Best coffee spots around downtown Victoria

Best coffee spots around downtown Victoria

Photo: Discovery Coffee

Spring is here and that means going out for drinks, picnics in the outdoors, fresh air, and patio service. Whether you’re a latte, cappuccino, or mocha drinker these 10 coffee spots will make those spring activities even better.

Bear & Joey Cafe

The lovely breakfast and lunch spot, Bear & Joey Cafe, offers an array of drink choices and serves some delicious food options as well. Dine in, dine outside on their patio or order a takeaway coffee, which comes in an adorable cup featuring the logo of a bear and a baby joey—perfect for Instagram! With both a food and drink menu, you and your bubble can also indulge in something to eat, such as their unique surf and turf featuring pork bratwurst, cauliflower puree, and dill-cured salmon.

Location: 1025 Cook St.
Website: Bear & Joey Cafe
Instagram: @bearandjoeycafe

2% Jazz Cofffee

If you’re a coffee lover in Victoria, you’ve likely heard of 2% Jazz coffee and probably enjoyed a delicious brew in one of their cafes. In fact, with 2% Jazz now acting as a wholesaler to other coffee shops and restaurants around town, there’s a good chance you’ve sampled their delightful beans without even realizing it.

Recently, Tasting Victoria sat down with 2% Jazz founder and owner Sam Jones to hear all about his journey through the coffee industry, what he’s learned, and where he hopes to go next. Read more here.

Location: 1701 Douglas St. #1
Website: 2% Jazz Coffee
Instagram: @2percentjazz

Hey Happy

Hey Happy is a quaint and hip coffee shop on Johnson Street that is passionate about independent, unique coffee and known for their in-house cashew milk. Hey Happy prides themselves on creating complex coffee flavours, roasted and brewed with great care and attention. Hey Happy also partners with a variety of local businesses and global roasters including Lüna Coffee, The Barn Coffee Roasters, and Drop Coffee Roasters. This calm and delightful coffee joint offers an expansive array of tasty takeaway bites, such as their eye-catching and colourful Yonni’s doughnuts, pastries, and sandwiches. If you’re looking to brew at home, Hey Happy also sells a selection of coffee beans from independent roasters.

Location: 560 Johnson St #122.
Website: Hey Happy
Instagram: @heyhappycoffee

Habit Coffee

Find fresh coffee, good vibes, and friendly staff at Habit Coffee. This spring and summer try out the lavender-flavoured lemonade or the Sad Iced Tea, both floral and refreshing drinks to welcome those warmer days.

You can also purchase bags for home brewing, such as coffee beans from Bows & Arrows, a Victoria-based speciality roaster.

Location: 808 Yates St. and 552 Pandora Ave.
Website: Habit Coffee
Instagram: @habitcoffee

Bean Around The World

Located in the heart of Chinatown,Bean Around The World is the perfect place to absorb the atmosphere and culture of Canada’s oldest Chinatown, with sidewalk seating, lights and lanterns floating above, and a view of the historic gate. Bean Around The World offers a great selection of drinks, both hot and cold, along with some tea options, such as their rich and creamy London fog. At Bean Around The World, you will also find a tasty variety of small takeaway treats and bites to satisfy any craving.

Location:533 Fisgard St.
Website: Bean Around The World
Instagram: @thebeanvictoria

Union Pacific Coffee Shop

Fresh coffee and drinks, mouth-watering baked savoury croissants, and a plethora of rich and delicious treats are what you will find atUnion Pacific Coffee Shop With outdoor seating and a patio space down Dragon Alley, this hidden nook is well worth the visit. And for those hoping to get a delicious latte for less, every Tuesday you can grab a 12 oz for just two dollars.

Location: 537 Herald St.
Website: Union Pacific Coffee shop
Instagram: @unionpacificcoffeeco

Milano Victoria

Milano Victoriais situated within the hustle and bustle of Government Street. Milano’s coffee offers a broad selection of choices, from medium roast, espresso, master’s reserve, dark roast, and more. Enjoy a seat outside with a coffee and tasty treat or take it to go and explore the many shops and sites in and around Government Street. This coffee shop also sells its coffee beans, which can be purchased in-store or through their online retail website.

Location: 817 Government St.
Website: Milano Victoria
Instagram: @milanovictoriabc

Shatterbox Coffee Company

The sprawling downtown Public Market is home to Shatterbox Coffee Company: a European-inspired coffee bar and art space. Sit on the patio in the fresh air and sunshine or grab a cup to-go and spend the morning exploring the many little stores the market has to offer.

Location: Public Market 6, 1701 Douglas St.
Website: Shatterbox Coffee Company
Instagram: @sbxcoffee

Trés Gourmet Bakery Cafe

Patio seating, Instagram-able treats, fresh coffee, and more is what you will find at Trés Gourmet Bakery Cafe. This quaint cafe is perfect for a delicious cappuccino or for tasty bites, such as a scrumptious apple crumble, lavender Earl Grey loaf, or savoury scrambled eggs and green onion bun.

Location: 1280 Broad St.
Website: Très Gourmet Bakery and Cafe
Instagram: @tresgourmetcafe

Bubby Rose’s Bakery & Cafe

Buddy Rose’s Bakery and Cafe is local, fresh, homemade, and a deliciously good time every day of the week. Their espresso bar serves fair-trade coffee, and their mochas and hot chocolates are made with either German semi-sweet chocolate or spicy organic cacao. They also serve Maccha, a traditional Japanese tea, and an excellent chai latte. Sit outside in the sun or on one of their patio setups and relish the creative concoctions found at Bubby Rose’s Bakery & Cafe.

Various Locations: 1022 Cook St., 101-240 Cook St., 103-225 Menzies St. and 606 Johnson St.
Website: Bubby Rose’s Bakery & Cafe
Instagram: @bubbyrosesbakery

Discovery Coffee

With fresh and delicious coffee, amazing treats like Yonni’s Doughnuts, and locations across the city, Discovery Coffee is a win-win cafe choice. Sourcing ethically from global coffee farmers, Discovery Coffee roasts all their beans in-house everyday, meaning that customers can try a variety of new, unique, and international brews daily. Much of the coffee they roast can also be bought in store or wholesale on their website. New to brewing coffee? Head to Discovery Coffee’s website and click their brewing tips link on their home page for details on all the brewing styles and techniques, including espresso and pour-over. You too can become a home-brewer with the rich and flavourful coffee from Discovery!

Various Locations: 1001 Blanshard St., 664 Discovery St., 1964 Oak Bay Ave. (If in Oak Bay area)
Website: Discovery Coffee
Instagram: @discoverycoffee

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Written by

Tessa Cowan

Tasting Victoria