Summer is almost over – but that doesn’t mean the summer weather is disappearing just yet. If you are heading to Victoria in the next few weeks, there is still some time to enjoy the scenic trails, boardwalk, and of course the many great patios in the city! Enjoy the best food and drink that the city has to offer while soaking up the sun and fresh ocean air. In Victoria patio season is still in full swing, so check out 4 of the best patios that you need to visit while the weather’s still warm:
- The Drake Eatery:
If you like craft beer, The Drake Eatery is the perfect place as it is part of the self guided Victoria Ale Trail. Enjoy a rare or unique local beer or cider on the patio overlooking historic Market Square with friends or family, or take advantage of their locally sourced menu that has great options for sharing. Visitors will know when they pass by The Drake Eatery as it is a popular place for locals and visitors alike all summer.
- Il Covo Trattoria:
If you find yourself in downtown Victoria, Il Covo Trattoria can be found a mere ten minute walk from the Inner Harbour. This cozy italian restaurant features traditional and authentic food and a split level patio hidden away from the bustle of the city. You will be surrounded by quiet music and gardens as you enjoy the a-la-carte menu or a four course chef’s choice.
- Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse:
Head up the Saanich Peninsula 25 minutes and you will find the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, a real treat for cider lovers and nature lovers alike. Choose to sit indoors or outdoors as you taste the cider made on site along with some snacks, and enjoy the scenic orchard and Strait of Georgia views. If you are serious about cider, they offer a long flight that has nine different ciders to try. Try them all with friends or a significant other, and make sure to pick up a few bottles of your favourites before you leave!
- Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub:
Spinnakers Brewpub is a staple in Victoria’s history as it was the city’s first ever brewpub! With over 26 taps on site, Spinnakers offers a glorious experience for beer lovers who can enjoy original recipes that are over 30 years old. But since the beer is so impressive, don’t expect the food to lack quality. The Spinnakers head chef works with local food producers to create a menu that celebrates the best local and seasonal food in Victoria. Even when the weather takes a turn, you can still enjoy this pub as they have a covered and heated patio right on the water.