Non-restaurant eats in Victoria (to take back to Vancouver)?
Hi everyone. I'm looking for recommendations on food items to buy in Victoria that I can't buy in Vancouver.
To clarify, I'm NOT talking about restaurants.
For example, is there a certain pastry from a bakery that can't be missed? Something interesting at a specialty shop? Anything along those lines would be great. Thanks!
So, I picked up a few things at some of the recommended shops (too bad so many places in Victoria are closed Sun/Mon, which were exactly my free days). Thanks, everyone.
But what I came here to say is CURSES to anyone who suggested Fol Epi. Curses! Now it's all I can think about and I'm counting the days until I go back. The bread is fantastic. I also had an amazing smoked albacore sandwich, very tasty macarons, a canele with super creamy interior, and a delicate eclair (over 3 days, though I could have eaten all that at once, it was so good!). My previous Victoria visits always included a trip to Pure Vanilla for their caramel tarts but I think I have a new obsession(s).
Head on down to Fort street and pick up some great charcuterie from Choux Choux
A little further east on Fort is Hillary's Cheese shop (their Victoria outpost - main space is in Cowichan Bay). http://www.hilarycheese.com/
Over near Fol Epi, the Moon Under Water brewpub features excellent very English style ales - not all that easy to find in Vancouver http://www.moonunderwater.ca/
Over on Oak Bay - The Whole Beast makes some wonderful cured and smoked charcuterie products, and their pickles and preserves are quite wonderful http://thewholebeast.ca/
If you're up in Saanich, and fancy some spirits, Victoria Spirits has a few more spirits besides their wonderful Gin that's fairly widely available in Vancouver. The hemp vodka is quite smooth and nutty.
Those and the above mentioned Fol Epi bread are among the goodies I like to bring back home to Vancouver.