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Downtown Blog: Dining

Jam Cafe and Union Pacific - They're family!

Seven years ago, husband and wife team Jim and Candy Walmsley opened Union Pacific Coffee Co. at 537 Herald Street, “I’ve been in the restaurant industry – mostly front of house operations – since I was 16 years old,” said Jim. “I wanted to get out there and do it on my own.”

Originally seeking a location in Vancouver, Jim and Candy couldn’t find a space that suited their vision, so they decided to move back to Victoria where Jim had grown up and still has family.

Chorizo & Co, a 3-in-1 Spanish deli, pantry, and café

Chorizo & Co has been a long-time dream for co-owners Tomas Dosil and Jonathan Lee. The idea of opening a Spanish-style deli/pantry/café arose more than ten years ago; business planning began three years ago. The long-awaited shop finally opened last August at 807 Fort Street.

Serendipity: the story of the Venus Sophia

The Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery is an aptly named establishment for its current owners, Sallie and Alain El Alaily. The story of how they met and came to own a tea room in downtown Victoria is represented by the symbolic meaning of the eatery’s name – love, beauty and wisdom.


Victoria has taken a Shine to the Scottish

We're pretty glad that things didn't work out as Barry Thomson planned. Barry came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1990 to work as a car mechanic, but when his trade certificate wasn’t transferable he chose a new career... as a chef.

Four years later, Barry met Lauren while working in the same restaurant over the summer. Now married, the husband and wife team opened their first Shine Cafe nine years ago at 1548 Fort Street and began serving between 6,000 and 8,000 free range eggs a week. Things haven't slowed down since.

Come for a bite and stay the night


Presented by Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA) Victoria Branch, Dine Around & Stay In Town is back again, from Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, March 10!

Welcome the New Year in Downtown Victoria

We suspect you’re probably getting ready for an exciting evening of ringing in the New Year, but we think a big brunch tomorrow will help you of bed and get the New Year started off on the right foot!

10, 9, 8, 7… Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Downtown Victoria!

If you are like many of us, New Year’s Eve has probably snuck up on you in the flurry of holiday activities. There is no time like the present to make some plans and usher in the New Year in style! Downtown Victoria’s restaurants, pubs and clubs have a plethora of evening entertainment to help you ring in 2013...

If an elegant evening of five-star food, dancing to live music and a luxurious on-site room to return to is your style, look no further than one of these four fabulous in-hotel restaurants:

Christmas Day meals made easy!

Dec 12, 2012

Whether the relatives are descending en masse, the condo kitchen is too small, or you’ve never cooked a turkey before and don’t want to try it for this important holiday meal… Downtown Victoria has the answer – restaurants around the city are carefully preparing an assortment of Christmas Day meals for you and your loved ones.

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