Hidden gems you didn't know about in Victoria

August 18th, 2021

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We asked what your favourite hidden gems are in and around Victoria and you delivered! If you’re searching for the next delicious discovery in Victoria, then this is the list for you. These restaurants, bakeries, and cafes make for the perfect foodie experience this summer.

Pâtisserie Daniel

This lovely bakery along Cook Street is home to all kinds of goodies and treats to enjoy. Freshly baked bread, beautifully decorated cakes, flaky croissants and small bites of all kinds is what you will find at Patisserie Daniel. Take your treat of choice to go from Pâtisserie Daniel, where fresh, savoury and sweet flavours go hand in hand.

1729 Cook St., Victoria
Patisserie Daniel


Ramen, bibimbap, fresh starters, cold noodles, bao buns, stir-fry, and more can be found at Bao. This quaint and charming little eatery along Fisgard is the perfect place to bring friends and family to savour Asian cuisine with a unique twist. Enjoy a fresh pint of beer, sake, or one of the many diverse arrays of drinks at Bao alongside your dish of choice.

626 Fisgard St., Victoria

Demitasse Cafe & Garden Centre

Savouries, sweets, hot coffee, and fresh salads are just some of the delicious bites you can find at Demitasse Cafe & Garden Centre. Just about everything and anything is served at this delightful cafe— including the next addition to your garden. At this cafe you will find friendly staff and food that is matched in both quality and exceptional flavour. Get to Demitasse Cafe & Garden Centre early, though, as their dishes and treats sell out fast!

2164 McNeill Ave., Victoria
Demitasse Cafe & Garden Centre

Bunny's Nook Kitchen

This charming eatery in Esquimalt focuses on serving vegetarian and vegan dishes, along with colourful cakes and treats. This local gem was featured in Victoria’s lifestyle magazine, YAM, for their vegan and wheat-free cheesecakes. Check out Bunny's Nook Kitchen’s Instagram page for cute photos of all their mouthwatering dishes and beautifully created cakes and sweets.

904b Esquimalt Rd., Victoria
Bunny's Nook Kitchen

Charlotte & the Quail

Charlotte & the Quail serves dishes that are exceptionally plated with colours to catch anyone’s appetite and flavours and ingredients that are fresh and unique. The restaurant is also the little sister to Nourish Victoria, so if you’ve had the chance to visit Nourish you can expect similar themes on Charlotte & the Quail’s menu. If you’re looking for vegan options or you can't have any wheat products, Charlotte & the Quail also serves some of their dishes vegan and/or gluten free.

505 Quayle Rd., Victoria
Charlotte & the Quail

Avalon Restaurant

This restaurant down Fort Street is situated on Antiques Row and serves dishes that have that homemade quality and taste. At Avalon restaurant, you can have classic breakfast and lunch dishes, along with burgers, sides, and other tasty small bites.

1075 Fort St., Victoria
Avalon Restaurant

Explore these hidden gems in and around Victoria today!


Tessa Cowan

Tasting Victoria Staff