Breakfast and Lunch
A bit out of the way, Sandpiper Café (429 Willoughby Ave., 907/586-3150, daily 6 a.m.–2 p.m., $7–13) is the breakfast place in Juneau, with big portions of pancakes, omelets, French toast, eggs Benedict, bagel and lox, plus lunchtime soups, ostrich burgers, Reubens, and other favorites.
Heritage Coffee (174 S. Franklin St., 907/586-1087 or 800/478-5282, www.heritagecoffee.com, Sun. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.) is easily the most popular and crowded Juneau espresso-and-pastries shop, and remains open until 11 p.m. most summer nights. They have a second shop at 216 2nd Street.
Valentine’s Coffee House & Bakery (111 Seward St., 907/463-5144, www.valentinescoffeehouse.com, Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. summer, Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. winter, $4–20) is away from the action, with a lunch menu of focaccia sandwiches, salads, calzones, and pizzas; there is also free Wi-Fi.
Alaska’s oldest bakery, Silverbow Inn Bakery (120 2nd St., 907/586-4146, www.silverbowinn.com, Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–6 p.m., $4–9) is great for a hot bagel (try one with cream cheese and lox), soup, salad, or latte. Pastries, fresh-baked breads, cookies, and free Wi-Fi add to the allure. The atmosphere is homespun and funky, and the side-street location keeps the crowds away.
Downtown near the library, Paradise Bakery & Café (245 Marine Way, 907/586-2253, Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., $5–9) is popular with locals and stray tourists who happen upon this cute little spot. Chef Joan Deering is best known for her “Berries in Paradise” bread pudding and other treats, but also serves a choice of brunch items, including thick bacon-and-egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos.
Best doughnuts in town? Drop by Breeze Inn (2200 Trout St., 907/523-4300, www.breezein.com) near the airport; it’s open 24 hours a day and is also popular for takeout sandwiches.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition