About The Bread Peddler

The Bread Peddler opened on July 17th, 2006, in Downtown Olympia. Since opening we have been enthusiastically welcomed by the Olympia community. We are an artisan bakeshop as well as a cafe serving lunch and breakfast. All of our products are made from scratch and are cooked with the utmost attention to ingredients and technique, and our goal is to provide you with the best-tasting foods. Enjoy!


Every morning, we combine simple organic ingredients with old world technique to form the beautiful crusty pains and baguettes. Many of our breads are made using a levain, a traditional French leavening method that relies only on the wild yeasts in the air. This results in a chewy rustic loaf where the flavors of the grains are prominent. Other breads use a combination of a preferment and a tiny bit of yeast resulting in a flavorful but more tender bread. All of our breads are shaped by hand, a time-consuming method that is gentler on the dough. Stones tiles in our oven and ejected steam give the loaves a rustic caramelized crust, distinctive of European breads and Old World methods. Our passion for our craft and our commitment to quality, assure you fresh superior artisan bread each day. We endeavor to bring new varieties to satisfy your palate as well as your health needs.

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From croissants to our Mud Bay Crunchies, our pastries capture the flavor of a Paris boulangerie and the spirit of the best of American artisan baking. We use premium butter and traditional European techniques for our flaky pastries, resulting in a product that is superior in both quality and flavor. Fillings and garnishes made from seasonal fruits, roasted nuts, dark chocolates, and artisan cheeses mean that flavors are subtle and fresh while not overly sweet. Rustic tarts are reminiscent of classic European coffeehouses; perfect for picnics and romantic celebrations. Special dessert and pastry orders can be made with our retail staff - we typically need 48 hours notice.

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Retail Café

The Bread Peddler is located in downtown Olympia on State and Capitol, the historic site of the first territorial legislature of Washington. Today we are a meeting place for the community for both locals and visitors, featuring French Press coffee and a full range of espresso drinks. Our sandwiches, reflective of French bakery fare, are crafted with the same care as our bread and pastries. Simply garnished, their ingredients feature premium meats, artisan cheeses, local produce, and slow cooking techniques designed to bring out flavors.

Seven days a week we are offering bread, pastries and coffee all day, as well as sandwiches, bistro fare and wine from 11 a.m. until we close. Please note that the kitchen stops taking orders a half hour before closing time.

Back Room

We have a back room that can occasionally be reserved during the week. Please call us at 360-352-1175 to check availability.