Where are the best bakeries in Portland? Right here on this map. All 40 of Portland’s best bakeries, whether for pie or popovers; cannoli or croissant; loaves or lemon bars; biscuits or bonbons. Everything baked you could want in Portland in its pictorial glory and without much explanatory text because that’d be a long read. Including two of our favorite independent super-small scale bakeries. Grab the map and let’s go!
1. Jinju Patisserie
Where – Williams Ave in North Portland
What – New fine confectionary and bakery from renowned award winning Las Vegas fine chocolatier and pastry artists Jin Caldwell and Kyurim Lee. Jin is hoping to move permanently to Portland so let’s help her.
Why – Stunningly gorgeous and delicious bonbons and truffles. Sublime croissant. Perfect scones.
2. St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery
Where: Downtown, near PSU
What: Tiny and very colorful Filipino bakery that’s easy to miss if you don’t know about it.
Why: Ube cheesecake. Personable and warm owners and staff. Lunchtime treats. Pandesal and Ensaimadas.
Best of EVERYTHING
3. Grand Central Bakery
What: Along with Steve Sullivan of Acme Bread (1984), Seattleite Gwen Basetti gave us the earliest bakery (1989) that singlehandedly changed the trajectory and direction of real bread in the U.S. Real bread meaning naturally leavened artisan sourdough loaves, including classic baguette and their famous Como loaf, whole grain loaves and in the non-loaf department, every pastry you can think of. And soups, and sandwiches, and salads, and U-bake pie crust and pot pies. And our favorite, the seasonal specials. Still a family run operation and one firmly entrenched in its mission and core values of sustainability, locavorism, quality, taste and excellent customer service and employee culture, GCB is also that rare family business that has managed to scale high and wide enough to bring greater Portland our best bread and pastries. Proof: a great majority of Portland’s fine sandwiches and burgers utilize Grand Central Bakery breads and buns.
Why: Famous Como loaf. Any seasonal cream cheese pastry rugelach you can get your hands on. A famous Portland chef remarked to us anonymously that the rugelach was the most perfect pastry he’d ever tasted. Pannetone at Christmastime.
Pretzels and Brod:
What: Breads and pastries in the authentic German tradition, including Swabian Rye, Beer, Potato Bread, Vollkorn and the list goes on.
Why: Giant soft German pretzels, pretzel rolls and the amazing pretzel bagel.
Alt. Flour Breads & Baked Goods
5. Seastar Bakery
Where: North Killingsworth on that blck that is home to Hat Yai, Tea Bar and Podnah’s.
What: Neighborhood bakery (that turns into Handsome Pizza at night) with creative whole grain breads, pastries, granola, muffins, brownies and cookies
Why: Amply stacked woodfired toasts featuring farm fresh veggies and fruit, nut butters, cheese, eggs and you can add bacon too.
Bahn Mi to Baguette to Bao to Cupcakes to Donuts:
6. An Xuyen
What: Tiny Vietnamese bakery featuring all manner of savory and sweet baked goods including donuts, dumplings, bao, cupcakes, sandwiches, and fancy pants cakes, macarons and other pretty confections.
Why: Footlong Bahn Mi in the $5 neighborhood
Tarts, Teacakes & Cannoli
7. Bella’s Italian Bakery
What: Incredible Italian bakery serving up heavenly focaccia and sfincione which is a focaccia like Sicilian “pizza”, teacakes and tarts and pastries, granola, and A+ sandwiches and salads.
Why: Sfincione and focaccia and cannoli. All three are musts. ALSO, Venetian Happy Hour, Thursday pizza nights and sometimes lasagne. Finally, CUCIDATI, the end of all fig newtons packed tight with fig, cranberries (or raisins), dark chocolate and citrus.
Cakes, Macarons, Tarts:
8. Farina Bakery
Where: Southeast, on Hawthorne.
What: Colorful neighborhood bakery featuring beautifully decorated cakes (specializing in wedding cakes) and pastries.
Why: Macarons and savory hand pies.
Croissants, Pop Tarts, Muffins, Scones & Frosted Cookies
9. Little Red’s Bakeshop & Cafe
What: Cozy and understatedly stylish little corner bakery.
Why: Cookies, scones, seasonal specials (Irish soda bread, holiday themed frosted cookies) and great coffee.
Wood Fired Whole Grain Breads
10. Tabor Bread
Where: Mt. Tabor
What: Neighborhood bakery housed in an old Tudor serving up hearth baked whole grain breads, pastries and toasts. House milled flour. Biscuits, granola, eggy dishes, soups and sandwiches.
Why: Einkorn, Spelt, Anadama or 100% Rye loaves. Unique hearty breakfast “cookie” (pictured below).
Sandwich Rolls (Wholesale); Baguette; Conches; Pastries:
11. Dos Hermanos
Where: North Portland on Williams
What: Small bakery in North Portland offering wholesale bread and rolls to restaurants as well as a nice selection of pastries, conches, sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. Bonus for SOUP – clam chowder and pozole.
Why: Cajeta Danish
Churros, Donuts, Spongecake; Conches & Cream Jello Parfaits:
12. Panaderia Cinco de Mayo
What: Small bakery of the wonderful neighborhood taqueria
Why: Jellyroll cake slices, donuts, churros and cream jellos.
Pineapple Pork Buns; Red Bean Cakes; Dry Pork Roll; Cakes
13. Mei Sum Bakery
Where: Southeast on 82nd
What: Small chinese bakery with colorful buns, cakes and pastries.
Why: Pineapple and pork buns.
Croissants & French Classics; Rugulach; Baguette & Breads
14. Fleur de Lis
What: Open and airy neighborhood french bakery
Why: Croissant, one of if not the best in Portland. Rugelach. Baguette.
Croissants, Breads, Traditional Type French Pastries
15. Pearl Bakery
Where: Pearl District, downtown
What: All the best french pastries such as croissants and danishes, plus freshly baked loaves.
Why: Solid plain and chocolate croissants; Cream cheese danish; Pain Aux Raisin.
Smaller Scale Favorites:
Whole Grain Naturally Leavened Breads:
16. Starter Bread
Where: North Portland
What: Homebaker Matt Kedzie (who can also be seen at Seastar Bakery) offering monthly CSB subscription which gets you 4 delicious whole grain and naturally leavened loaves using locally sourced grains and flours. Loaves include polenta, rye, sunflower “city”, barley. So much flavor in these breads, they are a staple in our daily diet.
Why: Toast for dinner makes weeknight cooking easy.
Sourdough Bagels; Cookies, Hand Pies; Pastries:
17. Jen’s Bagels & Pastries
Where: North Portland
What: Small and 100% wonderful artisan bakery featuring naturally leavened bagels, cookies, hand pies and other pastries and delicious baked goods. Jen is seconds away from opening her first brick and mortar bakery so stay tuned!
Why: Sourdough bagels are the best bagels in Portland.
Where: Sandy, but also everywhere in local coffee shops, cafes and restaurants
What: Pastries, cakes, cookies and other sweet and savory baked goods from Kim Boyce.
Why: Sticky bun.
19. Ken’s Artisan Bakery
Where: Northwest. Also just as above with Bakeshop, you’ll see Ken’s loaves and pastries everywhere in Portland cafes and coffee shops and restaurants.
What: Legendary baker and pizza maker Ken Forkish’s artisan bakery on 21st.
Why: Baguette, seasonal fruit glazed croissant, quiche. You cannot go wrong with any choice at Ken’s.
Coffee Shops with Great Baked Goods and Toasts
20. Crema Cafe
Where: Just off Burnside on Ankeny.
What: Wonderful coffee shop with a giant selection of house baked desserts and savories.
Why: Bread pudding, macarons, focaccia.
21. Cup and Bar
What: Coffee shop with a small selection of very worthwhile baked goods and toasts.
Why: Avocado toast and cheddar rosemary scone. The only avocado toast to rival our favorite California toast at Lodge Bread Co.
Heading South (Hillsdale) for Sweets:
22. Baker & Spice
What: Amazing bakery with all manner of pastries and savory baked goods PLUS amazing pies.
Why: Sticky bun, savory bread pudding muffin, turnovers.
23. Heim Bakery
Where: Roseway on Northeast Fremont
What: Small artful German bakery with authentic loaves, toasts, pastries and desserts and soups and sandwiches.
Why: Streudel and meat board.
A Little Bit of Everything
24. Lovejoy Bakers
Where: Downtown near Union Station
What: Vibrant and busy bakery featuring loaves, pastries, scones and cupcakes.
Why: Frosted cupcakes
25. Miss Zumstein’s Bakery & Coffee Shop
Where: Cully neighborhood on 42nd
What: Small personal bakery with lots of fun desserts
Why: Quiche, seasonal fruit tarts and cookies. Perfect dessert spot after a lunchtime slice at Pizza Jerk across the street.
26. Little T American Baker
Where: Southeast, on Division
What: Expert baker Tim Healea’s cafe offering daily loaves, regular breads, fine croissants and traditional pastries, and fun sweets. Here is the current menu of daily loaves:
Teff Sourdough or Portuguese Sweet Bread
Khorasan Flint Corn with Raisins and Rosemary
Alikaya (Honey & Olive Oil)
Pumpkin Seed Currant
Semolina, White Wine & Fennel
Why: Everything here is exceptionally good but we especially love the classic baguette with butter and jam.
27. Bushel & Peck
What: Amazing little bakery with killer biscuits, savory adn sweet scones, muffins, brownies and coffee cake.
Why: Biscuit sandwich with ham and egg.
28. Oyatsupan Bakers
What: Mindblowing selection of Japanese pastries, breads and other baked goods.
Why: Beef curry bun coated in panko; Japanese soft white pan bread; sweet red bean bread.
Quiche, Financiers, Bostock and Gooey Cake:
29. Woodlawn Coffee & Pastry
Where: Woodlawn in Northeast
What: Killer neighborhood bakery with outstanding quiches, pastries, cakes and other baked goods.
Why: Quiche, bostock, financiers and anything on special such as the Gooey Cake.
Kenton Spot for Cinnamon Rolls & Beet Lattes (Personal Favorite)
30. Posie’s Bakery & Cafe
What: Personal favorite of ours bakery and cafe serving up creative drinks and baked goods including scones, muffins, cakes, cinnamon rolls and cookies. Toasts and sandwiches. On the weekend: Biscuits.
Why: Cinnamon rolls and biscuits. Scones rock too. Beet latte.
Ride and Eat for Pop Tarts and Popovers:
31. Ville Velo Bakeshop
Where: North PDX on Prescott
What: Tiny and personal bakery featuring biscuits, pop tarts, baguettes and rotating specials such as popovers.
Why: Seasonal pop tarts.
32. St. Honore Patisserie
What: Popular traditional french bakery with all the croissants, tarts and other such french sweets.
Why: Maple bacon croissant. Lemon curd tart.
33. Petit Provence
What: Traditional french patisserie and bakery with a very large selection of pastries.
Why: Fruit and cream cheese danishes. Macarons. Pan aux raisins.
34. New Cascadia Traditional
What: Wonderful bakery selling wholesale to many familiar markets and now with a cafe near Hosford Abernathy. Bagels, breads, sandwiches, “pizza” and other gluten free goodies.
Why: Grab half a dozen day old bagels at a steal of a price. Pizza is pretty great too.
35. Back to Eden Bakery
Where: Southeast on Alberta
What: Vegan bakery cart turned cafe and more recently, full fledged cafe/restaurant in Northeast.
Why: Amazing cinnamon rolls. Biscuits and vegan gravy. Cheesecake.
Also, try Petunia who sells wholesale to markets and restaurants and cafes throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area and has a small storefront in downtown.
36. Helen Bernhardt
What: Grandma style European bakery with everything under the sun including loaves, cakes, pies, donuts, seasonal and holiday breads and treats, danishes and other pastries, and the list continues.
Why: Sugar and crumb donut pretty solid. Hot cross buns during Easter.
37. Lauretta Jean’s
Where: Southeast Division; Downtown.
What: Old school all-butter crust AMAZING pies. So many pie choices, all delicious. Also bonus points for biscuits and sandwiches that are outstanding.
Why: Who can choose, everything is A+.
38. Random Order Coffeehouse and Bakery
Where: Alberta Ave.
What: Pie shop that also has quiche and savory tarts
Why: Cherry pie. Banana cream pie.
Fancy Pants: Opera Cakes, Fine Confections
39. Pix Patisserie
What: Chic little patisserie connected to Bar Vivant on Burnside. Only open afternoons and into evening.
Why: Opera cake, truffles.
Croissants and Macarons:
Where: Pearl District
What: Neighborhood bakery offering croissants, pastries and macarons. Canele.
Why: Rose croissant. Also they make a korvapuusti for Heart Coffee Roasters that is unique and delicious.