Best Coffee on Vancouver Island

If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s how important coffee has become in our everyday lives. It wakes us up, keeps us going, it’s a casual meet-up with friends and co-workers, you can take it to go or sit and watch the world go by. This incredibly versatile beverage is pervasive the world over and when you’re on holiday, one of the best things to do is find a great coffee shop. It’s where you’ll find locals, hear about what’s going on around town and if you’re new to the language, you can try out a few new phrases while you’re ordering. Here on Vancouver Island, we’re serious about coffee and have the chops – or shots – to prove it! With incredible roasters and cafes all over this beautiful Island, you won’t have to look far for your next incredible cup.


Habit Coffee

With incredible coffee made with ethical beans and a carbon neutral business model, it’s no wonder that Habit coffee has been the most popular in Victoria for almost a decade. Visit the location right in the heart of Old Town or head over to the Atrium location for some of the very best coffee you’ll ever have. 

Union Pacific 

If you’re looking for a warm, friendly coffee shop that serves up so much more than your favourite caffeinated brew, this incredible coffee shop, is a must try! With a large breakfast and lunch menu, freshly baked goodies and incredible coffee all in a gorgeously refurbished heritage warehouse, this coffee shop is a winner!

Discovery Coffee

This long-standing Victoria favourite is not only an incredible coffee shop but one of the local roasatries in town! Sourcing ethically grown and harvested beans from all over the world, Discovery coffee has perfected the art of roasting, grinding and brewing to make an exceptional beverage, cup after cup!

Sooke & Metchosin

Stick in the Mud Coffee

This roastery, coffee shop and bakery is the perfect place to get a feel for the area and try some local fare! With breakfast and lunch options and delicious baked goods, at this coffee shop you can find more than just incredible espresso.

The Broken Paddle  

Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible in all their food items and using locally roasted Level Ground coffee for gorgeously rich espresso and brewed coffee, it’s no wonder that this coffee shop is the local’s favourite spot in Metchosin.


Alexander’s Coffee Bar

This tiny little café doesn’t have a big menu or lots of seats – but what it lacks in variety and size, it more than makes up for in quality. It’s a perfect spot to pop in for a delicious, fresh pastry and coffee while you’re staying in Saanich!

Cowichan Valley

Rusticana Coffee

With incredible coffee and tea drinks, light breakfast and lunch options and delicious fresh pastries for a quick treat to-go, this little coffee shop is a must! 

Ed’s Coffeehouse

Ed’s Coffeehouse has chill vibes, funky music and incredible beverages and is the place to go for anyone in the Lake Cowichan area! Ed’s, and Ed himself, are staples in the area so you can experience a true, small town, local favourite! 

Drumroaster Coffee 

This family owned and operated roastery and café is the perfect place for anyone staying at a Cowichan Valley property to grab a great cup of coffee or tea, light breakfast or lunch or a bag of their incredible beans to brew at home!  


Drip Coffee House

With everything from coffee, tea and kombucha, light lunches and fresh baked goods, cocktails and great ambience this popular spot is the hub of this community!

Buzz Coffee House

This cool, industrial style coffee shop has a funky vibe, great, locally sourced coffee beans brewed to perfection and incredible food! It is certainly the best place to stop in for a quick bite, lunch or caffeine pit stop while you’re in Nanaimo

Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Coyotes Coffee and Tea

At this cool micro-roastery in Parksville, you’ll find great coffee and an incredible selection of freshly roasted, organic, fair trade beans. Tea lover? This is the place for you! With a wide selection of high-quality, loose leaf teas, you’re sure to find a blend that really tickles the taste buds! 

Bailey’s in the Village

While you’re enjoying your stay in Parksville, you can find great coffee and so so much more at Bailey’s! From incredible breakfasts and lunches, ice cream, cookies, fresh baked goods, gluten free options this busy cafe is sure to fill you up and make you feel like a local!

Comox Valley

The Mill Coffee

This beautiful little cafe is the perfect spot for a quiet cup of coffee or tea and a treat. The long tables and comfy chairs, makes this the perfect place to sip a coffee and watch the world go by.