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 just a few minutes walk from The Corazon or head over to the Atrium location near Landmark Sub-Penthouse 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, just steps away from The Corazon, 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! If you’re staying at the Reef Executive Condo, Harbourview Executive at the Reef, James Bay Studio Stay, Seaglass Suite or Beacon Hill View Condo, you’ve got to check out their James Bay location for the perfect cup to start your day!

Sooke & Metchosin

Stick in the Mud Coffee

While you’re staying at Pacific Coast Beach House, you’ll want to check out the little town of Sooke, even if it’s just for a trip to this uniquely West Coast coffee shop. 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

Just around the corner from Arbutus Hill is a great spot for a cup of joe and some freshly baked goods. 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 at Heron View Cottage, Bazan Bay Beach House or any EMR Sidney properties. 

Cowichan Valley

Rusticana Coffee

Guests at the Malahat Mountain House and Beachside Cottage on Saanich Inlet who are looking for a great cup of coffee are in luck with Rusticana Coffee in Mill Bay. 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

With chill vibes, funky music and incredible beverages, Ed’s Coffeehouse is the place to go for anyone in the Lake Cowichan area. Ed’s, and Ed himself, are staples in the area and if you’re staying at Lake Cowichan Escape or Marble Bay Lakefront House and want to experience a true, small town, local favourite, this is the place to go! 

Drumroaster Coffee 

This family owned and operated roastery and café is the perfect place for guests at Beachside Living at Cherry Point and Cowichan Valley Wine Country Retreat 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

Right around the corner from Hammond Bay Executive Stay you’ll find 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

If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee while you’re at Nanoose Bay Country Home, Buzz Coffee House is just a 15 minute drive away, off highway 1 in north Nanaimo. With a cool, industrial style interior, funky vibe, great, locally sourced coffee beans brewed to perfection and incredible food, this 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 near White Heron Oceanfront Estate, 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 at Columbia Beach House, 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 only ten minutes away from Kye Bay Beach House and Suite and 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.