If you guys are ever in Victoria and are thinking about trying Venus Sophia – do it. Venus Sophia is not only enticing from the outside, with their white walls and cute blue door beckoning the likes of Marie Antoinette in, but that feeling you get when you walk in is as if you just walked in somewhere special. Which you did.
I love my cafes. I love the smell, the ambiance, the espresso roasters on the counters and the pasty cases full of goodies for me to choose from. I mean I love cafes so much I spent three years working in one (I know all the Starbucks secrets ;P) so you can say I genuinely like cafes. Since my barista days I have been to over 20 countries, countless cities and even more countless cafes. And I have to say Venus Sophia is sitting near the top of my list of favourites! Rarely do you find a place that’s not only adorable, vegetarian, but makes you feel like royalty.
On my last trip to Victoria I stopped by the adorable vegetarian tea shop in Chinatown. I wagged my finger at it to Aaron, asking him if we could go, and he took one look at the word ‘vegetarian’ on the sign as if it was poison and said plain and simple -“no.” Devastated. My pastel dreams of tea time were crushed. He wasn’t as adventurous as he is now, even if we did just come back from Asia where he ate things I would consider from my nightmares. Somehow vegetarian food is more scary than scooping eel into his mouth but maybe that’s just me.
So this time in Victoria I was taking life into my own hands and told him sternly “We’re going.” No if, ands or buts. I mean the adorable tea cups were sitting at the table waiting to be sipped!
It was on our last day in Victoria and the rain had followed us from Vancouver so it was a dreary Sunday. We decided to wander down Chinatown one last time because not only is it the oldest Chinatown in Canada but it is cute. Like really cute. And Venus Sophia was the perfect addition to this small street.
We were welcomed into the tea room and I really didn’t know what I was expecting, but definitely not a place that looked like a Lolita heaven. It screamed French kawaii cafe to me so naturally I was in love. White walls, vintage decor, porcelain tea cups and marble tables – a bloggers heaven. We didn’t have high tea reservations (will deff do that next time) so we weren’t allowed to the back of the tea room because that’s where the reserved tables were. So we chose to sit by the window. I want to tell you I chose the window so I could people watch and you know, absorb how magical Victoria is, but we all know natural lighting is the best for photos so really it was a calculated move. Shockingly not a panic decision as Aaron had thought.
The menu is full of things to choose. Lunch items, lattes, desserts (which is what I had my eye on). I had just finished an Indian Bowl thing from this food truck but since we’re not going back to Victoria anytime soon I made room in my stomach for a nice treat. I went for the Cream Tea because I was craving a good scone, and nothing beats an English one. The scone came with cream and strawberry jam and I also decided to get the Venus Sophia Tea Latte which was lavender and rose flavoured.
When I took a sip of the latte I was expecting it to be sweetened but it wasn’t. Back in Beijing I was at the Shangri-la and they had sweetened lavender syrup so in my head it was going to be sugary bliss. Thankfully they had some raw sugar on the table because I love tea, but if I am going to drink flowers I would like it a little sweet and not so.. flowery? It was still really good though.
Aaron got the carrot cake and an earl grey tea latte and it was so hard not to eat his cake! Carrot cake is basically crack in a sugary coating. And the frosting on the top.. Highly recommend you guys trying. While it’s not healthyyyyyyy it’s good, so screw it.
I don’t know why I like this photo.. but I do haha.
If someone ever asks me what my favourite part about Victoria is I am not ashamed to say it’s the food. No, it’s not the breathtaking ocean, the mountain views or the friendliest people (the servers are legit the nicest people in the world), it’s the food.
Victoria is famous for using locally sourced food and you can tell the difference in the taste and quality. Everything tastes fresh and rich and it’s amazing. Venus Sophia is no exception. They use local and organic wherever possible and everything is made fresh. I would have loved to be able to stay there for a proper meal but we had a ferry to catch. Next time.
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