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Romantic Vacation Ideas for Foodies in Victoria

Mix and match these romantic vacation ideas to ensure your Victoria getaway is unforgettable.

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10 Romantic Vacation Ideas for Foodies

1. Wine Tasting Tour

Wine tasting tours are a very popular romantic vacation idea and you don’t have to travel far out of the city to experience Vancouver Island’s wine country. The Saanich Peninsula is home to Muse Winery, Church & State Wines, De Vine Vineyards, Dragonfly Hill Vineyard, Starling Lane Winery as well as Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and Victoria Spirits. Plan your own excursion or sit back and enjoy a luxurious tour with a knowledgeable guide

2. Chocolate Tour

Flowers and chocolate are classic romantic fare so after a day at Butchart Gardens, why not undertake a chocolate tour. We have yet to find an actual chocolate tour here in the city, but we invite you to build your own. How many chocolatiers can you find in downtown Victoria?  Find your favourite at Purdy’s, Rogers, Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria, Pure Lovin' Chocolate, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Chocolats Favoris and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut. Who says you can’t try them all?

3. Tesla Tours

One of the most unique tours you will experience – discover some of the best local restaurants, cideries, distilleries, wineries and attractions with your custom private tour in a solar powered Tesla. They’ll pick you up at your hotel or port of entry as part of your tour.  Visit their site to book your tour today

4. Afternoon Tea at the Empress

Get your fancy on and head over to the Empress for afternoon tea. Served between 11 am and 4 pm daily, the Empress has been serving teas for over 100 years. You will also be served house made scones and pastries to complement your tea. Sit back, relax and enjoy the exceptional experience.  

5. Cooking Classes 

There’s something special about cooking together and the London Chef takes date night to a whole new level. It’s cooking class meets fine dining. Join them for classes designed for couples – just choose the cuisine that suits you. The London Chef books up early so make your reservations before you get to town. (Due to the ongoing pandemic, classes are currently being hosted online). 

6. Picnic Lunch

Pick up some freshly made sandwiches at The Red Barn Market in James Bay and head over to Beacon Hill Park. Enjoy your picnic lunch on a bench near the pond or stretch out on the lush green grass. Some of these low-cost romantic vacation ideas are the best ways to connect with our partners. We love taking a picnic lunch to many of our favourite beaches and on day trips out of town and this insulated picnic backpack is perfect for keeping everything in one place.

7. Evening Cocktails 

After a romantic day with your partner, it’s time to enjoy some of the finest craft mixology our city has to offer. Head over to Clive’s Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria for classic and creative cocktails served in a relaxed setting. 

8. Jazz Things Up

Slow, gentle jazz is perfect date night music and Victoria has just the place for you. Hermann’s Jazz Bar located at 753 View Street is a small jazz bar with a great vibe. Check their website for upcoming events.

9. Tasting Room 

If you and your partner enjoy craft brews, then treat yourself to a tour of one of our local breweries. One popular option close to downtown is the Tasting Room at Phillips Brewery & Malting Co. Enjoy any of the sixteen brews on tap while overlooking the packaging hall at the brewery. The knowledgeable staff are happy to offer suggestions based on your palate and preferences. 

10. Rooftop Dining

Finish your romantic day with a romantic dinner at the city’s only rooftop eatery. With beautiful harbour views and cuisine that focuses on free range, organic and local, dinner at Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar is a must. 

Victoria has one of the highest ratios of restaurants per capita in Canada and is considered one of the most romantic in the country. So if you're a foodie looking for romantic vacation ideas, Victoria is a match made in heaven!

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