Exploring picturesque Victoria, BC can work up quite an appetite.
This Island city is home to an eclectic mix of cheap eats places and restaurants.
Keep in mind “cheap” is a relative term though, as in some cases prices in Victoria tend to be a little more than what you would pay on the mainland.
4 Affordable Victoria, BC Hotels
Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner.
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner.
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner.
Embassy Inn, 81% Approval Rating on Trip Advisor.
More ideas: Cheap Hotels and Places to Stay in Victoria
Check Groupon for Deals on Victoria Restaurants
Visit the Victoria “Food & Drink” Groupon page and you’ll find savings from 40% and up on breakfast, lunch and dinner spots.
The Victoria “Food & Drink” Groupon page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Victoria visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
Begin with Breakfast
A hearty breakfast is always a great way to start off a day of touring. Here are a few of Victoria’s best cheap eats breakfast spots.
Cabin 12 features a funky atmosphere, vinyl tunes being spun and favourite fare such as eggs Benedict, omelettes, French toast and even a breakfast beer. Prices range from $8-$11.50.
If enormous portions are what you hunger for, Floyd’s Diner is the place for you. Breakfast is served all day and starts at a thrifty $6.50.
Want your breakfast for free? Order the “Mahoney”, a menu option where you let the chef choose your breakfast for you. When you’re done, a coin is flipped to see if you get your meal for free or have to pay double.
For just $7 you can get two eggs and two sides at Shine Café. Got an appetite for a little more? They serve up a host of other breakfast selections all for around $12.
If you’re ready to chow down between 7:30 and 10:00 A.M. on a weekday, head over to The Blue Fox Café where you can enjoy their early bird special for a budget-friendly $5.95. It features two eggs, pan-fried potatoes and toast. For a $1 more you can add bacon or sausage.
A Bunch of Lunch Options
In the mood for something quick for lunch?
Check out the Lunch Express Menu at Cabin 12 where you can grab a sandwich for a cheap and cheerful $5 and a side for $3.
Everyday there’s something different to sink your teeth into at Devour. Voted Best Lunch Destination in Victoria by Eat Magazine, Devour whips up gourmet comfort food. One day it could be braised lamb, the next roasted chicken and the next a ham tart. Prices range from $10-$15.
5th Street Bar & Wood Fired Grill will have you coming back for more. Noted menu items include buffalo burgers, chili-rubbed prawns and their chocolate crème-brulee. Prices range from $10.95-$15.95.
If you’re craving pulled pork Pig BBQ Joint will leave your tail curled. This Southern-style BBQ spot is renowned for their pulled pork, but that’s not all. Order their poutine and you’ll need a friend to help you finish it off.
Many claim their fries are the best in the city. And if you’re really starving you can order “pig-size” portions. Sandwiches are an affordable $7.50, mains range from $10-$15.
What about Cantonese Chinese cuisine you say?
Fan Tan Café is the answer. Breaded cashew chicken, almond chicken, beef and broccoli and their won ton soup are long-time favourites here. Make your wallet smile by making your own lunchtime combo plate, with three items, for $7.50. Or, order a main for $10-$15.
If you’re down by Victoria’s Inner Harbour and sea food is what you have in mind, Red Fish Blue Fish will reel you in with their assortment of catches.
Operating out of a blue shipping container on the peer, their menu includes items such as a scallop sandwich, seared tuna tacos and a assortment of wild pacific fish & chips. Prices range from $5-$14. To avoid the line on weekdays, stop by around 1:30-2:00 P.M.
Feel Like a Burger?
Torment your tastebuds trying to decide between the 15 different kinds of burgers available at The Pink Bicycle Gourmet Burger Joint.
Voted Best in the City for Burgers three years in a row, this restaurant goes beyond just beef patties, serving up burgers made from lamb, bison, salmon, halibut and even veggie burgers for the non-carnivore.
Prices range from a palate- and budget-pleasing $11-$15.
Ready for dinner?
Step out and indulge yourself at Ferris’ Oyster Bar & Grill. Enjoy great food at a reasonable price, including oysters, oyster burgers, clam linguine and a variety of smoked fish. Prices range from $9-$23.
Another popular seafood option is Pescatore’s Fish House & Oyster Bar. Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, this fish food spot features a buck-a-shuck special, a $14 blue plate special until 4:00 P.M. and Sunday through Thursday a prix fixe menu for $29.
If you’re looking for a hip and happening hangout, give the Stage Wine Bar a try. This small-plate bistro is a great restaurant if you want to try different dishes and share them with your group. You can also buy wine by the glass. Mains range from $12-$14.
Seeking a vegetarian place? Rebar will satisfy your craving.
The décor is colourful and eccentric, and the menu is full of variety too. Popular picks include the monk’s curry, almond burger, quinoa salad with avocado, grasshopper wheatgrain juice and for dessert—the pumpkin spice cookie or vegan brownie.
Salads $9-$12. Appetizers $8-$12. Sandwiches & Burgers $15-$17. Mains $12-$17. Juices & Smoothies $5-$8.
Don’t forget dessert!
Got a sweet tooth?
Then you gotta make tracks for QV Café & Bakery.
This place features the best selection of desserts in Victoria.
Check out the endless cheesecake choices; so many different flavours—everything from the classics to peanut butter fudge with marshmallow and even root beer flavour!
Other to-die-for recommends include their banana cream pie and coconut cream pie. A slice of decadent heaven will cost you $5.
Be thrifty and practical! This information was accurate when published, but can change without notice. We recommend you confirm all details with the provider in question before planning your excursion.
Photo Credit: Red Fish Blue Fish