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Last minute: coffee/scone near Victoria harbour?

grayelf Feb 24, 2009 06:02 AM

Hi all -- I'm heading over on Harbour Air tomorrow a.m. and don't want to eat beforehand ('nuff said). Anyone know a decent spot to grab a hot beverage and a savoury scone between the harbour and Broughton/Douglas? I won't have a ton of time, so something grab'n'go would be great. TIA.

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    cassie Feb 24, 2009 10:02 AM

    Macchiato's is nice - corner of Broughton & Broad - muffins, loaf slices, scones from a few different bakeries around town. I'm usually there late afternoon, so the selection is probably fuller when you go by in the a.m. (walk straight up Broughton to Broad).
    The new Caffe Artigiano is open in the Bedford Hotel - Government, north of Fort, just past Murchies (up Broughton, left on Gov't).
    On Fort, a little east of Douglas is Street Level Espresso, north side, just before the Dutch Bakery (up Broughton, left on Douglas, cross street at Fort).
    All are within a couple of blocks of Broughton/Douglas.

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      cassie Feb 24, 2009 02:26 PM

      Update to my previous post - Street Level = fabulous coffee...but...doesn't open until 10am and has a small selection of snacks (croissants, pain au chocolat). Macchiato's is open at 7:30am.

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        anewton Feb 24, 2009 04:13 PM

        Grayelf: I'm not too crazy about any of the downtown bakeries (my favourite bakeries, fol epi, Wildfire, etc...are a bit outside of the downtown area).

        Having said that, I think you would not be amiss to grab coffee and a scone or muffin at Willy's Bakery on Johnson near Wharf (right near the inner harbour). Nothing special, but solid in both the food and coffee departments. Another option would be to traverse over to Habit on Pandora between Wharf and Government. Habit has very good coffee IMO (comparable to Artiggiano) but the baked goods selection isn't that extensive. Mo:Le next door does very good breakfasts but they are sit-down breakfasts and I do not think you will have time for that.

        All in all, I think Willy's is your best bet (unless I am forgetting something...)

        Adam

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          grayelf Feb 24, 2009 09:30 PM

          Thanks to both of you for speedy and comprehensive replies. Float plane lands at 10:25 am so should be in line to hit any of the places mentioned. I think it will come down to the one(s) I can hit easily on my way to the church. This is more about a bit of sustenance on a tight schedule than true Chowing, more's the pity, or I'd be at Mo:Le for sure...

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            grayelf Feb 26, 2009 06:55 AM

            I really was on a tight schedule, so I opted for Macchiato's as it was so close to where I was going. The day was dreadful weather-wise so I cabbed it there, and then neither I nor the cabbie could see the place! So I had him drop me at Street Level, which smelled great but alas had only a tiny selection of non-savoury pastries to eat. So I hoofed it back down to where Macchiato's had to be and sure enough there it was -- the tiny sign and fogged over windows had hidden it when I was in the cab. It was packed but I hit it just right and was able to grab a croissant with ham and cheese to go, which I managed to wolf on the run before the memorial. Not stellar but tasty, and I'd like to go back and sit in this nicely appointed coffee place. Thanks again for your help, cassie and anewton!

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              anewton Feb 27, 2009 06:30 AM

              Grayelf:

              When you return, THE place for croissants in Victoria is Fol Epi over in the Dockside Green development, just across the Johnson St bridge from downtown (easiest to find off of Tyee Road). Cliff Leir is an amazing baker who mills his own flour on site at the bakery, uses only organic wheat, and bakes some of the tastiest, flakiest, butteriest croissants I have ever tasted. He also makes a killer pain au chocalat and really good apple strudel. Right next door to Fol Epi is Caffe Fantastico, which is a pretty good local coffee chain. Plus it is cool to see the Dockside development; it is cutting-edge in its environmental technology (it has its own water recycling plant, its own energy plant, etc...)

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                grayelf Feb 27, 2009 06:54 AM

                Brilliant, thanks, anewton. I've added both places to my growing list (4 pages, tiny font) of Victoria food-related places.

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                  cassie Feb 27, 2009 08:36 AM

                  Adam - Caffe Fantastico is open in dockside green???!!! Fol Epi has eluded me on a couple of trips into dockside (construction, closed roads), but I assume it's near the totem they erected near the new mini-wharf. I will look for the Caffe now, as it'll help he find Fol Epi - as I haven't had one of his croissants since the Moss St. Mkt closed for the season. The ones at Street Level looked quite a bit like his, so maybe they are carrying his as well.
                  Cassie

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                    anewton Feb 27, 2009 04:47 PM

                    Yes, Fantastico is open and is right next door to Fol Epi (actually they are in a contiguous indoor space). Best to access off of Tyee...you kind of have to walk around to find Fol Epi.

                    Adam

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