By Kaeli Hearn
Bellingham is known for its charm and undeniable uniqueness. There seems to be too many places to explore and see. It has become my mission to try and explore the lesser known, hidden gems of Bellingham. My exploring led me to a bakery in the historic district of Fairhaven called Iron Rooster Bakery. This bakery is fairly new to the area, having opened in June of this year.
The bakery offers a variety of food and drink items. They sell items including cookies, croissants, danishes, cakes and muffins. The bakery even has gluten-free options. They offer a variety of drinks from lattes to americanos to iced teas. The bakery also serves a wide selection of non-dairy milks such as almond, coconut and even hemp milk.
After talking with Bailey, one of the baristas on duty, I learned that the bakery uses a special ganache to make their hot chocolate, which is served with homemade marshmallows. He also told me that they bake all of their pastry items fresh daily.
The architecture of the building is beautiful. The bakery is surrounded by big windows that look upwards towards downtown Fairhaven. The interior is laid out with brick walls and strings of Christmas lights that create a very inviting aesthetic.
Iron Rooster Bakery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on Mondays.
I loved this bakery because it is local, has a pleasant atmosphere and has some of the best coffee I’ve had during my time in Bellingham. (Not kidding, and I am a huge coffee snob.)
Everything is pretty decently priced and the employees are friendly and made great suggestions. If you want to explore a hidden gem of Bellingham this week, Iron Rooster is the place to go. I bet you will leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face.