As Saskatchewan’s two biggest cities, Saskatoon and Regina have always experienced a rivalry of sorts.
With close relatives in Saskatoon, I didn’t spend much time in Regina until my final year of high school. After auditioning for Saskatchewan Express, I spent all my weekends and the summer after high school in The Queen City. Some of my fondest memories are from those days, when all I wanted to do was eat, sleep and dance. Recent trips to Regina involve seeing friends and discovering new galleries and cafés. So, why not share some of my favourite Queen City haunts with you all?
Regina isn’t known for its cafe culture, but fortunately that’s starting to change. Begin your day with coffee at local roastery, 33 1/3. Offering fresh and locally-sourced espresso, 33’s beans can be found throughout the province.
Another place to feed your caffeine addiction is Atlantis Coffee, which is located on Hamilton Street. They also serve bagels and sandwiches if you’re feeling peckish.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, I suggest visiting Orange Izayaka for some of the best Japanese and Korean food in Saskatchewan. Otherwise, check out Flip Eatery and Café for comfort food in a casual setting.
You can’t leave The Queen City without visiting Dessart. Whether you’re a soft serve fiend like myself or simply want to peruse the unique and retro sweets on offer, Dessart considers dessert to be an art form. I can’t say I disagree.
Visiting Regina on a Saturday? Stop by the Farmers’ Market for local and seasonal produce.
Shopping in Regina is best experienced on Scarth Street or near The Cathedral. Paper Umbrella is a cute shop filled with gift ideas. Next door is Argento, which stocks jewellery by Canadian designer, Leah Alexandra.
There’s plenty to see and do in Regina, and I’d recommend visiting The MacKenzie Art Gallery. With eight expansive galleries, MacKenzie features exhibits by Saskatchewan, Canadian and international artists.
As Saskatchewan’s capital city, make sure you visit the Legislative Buildings. Tours are available seven days a week in both English and French. After your tour, walk through the gardens to take in all the
Wascana is beautiful year-round, after lunch, set off on one of the many trails that encompass the area. Before you leave, see what’s on at the Conexus Arts Centre. The Rocky Horror Show will be on for Halloween and The Regina Symphony Orchestra is definitely worth a listen!
Tell me, what are your favourite Regina spots?