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Rows of desserts on wooden boards at Tanaka.
A variety of pastries at Tanaka.
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Outstanding Bakeries in Portland and Beyond

A must-hit list of the city's bakeshops

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A variety of pastries at Tanaka.
| Molly J. Smith/Eater Portland

Portland’s bakery scene has always been nationally significant, with local shops using locally milled, diverse grain flours for cakes, scones, and breads; even so, the city’s bakers and pastry chefs have continued to innovate, creating a wider spectrum of patisserie and other elaborate pastries available in town. On this map, find the city’s most noteworthy pastry shops for freshly baked pastries like croissants, sweets like cookies, and aesthetically meticulous desserts and mousses. Note that this map focuses exclusively on bakeries with a wide range of offerings, skipping spots that exclusively specialize in bagels, cakes, cookies, and doughnuts — you can find those on their own maps. Also, pastry aficionados can often find stellar breads and baked goods available through storefront-free subscription programs like Starter Bread, or at farmers market stands like Mio’s Delectables.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Oyatsupan Bakers

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When it first opened in 2016, Oyatsupan brought traditional Japanese baking to the outskirts of Portland. Today, it still serves some of the best Japanese sweet and savory pastries like kare pan (a soft bread boat filled with Japanese curry), castella doughnuts, and jiggly Japanese cheesecake. Those seeking lightly sweet, fluffy shokupan will also find those here, either in the form of whole loaves or sliced for Japanese-style egg salad sandwiches.

Ken's Artisan Bakery

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Nationally celebrated baker Ken Forkish developed a reputation for the breads at this neighborhood artisan bakery he founded: Loaves are dark and crusty, with an airy crumb and subtle tang from sourdough starters. Although Forkish has since retired, the bakery on Northwest 21st continues to serve standout laminated pastries, like its goat-cheese-and-leek croissant or its passionfruit escargot.

Baker & Spice | Cakery

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Baker & Spice’s the Cakery is entirely devoted to creating jaw-dropping layer cakes in flavors like coconut cream and mocha; visitors can stop in for a slice of cake or a whole cake, or pre-order a birthday or wedding cake. For those looking for delicious baked goods beyond cake, head next door to its cafe, Baker & Spice, where you’ll find a selection of croissants and other morning treats.

Tanaka, an Osaka-inspired bakery and sandwich shop, is an exciting addition to the Southwest downtown scene: Katsu sandwiches arrive on house-baked Japanese milk bread and a bakery case full of miso chocolate chip cookies, matcha opera cake, and more. The space is light and airy, with a vibrant community atmosphere thanks to the giant family-style table that runs through the length of the bakery.

Nuvrei has always excelled in traditional French baking like caneles, macarons, fruit danishes, and more. But what truly shines are its croissants: Nuvrei offers extraordinary varieties, including distinctive flavors like rose, matcha, and sesame. The Pearl District bakery is cozy but minimalist, with its giant display case giving way to limited seating.

Jinju Patisserie

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For those in the mood for fancier pastries, Jinju Patisserie always delivers. Jinju’s pastry chefs are Las Vegas expats, and this showmanship is evident in desserts like towering fruit tarts, silky mousse layer cakes, and jewelry-like bonbons. That being said, Jinju is also home to one of the city’s finest croissants. Savory pastry fans may prefer the ham, bacon, and cheese croissant, topped with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning.

St. Beatrix

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St. Beatrix — formerly Bushel & Peck Bakeshop — offers creative pastries like miso-caramel and passionfruit-sesame croissants, flower-adorned layer cakes, and savory scones, quiches, and sandwiches. Some of Bushel & Peck’s highlights remain on the menu, however, like its supremely flaky biscuits. Customers can order ahead or walk up for takeout.

Berlu Vietnamese Bakery

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In 2019, chef Vince Nguyen opened his highly anticipated Berlu, a fine-dining spot featuring a mix of classical French fine-dining techniques and Pacific Northwestern cuisine. He’s since pivoted to a more Vietnamese-tinged tasting menu in the evenings, and a day-time bakery offering goodies like pandan waffles and crepe cakes, tarts filled with tamarind custard and lychee, and his take on bánh bò nướng, a Vietnamese rice cake with a honeycomb crumb. All baked goods are gluten-free. Berlu is only open on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On a wooden table, Berlu’s Vietnamese pastries sit on little plates. They range from fruit tarts to pandan waffles to mango roulades.
Assorted pastries from Berlu’s bakery.
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Twisted Croissant

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For years, Twisted Croissant made the most exciting laminated pastries in the Portland area, selling seasonal stuffed cruffins (a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin), stunning chocolate croissants, and colorful chouquettes in various farmers markets. Now, Twisted Croissant has leveled up, with locations both on Northeast Broadway and one in Sellwood-Moreland. While plenty of the bakery’s showier options attract their own devotees, it’s hard to beat the shop’s textbook-perfect all-butter croissant.

Croissants from Twisted Croissant in a box.
Pastries from Twisted Croissant.
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Pix-O-Matic at Pix Patisserie

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Credit goes to Pix Patisserie for coming up with the most socially-distanced, convenient way to abate sugar cravings at any hour of the day. Before she retired, owner Cheryl Wakerhauser refurbished a 20-year-old vending machine, only to fill it with Pix’s signature macarons, mousses, truffle cakes, and even party favors like sparklers and cocktail mixers. Her bakery might be closed, by the Pix-O-Matic lives on. The Pix-O-Matic is open for takeaway orders every day for 24 hours; note that the machine is restocked and cleaned at 10 a.m. every day.

Little T Baker

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Tucked in a quiet nook away from Southeast Division’s main hustle and bustle, Little T Baker specializes in gorgeous, simple pastries: flaky croissants, seasonal fruit tarts, and chocolate chip cookies studded with giant chunks of molten chocolate. The real draw of Little T, however, is its crusty baguette, one of the city’s finest.

Champagne Poetry Patisserie

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While most of the spots on this list specialize in laminated pastries and homey baked goods, Champagne Poetry is known for maximalist, indulgent desserts like elaborate entremet cakes, lava cheesecakes, and boba-topped cupcakes. Enjoy the sweets in the vibrant and photogenic cafe, complete with a 3D floral-adorned wall designed for Instagramming baked goods.

Tabor Bread

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For years, Tabor Bread has been leading the charge when it comes to sourcing Oregon-grown, freshly milled flours for its sourdough pastry. Founder Tissa Stein follows the dogma of pioneering baker Alan Scott, which means many of the pastries here use whole-grain flours, which end up in tangy, slow-fermented breads, bagels, danishes, and more. Tabor is also one of the few spots baking single-grain breads, from einkorn to spelt.

Bakeshop

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Bakeshop is one of the most decorated bakeries in the city: In 2016, Kim Boyce was nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, and won for her cookbook dedicated to whole grain baking in 2011. Customers can order pastries like croissant croque monsieur, burnt Basque cheesecake, and marionberry scones for weekend pickup and delivery online through its website. Bakeshop is also currently offering a limited walk-up menu during the weekends.

Sebastiano's

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Sebastiano’s is a family-owned Sicilian cafe in Montavilla quickly becoming famous for its exceptional muffaletta sandwiches made with house-made bread. But even more noteworthy are bakery offerings like candied-orange-and-chocolate cannoli with house-fried cannoli shells, petite boxes of Sicilian cookies, espresso brownies, and olive oil cake.

Bella's Italian Bakery

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This small, 24-seat bakery rightfully earns its spot on this list by consistently churning out delicate and meticulous cannoli, light and airy focaccia, and other classic Italian baked goods. It’s no surprise this Lents bakery killed it from the get-go: owner Michelle Vernier honed in on her craft by working as a pastry chef at Portland classics like Paley’s Place, Imperial, and Wildwood. 

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Oyatsupan Bakers

When it first opened in 2016, Oyatsupan brought traditional Japanese baking to the outskirts of Portland. Today, it still serves some of the best Japanese sweet and savory pastries like kare pan (a soft bread boat filled with Japanese curry), castella doughnuts, and jiggly Japanese cheesecake. Those seeking lightly sweet, fluffy shokupan will also find those here, either in the form of whole loaves or sliced for Japanese-style egg salad sandwiches.

Ken's Artisan Bakery

Nationally celebrated baker Ken Forkish developed a reputation for the breads at this neighborhood artisan bakery he founded: Loaves are dark and crusty, with an airy crumb and subtle tang from sourdough starters. Although Forkish has since retired, the bakery on Northwest 21st continues to serve standout laminated pastries, like its goat-cheese-and-leek croissant or its passionfruit escargot.

Baker & Spice | Cakery

Baker & Spice’s the Cakery is entirely devoted to creating jaw-dropping layer cakes in flavors like coconut cream and mocha; visitors can stop in for a slice of cake or a whole cake, or pre-order a birthday or wedding cake. For those looking for delicious baked goods beyond cake, head next door to its cafe, Baker & Spice, where you’ll find a selection of croissants and other morning treats.

Tanaka

Tanaka, an Osaka-inspired bakery and sandwich shop, is an exciting addition to the Southwest downtown scene: Katsu sandwiches arrive on house-baked Japanese milk bread and a bakery case full of miso chocolate chip cookies, matcha opera cake, and more. The space is light and airy, with a vibrant community atmosphere thanks to the giant family-style table that runs through the length of the bakery.

Nuvrei

Nuvrei has always excelled in traditional French baking like caneles, macarons, fruit danishes, and more. But what truly shines are its croissants: Nuvrei offers extraordinary varieties, including distinctive flavors like rose, matcha, and sesame. The Pearl District bakery is cozy but minimalist, with its giant display case giving way to limited seating.

Jinju Patisserie

For those in the mood for fancier pastries, Jinju Patisserie always delivers. Jinju’s pastry chefs are Las Vegas expats, and this showmanship is evident in desserts like towering fruit tarts, silky mousse layer cakes, and jewelry-like bonbons. That being said, Jinju is also home to one of the city’s finest croissants. Savory pastry fans may prefer the ham, bacon, and cheese croissant, topped with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning.

St. Beatrix

St. Beatrix — formerly Bushel & Peck Bakeshop — offers creative pastries like miso-caramel and passionfruit-sesame croissants, flower-adorned layer cakes, and savory scones, quiches, and sandwiches. Some of Bushel & Peck’s highlights remain on the menu, however, like its supremely flaky biscuits. Customers can order ahead or walk up for takeout.

Berlu Vietnamese Bakery

In 2019, chef Vince Nguyen opened his highly anticipated Berlu, a fine-dining spot featuring a mix of classical French fine-dining techniques and Pacific Northwestern cuisine. He’s since pivoted to a more Vietnamese-tinged tasting menu in the evenings, and a day-time bakery offering goodies like pandan waffles and crepe cakes, tarts filled with tamarind custard and lychee, and his take on bánh bò nướng, a Vietnamese rice cake with a honeycomb crumb. All baked goods are gluten-free. Berlu is only open on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On a wooden table, Berlu’s Vietnamese pastries sit on little plates. They range from fruit tarts to pandan waffles to mango roulades.
Assorted pastries from Berlu’s bakery.
Christine Dong

Twisted Croissant

For years, Twisted Croissant made the most exciting laminated pastries in the Portland area, selling seasonal stuffed cruffins (a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin), stunning chocolate croissants, and colorful chouquettes in various farmers markets. Now, Twisted Croissant has leveled up, with locations both on Northeast Broadway and one in Sellwood-Moreland. While plenty of the bakery’s showier options attract their own devotees, it’s hard to beat the shop’s textbook-perfect all-butter croissant.

Croissants from Twisted Croissant in a box.
Pastries from Twisted Croissant.
Michelle Lopez / Eater Portland

Pix-O-Matic at Pix Patisserie

Credit goes to Pix Patisserie for coming up with the most socially-distanced, convenient way to abate sugar cravings at any hour of the day. Before she retired, owner Cheryl Wakerhauser refurbished a 20-year-old vending machine, only to fill it with Pix’s signature macarons, mousses, truffle cakes, and even party favors like sparklers and cocktail mixers. Her bakery might be closed, by the Pix-O-Matic lives on. The Pix-O-Matic is open for takeaway orders every day for 24 hours; note that the machine is restocked and cleaned at 10 a.m. every day.

Little T Baker

Tucked in a quiet nook away from Southeast Division’s main hustle and bustle, Little T Baker specializes in gorgeous, simple pastries: flaky croissants, seasonal fruit tarts, and chocolate chip cookies studded with giant chunks of molten chocolate. The real draw of Little T, however, is its crusty baguette, one of the city’s finest.

Champagne Poetry Patisserie

While most of the spots on this list specialize in laminated pastries and homey baked goods, Champagne Poetry is known for maximalist, indulgent desserts like elaborate entremet cakes, lava cheesecakes, and boba-topped cupcakes. Enjoy the sweets in the vibrant and photogenic cafe, complete with a 3D floral-adorned wall designed for Instagramming baked goods.

Tabor Bread

For years, Tabor Bread has been leading the charge when it comes to sourcing Oregon-grown, freshly milled flours for its sourdough pastry. Founder Tissa Stein follows the dogma of pioneering baker Alan Scott, which means many of the pastries here use whole-grain flours, which end up in tangy, slow-fermented breads, bagels, danishes, and more. Tabor is also one of the few spots baking single-grain breads, from einkorn to spelt.

Bakeshop

Bakeshop is one of the most decorated bakeries in the city: In 2016, Kim Boyce was nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, and won for her cookbook dedicated to whole grain baking in 2011. Customers can order pastries like croissant croque monsieur, burnt Basque cheesecake, and marionberry scones for weekend pickup and delivery online through its website. Bakeshop is also currently offering a limited walk-up menu during the weekends.

Sebastiano's

Sebastiano’s is a family-owned Sicilian cafe in Montavilla quickly becoming famous for its exceptional muffaletta sandwiches made with house-made bread. But even more noteworthy are bakery offerings like candied-orange-and-chocolate cannoli with house-fried cannoli shells, petite boxes of Sicilian cookies, espresso brownies, and olive oil cake.

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Bella's Italian Bakery

This small, 24-seat bakery rightfully earns its spot on this list by consistently churning out delicate and meticulous cannoli, light and airy focaccia, and other classic Italian baked goods. It’s no surprise this Lents bakery killed it from the get-go: owner Michelle Vernier honed in on her craft by working as a pastry chef at Portland classics like Paley’s Place, Imperial, and Wildwood. 

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