When thinking of typical Alaskan cuisine, your mind probably goes to seafood like salmon or crab. You might not know that Alaska also has many delicious baked goods to offer, especially in its urban areas. Whether you love sweet or savory treats (or both!), there is a bakery in Anchorage that has what you’re looking for. Here are a few of the most popular bakeries in Alaska’s largest city.
Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
Since 2009, Fire Island has been delighting Anchorage residents with their wide variety of sweet and savory baked goods. From breads and scones to cakes and cookies, this bakeshop has something for everyone, including vegan, gluten-free, and/or dairy-free diets. The business is operated by a husband and wife team, along with their youngest daughter, and it has grown to three locations throughout the city. Some of their items are only available on certain days, so you’ll want to check it out at different times in the week to sample their full menu of treats. For bakers or those interested in pursuing a culinary job in Alaska, you can sign up to learn tricks of the trade through one of their 3-hour workshops.
Alaska Cake Studio
Looking for a cake to celebrate a birthday or other special event? Alaska Cake Studio has specialized in celebration cakes since 2010. Just in the mood for some coffee and a sweet treat? Swing by their location in the Anchorage 5th Ave Mall to try their assorted cupcakes, cookies, tarts, brownies, and chocolates. You can also take one of their classes in cookie, cupcake, or cake decorating for $45 – $85 with one of their expert pastry chefs. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or an average Thursday, you’ll find something delectable to mark the day.
Great Harvest Bread
When you walk into Great Harvest Bread, the first thing you’ll be asked is if you want to try a sample. This keeps customers coming back throughout the week to test out their daily specials. While known for their fresh selection of breads, like cheese garlic and white chocolate cherry, they also offer a variety of sandwiches, cookies, scones, and muffins. Seasonal specials are available throughout the year around holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Have a four-legged friend? Pick up some of their special dog treats to take home, too!
Flying Dutchman European Pastry Shop
In 1982, the native Dutchman Ben Koper achieved his dream of opening his own bakery in Anchorage. His family has kept his legacy going by continuing on the tradition of his European-style desserts like buttercream cakes, whipped cream cakes, cupcakes, and flans. Feeling like something savory instead? Try one of their signature meat and cheese puff pastry rolls with choice of turkey, ham, or reindeer. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find a little slice of the Netherlands in Alaska.