Here are our top picks for the best bites under $5 in Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada and a National Historic Site of Canada. Added bonus, most of these awesome places are on our Modern Chinatown Food & City Tour. Click HERE for more details.
Wah Lai Yuen – 560 Fisgard Street: $3/bun. Sweet, sticky, soft, pork buns! There are a few options in the neighbourhood but these ones are the best by far. They do have veggie options like the red bean paste and coconut.
2. La Roux Patisserie – 519 Fisgard Street: $2/macaron. If you have not had their macarons yet then I don’t know how you are surviving in our city. Chewy, moist, intensely flavoured cookies that they paint by hand as cute bite-sized delicious morsels. Recently they have partnered with local breweries to make beer-infused flavours and I’m not mad at that.
3. Little Yunnan – 546 Fisgard: $5/small item. This family-run business does delicious regional Chinese cuisine and many of their small plates are $5. We suggest the deep fried mushrooms or the ginger almond. Not under $5 but the Crossing The Bridge noddles are a must try.
4. Phillips Brewery – 2010 Government Street: $2.50/small pour. I know this brewery is not technically in Chinatown but they are a hop-skip-and a jump away and a 2-ounce pour is only $2.50. Styles are seasonal, beer is fresh, staff is awesome.
5. Pure Lovin’ Chocolate – 3 Fan Tan Alley: $2/chocolate. Organic, vegan and fair trade chocolate made by a mother-daughter duo, what’s not to love! We are obsessed with the earl grey and wild blueberry truffle.