“If you haven’t heard of Wagner’s you’re not from Olympia. It’s that good! Wonderful food, amazing pastries, and a terrific staff. The cinnamon bread should be considered a controlled substance — one loaf and you are hooked for life!,” said Wagner’s regular, Bill Brocket.
Wagner’s European Bakery & Cafe has been bringing European treats to the city of Olympia for the last 72 years. The cafe does its best to reflect the countries it brings together through baked goods, fashioning the cafe after a cozy cabin that could possibly be found in the alps.
Owned and operated by 3 generations of Wagners, they specialize in lunch treats, Sunday waffles, and various desserts such as classic German cheesecake, dozens of different flavors of doughnuts, and their always available signature cinnamon bread. Over the last 7 decades, Wagner’s has gathered a faithful following and a constant stream of regulars.
“[It’s] one of my absolute favorite places in Olympia. I look forward to driving in to work from Shelton the mornings I decide to have pastries at Wagner’s. The Chamber of Commerce staff loves it when I pick up a coffee cake for the break room,” said Brocket.
Of course, this local business does much more than provide those in downtown Olympia with a casual, healthy, and dependent place to eat. They’ve also been voted the best place to order a wedding cake in Olympia.
“I can’t wait to order our cake. My folks, the most precious parents on the planet, took on the daunting task of cake tasting for us. Now to place the order! The artistry is AMAZING and from their report they taste even better,” commented one bride to be on their Facebook.
For those that want to stop at their Capitol Way location, Wagner’s has a drive-thru window and there is an Intercity Transit stop right out front, making Wagner’s an easy-to-access shop.
If you can’t make your way to Capital Way, they also have a small treat booth at the Olympia Farmer’s Market along with a new satellite bakery and cafe on Pacific Ave in the old Ernst Building.
“It’s really exciting for us and and we can offer more job positions to the community. We are also opening up a pizza shop on Capitol this month,” according to their Facebook page.
If you can’t make your way to Olympia or if you fall in love with Wagner’s and want to share it with those not close enough, they will gladly ship to any location in the United States.
After you’re plumped up with sugary treats, you can purchase a variety of goods. Foreign candy, vintage lunch boxes, and a german staple, nutcrackers line the shelves of the cafe. Serving as both a decoration and a shopping experience.
The main Wagner’s location is open every weekday from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturdays from 7:30 A.M. to 500 P.M., and Sundays from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and features select spots for Wagner’s customers and street parking surrounding the block.