Planning your Banff National Park vacation, you’ll be tempted to cram as much in as you can. We get it -- the views here are spectacular. To soak in as much adventuring as possible, Banff boasts tasty takeaway options that will have you back on the road in no time, with a snack in hand.
Wild Flour Banff's Artisan Bakery Café on Bear Street opens at 7 a.m. and offers a tantalizing array of scones, muffins, and croissant along with freshly brewed coffee (including their own house blend), tea, or espresso-based drinks. Looking for something heartier as you hit the road? Try their frittata breakfast sandwich on their freshly baked bread or one of their lunch sandwiches.
Nestled in the Banff Aspen Lodge you’ll find Whitebark Café. Grab one of their delicious espresso-based drinks or a cup of loose leaf tea (sourced from the Banff Tea Co. ) and a tasty baked goodie, yogurt parfait with homemade granola, or other seasonally-changing menu items.
Tucked in the basement of Cascade Mall, you’ll find Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co., which offers 8- and 13-inch pizzas to go. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. sources its ingredients from 50 local suppliers and producers and offers a list of scrumptious vegetarian or meat pizzas. If you’re craving something specific that’s not on the menu, you can build your own pizza from their choice toppings.
Stop by STOCK Food & Drink at the Fairmont Banff Springs from 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. daily for their locally-inspired selection of gourmet treats. With seasonal ingredients from local farmers, you can find exactly what you need to satisfy your food cravings at any time of day, including house-made bread and pastries, fresh sandwiches, or even a quick coffee.
If you’re up on Tunnel Mountain Road, swing by Buffalo Mountain Café at Buffalo Mountain Lodge from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. This cozy café in a wood cabin offers treats and meals perfect to grab and go any time of day, from a bagel to start your day or a gourmet sandwich topped with house-made preserves and dressings. Whether you’re travelling by car, by bike, or on foot, this is the perfect stop to grab the fuel you need to continue your adventure.
Driving on the Highway 93 South as part of your mountain adventure? Just minutes before you reach Kootenay National Park and the British Columbia Border, you’ll pass Storm Mountain Lodge. The historic lodge offers tea, sandwiches, and other goodies to go. Watch for the sign on your right and stop to grab the provisions you’ll need to continue your day hanger-free.
If your adventures are taking you to Lake Louise, you’ll want to make sure you stop at Laggan’s Mountain Bakery and Delicatessen in the Samson Mall. From individually-sized pot pies to sausage rolls to pizza, you’ll find all sort of savoury treats to grab and go on your way to the trailhead or to your next sightseeing stop! If you’re craving a sweet snack, you’ll find pretty much any baked good you’re craving here.
Remember, you’re in a national park and there are bear-proof garbage bins to help keep you and wildlife safe. When you’re done snacking, make sure you don’t leave any food or garbage outside!