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If you like sweet treats, here are the best dessert spots on Orcas Island. One of the most picturesque of the San Juan islands in Pacific Northwest, Orcas Island impresses with its inclusive thus decadent food scene that includes pastries and desserts. From humble fruit pop tarts to giant chocolate croissants, gluten free muffins, and colorful macaroons, you can find anything your sweet tooth wishes.
Most of the pastry and desserts shops are located in walking distance in Eastsound, also known as the island’s capital. As the opening times vary between the high season in the summer and the off-season in the winter, it is advisable to check their website or social media platforms for updates. So, without further ado, let’s go to Orcas Island for some dessert!
The Brown Bear Baking is small-batch bakery located in Eastsound that specializes in artisanal bread, French pastries, and cakes. This bakery is known for using high-quality ingredients and traditional baking techniques to create some of the best desserts in Orcas Island. You will find flaky peach and chocolate croissants, juicy almond crumbles, sugary cinnamon rolls, poppyseed cakes, pecan sticky buns – all of which are baked fresh daily. In addition, you can have a slice of the giant cakes, and seasonal tarts including Key Lime Tart.
The popular bakery is known for its hearth-baked bread that serves for its savory treats and sandwiches during lunch time.
You can pair your desserts with a cup of freshly made coffee and you are good to go!
Opening hours: Friday to Monday 8 am – 4 pm
This sweet spot in Eastsound is simple but has it all. Handmade with simple ingredients, the treats include lemon curd scones, honey cake, vegan coconut cakes, flourless chocolate brownies, strawberry shortbread scones, almond brioche to name a few. You can pick your favorite, pair it with a cup of Lighthouse coffee, and take a seat at the tables on the patio. Then just eavesdrop on the joyful locals.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8 am – 3 pm
The name may be puzzling, but founder Audra Lawlor gets her hands dirty in an effort to preserve pink pearl apples and Orcas pears which were planted in the late 1800’s and then abandoned in the early 1900’s. The result is a variety of spoon and cutting preserves made from fruit coming from various 100-year-old plus Orcas Island orchards in copper pots and in small batches. Some of the favorites are the Quince Marmalade Spoon Preserve, Good Food award-winner Shiro Plum with Mint Spoon Preserve, and the spring favorite Rhubarb Lavender Spoon Preserve.
You can also find orchard fruit wines, shrubs, bitters, and pantry “ware”!
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am-4:30 pm, Sunday: 11 am-4 pm
The take-out shop within the Orcas Island Market opens at 7 am and welcomes shoppers who enjoy an early cup of joe. Fresh pastries including croissants, muffins, cookies, and cakes are available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Before leaving, grab a bag of freshly made Teezer’s Cookies as a gift to your friends!
Opening hours: daily 7 am – 2 pm
Although not technically a bakery or a dessert spot, the Wild Island offers one-of-a-kind pastries that are worth your visit. If you want to try their amazing Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookie, Chocolate Muffin, or a Walnut Cheesecake Muffin, go early because they go fast. Pair it with a Pink or a Golden Sun Latte and take a seat at the outdoor tables and enjoy your morning.
If you’d rather go for a savory treat, enjoy an avocado and hummus toast made of their seeded sourdough bread or a hearty sandwich.
The Wild Island is a plant-based restaurant and pastries are vegan and often gluten free. Always check this out!
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 9 am – 2 pm
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An Orcas Island bakeshop specializing in artisanal French macarons, impressive celebration and wedding cakes, fruit pop tarts, cookies and more. Their treats are popular with locals and out-of-towners, and you will find them at the Farmer’s Market during the summer months on Saturdays.
You can order their decadent desserts online from their website. Find their treats at Farmer’s Market in Eastsound from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays from May to September.
Seabird Bakeshop is a weekly pop-up bakeshop focused on sourdough pastries and donuts made with locally grown whole grains, produce, and eggs. The donuts are outstanding and the savory tarts also a must-try. You can also order a celebration cake.
Currently Seabird Bakeshop’s desserts are available every Saturday at Matia from 9 am until noon. As their offerings are seasonal, check their website for the updated menu. When we checked it out, we found Elderflower Sugar Sourdough Donuts, Sourdough Cardamom Buns, and Brown Butter Tarts!
Are you traveling for dessert? If yes, check this article for vegan dessert spots in Seattle
For an ice cream treat, a stop at the Clever Cow Creamery is a must. With as many as 30 rotating flavors, be assured that you will find one that you like. Try a scoop in a homemade waffle, sugar, or cake cone. Or get a sundae with your choice of ice cream with the house-made deep dark fudge or salted caramel sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.
If you are nostalgic, go for the retro Old Fashioned Root Beer Float and wake up your inner child. But if you play grown-up, go for the affogato! Your choice of ice cream with a shot or two of espresso poured on top.
The cheerful ice cream spot stays open from April to September, daily 12 pm to 6 pm
One of the newest additions to the island’s food scene, Roots serves great coffee and pastries from the Sweet Craft Bakeshop. Pop tarts, moisty cookies, and scones are some of the goodies that you will get. There are sweet treats on the shelves, and if you go later in the day, you can also get a glass of wine.
Opening hours: daily from 8 am – 4:30 pm except Tuesday that the shop is closed.
The best dessert spots on Orcas Island: are you convinced to give them a try?
As you can see, there are many pastries to choose from on Orcas Island. With so many delicious options, you’re sure to find something you love. Grab a pastry or two and enjoy! And don’t forget to share this article with your friends so they can enjoy too.
Did you visit any of these Dessert Spots? Capture a snapshot of your dessert from Orcas Island and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @theistravels or using the hashtag #wedesserts. We can’t wait to see it!