For those of us with a sweet tooth in Spokane, or for those visiting, there are a variety of candy stores, ice cream shops and coffee shops ready to serve up a sugar rush. But what if we want something on the sweeter side for breakfast? How about something with flaky layers or chewy caramel? Well we’re in luck because Spokane has a plethora of bakeries, donut shops and cupcake cafes to keep our sugar rush going throughout the day. So, read on to explore some of the awesome options for glorious carbs in Spokane.
miFlavour has been supplying Spokane restaurants and cafes with decadent desserts since late 2016, though their initial foray was focused primarily on macarons. As demand for their treats expanded, so did their offerings. They began crafting made from scratch French style desserts like their Pate a Choux and their mousse cakes. In early 2019 they found a permanent home in Spokane’s Union District of Sprague Avenue. They began offering inventive desserts like their Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches made with local Brain Freeze Ice Cream. By mid-2019, owners Max and Ella embarked on a Parisian tour in an effort to bring truly French style croissants to Spokane, and to model their new cafe a la mode Francais. Now, Spokane is blessed with a beautiful, modern cafe that also delivers top notch viennoiserie like pain au chocolate, almond croissants and orange danish.
Chaps Coffee Co.
Long time reigning croissant champs Chaps Coffee Co. are notorious for their perfectly laminated pastries. They’ve been churning out tasty breakfast treats for well over a decade, and they can be found in numerous coffee shops throughout Spokane like Atticus Coffee and Paper & Cup. Huge Cinnamon Rolls, fresh fruit croissants and bear claws are invitingly adorned along the order counter. Stacks of cookies are displayed in huge glass jars and a pile of mugs lets you know that there’s plenty of coffee to pair with your treat. Chaps is a fantastic mash up of cowboy meets Paris both in its decor and it’s food offerings. You can grab a croissant to go or sit down for a delicious weekend brunch.
Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie
Well known for their gooey cinnamon rolls, huckleberry croissants and maple bars, Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie also serves up French style desserts like macarons, eclairs and tartlets. When Cafe Madeleine opened in 2007, they were the only bakery in downtown, therefore highly anticipated and welcomed. A charming periwinkle color scheme adds to the general cheerfulness of the restaurant. Doma Coffee Roasters out of Idaho are exclusively featured on espresso bar and drip coffee. The spacious cafe offers free Wi-Fi, so it’s an ideal spot to settle in and get your fill of coffee and pastries.
Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop
One of the cutest bake shops you’ll ever set foot in, Sweet Frostings is famous for their top-notch cupcakes. They have inventive flavors like French Toast topped with bacon or strawberry champagne. Most importantly, their cupcakes are perfectly moist with heaps of flavor packed into the frosting. They’re a mother and daughter operation which has been so successful that they have 4 locations throughout Spokane. They offer beautiful custom cakes and other fascinating treats like chocolate dipped waffles, macarons and sugar cookies.
Can you ever eat too many sparkly donuts? Well, you can find out by visiting Hello Sugar and ordering a dozen of the prettiest mini donuts you’ll ever see. Their donuts are made to order, and it’s a delight to watch your donuts being carefully crafted. With an ever-evolving menu, there’s always a new flavor to try out. Previous themes have included Harry Potter and Frozen 2, with appropriate flavors like Butterbeer donuts and Frost Bitten (blue cotton candy). Hello Sugar are fairly new to the Spokane food scene, having opened their Kendall Yards location in June of 2018. Despite this, their popularity has soared, and they recently opened a Spokane Valley location offering fun coffee drinks in addition to inventive donuts.
A true neighborhood gem, Rockwood Bakery is quietly nestled into a residential area about one block east of Manito Park. For a true sense of the community of Spokane’s South Hill, grab a cup of coffee and do some people watching. Rockwood Bakery is unassuming, warm and welcoming to everyone, with spacious seating and a nice patio during warmer weather. But the real treat comes in the form of something edible. Anything edible here really, it’s hard to go wrong. They are well known for their croissants and quiche, and for serving excellent coffee. In addition, their shelves are stocked with delicious scones, cookies, muffins, breads and cupcakes.
The Grain Shed
Doing things locally is kind of The Grain Shed’s thing. In fact, they source their wheat and grains from the greater Palouse area and stone grind it to ensure maximum nutritional value is retained. So, you can feel guilt free while chowing down on their flaky chocolate croissants or chewy loaves. Approaching the counter, it’s difficult to ignore the piles of croissants, brownies and cookies. You’re going to want to try one or three of those and order a Doma coffee to boot. While The Grain Shed is well known for their baked goods, they also brew their own beer and offer a full menu. One of the best ways to sample their bread is to order the Brie Toast, topped with arugula and jalapeno jam. There’s a decent amount of seating in their bright and airy dining room, and their back patio is beautiful during the summer months.
When I was a kid, sugary cereals and donuts were relegated to special occasions. A bowl of Captain Crunch while on vacation or a special holiday with donuts for breakfast was about the most I could hope for. Now, as a fully mature adult capable of making my own decisions, I can opt to swing by Amy’s Donuts for the Crunch Berry donut of my dreams.
Amy’s opened their Spokane Valley location in late 2018 and have brought seriously fun and creative donut offerings to Spokane. The sheer choice is staggering, with over 100 options ranging from good old fashioned to Oreo Cookies & Cream Fluff. They serve up legendary local coffee roasters Thomas Hammer and have a colorful dining room with plenty of seating.
Boots Bakery & Lounge
Ask around Spokane for the best waffles in the area and you’ll undoubtedly be referred to Boots Bakery. The people who recommend them rave about them, and with good cause. A deliciously dense and spicy pumpkin waffle comes topped with their house made Chai ‘butter’. It’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, in classic waffle fashion. Only this isn’t a classic waffle and Boots isn’t a typical bakery. It’s all vegan and gluten-free fare done exceptionally well. They offer muffins, cupcakes, granola and are famous for their cookies. If you’re a fan of ginger, you won’t want to miss out on their spicy ginger cookie. On the weekends, they offer a full brunch including cinnamon rolls and frittatas. They’re housed in a historic building and the interior is prohibition era meets modern design.