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An assortment of laminated pastries from Ken’s Artisan Bakery
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Where to Find Flaky, Crackly Croissants in Portland

Savory crescents, rose-scented pastries, and simply iconic all-butter croissants

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An assortment of laminated pastries from Ken’s Artisan Bakery
| Michelle Lopez / EPDX

There’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to Portland’s pastry scene. This is the city that birthed cereal-topped donuts and foie gras profiteroles, after all. But classics are classics for a reason, which is why this map focuses on buttery, flaky croissants.

Croissant dough is made by rolling and folding together yeasted dough with sheets of butter multiple times to create layers; this process is called lamination. In the oven, the butter melts and creates steam that leavens the dough and gives the croissant its signature airy and flaky texture. As a result, a good croissant should have some lift—depending on its size, it should be about three or four inches tall, complete with a crispy, flaky crust and an airy-yet-buttery crumb.

Although this map primarily focuses on croissants, many of the bakeries included also offer other pastries like danishes, donuts, and even muffins made from the same laminated dough that are worth exploring. Points on the map are listed geographically, rather than ranked. Those looking for non-laminated pastries like cakes, pies, and donuts may prefer this bakery map.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baker & Spice

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6330 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 244-7573
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In addition to beautifully browned and perfectly flaky plain butter croissants, Baker & Spice offers varieties like ham and cheese, chocolate, and whole wheat. Other notable laminated pastries include the Katie Bun, in which the croissant dough is rolled like a cinnamon bun and layered with brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. Baker & Spice is currently open from Wednesday to Sunday; both pre-orders and walk-ups are available. 

2. Ken's Artisan Bakery

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338 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-2202
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Nationally celebrated baker Ken Forkish has developed a reputation for the breads at this neighborhood artisan bakery. But his croissants are no slouch, either—Ken’s butter croissants are puffy and crisp with a golden shell. The bakery makes up to six batches per morning, ensuring that customers will enjoy them fresh. Other notable laminated pastries include raspberry and passionfruit escargots (croissant dough rolled in the shape of a snail and glazed with the fruit), and chocolate, ham and cheese, and goat cheese and leek croissants. Ken’s is open daily for takeout at their walk-up window; no indoor dining or outdoor seating is currently available.

3. Nuvrei

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404 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 972-1701
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Nuvrei has always excelled in traditional French baking like flavored croissants, fruit danishes, caneles, and more. Its butter croissant, with its airy crumb and flaky outer shell, reflects this exceptionalism. Nuvrei also offers some extraordinary croissant varieties, including unique flavors like rose, matcha, and sesame. Nuvrei is open daily for takeout; customers can preorder online, but no indoor dining is available.

4. Jinju Patisserie

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4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 828-7728
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It can be hard to choose Jinju’s butter croissant among more showy offerings like sculpturally elaborate mini cakes and colorful chocolates that could be mistaken for gemstones; however, Jinju’s butter croissant is earth-shatteringly crisp with a light as air interior. In addition to the butter croissant, Jinju also offers equally excellent chocolate croissants, almond croissants, and a cinnamon orange morning bun made with rolled up croissant dough. On the savory side of things, the bakery’s ham, cheese, and bacon croissant shimmers with a thin and crisp exterior, while still feeling as hearty as a breakfast sandwich. Jinju is open for to-go orders from Thursday through Sunday. No seating is available inside; however, there is limited outdoor seating on picnic tables outside the shop.

5. St. Beatrix

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3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(971) 206-4643
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St. Beatrix, formerly Bushel & Peck Bakeshop, is a relative newcomer to the Portland pastry scene. But its butter croissants are on par with the classics on this list: light and flaky, with an attractive browned crust. Additionally, St. Beatrix likes to experiment with seasonal flavors, coming up with savory croissants like Big Ranch (a croissant tossed in ranch powder and cornmeal) and versions rolled with green onions and oyster mushrooms; sweet varieties are sometimes dipped in Earl Grey chocolate, topped with things like passionfruit curd, banana caramel, and rice pudding. St. Beatrix is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; pickup and delivery is available through their website.

6. Twisted Croissant

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2129 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 477-5514
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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 striped chocolate croissants, and doughnut-croissant mash-ups in various farmers markets. Although it can be hard to pick the plain butter croissant from such an exciting lineup, those who do will be rewarded with a cloud-like crumb and golden crust. Customers can order delivery through UberEats or walk in place an order at the counter inside the small shop. However, no indoor or outdoor seating is available.

Croissants from Twisted Croissant
Assorted croissants from Twisted Croissant
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7. Little T American Baker

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2600 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 238-3458
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Little T American Baker almost always has a line, and for good reason: It offers some of the best breads and pastries in the city. Although its croissant is smaller than the other croissants on this map, don’t let its small size disappoint you — every bite is buttery, flaky, and delicious. Little T also frequently offers seasonal fruit danishes made from its croissant dough, with personalized touches like fruit from owner Tim Healea’s very own backyard. Little T is currently open for takeout; no dine-in seating is available. 

8. Grand Central Bakery - Beaumont cafe

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4440 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 808-9877
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Although larger chain bakeries typically don’t invest in the time and care required to make a standout croissant, Grand Central Bakery makes an exceptional butter croissant with a crunchy crust and an open, airy interior. Another notable offering is its pesto and cheese croissant, filled with kale-hazelnut pesto and a mix of three cheeses. Grand Central Bakery currently has seven Portland-area locations, most of which are available for both walk-up and online orders.

9. Bakeshop

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5351 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 946-8884
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Bakeshop makes its croissant dough with Rouge de Bordeaux flour, made from a French heritage wheat known for its rich and nutty flavor. Currently, its butter croissant is available for pre-order from their weekend menu, which typically also includes other laminated pastries like almond croissants, kouign amanns, and wonder buns. Order online for a weekend pickup; Bakeshop also has a limited menu available for walk-up pastry orders. 

1. Baker & Spice

6330 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239

In addition to beautifully browned and perfectly flaky plain butter croissants, Baker & Spice offers varieties like ham and cheese, chocolate, and whole wheat. Other notable laminated pastries include the Katie Bun, in which the croissant dough is rolled like a cinnamon bun and layered with brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. Baker & Spice is currently open from Wednesday to Sunday; both pre-orders and walk-ups are available. 

6330 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

2. Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Nationally celebrated baker Ken Forkish has developed a reputation for the breads at this neighborhood artisan bakery. But his croissants are no slouch, either—Ken’s butter croissants are puffy and crisp with a golden shell. The bakery makes up to six batches per morning, ensuring that customers will enjoy them fresh. Other notable laminated pastries include raspberry and passionfruit escargots (croissant dough rolled in the shape of a snail and glazed with the fruit), and chocolate, ham and cheese, and goat cheese and leek croissants. Ken’s is open daily for takeout at their walk-up window; no indoor dining or outdoor seating is currently available.

338 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

3. Nuvrei

404 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Nuvrei has always excelled in traditional French baking like flavored croissants, fruit danishes, caneles, and more. Its butter croissant, with its airy crumb and flaky outer shell, reflects this exceptionalism. Nuvrei also offers some extraordinary croissant varieties, including unique flavors like rose, matcha, and sesame. Nuvrei is open daily for takeout; customers can preorder online, but no indoor dining is available.

404 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

4. Jinju Patisserie

4063 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

It can be hard to choose Jinju’s butter croissant among more showy offerings like sculpturally elaborate mini cakes and colorful chocolates that could be mistaken for gemstones; however, Jinju’s butter croissant is earth-shatteringly crisp with a light as air interior. In addition to the butter croissant, Jinju also offers equally excellent chocolate croissants, almond croissants, and a cinnamon orange morning bun made with rolled up croissant dough. On the savory side of things, the bakery’s ham, cheese, and bacon croissant shimmers with a thin and crisp exterior, while still feeling as hearty as a breakfast sandwich. Jinju is open for to-go orders from Thursday through Sunday. No seating is available inside; however, there is limited outdoor seating on picnic tables outside the shop.

4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. St. Beatrix

3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

St. Beatrix, formerly Bushel & Peck Bakeshop, is a relative newcomer to the Portland pastry scene. But its butter croissants are on par with the classics on this list: light and flaky, with an attractive browned crust. Additionally, St. Beatrix likes to experiment with seasonal flavors, coming up with savory croissants like Big Ranch (a croissant tossed in ranch powder and cornmeal) and versions rolled with green onions and oyster mushrooms; sweet varieties are sometimes dipped in Earl Grey chocolate, topped with things like passionfruit curd, banana caramel, and rice pudding. St. Beatrix is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; pickup and delivery is available through their website.

3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

6. Twisted Croissant

2129 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Croissants from Twisted Croissant
Assorted croissants from Twisted Croissant
Michelle Lopez / EPDX

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 striped chocolate croissants, and doughnut-croissant mash-ups in various farmers markets. Although it can be hard to pick the plain butter croissant from such an exciting lineup, those who do will be rewarded with a cloud-like crumb and golden crust. Customers can order delivery through UberEats or walk in place an order at the counter inside the small shop. However, no indoor or outdoor seating is available.

2129 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

7. Little T American Baker

2600 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Little T American Baker almost always has a line, and for good reason: It offers some of the best breads and pastries in the city. Although its croissant is smaller than the other croissants on this map, don’t let its small size disappoint you — every bite is buttery, flaky, and delicious. Little T also frequently offers seasonal fruit danishes made from its croissant dough, with personalized touches like fruit from owner Tim Healea’s very own backyard. Little T is currently open for takeout; no dine-in seating is available. 

2600 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

8. Grand Central Bakery - Beaumont cafe

4440 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Although larger chain bakeries typically don’t invest in the time and care required to make a standout croissant, Grand Central Bakery makes an exceptional butter croissant with a crunchy crust and an open, airy interior. Another notable offering is its pesto and cheese croissant, filled with kale-hazelnut pesto and a mix of three cheeses. Grand Central Bakery currently has seven Portland-area locations, most of which are available for both walk-up and online orders.

4440 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

9. Bakeshop

5351 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Bakeshop makes its croissant dough with Rouge de Bordeaux flour, made from a French heritage wheat known for its rich and nutty flavor. Currently, its butter croissant is available for pre-order from their weekend menu, which typically also includes other laminated pastries like almond croissants, kouign amanns, and wonder buns. Order online for a weekend pickup; Bakeshop also has a limited menu available for walk-up pastry orders. 

5351 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

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