Pine Street Bakery

Bakery | Coffee House | Vegetarian
excellent
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Way back in the 1990s, before Starbuck’s was everywhere, we spent a week in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and started every morning with wake-up drinks at a little eatery named Java on Sherman. It is still thriving, bigger and better than ever (Roadfood review); and the Pacific Northwest’s burgeoning coffee consciousness, of which Java on Sherman was an Idaho Panhandle spearhead, has spread throughout the northwest plateau.

An hour north of Coeur d’Alene at the edge of Lake Pend Oreille, the settlement of Sandpoint is a beguiling mixture of wilderness and artiness, of thrift shops and chic boutiques, of chefs and short-order hash slingers, and of three artisan coffee roasters and several very agreeable places to drink coffee. One enterprise where it is especially nice to partake of caffeinated beverages is the Pine Street Bakery. That’s because, as its name says, it specializes in baked goods, so many of which go so well with coffee and espresso drinks. Beyond whole, handsome cakes, hand-crafted breads, and lunchtime pizzas, the shelves are crowded with a vast assortment of coffee-friendly cookies, cream puffs, croissants, cupcakes, and scones (the apricot scone is a doozy!),. Danishes are particularly excellent, made with light, flaky dough and bright fruit filling.

The Pine Street Bakery is a laid-back place with a lighthearted vibe. A sign on the wall asks hippies to use the side door; counter stools are painted in rainbow colors; a flower-bedecked patio is a welcoming place for al fresco eaters, sippers, conversationalists, newspaper readers, and meditators.

By the way, if coffee does not happen to be your drink, don’t necessarily scratch this place off your itinerary. Pine Street Bakery offers high-quality Tea Forté teas and is also a wine bar as much as it is a coffee house.

What to Eat
Pine Street Bakery, Danish Pastry
Danish Pastry
Coffee an': That's a double espresso in the foreground and a fine, flaky fruit Danish in back.
Pine Street Bakery, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
The cinnamon roll is very large, but also very light. And made-this-morning fresh.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 7 MILES | 22 min

Sandwiched between Montana and Washington state, Idaho’s panhandle stretches from the wheat-gold hills of a fertile table called the Palouse to the green timbered mountains of British Columbia. Ancestral home of the Nez Percé, it is pure paradise for souls who crave to get away from everything but nature. North of Coeur d'Alene, the town…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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