Caffe Fantastico

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”  ~  T. S. Eliot

Caffe Fantastico has a little bit of its own fantastical history.Caffe Fantastico

Owner Ryan Taylor operated a coffee cart around Victoria’s Inner Harbour in 1993.
Five years later he opened the coffee house here in Quadra Village and subsequently he and his wife, Kristy, added the Cook Street Village and Dockside Green (next to Fol Epi) locations.
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Caffe Fantastico’s coffee beans are sourced from all over the coffee growing world, then roasted right here on their premises.
In addition to their various single bean and blended coffees, Caffe Fantastico offers hand-pulled draught Nitro:  espresso with water (so more like an Americano), pressurized which makes it foamy, and makes it look like a Guinness beer, but it’s a chilled coffee.  Different!
And on a hot summer day, I had an iced Americano with cream – yummy thirst quencher!Caffe Fantastico 2

But on a cooler day, I anticipate the first breath of the warm, coffee-infused air that greets me as I enter Caffe Fantastico.  My day is made!


Caffe Fantastico
965 Kings Road, Victoria
Sun – Sat 7 am – 7 pm.

Best of Both Worlds Imports

Best of Both Worlds accent tablesI look at every piece of furniture and every object as an individual sculpture.
Kelly Wearstler

Best of Both Worlds Imports is an Asian imports emporium full of such individual sculptures.IMG_3891

Set back from the street, we nearly overlooked the building, but were attracted by the rickshaw parked outside the door.  What drew us inside was a glimpse of the beautifully crafted pieces from Thailand, Bali, and China.

Stunning pieces of furniture and home décor stand shoulder to shoulder, making us not want to miss a thing as we wind through the aisles of ponderous wooden furniture, fabric art and décor and household items, from useful to whimsical.IMG_3896

The handmade furniture, the large artwork pieces and the unique lamps are only a start to the large number of fascinating items we discovered as we explored both floors of this showroom.

IMG_3899From brightly coloured and embellished table coverings, pillows and rugs to imposing wooden storage chests and tables, we felt as if we were in another world.

What a complete delight to find this true treasure!


Best of Both Worlds Imports
2713 Quadra Street,  Victoria   V8T 4E5

Mon – Sat     10 am – 5 pm
Sun         noon – 5 pm