BC Fruit Market
At Pagliacci’s, unlimited baskets of fresh focaccia bread are delivered to the marble-topped tables. Generous pasta servings from the cinema-themed menu almost defy devouring; try the Hemingway Short Story (beef-stuffed tortellini).
It’s worth the uphill hike from Artisan Sq to find this locals’ favorite; you can reward yourself with sterling Howe Sound views and a menu of deli tasting plates, gourmet sandwiches and a great Sunday brunch.
The atmosphere is laid-back at the Altitudes Bistro , which offers pub-style food in a casual ski-lodge setting. It is atop Grouse Mountain adjacent to the Observatory.
Now part of the giant Wholefoods empire, local chain Capers is a popular pit stop for natural and organic groceries plus good takeout wraps and salads.
This traditional, old-school resto-bar has a couple of inviting patios overlooking the park and the harbor – a good spot to scoff your fish-and-chips.
Victoria’s 1908 grand dame has a regal, bygone-era opulence that knows no bounds. It’s where honeymooners stay and tour groups take high tea.
The Farmers' Market has over 150 vendors, including many with prepared foods. Local artisans also display their wares. It's off Hwy 97.
The city’s thriftiest food store is the West End’s No Frills , piled high with no-name brands and cut-price fruit and veg.
Opposite the info centre, Sam’s is the perfect spot for a coffee or bottle of beer and a sandwich big enough to feed two.
Near the foot of the giant Shangri-La tower, Urban Fare is a yuppie supermarket that has a large takeout-food component.
Sup ale with the locals on the patio here or try the bar-grub menu for sustenance. It’s 2km from Sturdies Bay.
A neighborhood hangout with hearty grub and good beer. The pizzas are especially recommended here.