Riversdale, one of Saskatoon's original neighbourhoods, was once named Richville after an early settler. Despite its old moniker, the area has seen some tough times, but thanks to the current "Saska-boom" (this is Canada's fastest-growing city), it's becoming a true west-side success story, with new galleries and condos underway, and an indoor farmers' market brimming with local treats like wild-boar sausage and fruit wines.
Commuting time to downtown 8 minutes (driving)
Claim to fame Budding artists in the neighbourhood’s many local galleries
Local drink Coffee drinks named after rock stars at the Underground Café
Noteworthy nature Victoria Park, named for Queen Victoria
Live music TCU Place (a short drive away)
Annual event SEN Environmental Film Festival at the Roxy
1. The Park Café
This diner takes you back to the early 1960s with vintage booths and a mirrored pie cupboard. Affable host Patrick Hearn swings by the tables to say hello, while head cook and business partner Kent Rumpel fries up eggs Benny topped with house-smoked back bacon. On the walls are decades-old photos of Riversdale. "I love it when someone comes in and says, 'Hey, that's my aunt riding a horse!'" says Hearn.
515 20th St. W., 306-652-6781
2. The Hollows
"The neighbourhood reminds me of Gastown," says Christie Peters, who cooked at Feenie's in Vancouver before returning to her hometown to open the Hollows with co-chef Kyle Michael in a
former Chinese restaurant. The duo makes their own charcuterie, rooftop hives provide honey and nearby Happy Bug Farms grows heirloom veg to order. "We like making things the old-
fashioned way," says Peters. Case in point: the pan-fried pickerel and Sask-grown chickpea hummus.
334 Ave. C S., 306-652-1505
3. Collective Coffee
"There's hardly a laptop to be seen, so a lot of conversation happens here," says long-time Riversdale resident Jackson Wiebe, who mans the salvaged-wood espresso bar at the tiny hangout. Wiebe, who serves Intelligentsia coffee in mugs by local potter Cathy Terepocki, opened the café last year with input from Curtis Olson, the real estate developer behind the adjacent Two Twenty co-working office space (get your day pass at the café).
220 20th St. W.
The Two Twenty
Address as above, 306-651-0510