Dessert in Victoria Harbour??
Coming over for an afternoon on a boat from Port Angeles. Check out the BC Museum and the Inner Harbour. Planning on having an early dinner at Red Fish Blue Fish (looks like it closes at 5pm).
Looking for some place afterwards along the harbour to grab some desert with the kids (ages 8 and 9). Ice Cream, pies, cakes.... Anything would be great as long as its good and fun!!
Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA
Well, it is not quite along the Inner Harbour but near by is Sweet Memories Ice Cream on Government Street, which is pretty good. It is not open yet for the season but should be opening soon.
Further up (but still very close to the Inner Harbour) on Fort near Douglas is Chocolat, which is closed on Sundays. It has fantastic chocolates, cakes, brownies, etc...
Sweet Memories Ice Cream
1312 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA
Alas, the Sweet Memories is just a memory now with the owners retiring last year.
Nothing hugely standout around the harbour.
There’s a Soda Shoppe (across the corner from the Visitor’s Info Centre, Gov’t/Humbolt) has sundaes and whatnot. I’ve never been tho.
There’s a Gelato/Ice Cream place (or two) on Gov’t St (900 block), along with Roger’s chocolate shop (store only, no seating, but great chocolates and possibly ice cream bars dipped in their chocolate & nuts).
RFBF also has gelato later in the year (not sure if you’re coming in May or not until June).
Maybe Murchie's Tea Shop on Government? Not sure about their hours though.
Pagliacci's is a short walk from the inner harbour and has awesome cheesecake and other dessert offerings - haven't been in a long time but their portions were quite large IIRC.
Another option, if budget is no concern, would be to have dessert at the Empress Dining room in the Empress Hotel. The view is lovely and it would certainly be a "Victoria" experience. Not sure if they will let you just have dessert but it would be worth a call if that is of interest at all.
For a very budget option, there also used to be a Canada Cone cart at the corner of Wharf and Government (right across from the Tourist Info Centre) but I don' t know if they'll be operating when you're there. A "Canada Cone" is a large waffle cone, filled with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.
And finally, even more budget-friendly, and about a 10 or 15 min walk from the inner harbour would be the Beacon Drive-In (across the street from Beacon Hill Park) . This is a Victoria institution, an old-fashioned hamburger drive-in, with soft-serve ice-cream cones being the main draw. Very rich and creamy. Not alot of other items on the dessert menu though so only worth it if you want to try the cones.
1011 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W2A1, CA
The Soda Shoppe noted below me gets a big two thumbs down in my opinion. Shockingly overpriced- sundaes run about eight or nine dollars.
The Beacon Drive-In also noted below is much more up my alley. They are one of the few places that use real cream in their soft serve, so it's super-rich. You'd be crazy to get anything bigger than a small cone! It's about ten or fifteen minutes by foot from the harbour, but at least you're walking in a nice park!
When I'm in Victoria (a couple weeks each year), I usually like to pick up dessert from The Market on Yates (at the corner of Yates and Quadra). It's a grocery store, but their bakery section is great. It's about fifteen minutes (by foot) from the harbour, though.
One thing that I can say positive about Rogers' Soda Shoppe is that they have pretty good milkshakes (chocolate, vanilla, or malt, I think). If it is a warm day, nothing beats a good shake. The shakes are a bit too sweet for my liking but still fairly good (certainly a big step up from anything you would find at a chain).
Also near the Inner Harbour is the Superior cafe. They are a sit-down place but have pretty good desserts IIRC.