Victoria’s love affair with coffee is hardly up for debate – it seems like there is a coffee shop on every corner. We are sharing the 7 best coffee shops in Victoria for your morning dose.
1. Union Pacific Coffee Shop
Nestled in the north end of Chinatown, this local favorite coffee shop has been touted as one of the best coffee shops to grab a quick bite and a warm drink. Their menu boasts a variety of pastries, breakfast items, and sandwiches not to mention locally roasted coffee.
With a warm rustic atmosphere and complimentary Wifi, Union Pacific is a great spot to hang or study. There are plenty of seating options inside and out, with a cute courtyard in the alley out back.
Check them out on Monday & Tuesday for the $2 drink deal of the day!
Location: 537 Herald Street
Website: Union Pacific Coffee Co.
2. Bean Around the World
Bean Around the World is one of Victoria’s OG coffee shops, opening its doors in 1996 in the heart of Chinatown. From its humble beginnings in West Van they now have over 23 locations including a roastery.
With house roasted beans for over two decades, the Victoria location offers a variety of drinks, freshly baked pastries, and sandwiches from local Victoria favorites like: Wildfire Bakery, Bubby Rose’s Bakery and Café, and La Tana Italian Bakery.
Grab a seat inside or if you are hoping for some people watching grab one the tables along Fisgard Street!
Head to their website and online store below for a large variety of beans to order.
Location: 533 Fisgard Street
Website: Bean Around the World
3. Habit Coffee
This coffee shop has kept sustainability in mind, achieving a carbon neutral footprint for the last 10 years. With locally roasted beans from BowsxArrows they are community based and source local as much as possible. They have two locations, one in Chinatown and the other in the Atrium Building and are open until 6pm everyday.
They also have online ordering if you are in a rush!
Location: 808 Yates Street & 552 Pandora Avenue
Website: Habit Coffee
4. Caffe Fantastico
Family run and locally owned, this Victoria staple is the product of a 20 year dream and a lifelong passion. From its humble beginning as a coffee cart, Caffe Fantastico has been true to its mission: ethically sourced, high quality beans and a sense of community.
They have three locations, all with their own niche, neighborhood and last but not least, liquor license.
Caffe Fantastico: 965 Kings Road
Tre Fantastico: 810 Humboldt Street
Fantastico Bar-Deli: 398 Harbour Road
Website: Caffe Fantastico
5. Hey Happy Coffee
Hey Happy is the new kid on the block and has won over the hearts of many, finding its home in the historic district on the lower end of Johnson Street. Bright, cheery, upbeat and funky its minimalist interior is very new world meets old love (for coffee).
They are open until 3pm everyday and offer online ordering for coffee, breakfast, funky merch, monthly coffee subscriptions and even a pork belly sandwich.
Location: 560 Johnson Street, #122
Website: Hey Happy Coffee
Small batch roasting since day one this local, family-run retailer is proud of their fresh sourced coffee. With 4 locations and a roastery they supply wholesale beans and carry some of the best doughnuts in town from Yonni’s Doughnuts.
If you are looking to purchase beans to enjoy at home head to the education page on their website where you can find brewing tips and barista training courses!
Locations: 664 Discovery Street, 1964 Oak Bay Avenue, 1001 Blanshard Street, 281 Menzies Street
Website: Discovery Coffee
7. 2% Jazz Coffee
This coffee packs a punch! Starting in 1996 and roasting in house since 2006, they have two locations in Victoria. From their flagship store and roasting house in the Hudson Building coffee aroma wafts down the street.
The product is a balanced, sweet, smooth, chocolaty, fruity cup of jo. Try the americano and it will really knock you off your feet.
Visit their website to order wholesale or single bags of beans.
Locations: 1701 Douglas Street, #1 & 740 Hillside Avenue
Website: 2% Jazz Coffee