Panera Travel Stops
Think every Panera Bread® bakery-cafe is the same? Take a tour of some unique features across the country.
Like a car needs gas, you need fuel for your summer road trip. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can make your meal stop memorable when you dine at one of these distinctive Panera locations with amazing views, unique decor, and historic architectural features.
8 Steeple Street
An ideal stop for travelers through Cape Cod, this bakery-cafe reflects the seaside community. With bright yellows and light-colored greens, the rustic, seaside atmosphere is complemented with reclaimed wood from barns. When it’s warm outside, who doesn’t enjoy a sea breeze? So during summer months, the large front windows are slid to the side, giving the front section of the bakery-cafe an open, airy feel. But no matter what the season, visitors can cozy up to a two-sided fireplace in the center of the restaurant.
Chinatown, Washington, D.C.
673 H Street N.W.
Near the Friendship Archway in the District of Columbia’s Chinatown, this bakery-cafe combines the historic with the hip. It’s located in a renovated historic building with much of the original structure preserved, yet on the walls are three-dimensional, custom metal sculptures. The most eye-catching feature, though, is the soaring atrium that allows natural light to stream in throughout the bakery-cafe. On each level are comfy nooks and spaces in which to have a meal with a travel buddy while planning your day in the district.
115 Stuart Street
Need a place where you can chill out in plenty of room to look over your Beantown touring maps? Check out this bakery-cafe that’s in the middle of all the action. Incorporating brick and soffits from the original structure, the high ceilings and big front windows welcome lots of natural light. You can warm up next to the central fireplace on cool days or head outside to the adjacent patio area to soak in the summer sun.
1241 Centre Street
Although this bakery-cafe is in the middle of a hustling, bustling, and vibrant part of the town about 10 miles west of Boston, a calm, peaceful feeling prevails inside. You might imagine brunch in the park when dining here, because right across the street is the large Newton Centre Green. With the patio’s large folding doors open, visitors can dine underneath a redwood trellis. Or head to the main dining room for a sort of magical experience with pendant lights that appear to be floating in air.
980 Orange Avenue
This bakery-cafe is nestled in a pleasant beach community on a peninsula across the bay from San Diego. Though the building was previously a bank, the front of the location is now as open and bright as the island weather. And outside, just steps from private, off-street parking, is an outdoor gathering space surrounded by tropical plants—the perfect night spot after a day of sightseeing or swimming.
Santa Barbara, California
3851 State Street
When you stop at this bakery-cafe, you might feel as if you’ve traveled to Spain. The exterior architecture is mission-style, with stucco walls, exposed timbers, and a clay-tiled roof. But the location is special inside, too. Throughout the bakery-cafe, dramatic artwork dominates the large wall spaces.