It's the end of my BC Travel Series. I hope you found it helpful. I can't wait to explore more of the province and more of my beautiful country!
Getting there. Using the Pacific Coach to get to Victoria was a great option. If you do take a car, they dock on the 1st level, I believe. A little more money than Greyhound but it was worth it to me.
Victoria Public Market: Hit A small but great market. Restaurants and shopping, with plenty of locally made products to take home or give as a gift.
Grocer at the Hudson: Hit Within the Victoria Public. Tons of locally made & organic items. These jams are so good & can be purchased @http://www.mrsjonesjams.com/b-u-y/ I just finished mine, a couple weeks ago. I can stretch a product, when I don't know if I can have it anytime soon.
Triple Spiral Metaphysical Gifts (link not working at time of post): Hit Located in Chinatown. The oldest in Canada, but also the tiniest. Crystals, incense, candles, books, etc.
Victoria Pie Co. The apple pie was okay, but others may find it great. I didn't get to try any of the savory pies, which I heard is the thing to get when you come here. Next time!
Salt Spring Island Cheese: Hit Lots of samples to try. Cheese and olives the day I was there. I have seen this honey, infused with lemon rind, in Granville Island although I can't remember which shop.
The French Oven Bakery: Hit Yum, yum, yum. I'm not a huge bread person, but these were delicious! Chocolate Brioche & cheese croissant. If I was in Victoria longer, I think I would have been converted!
Venus Sophia Tea Room: Hit Probably the macaron, that I've had to date. This was a rose flavoured. Delicate, crispy. Just enough rose essence, not overpowering in the least. I'll be back, possibly for actual tea.
La Tana: Hit A nice Italian bakery directly across from Pure Lovin' Chocolate. I had the rosemary & onion focaccia.
Crust Bakery: Hit I had my first and so far only cronut and I still think about it today. It was so good. Flakey layers. Not too sweet cream filling. Right amount of chocolate flavour. This will be one of my first stops when I get back to the island. Higher price point but so worth it to me. Th pecan tart was delicious as well. Again not overly sweet, great flavour. Fresh pecans, and a lovely, not too thick, buttery crust.
Ooh La La Cupcakes: Hit I would go back again. I loved the fact that they had mini cupcakes of all the flavours. He cakes were moist, perfect flavours. Nothing artifical about it. I believe they use an Swiss meringue? buttercream, not the North American buttercream that I'm used to.
Pure Lovin' Chocolate If you love dark chocolate this is the place for you. I can appreciate the quality but my palate, just found the chocolate to bitter and intense. The candies below were good though!
Chocolat: Hit More chocolates I "had" to try. Delicious!
Rogers Chocolates Pricey, but if you like chocolate, give them a try.
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut: Hit These were delicious. Again at a higher price point but I would go back.
Fat Burger :Hit Pricey but worth it, for an occasional treat. You have to pay for quality. Fresh veggies, crisp bacon. Soft bun. Tender, perfectly cooked beef patty. Yummy! You will not leave hungry.
La Fiesta Cafe: Hit I wanted something different and I was craving Mexican style food. I couldn't find the other restaurant recommendation, so when I stumbled upon this place, I decided to take a chance. Decent prices and a lot of tasty food. A lot of salsa & hot sauces to compliment your food. More than I was expecting. I will be back.
Artisan Wine Store : Hit I was able to try an ice wine before I bought it. (Was saving it for when the house sold, but will probably have it at Christmas) High to low price point.
Along the waterfront.
Empress hotel in reconstruction.
Till next time,