Created by the folks behind Anchorage’s award-winning Snow City Café, Spenard Roadhouse and Sack’s Café, South Restaurant + Coffeehouse was launched to take the best qualities of those popular eateries to the South side of town. Located in a new development near the famed Alaska Sand and Gravel— and off Old Seward Highway — South Restaurant + Coffee House channels a bit of the area’s industrial past, with a clean, modern space, featuring a ...more
This downtown shop and café is a little glimpse into old Anchorage — a city that wasn’t completely about logging, fishing and tough guys. Built in 1915, the Kimball building, on Town Square Park at the corner of 5th and E, is a stop on the historic walking tour and still has antique fixtures and flooring. It’s eclectic, “quaint-meets-cool” gift and tea shop is an extension of a famed dry goods and sewing notions store that has been in business… ...more
If the Hotel Captain Cook sits in the heart of Anchorage’s buzzing business district — and it does — then this coffee bar, right off the lobby, could be its nerve center. And while it is undeniably a convenient spot to swing by to pick up an espresso or iced coffee, local fans come back because it’s the kind of friendly place where the barista remembers your name when you order.
This turn-of-the-century relic harks back to Tenakee’s busier times as a hub for miners, loggers and fishermen who hit town for a soak in the springs and a good time. It has served as everything from a jail, pool hall, dance hall, senior center to a bakery and art gallery.
Tucked against the entry to Ward Cove, the Green Coffee Bean Company may seem off the beaten track. Yet people from all over Ketchikan make the trek to this local coffee shop and roastery. Whether you order an espresso drink or whole beans to go, the coffee is roasted to perfection.
Started in 1986 as a coffee cart, the company has grown tremendously and is distributed throughout much of the American West. That’s because they source excellent beans, roast them well (here in Anchorage) and are passionate about the bean! They also offer organic and Fair Trade coffee, for the socially-conscious coffee drinker. They have several locations throughout the city and in downtown, and have knowledgeable baristas pulling shots for… ...more
It’s hard to believe that one of Anchorage’s best wine bars used to be a sandwich shop. Completely revamped in the fall of 2011, this new hot spot in the Hotel Captain Cook has Alaska’s only on-tap wine machine. Choose from 32 wines, selected by the hotel’s sommelier, for a 2‑ounce sampler or a 4‑ounce pour. The bar also has a limited menu, including American-style tapas, salads, and desserts. Sip your wine at the marble-topped bar,… ...more
A bona fide small-town coffee shop on Main Street. They serve good coffee and espresso drinks and have ample seating. The atmosphere is great, with lots of locals, Alaska-made art on the walls, open mic nights and art for sale. The food is standard coffee shop stuff — soups, sandwiches, baked goods. It’s healthy and tasty, but nothing special.
The treats at this downtown Anchorage bakery taste as good as they look. After all, the folks who run Alaska Cake Studio see dessert as edible art— but they also offer a European café-style spot where you can enjoy a delicious snack, sip a coffee and watch downtown life go by.
If you’re on your way in or out of Talkeetna, be sure to stop at Flying Squirrel Bakery Café, located at Mile 11 on the Talkeetna Spur (just 3 miles from town). The café opened in 2009 and quickly became known for their challah and rugelach, as well as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices — don’t worry, though, there’s something for everyone including meat-eaters. The owners come from the east coast and from a long-time local farming ...more
If you shop at REI (right next door), you’ll like this place. The menu is created for the health-conscious, active, foodie type. There are lots of vegetarian/vegan options and they specialize in healthy wraps, homemade soups and chili, and fruit-packed smoothies and fresh juices. Of course they have a large selection of teas and some coffee. They have a nice patio with views of the mountains, and serve a good breakfast, complete with egg… ...more
K Bay was born out of the intention to improve the quality of all life on the planet through the exceptional medium of Organic Specialty Coffee. This local roaster is serious about providing top notch coffee and espresso through the partnership of organic, fair trade coffee. Owner Michael (Mike) McGuire is an award-winning Barista and aims to make you the best cup of coffee in Alaska. Hours Mon-Wed: 7am-9pm Thur-Fri: 7am-10pm Sat:… ...more
The creative cooks here think up a new lunch sandwich and hearty soup daily, which you can enjoy along with free wi-fi and friendly smiles from the mermaids – whose motto is “We try harder.” Visitors will have to try hard not to pick up some extra sweets for the road. Can you say “fresh salted caramel” or “Croissant Bread Pudding?”
Williwaw sets itself apart in a few big ways, too: for one thing, it is the only multi-use-style venue found in Anchorage — a coffeehouse-eatery-live-music space is more like something you’d see in San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. Part of Williwaw’s complex includes a branch of local coffee roaster SteamDot Coffee, and there’s even a discreetly tucked-away speakeasy on the premises.