Steamboat Springs may be known for the wonders of the great outdoors – skiing, hiking, biking and horseback riding through the mountains, but it’s inside the walls of our local cafes and bakeries where delectable delights and true western hospitality are whipped up.

Off the Beaten PathEspecially during the cold winter months, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a rich cup of hot chocolate or a delicious pastry from a local purveyor. If you’re hitting the slopes, be sure to grab a coffee from Geano’s at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort. You won’t be able to resist the smells as you walk by with your skis, and you’ll want something hot to drink on the gondola. For those staying in hotels at the base of the mountain, both the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and The Steamboat Grand feature grab-and-go cafes, perfect for powder mornings.

Looking for a sweet treat before you hit the slopes? Look no further than the Iron Waffle where the motto states that “waffles are not just for breakfast anymore”. The close proximity to the ski resort and menu items ranging from sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and sweet or savory waffles will make this a must on your ski day agenda.

In downtown Steamboat, you can munch on some homemade, local baked goodies from the friendly folks at Mountain Brew on Oak Street. A staple for Steamboat locals, you’re likely to see a host of smiling faces welcoming you. Don’t miss their sugary delights – cupcakes and pastries are the baker’s specialty, often gluten free pastries are available, and they’ll even design goodies for your wedding or special event.


Love to linger? Downtown Steamboat offers plenty of cafes that will be perfect for you if you’re in the middle of a good book – or want to be. Tucked away on Ninth Street is Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, a can’t-miss boutique filled with books, gifts, good cheer and literary conversation. You can truly get lost in a good book among the wafting aromas from the bakery.

Whether it’s cold outside or you’re just craving a good cup of coffee, there’s a warm mug and a friendly smile waiting for you on almost every block at a local Steamboat café.