Visiting Victoria without trying its delicious sweet treats is like not visiting Victoria at all. It was hard to narrow it down, but Victoria’s own voted for the three best bakeries in the city.
Crust Bakery is the first place winner in this year’s Tasting Victoria Best Restaurant Awards. The flagship location of Crust Bakery opened in 2013 in the Fort Street food district of Victoria. The family-owned and operated business is run by chef Tom Moore and Crystal Moore, and employs around 40 staff of all ages and backgrounds at its two locations. In 2020, Crust opened its second location, a small satellite shop at Uptown, an upscale outdoor mall a bit north of downtown Victoria.
Crust’s storefront is simple and casual. Once you make it through the front door, the scents surrounding you are intoxicating. The expansive front window is filled with layers upon layers of satisfying savouries and beautiful, colourful, and decadent sweets.
Here is where you find the chocolate Kro-nut, that brazen combo of croissant and doughnut, which you will find yourself craving even before you’ve finished eating the one in your hand. Crust’s pastry tarts are filled with seasonal fruit custards and fresh berries. Lightly torched, creamy meringues swirl atop citrusy sweet curds and puddings. Pastry so flaky, it leaves you swooning.
If you are looking for something savoury, the zucchini and feta tarts, bacon and egg breakfast pastries, or thick sandwiches full of salty hams and creamy cheeses on freshly-baked bread will satisfy your cravings.
730 Fort St.
3535 Uptown Blvd.
Coming in second place is the beloved Fol Epi. With a contemporary approach to classic French-influenced breads and pastries, Fol Epi sources fine organically grown ingredients, carefully handled by their skilled bakers to develop outstanding flavours, textures, and aromas. Their food starts with great ingredients and care, with organic Red Fife Wheat sourced from Loiselle Family Farm in Saskatchewan as well as organic Sablé Wheat from Hillcrest Farm in the Cowichan Valley.
Must-tries at Fol Epi include their seasonal pastries, mousse cakes, cream puffs, and, of course, their croissants.
732 Yates St.
398 Harbour Rd. #101
Pâtisserie Daniel came in third place in the best bakery category this year, as voted by readers. Owner Daniel Vokey opened the pâtisserie in Victoria in 1992, and since then they have offered a delightful selection of sweet and savoury tastes that delight everyone. We love their New Yorker chocolate cake: a hazelnut praline blended truffle layered with chocolate sponge cake perfumed with dark rum and decorated with chocolate curls. Guests also recommend trying their almond croissants, cinnamon rolls, and lemon pie.
1729 Cook St.
We encourage you to support your favourite restaurants by dining in or ordering takeout—and, of course, try new ones! Let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out on social media at @tastingvictoria.