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  • Ambiance4.5
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James Bay Coffee & Book

143 Menzies Street
Victoria, BC V8V2G4
Tel: (250) 386-4700
Neighbourhood: James Bay


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Coffee and a book
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I had a few minutes to kill and thought this place looked interesting. They retail a wide range of coffees, but in terms of a restaurant - it's pretty limited. Just coffee (and tea I presume) an eclectic range of soft drinks which you fetch yourself from the cooler and a range of baked goods. Frankly - it is pretty much what any half decent coffee shop can muster up.

Where this place shines is in the ambiance as it is a book store with a room at the back that holds computers (internet cafe). I found it quite enjoyable to just people watch both inside and outside the store as James Bay is full of characters. Maybe I am becoming one too.....

The service gets a low rating as they don't really do anything other than take the money and tell you to get your own drink from the cooler and pour your own coffee. That might seem unfair, but if you are expecting a high level of service you won't get it here. Frankly, I do not recall whether they serve lattes and gourmet coffees. If they do then I would have rated their service higher. Time to visit it again - which i would if I am in the area as it is certainly preferable to Starbucks yuck.....

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Love the location - not the snacks!
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

It is a shame that such a neat, fun, perfect little spot doesn't have better coffee and snacks. I would come here all the time if the coffee was better and there was more to eat (and better quality). I've had a bagel here a couple times, always stale, same with the toast. The baked goods just look generic and unappetizing and the coffee isn't all that swell. I do love the bookstore feel though, and I'd like to patron more often as it would be the perfect place to write, but the coffee at the "corporate" locations is sadly a bit better. I have hope though, this place is the place that should!!!

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