Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix in Regina
There’s nothing better than a nice warm cup of coffee. Whether it’s with family, friends, on the road, at work or at school – coffee makes everything a little more manageable.
Although Regina is known for its variety of beers and burgers, it is also home to a vibrant coffee scene. Every corner of the city has its own creatively fun and quirky coffee shop, all with different flavours, textures, temperatures and sides. Many coffee shops also partner with local organic food stores and bakeries to diversify their menu.
For those looking for a little “pick me up” during the lazy, hazy days of summer, here are some places you’ll want to visit:
13th Avenue Coffee House – 3136 13th Avenue
As Cathedral’s most happening coffee house, this building has been a gathering place for likeminded individuals for over a century. While 13th Ave Coffee House has a reputation throughout the city for its wide variety of coffee, creams, lattes and mixes, wine, beer and liquor are also available. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into something different, try popular dish, the Lucky Bowl – a rice bowl covered in peanut sauce, marinated tofu, tomatoes, cucumbers, grated carrots, bean sprouts and red peppers. Yum!
Rochdale Roca House – 1010 Pasqua Street North
Tucked away in the corner of Pasqua Street and Rochdale Boulevard, this quirky little shop is a must-try for all coffee connoisseurs. With staff picked recommended drinks, city-wide renowned coconut buns – which are only available on Tuesdays – and a wide variety of gluten-free snacks, there is something here for everybody. They even have bubble teas, which is my all-time favourite beverage.
fix. Coffee – 102-2055 Rose Street
A little south the Victoria Avenue strip, fix. Coffee offers the perfect oasis for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, without losing their parking spot. Promising a “stronger, sweeter, smoother coffee,” their cold brewed coffee is a luxury throughout the Downtown core. Add to that a bacon, cheddar and pasta salad, and a beautiful outdoor patio, and you got yourself one of the best caffeination stations throughout the city.
Abstractions Café – 2161 Rose Street
Perfect for any lifestyle, Abstractions serves as both a sit-down restaurant and a come-and-go café. Only a small hop away from downtown, this location offers the perfect blend of Italian and Middle Eastern dishes. With everything from qatayef to stromboli, there’s something here for every taste bud. Just a warning: It gets pretty busy around the lunch hour, so plan your trip here carefully!
33 1/3 Coffee Roasters – 1130 15th Avenue
A newcomer to the coffee scene, 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters opened in February of 2016 and has been buzzing ever since. Home to some of the best drip coffee in the city, their flavours change almost daily, providing even the most popular of customer a unique experience.
Besides coffee, they also make their own home-made sodas, with a rainbow of flavours available. Try my favorite, the blackberry lime soda.
Unlike other locations on this list, 33 1/3 focuses mostly on the beverage experience and doesn’t have that much to eat. However, Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner is across the street, and with Malty National Brewing Company right next door, it easily becomes the perfect place to meet up with friends.
Naked Bean Espresso Bar and Café – 2505 Broad Street
Perched on the corner of Broad Street and Badham Boulevard, this is one of the most relaxing locations in the city. With a large variety of various coffees, teas, baking, short bread, sandwiches and ice cream, this café is perfect for sitting down and relaxing, or popping open your laptop and getting back to work.
While their menu is one of the most extensive in the city, the barista recommended I try their Bee String Coffee. Although the name isn’t overly appetizing, the coffee definitely was, and it’ll be my go-to drink from now on.
Café DRIP – 1275 Broad Street
Of all the places on this list, Café DRIP is my favorite. With a wide variety of coffees, teas, lattes, salads and snacks, it’s the best place in the city for either a lunch meeting or a quick bite. My favorite dish at DRIP is their Chip Butty sandwich. With melted cheddar cheese, potato chips, coleslaw and your choice of protein between two fluffy Ciabatta buns, it’s one of the best tasting sandwiches I’ve ever had. For those with gluten sensitivities, they have freshly baked focaccia buns from Serendipity too!
There are dozens of other coffee shops throughout the city, so it’s impossible to mention them all. For the adventurous – or thirsty – ones out there, here are a few more honourable mentions:
Sweet Bakery & Coffee House – 2445 Broad Street
Magpies Kitchen – 4059 Albert Street
Atlantis Coffee Co – 1992 Hamilton Street
Stone’s Throw Coffee Collective – 1101 Kramer Boulevard
Brewed Awakening – 2300 Dewdney Avenue
le Macaron – 2705 Quance Street
Café Francis – 1- 425 Victoria Avenue East