Waking up to a great bakery is one of the benchmarks of knowing you spent the night in one of the more civilized places on the planet. Essencia started as an experiment and evolved into a community anchor. The place is in a historic building that hums with a comforting level of activity, producing a palate pleasing selection of boulangerie classics.
The breakfast stop includes the old faithfuls chocolate croissant, lemon bar and berry scone. Something to absorb the onslaught of various vintages to be explored later in the day. Coffee is brewed with a respect for the bean and the morning roast is robust. The outside seating welcomes the morning light putting everyone at the table in a festive mood. Wrap this and that to go! You'll need the reinforcements on your tasting trek through the valley when blood sugar wanes with the remains of the day.