Milano Roasters opens cafe in the heart of downtown Victoria


Victoria’s coffee scene has gotten a fresh jolt thanks to the recent addition of Vancouver’s Milano Roasters right in the heart of downtown on a bustling Government Street corner.
Milano takes over the space that was home to the popular Pour since 2016 at 817 Government Street.
Photo courtesy Milano Roasters
I actually was in Victoria over the weekend and passed by the new Milano, which was bright, airy and welcoming, with indoor and outdoor seating, in a prime location.
This is now Milano’s second outpost on the Island, following in the caffeinated footsteps of their Comox location. Here you’ll find award-winning Milano coffee, sandwiches, and locally-made baked goods–much like at the Milano cafes in Vancouver, including their roastery on 8th in Mount Pleasant.
“We are thrilled to open a second location on Vancouver Island and bring Milano to our province’s capital city,” says owner Linda Turko in a media release. “The warm reception from locals and tourists has been wonderful since opening our doors, we are looking forward to building relationships with the community.”
Founded in 1984 on the practices and principles of the Italian style of coffee roasting and brewing, Milano began as a direct flight from Italy to Vancouver in the hands of Francesco Curatolo. Owner Brian Turko spent 15 years learning from the Master Roaster before taking on Milano as his own; his wife Linda is on board at the business, too.
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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom