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James Bay Coffee and Books


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Breakfast, Dinner
Cafe, Canadian
Seating, Takeout
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Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

We walked over on a Sunday morning to find plenty of seating. We ordered chai tea and a cappuccino. Both were piping hot. We sat at a window seat surrounded by used books to view or buy. The selection of books was impressive and prices...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kpatters
Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

This is a super cozy place! Front is coffee store and behind the counter is a bookstore! Vintage posters, CDs, postcards and books!!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank z96rainboe
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Stopped for coffee our first afternoon in Victoria. The combination of coffee shop and bookstore always draws our attention. Even though we weren't looking for more books--we had brought our own--sitting among the stacks is always nice. Lattes were very good and the staff was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bob J
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Honestly, this review is less about the coffee or food, and more about the ambience. I only stopped in to get a mocha, but I ended up wandering around while waiting, and I'm glad I did. The coffee shop adjoins a book store, and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed August 6, 2018

On my first day (Sat), I felt sorry for picking nearby Starbucks for my beans-fix. So, I made a point of walking five blocks to James Bay Coffee and Books on Sunday. I was there 35 minutes after their opening time - door closed, not...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Robert K
kim w, Owner at James Bay Coffee and Books, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

Hi Robert K. I'm sorry for your recent experience. We did open late on Sunday. Our opening barista had a ligitmate home emergency. She got there as soon as she could, and she also contacted me and I went in and took her place for...More

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Across from James Bay Square a few blocks south of the Legislative Buildings. An easy walk. Coffee shop has a few outside tables and chairs on sidewalk and some seating inside amongst shelves of books. Enjoy coffee drinks, pastries, sandwich food. Nice place just to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Evauator
Reviewed July 12, 2018

I enjoyed spending time in the James Bay Coffee And Books Cafe recently. They have great sandwiches and coffee. Lovely place to spend time with friends or to take a break from work.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Em K
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Great staff and comfortable seats and loads of book to enjoy - along with that first cup in the morning - plus a baked good - does not get any better - live in the neighbor hood

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Barbara Anne G
Reviewed July 4, 2018

A great range of older books to browse through together with quite a few vinyls. Conveniently located close to the Gingerbread B&B we stayed at this became halfway house on our return from Victoria CBD . Only disappoint was the Cappuccino's Style is different than...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank homebythelake
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Such a nice place to spend the afternoon, looking at books and drinking coffee! They have yummy snacks too!

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank wink89victoria
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