Arts, Shopping & Dining

Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2008


Juneau is home to a nationally recognized professional playhouse, Perseverance Theatre, which has premiered more than 50 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. Other performing arts groups in town include the Juneau Lyric Opera, Theatre in the Rough and Opera to GO! The Juneau Symphony is a community orchestra that includes more than 80 semi-professional and volunteer musicians. Music lovers converge in Juneau for two spring music festivals, the Alaska Folk Festival in April and Juneau Jazz & Classics in May.


Juneau's gift shops offer merchandise from Russian dolls and Alaska T-shirts to designer jewelry and handmade fudge. A keen shopper can also find beautiful jade, soapstone and ivory sculptures, silver jewelry, carved wooden masks, intricate beadwork, blankets and apparel designed by Alaska Natives and native Alaskans. Coffee lovers, for example, can take home some of Heritage Coffee Company's wide variety of specialty coffees. A premiere coffee roaster, Heritage Coffee has been serving Juneau for 33 years. Another popular souvenir beverage comes from the Alaskan Brewing Company, whose beers have garnered national awards.


Offering everything from fast food to an elegant meal, Juneau's restaurants provide an assortment of culinary choices: coffee and pastries, seafood and steak, calzones and pizza, bagels and sandwiches and much more. Juneau has some of the oldest restaurants in Alaska. Silverbow Bakery is the state's oldest operating bakery. They still use the original (over 100-year-old) sourdough starter and were the first traditional bagel maker in Alaska where bagels are boiled, then baked in a revolving tray oven. The historic Gold Room in the Westmark Baranof Hotel has been serving fine meals since the 1930s. Juneau also offers Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Filipino, Russian and Thai cuisine.

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