Saskatoon is known by many to be the Paris of the Prairies – while it is a far cry from being the French capital’s spitting image, the South Saskatchewan River and its many bridges help make this town a charming place.
Being a young place filled with college students and young families, this city has more than its share of great places to get coffee and cake. Below, we’ll help you find the best joints. Just a note before we begin: many travellers planning a trip to the Great White North in 2018 are doing so in anticipation of marijuana becoming legal in the country starting July 1st.
Cannabis growing Canada has kicked into overdrive to meet expected demand, but it is important to realize that smoking it in public places may not be allowed. As such, don’t consume any joints outside cafes you visit – go for a long walk well away from buildings and air intakes and enjoy the best grass Saskatoon has to offer.
After smoking, you’ll be jonesing for some pastries to quell your appetite, so be sure hit up the following cafes when in Saskatoon.
1) Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe
Decorated to resemble a French patisserie, Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe does its best to live up to this city’s nickname (mentioned in the intro). More than a place to grab an amazing french press, locals flock here to have brunch on weekends.
They also hold a high tea service in the afternoon – if you decide to participate, be sure to have more than a few of their excellent macaroons.
2) d’Lish by Tish Cafe
Located within walking distance from the University of Saskatchewan, d’Lish by Tish Cafe is a spot with great atmosphere. With homemade food offerings ranging from paninis to cheesecake, you’ll have awesome food accompaniment to go along with your coffee or London Fog tea.
This venue plays host to live music on occasion, so be sure to ask the staff if anyone is due to perform during your visit to Saskatoon.
3) Park Cafe
Prefer to have your coffee in a place that has a diner feel to it? The Park Cafe will fill your need for no-nonsense java and simple but well-prepared brunch fare. Their eggs benny and french toast are raved about by locals, while at lunch, their burgers and Reuben sandwiches get tons of orders.
Despite being constantly busy, this establishment gets food out of the kitchen and onto tables breathtakingly fast – so feel free to drop by for breakfast (served all day) or lunch.