Ask a Local: An Insider’s Guide to Anchorage, Alaska


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

Ian Doumit moved to Anchorage with nothing but a backpack and dreams of living among colossal mountains. He moved from “Lower 48,” as he calls it, where he worked at an absinthe bar in Austin, Texas, and later refurbished antique espresso equipment in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But it wasn’t until he made it to the stunning Alaskan city that he felt home. Now, at SteamDot Coffee, one of the only places in Alaska where you can find serious light roast single-origin fair-trade coffee, he’s the barista manager and the coffee culture coordinator. He’s also the resident expert on what’s happening in Anchorage, from backcountry yoga on paddleboards to late-night reindeer hot dogs and cocktails called “Duck Farts.” Doumit knows that Anchorage has it all.

Where should we stay?
Hotel Captain Cook is where President Obama stayed when he was in Anchorage six months ago and it has the best views of the inlet. If you want the quintessential Alaskan experience, there are excellent campsites north toward the interior or south, only about 15 minutes away, in Girdwood. If you’re Airbnb-ing, I’d suggest the Bootleggers Cove neighborhood, which has easy access to the water, or the Spenard neighborhood, which has a funky Austin vibe.

President Obama at Snow City Café in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images.

Where’s the best place to grab breakfast?
Snow City Café. Most famously, that’s where President Obama and his entourage bought the entire stock of cinnamon rolls. It’s a very funky local landmark with great breakfast and excellent seafood options. Downtown, there’s Williwaw, which is where I go for …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit