flat iron steak and eggs topped with bone marrow hollandaise are served in a bright, airy dining room.
Jam Cafe – 542 Herald St / Daily
The lineup is ever-present, but the pulled pork pancakes, brioche French toast and buttermilk biscuit sandwich are worth the wait. White walls, wood floors and rustic decor give the cafe a cosy cabin-feel, all beautifully spotlighted on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here.”
…and if you’re looking for a liquid brunch:
Order a signature prawn-and-mussel Double Seafood Caesar at Bartholomew’s Pub, on special Sunday mornings.
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