Daily cruises between Victoria and Vancouver on the V2V Empress place passengers in a perfect position to enjoy fantastic and local cuisine. The brunch culture in Victoria has produced a thriving ecosystem of delightful restaurants. Find everything from a plate of pancakes to sumptuous cuisine at these five places from the ranks of Victoria’s brunch royalty.
1. The Marina Restaurant
No need to venture far from the water at this sophisticated restaurant overlooking a marina. Dine in an open atmosphere of high-beam ceilings and big windows filled with seaside views. A brunch buffet welcomes big appetites, and the creative kitchen transforms standard dishes like French Toast and Eggs Benedict into new experiences. 1327 Beach Drive, marinarestaurant.com/
2. Bubby’s Kitchen
You can never go wrong with brunch at a place that serves breakfast all day every day. This low-profile restaurant has a clean and bright interior that no one needs to dress up for. Avocado and egg toast or a smoked salmon croissant will satisfy light appetites, and those who need to fill up for a day of sightseeing can tuck into Chocolate Hazelnut Blini, Beacon Hill Hash or Mediterranean Eggs Benedict. 355 Cook Street, bubbyskitchen.ca/
3. Q at the Empress, Fairmont Empress Hotel
This world-class hotel’s dining room surrounds brunch goers with a palatial atmosphere of pillars, carved wood beams and jewel tone accents. The predawn efforts of the chef produce legendary pastries, and the finest local ingredients, like maple bacon or Cowichan Valley eggs, go into each dish. 721 Government Street, qattheempress.com/
Casual dining, friendly service, and hearty food define this brunch hot spot. Brick walls, wood tables, and brightly coloured decor offer an unpretentious environment where diners can wake up before a day of adventure. The chi chi cocktail of pineapple, vodka, and coconut milk promises to refresh anyone’s mood. The kitchen creates indulgent dishes like a cream cheese omelet. Vegan and gluten-free dishes are available too. 554 Pandora Avenue, molerestaurant.ca/
5. Shine Cafe
This casual and family-friendly downtown cafe has bright yellow walls and counters and wood floors. Casual seating invites people to settle in and select favourites such as pancakes or the Nemo Benedict made with smoked salmon. 1320 Blanshard Street, shinecafe.ca/
A good meal will prepare you for the sea air as you enjoy the scenery and marine life from aboard the V2V Empress. Book a memorable day trip between Vancouver and Victoria today.