If you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax for a few days with some good food and drink, Victoria might be the perfect place for you!
We stayed at the charming Laurel Point Inn in a beautiful, roomy terrace suite. It may seem that this tucked away gem is out of the way, but the 10-15 minute walk to downtown forced us to walk off some of our over indulgences. 🙂 We were lucky to have lots of sunshine, even though it was a bit cool, so the walks were welcome and it’s a picturesque route along the harbour.
We started out our visit with dinner and a couple of locally brewed pints at the Canoe Brewpub. The mussels and frits were fabulous, fresh and tasty as were the fish and chips. The folowing day we hit up the famous dockside Barb’s Fish n Chips at Fisherman’s Wharf for a late lunch. After a day of ziplining it hit the spot!
Dinner that night was a highlight. At the hotel’s recommendation we made a reservation at Il Terrazzo. It’s off Johnson Street in Waddington Alley and unless you were looking for it, you would never know it was there. The ambiance with its exposed brick courtyards, 6 original fireplaces and candlelight was romantic and perfect for a nice night out. The tomato soup, goat cheese salad and halibut with berry and peppercorn glaze was to die for. Mark said the same of his salmon, but I still think mine was better. A nice bottle of wine from their extensive wine list topped it off.
Our third day found us breakfasting at Aura at the Inn at Laurel Point. The eggs benedict with melon and grapefruit salad was just right to set us off on our whale watching excursion (although it didnt help us find any whales!) Hungry when we returned, we decided to check out The Joint – a pizzeria we had passed a few times that always smelled great. With their homemade whole wheat thin crust and loads of fresh toppings, we had no problem cleaning up our entire large pizza!
For our last evening meal, we decided Chinatown was a must. We went for a casual meal at the Golden City. We got there near closing time without realizing it. The service was still fantastic and welcoming and the food was good, fresh, hot and came out quickly.
With one morning and afternoon left, we decided on lunch at the Local Kitchen on the harbour – great homemade carrot ginger coconut soup (I must try this at home!) and calamari. By this point we were almost too full to move and our pants are feeling snug from days of enjoying all Victoria has to offer, so our last meal was a Mark’s Big Hot Dog at Mark’s Hot Dog stand near the BC museum…perfect way to end the trip before heading back to the airport!