22 Feb Travel | 48 Hours in Victoria

I have not been to Victoria for 15+ years and all I know about this city in Vancouver Island are Parliament Buildings and Butchart Gardens. And I just found out there are double decker buses in Victoria….

Canada is celebrating 150th anniversary of confederation and New York Times has named our Country for top travel destination in 2017.  Yes…so it’s time for us to rediscover and explore our beautiful country.  We were only able to scratch the surface of this city in 2 days but I managed to visit as many cute little spots as we could.  Check out my list of to-go places in Victoria.

Parliament Buildings

Iconic architecture and you won’t miss it! The view at night is beyond incredible and I recommend booking a hotel room with the Parliament view. We were staying at Magnolia Hotel & Spa and check out more picures and my pleasant experience here.

Johnson St

Lots of hip boutique shops and cafes around. Check out Solstice Cafe, Still Life for fashion, Little Gold for jewelry and shops around the Market Square. The heritage buildings are beautiful and highly instagram-able.

Blanchard St

Lovely boutique shops like Folk around corner. Coffee fix at Discovery Coffee, quick bites from Yalla and La Taquisa, wine bar at Livet.

Agrius / Fol Epi

My trip is not completed without trying Agrius – one of the best new restaurants named in Enroute Magazine and it surely didn’t disappoint. Fresh locally sourced ingredients, creative cuisine, great portions. The pork loin was tender and flavourful, great texture contrast to the deep fried pork ears. Fol Epi right next to it is an organic French bakery and check all those goodies out if you don’t have time for dining in the restaurant.

Crust Bakery

Adorable Crust Bakery with huge selection of beautiful delectable pastries – imagine Raspberry S’mores , Creme Brulee Tart, Passionfruit Lemon Meringue Square….yummmm

Nourish Kitchen

Probably my favourite find in Victoria this time. Nourish is such a cute cafe/restaurant inside a restored heritage house. Brunch menu is kinda limited but the ambience is so “Victorian” so that kinda makes up for the small menu. If their healthy menu is not your thing, go grab a cup of coffee and sit on the upper floor. All rooms are beautifully decorated and I can just chill out all day in one of the rooms upstairs.

Other places worth checking out 

Pour Coffee | Cafe

Ruth & Dean | Baked Goods

Fairmont Empress | Afternoon Tea

White Heather Tea Room | Afternoon Tea

Sea Cider | Cider Tasting & Tour

Fisguard Lighthouse | National Park

Hatley Castle | Historic Site

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