Victoria is said to have more restaurants per capita than just about anywhere else on the continent. Try the Italian-inspired fare and produce straight from local farms at lively, art-filled Cafe Brio, or the classic, hearty French-country style food at Chinatown’s Brasserie L’Ecole. For cheap eats, line up with the locals for a salmon tacone at Red Fish Blue Fish, an eco-conscious take-out on the waterfront, or hop a Victoria Harbour Ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf for outdoor halibut and chips at Barb’s Place. Don't forget to sample some delectable Rogers' Chocolates at their beautiful heritage store on Government Street.
The must-do Victoria meal is, of course, afternoon tea at the iconic Fairmont Empress hotel, complete with bone china and delicate pastries. Or try tea in the garden of the historic waterfront Point Ellice House or the cozy White Heather Tea Room. Night life? Perhaps a martini at trendy Veneto Tapa Lounge, local bands and funky art at The Superior, or microbrews at Swans or Canoe brewpubs.