NEIGHBOURHOOD FOODIE GUIDE: COOK STREET VILLAGEOur top picks for this beautiful street
Cook Street Village is a community of five blocks packed with restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and street-side patios. It’s where the locals like to hang out, gather with friends over a beverage, and get away from the busy downtown core. Read on for our guide to our favorite foodie stops in this tasty village.
1. THUNDERBIRD CHICKEN
WHAT TO ORDER: Honey Gold fried chicken paired with the Thunder Mayo. Sweet, spicy, and salty! One of many Korean fried chicken options in the city and worth a visit.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://www.thunderbirdvictoria.com/
2. THE BEAGLE PUB
WHAT TO ORDER: A pint of local beer. Sit on their cute popular patio and watch the locals strolling past while sipping a cold one from one of their 35 local taps. If you’re looking for a snack get the crispy curried cauliflower bites.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://beaglepub.ca/
4. THE COLLECTIVE WINE BAR
MUST TRY: A flight of wine. Choose from different themes like Rosé, West Coast Wine, and Dessert Wines. They also have really nice cheese, meats, and seafood charcuterie boards to snack on.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://thecollectivewinebar.ca/
5. EMPIRE DONUTS
MUST TRY: So many amazing flavours to choose from and constantly changing. Keep in mind they are only open Wednesday-Sunday and sell out fast so get there early. They have started doing ice cream sandwhiches this year!
VISIT WEBSITE: http://www.empiredonuts.ca/
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6. MOKA HOUSE CAFE
MUST TRY: This is where you go if you truly want to experience Victoria like a local. Always busy, filled with families, and friends catching up over a coffee or an ice cream cone in the summer. Their coffe is from Sacred Acres Coffee.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://mokahouse.com/
7. POKE FRESH
MUST TRY: An ocean-wise friendly Poke shop with a real passion for sustainability. We like the Broke Da Mouth bowl which as some spicy comoponents like jalapeno and a Siracha Aioli.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://pokefresh.ca/
8. THE HIDDEN GEM TREAT SHOP
MUST TRY: Truly a tiny hard-to-find cafe tucked away in a corner – it’s a don’t miss! They make lovely baked goods, decadent cakes, and plant-based ice creams.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://www.thehiddengem.ca/
9. THE HOT AND COLD CAFE
MUST TRY: A lovely lunch cafe with soups, sandwiches, and bowls. We love the Baked Brie Sandwich – a slab of baked brie on a foccaccia bread served with mayo, tomato, and basil.
VISIT WEBSITE: http://www.thehotandcoldcafe.com/
10. PIZZERIA PRIMA STRADA
MUST TRY: Some of the best pizza in town! We’re partial to the Funghi Supremo with portabello, button, and oyster mushrooms, rosemary garlic olive oil, and balsamic roasted onions.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://pizzeriaprimastrada.com/
11. MORNING PEOPLE FOOD TRUCK
MUST TRY: Morning People is the perfect spor fot all of your brunch needs -breakfast and/or lunch. We love their famous Rise&Shine bowl, Morning Muffins and Granola Bags to go!
VISIT WEBSITE: https://www.morningpeoplefoodtruck.com
12. BIG WHEEL BURGER
MUST TRY: Canada’s first carbon-neutral fast food restaurant and the Yam’s People’s Choice Awards winner. Big Wheel Burger is a local favourite that serves in-house grounded burgers. Their “weekly special” never dissapoints!
VISIT WEBSITE: https://bigwheelburger.com
13. ROOT CELLAR GROCERY
MUST TRY: A place known for fresh, delicious and nutritious food and healthy lifestyle choices. Check their largest selection of produce on Vancouver Island, locally prepared foods, locally sourced and ethically raised meats.
VISIT WEBSITE: http://therootcellar.ca