Jackson Hole: Best Local Cafès

Winters in Jackson, Wyoming are loooooong; I mean really, really long. (We wouldn’t have it any other way.) But when the weak sunshine of spring finally arrives, locals flock to the outdoor cafés like geese coming home to their favorite pond.  Grab a hot drink (believe me, it’s still too cold for an iced coffee) and I’ll show you a few of my favorite local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.

First stop: Persephone Bakery Boulangerie and Café, just off the Town Square in downtown Jackson.

Favorite local cafes in Jackson, Wyoming. A post on the best local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.
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It’s easy to spot the locals; they’re the ones wearing shorts no matter how cold it is as long as the sun in shining.

If you travel to Jackson AND you love food, there is a 99% chance you will be hanging out at Persephone at least once during your visit. Persephone is our little slice of Paris, the unofficial meeting place for downtown locals, and the perfect place to sip and snack while contemplating what to do with the rest of the beautiful Wyoming day.

Favorite local cafes in Jackson, Wyoming. A post on the best local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.
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My friend Carter sips from a pot of Afternoon Ashram tea.

 

Favorite local cafes in Jackson, Wyoming. A post on the best local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.
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Persephone Café is famous for its wall of spoons.

I hang out at Persephone so much my friends call it my “office”. If I’m hungry, my usual order is a side of Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash with a fried egg on top, all bathed in an addictive Dijon cream sauce. When Persephone rolled out its summer menu this month, I was thrilled to see my favorite secret side dish turned into a skillet breakfast. Now the Sweet Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Skillet is my go-to dish, perfect after hiking up Snow King Mountain with friends.

I am also partial to the Herbed Farm Fresh Omelette — stuffed with goat cheese, served with fried fingerling potatoes and a generous scoop of vegetable hash on the side. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of Persephone’s dishes. Or the pastries: Baker Kevin Cohane trained in Paris and now treats us to the flakiest all-butter croissants, cinnamon brioche, kouign amann (a floret of laminated croissant dough coated in caramelized sugar), sweet and savory scones, and muffins. Gluten free? I’m not, but I love to get the Gluten Free Citrus Cake whenever I can — made with almond flour and orange zest, it’s the perfect afternoon snack with a pot of Siam Basil Lemongrass tea.

Favorite local cafes in Jackson, Wyoming. A post on the best local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.
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The Summer Vegetable Sandwich leaves me feeling virtuous to have a treat after lunch.

I feel pretty virtuous when I choose the Summer Vegetable Sandwich for lunch— layers of roasted beets, goat cheese, cucumber, Vertical Harvest (our town’s brand spanking new vertical greenhouse built on the side of a parking garage!) arugula pesto, on multigrain bread. Which leaves me room for a treat: the Berry Frangipane Tart. Because I am all about frangipane, a sweet almondy custard in which the berries float, and café dining is all about having a treat.

Favorite local cafes in Jackson, Wyoming. A post on the best local spots for spring sipping, noshing, and hanging out in the sunshine.
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