Columbia City Bakery: a Neighborhood Sweet Spot

by Lauren Braden on November 6, 2011

in Tasting Cascadia

Where will you find Seattle’s flakiest croissant, most perfect baguette or tastiest gingersnap?

Many of Seattle’s best artisan bakeries are in its far-flung neighborhoods–removed from the hustle and bustle of Seattle’s downtown core and nowhere near Pike Place Market. To find them, head to tucked-away hoods like West Seattle, Wallingford or Columbia City–neighborhoods where out-of-town travelers rarely tread.

Columbia City Bakery Sign

One of my faves is the Columbia City Bakery, which has been keeping local residents full of sweet carbohydrates since 2005. Imagine the luck of living within walking distance to this place, dashing down from your bungalow to pick up some walnut crostini for a dinner party or a couple of bear claws for weekend breakfast.


Columbia City Bakery

I never get anywhere near Columbia City without a stop at this place for a latte and fruit scone by the window to watch passerby, or a tomato jam sandwich to go. My favorite indulgence here is the almond brioche bostock, which probably zeroes out any recommended fat gram intake for the day. Indulgences wouldn’t be called indulgences if they weren’t indulgent.

My kid is allergic to eggs, so he knows this place only for their egg-free gingersnap cookies and rolls with butter. When you’re allergic to eggs, indulgence is relative, I suppose.



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Greg West November 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hear Hear! Speaking of great bakeries in out of the way spots, my favourite in Seattle is definitely Mighty-O ( up in Wallingford. Everything there is egg free and mostly organic and your kid’s sugar high horizons would be unlimited.


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