Darwin's Café

Chicken sightings are guaranteed!

Open Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Darwin’s Café is located at Tofino Botanical Gardens and welcomes all readers, thinkers, locals and visitors. Garden admission or membership is not required to enjoy the café! The café offers: Indoor and Patio seating, comfortable sofas and armchairs, an upright piano, a library, free WiFi, high chairs, and soft classical music. The patio has a lovely view of the Botanical Gardens and is often visited by our free range chickens who love attention from guests.

Current Hours

8am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Drinks, Soups, snacks + Sandwich

Open Daily, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Darwin’s Café is available throughout the year for meetings and musical events. The attached commercial kitchen can be used for catered events. For meetings or community events, please inquire by email to info@tofinobotanicalgardens.com, phone 250-725-2247 or directly within the café.


Darwin’s Cafe and the Gardens are available for ceremonies and receptions. Because weddings are an intimate affair and require attention to detail, we place you in the trusted hands of our coordinators, Rare Earth Weddings.

Sheila or Zoe will be pleased to answer questions related to larger wedding receptions, ceremonies and pricing, which will vary depending on your preferences. They can be reached at info(at)rareearthweddings.com or by phone at 250-522-0087


The café happily serves a variety of drinks including espresso drinks, teas, juice, wine, cold drinks from Tofino Kombucha and Tofino Brewing Company, and house made baked goods, sandwiches, and soups.