I’ve always meant to go to the Pannikin Coffee and Tea in Encinitas, but never got there somehow. The one in Del Mar is where I used to go before it closed down. Now I think I’ll be hitting this place more often.
What I liked most about this place is that it’s located in the historic Santa Fe Railroad Station, built in 1888. I am drawn to old places with squeaky wooden floors, tall windows and doors and tons of character. I think it’s the perfect setting for what you can buy there:
Delicious-looking tea breads
All kinds of pastries that make it so hard to decide.
Sweets. I used to eat those Manner wafers in Germany. They’ve been around since 1898! The ones filled with hazelnut cream are the best.
Then there are teas…
I got this pumpkin walnut muffin which was huge. So good. Everything I’ve had at a Pannikin tasted like it was just baked that morning. The muffins were still in their tins too. My husband’s bagel wasn’t real photogenic, so I skipped that.
The interior is decorated with antiques.
Is that an antique fire hose?
And speaking of antiques, surely this bike rack is one too?
When we got there, I was a little worried we wouldn’t have a place to sit (it was pretty crowded) but later realized there are all kids of seats:
That’s either an old church pew or one of the original station benches with a vintage sewing table.
Outdoor seating on the terrace and side,
Counters that look like they’ve been there forever,
and a long nice bench outside. It was beautiful that morning, as you can see.
Love the colors in this place.
Hope your week’s going well so far.