The Best North of Seattle Post-Adventure Coffee Shops/Dining and Bakeries 5

After a long day of being outside, unanimously everyone agrees they need a good cup of coffee,  maybe a doughnut, a cold beer, some hot chocolate or the perfect meal. But many of us aren’t sure where the best places are! So, I’ve asked around and here are the most highly recommended post-adventure coffee shops/cafes and bakeries. On this list you’ll find restaurants with plentiful gluten-free options, fair trade coffee, locally grown ingredients and always a great atmosphere. 

What if we started planning our adventures around where we’ll be celebrating afterwards? With this list, that’ll be happening for sure. 


Smokey Point Bakery Cafe “Since January 2011 we have been offering up a delicious selection of scratch-made baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as great tasting locally roasted coffee and espresso beverages. On the bakery side of things we we offer our handcrafted artisan breads of the practical sort (great for sandwiches), croissants, cinnamon Rolls, and an ever growing variety of pastries, quiches, tarts, seasonal pies, muffins and cookies. We offer simple and delicious cakes to order with advance notice (no character cakes). We like to think that if it can be baked, we can make it, deliciously. On the savory side of things we offer a growing selection of handcrafted soups, salads, sandwiches, and quiches. Our savory items often include varieties that are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and\or vegan.

The Mirkwood “This magnificent building houses a restaurant & bar, a large area for music, entertainment & gatherings, tattoo & piercing parlor. The “Alamo” building is once again alive. We use the finiest ingredients to create a meal to remember, in an atmosphere you won’t forget.”


 Avellino “At Avellino Coffeehouse, located on Railroad Avenue, we are famous for outstanding coffee and our signature baked goods such as our scrumptious muffins, our delectable scones, sumptuous cinnamon rolls, our appetizing breakfast burrito and much more! Are you tired of feeling “different” because you want great taste and gluten free? Then come to Avellino Coffeehouse and treat yourself to an eclectic selection of regular and gluten free American pastry items baked fresh daily with local ingredients.”

Black Drop Coffee House “Imagine yourself sitting on the blue couch at The Black Drop and all of your troubles far away. The aroma of the fresh ground coffee and toasting bagels is in the air. Your favorite song that you swear no one every plays anywhere just started. You look around and think: “Wow! People are happy here and real and engaged and vibrant and creative and friendly and just letting everything just… be.”

Breadfarm “Located in the small village of Edison, Washington, just off of scenic Chuckanut Drive in beautiful Skagit Valley. We pride ourselves on using the highest quality ingredients, often natural and organic, in our baked goods.  Supporting local business and sustainable commerce is important to us.

Rhododendron Cafe “We focus on locally produced foods including our own garden and greenhouse.
We make everything from scratch including all our own baking. Along with a set menu we offer a daily specials. We serve Lunch and Dinner Wednesday – Sunday and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am”

Slough Food “I opened Slough Food in the spring of 2004.  After working many years in the restaurant industry (Jake O’Shaughnessy’s, Roche Harbor Resort, Manele Bay Hotel, Salvatore’s Ristorante), the retail wine business (Pike and Western Wine Shop, Whole Foods) and the import and wholesale wine business (Triage Wines), I was thrilled to return to the beautiful, bountiful Skagit Valley where I grew up.  I am happy and proud to bring you food, wine and cheese made with care and integrity from small producers in regions off the beaten path. Salute! R. John DeGloria”

Woods Coffee “Woods Coffee was established in 2002 by the Herman family of Lynden, Washington. With a dream of starting a chain of coffee shops, the Hermans pooled their talents and resources to create the first Woods Coffee shop in Lynden. After six months, they opened their second store in the same town. Since then, they have been on a steady growth track. The Herman family currently has a total of 19 stores in the Pacific Northwest: 15 in Whatcom County, two in Skagit County, one in King County, and one in British Columbia.”


The Train Wreck “Here at The Train Wreck, we bake all of our own breads and smoke our own meats.Supporting our locals” is the backbone of our restaurant. We purchase locally sourced products from a handful of suppliers throughout the Skagit Valley. We take pride on providing delicious meals and appetizers, making our foods “in-house” rather than buying already prepared food. Train Wreck coffee is dark and delicious!  We use fair trade, organic coffee beans and roast them at the Railroad Pub & Pizza down the street.”


5 Bees Bakery ” A neighborhood bake shop nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where everything is made from scratch in small batches, with special attention to using quality local ingredients. Our signature 5seed bread to our famous cinnamon rolls, our quality, classic baked goods and desserts are baked fresh daily, from our own recipes.”


Rustic Cabin Coffee “At The Rustic Cabin Coffee we are passionate about creating an environment where it is your home away from home. We hope to ignite people’s dreams again and aim to help people live life as an adventure one cup of coffee at a time. We are lovers of coffee and community and believe those two should go hand in hand. Swing on by and grab of coffee to fuel your adventure.”


Choux Choux Bakery “We are a local bakery that offers Rustic French pastries, Americana desserts and pours delicious espresso.”


Vienna Coffee Company “The Vienna Kaffeehaus is a Traditional International Viennese Kaffeehaus, not a local provincial neighbourhood coffeeshop by any means whatsoever! This is represented in both our theme, design & overall character.”

Mount Baker Area:

North Fork Brewery “Our pub features hand-crafted beers, barleywines, sours, lagers and of course, our wonderful pizza!”

Wake n’ Bakery “Our team looks at every day, and every new season, as an opportunity to live the life we love and provide our friends with the best products at a great value. We genuinely hope you will stop by and visit us, and take a bit of this place home with you. See you soon!”

Mount Vernon:

Ristretto “Victrola Coffee Roasters, Miro loose leaf tea, delectable eats, incredible wines, and craft beers paired with the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind.”

Skagit Brewery “Quality does not end with our brewery. The Pub at Skagit River Brewery provides a nice selection of foods to complement whatever beer, wine or soft drink you enjoy. From the Chelan cherry wood we use to smoke our ribs to the made-from-scratch pizza dough, we take pride in everything we offer.”

Snowgoose Produce “We are a seasonal, family run, country market located on Fir Island in the Skagit Valley. We offer the best in organic produce and local fare such as fresh and smoked seafood, baked breads, artisan cheeses and carefully selected wines.”

North Bend: 

The Dairy Freeze– SUPER highly recommended fast food restaurant in North Bend.

Off Hwy 2:

The Sultan Bakery “Sultan’s Authentic Pita Bread Company has increased the range and variety of flat bread and other Middle Eastern foods available, including thinner Lebanese Bread, Plain and Wheat Pita Bread, with future plans to include Garlic Pita Bread, Olive Pita Bread and Pizza Pita Bread, plus we are open to our customers’ suggestions and feedback.”


Jimmy’s Pizza “John and Chris Markezinis started Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta in 1986 when their dad drove by what used to be Gino’s. He saw that it was in bankruptcy, put his house down as collateral and said, “Don’t screw it up.” They didn’t. Twenty-five years later, they’re still tossing dough and making pastas with the sauce that earned them a following in the first place.”

The Cookie Mill Amazing cookies, salads, sandwiches and coffee with a welcoming atmosphere! 

Where do you go eat after a day outside?

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

5 thoughts on “The Best North of Seattle Post-Adventure Coffee Shops/Dining and Bakeries

  • Dallas U

    This is great Angela! One thing to note is that the 5 B’s bakery is a dedicated gluten free facility, which means people with Celiac disease, like me, can order anything without any fear of cross Contamination! That is a huge benefit, and is what makes this little restaurant/bakery my favorite stop on Highway 20.
    Also, the Train Wreck offers many delicious gluten free options, and they bake their own gluten free buns as well. They are not dedicated gluten free, but I have never become sick so I believe they take great care when you let them know.

  • Jennifer

    One of my favorite coffee shops is SharinaBeans on Main Street in Monroe. The owner is very friendly, the drinks and food are always delicious, and it is a very comfy atmosphere with plenty of room to spread out. There are even board games to play 🙂

  • Karen S

    We often hike around Anacortes and Deception Pass and favor Gere-a-deli, 502 Commercial St. in downtown Anacortes. Lots of sandwiches, soup, salads and baked goods. We also a rather partial to the grilled cheese sandwiches at Woods coffee–seemingly more virtuous than a sweet treat.

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