|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, Coffeehouses & Desserts, Counter & Bar Service|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus 6, 24, 25|
|Cross Street |||Government Street|
|Mon-Fri: 7AM-5PM; Sat-Sun: 8AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 28, 2009
With its high ceilings, worn hardwood floors, live plants and exposed brick walls, Habit has a funky, hippy vibe that’s decidedly Victoria. Quirky pieces of “art,” can be found all over the place, from life-size Asian movie posters to tiny figurines. Guests can sit in cozy window booths and watch the world walk buy, or pull up a stool (made out of an old tractor seat) at the massive coffee bar and chat with the baristas. There’s also a large wood table with space for eight that’s often taken over by university study groups. With a skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of light streams in. But if you’re looking for a darker, intimate vibe, there’s a secluded space in the back of the coffee shop perfect for private conversations and cappuccinos.
Culture Vultures Land Here
In a touristy city like Victoria, Habit is a hive for locals, who are drawn to the awesome atmosphere and community vibe. Habit supports local artists by displaying their works and hosting openings. The shop is also a hub for local music lovers and cool beats can always be heard, often coming from the vinyl spinning on the old-school record player. Since coffee and reading go hand-in-hand, Habit provides its customers with a magazine rack full of hip art, design and music titles. And for those who are really into coffee, there are weekly public “cuppings” (taste tests), where you can learn all about the latest brews.
Quality Brews and Healthy Treats
All of the coffee served at Habit is high-quality, fair trade and organic. The shop uses a direct model of buying and sources beans right from the farmers. The baristas take these beans and whip up simple, classic espresso drinks (read: no mocha-coca-frappa-caca-ccinos here). There’s also an excellent selection of organic teas, grown on the Island, and delicious treats made by a local lady. All of the muffins, cookies and squares are organic and any combination of vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free. Whole beans are also sold and can be ground to your preference.