Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Victoria has had much success creating a substantial market for Dessert. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Pure Vanilla Bakery or at QV Bakery & Café, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

QV Bakery & Café


Having a midnight snack attack? QV is one of Victoria's best spots for a quick bite. Along with your coffee, try a muffin or cookie made fresh in the bakery. Heartier fare includes eggs, quiches and salads.

Paradiso Di Stelle


If you're downtown and need a break from sightseeing, you'll want to head over to Paradiso di Stelle to see "Momma." She makes superb gelato, some of the best in the city. Even if you're not a big ice cream fan, you can sit out on the patio...  Read More

Cascadia Bakery


Sister enterprise to Rebar, Cascadia makes rustic breads like rosemary garlic focaccia and stone ground whole wheat. Their cinnamon-raisin swirl is great for toast. They also make healthier, but no less tempting, versions of sweets such as a...  Read More

Rockland / Fairfield


You can always tell when the baker is passionate about what he or she does, and it's more than obvious at Bubby Rose's. The variety alone is impressive and ever-changing, and they are always trying new combinations and coming up with great...  Read More

Fat Phege's Fudge Factory


Opened in 1976, Fat Phege's has been providing Victorians with the creamiest hand-rolled fudge in town, and a whole lot more. The little shop also offers dandy ice cream, hot dogs, burgers and fries. But that fudge – it comes in indulgent...  Read More



Helene Pappas has earned a devoted following among Vancouver Island chocolate connoisseurs, with good reason. Not only do her creations look notably more attractive than many of the competitors', they also taste absolutely incredible. There's a...  Read More

Fernwood / Hillside
La Collina Bakery


Hailing from a long line of family run bakeries, La Collina should be on every foodie's list. It's a bakery offering wonderful artisanal breads; pastries like profiteroles, eclairs, tarts and cannoli; scratch-made croissants, Danish and brioche;...  Read More

Pure Vanilla Bakery


Pure Vanilla is a fantastic bakery in all respects, but it gets the most press for its muffins. If you're hungry and in a hurry, grab a cup of Torrefazione coffe and a "Good Morning" muffin to go – the coffee will perk you up, and the muffin,...  Read More



What started as a family bakery in Torino, Italy nearly a century ago is now a family bakery, deli and café in Victoria. The bakery shelves are lined with handmade artisan breads and scrumptious pastries. The deli boasts a selection of over 200...  Read More

Moziro Coffee Roasters and Chocolatiers


Moziro is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jakob Zaiss and Jennifer de Valk , who have combined two of life's finer things – coffee and chocolate – under one roof, with incredible results. The ambience is cool and classy, but...  Read More