This Friday, October 4, is National Cinnamon Roll Day
. The holiday was launched in Sweden and Finland in 1999 to promote Swedish baking traditions (and increase sales of yeast, flour, sugar, and margarine) and continues to be super popular in those countries, but you don't have to live in Scandinavia to appreciate stunning, sweetly spiced spirals with gobs of cream cheese frosting and their accompanying aroma. We've compiled a handy list of where to find the treats in Seattle, gluten-free and vegan options included. For more ideas, check out our full food and drink calendar
The "quaffle" at this local coffee roaster is basically a croissant cinnamon roll pressed into a waffle iron, and if that doesn't make you want to run there immediately, we're not sure what will.
Downtown, Bellevue, and Issaquah
Queen Anne's cozy, adorable Scandinavian cafe pledges to have a healthy supply of pillowy cinnamon buns on hand for the holiday.
Vegetarian haven Cafe Flora bakes their vegan cinnamon buns fresh every morning with caramelized sugar, maple toasted pecans, and vanilla icing.
People go wild for the gooey, all-vegan treats at this cinnamon roll bakery franchise, which nabbed an offer on Shark Tank. Customize your roll with frostings in flavors like cream cheese, almond, lemon, and marshmallow, and toppings like cookie dough and fresh fruit.
You can find both vegan and gluten-free cinnamon rolls at this Pike Place scratch-bakery staple, which has been in business for over 35 years.
Crumble & Flake
This Capitol Hill bakery has decided to elevate the typical cinnamon roll with the addition of brioche dough, which they claim achieves "never-ending" flaky layers like a Danish. (They kept the cream cheese frosting, though—some things are too good to mess with.)
The London Plane
A perennial tourist favorite, this airy, pretty all-day cafe's bakery department churns out consistently remarkable baked goods, and their excellent cinnamon roll made with a croissant-like dough is no exception.
The local bakery calls its "Roly-Poly" an "homage to the classic cinnamon roll," with added coconut, raisins, and walnuts for extra texture.
This homey breakfast spot in a former school gymnasium is worth the drive for its famously massive cinnamon rolls.
The Stranger's Leilani Polk praises this bakery's gluten-free cinnamon buns "drenched in a gooey caramel glaze and drizzled with (dairy-free) icing."
Patrick’s Cafe and Bakery
Owner Patrick Choy's cinnamon rolls at this White Center cafe/bakery are his personal specialty and not to be missed.
Pike Place's pastry purveyor bakes up more than just piroshkies: they also have cinnamon rolls in flavors like apple and poppyseed.
Seattle Cinnamon Roll Co.
The Seattle Cinnamon Roll Co. is actually located in Woodinville, but it still merits a drive out there. The rolls are freshly baked and come in a variety of flavors like sticky bun, classic, whipped with strawberries, walnut, and more.
Sea Wolf Bakers
The gorgeously glazed cinnamon rolls at this Fremont bread bakery are a thing of beauty.
If you're looking for an enormous cinnamon roll the size of your head, you can find it at this enduringly popular Southern-inspired comfort food favorite.
Tall Grass Bakery
This bakery, which got its start at farmers markets and now also makes hand-made bread and granola in a Ballard brick-and-mortar location, serves up cinnamon rolls on the weekends only.