Part 2. N through Z. Part 1 is here.
New Cascadia Traditional
This is a completely gluten-free bakery offering breads, pastries and cookies. New Cascadia sells at the Portland Farmers Markets, but they also have a new storefront cafe near SE Hawthorne with coffee, tea and other beverages. Cookies include peanut butter chocolate, ginger lemon, and a vegan chocolate chip version. Pastries include things like fruit pies, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and brownies. Whole cakes are available by special order.
- 1700 SE 6th Avenue (at SE Market), Portland OR. 97214
- Phone: 503-546-4901
More of a petite atelier than a vast emporium, expect a mixture of old fashioned penny candies shelved alongside a few more sophisticated treats. Portland’s resident candy expert, and sometime contributor to this site, Joanna Miller, gave an extensive review to this newcomer here. Indeed, proprietor Steve Gazda seems to have an equal opportunity sweet tooth; taffy and bottle caps sit next to red wine enhanced dark chocolate turtles, classic pâtes de fruits, and soft chewy caramels in a variety of exotic flavors.
- 740 NW 23rd Ave., Portland OR. 97210
Nuvrei sells wholesale to many of Portland’s fine cafes and restaurants, so you might already be familiar with their brioches, chocolate chew cookies, and Wild Berry Danishes. Yet, Nuvrei also has a tiny little storefront located in a Pearl District basement. Orders can be placed, including special orders for cakes by calling ahead. Look for the bakery hidden below street level on NW 10th st. You’ll know you are there by the odor of baking pastry.
- 404 NW 10th Avenue, Portland OR. 97209
- (503) 546-8430
A venerable Portland dining institution, Papa Haydn is a full restaurant that is most well known for their huge selection of desserts. Desserts are available for carry out, and are often from the ooey-gooey chocolate and dairy rich school of pastries, but hey there’s nothing wrong with that. Expect a large selection of New York style cheesecakes, panna cotta, and crème brulee alongside Dobos torte, Cassata cake, and a variety of cream and fruit pies. Whole cakes are available for order with 24 hours advanced notice, and they do offer an extensive custom wedding cake service.
- 5829 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland OR. 97202
- (503) 232-9440
- 701 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR. 97210
- (503) 228-7317
These pioneers have been baking artisan breads, cakes and other pastries since 1997 in Portland’s Pearl district, when the area was still a gritty semi-warehouse district. As the neighborhood grew upscale, they’ve expanded the cafe offerings over the years to include soups and sandwiches, but the baked goods still hold court. Alongside croissants, scones and cookies, look for their signature Gibrassier – a traditional treat from Provence made from a sugar dusted brioche-type bun infused with anise. Other specialties include Parisian macaroons, several types of tarts and layer cakes, and a rare sighting in Portland bakeries, traditional Gateau Basque, which is really a crumbly double crust tart stuffed with pastry cream and cherry preserves.
- 102 Northwest 9th Ave, Portland OR. 97209
- (503) 827-0910
Petite Provence has three formidably sized locations in the Portland area, and one in the Dalles, making them more Grande Provence than Petite. And even though this self-proclaimed boulangerie and patisserie has an extensive menu more suited to a restaurant, including sandwiches, soups, salads and full breakfast, they do indeed offer a huge selection of pastries. Look for French favorites such as croissants, pain aux raisins, and palmiers alongside more Yankee sweets such as Bear Claws, fruit turnovers and coffee cakes. Dessert pastries are indeed quite Gallic though, including Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Charlotte, and a classic apple and salted butter caramel Tart Tatin. Custom catering orders and wedding cakes are also available.
- 15964 SW Boones Ferry Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Tel: 503 635 4533
- 1824 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211
Tel : 503 284 6564
- 4834 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206
Tel : 503 233 1121
Piece of Cake Bakery
This bakery in the Sellwood neighborhood runs the gamut from elaborate tiered fantasy wedding and other cakes, to basic desserts, cookies, and other treats. Cakes come in a huge amount of types and flavor combinations. These include standards such as carrot, lemon poppy seed, and Devil’s Food, alongside oatmeal cake, apple rum, berry, and chocolate peanut butter. They even provide options such as sugar free, vegan, and gluten free. You name it, they can probably make it. Living up to their namesake, Piece of Cake has all of their cakes for sale by the slice, while whole cakes come to order in several sizes. Pies include fruit versions as well as a signature Key Lime. Cupcakes, brownies, and tiramisu round out the offerings. This is not a place to visit if you are claustrophobic – it is jammed from counter to ceiling with sample cakes, cake decorations and other bakery accouterments such as bride and groom toppings, ribbons and boxes. They do wedding cakes and custom orders, of course.
- 8306 Southeast 17th Ave., Portland OR. 97202
- (503) 234-9445
Pix is the Parisian princess of the Portland sweet shops, showing up in international guidebooks and is a de facto stop for many visiting guests and locals alike. Part quirky late night “date” bar serving champagne and other cocktails, part daytime cafe with the usual fixings, and part dessert shop, the funky French thrift store decor and late night hours only add to the vibe. Yet, Pix is also a serious patisserie and chocolatier featuring classic small pastry offerings such as Dobos torte, Gateau Opera, Macarons, and various creative creams, cakes and tarts. Their signature Amelie once won the Patis France Chocolate Competition. It is made with orange vanilla crème brûlée atop a glazed chocolate mousse, caramelized hazelnuts, praline crisp, and Cointreau génoise. Chocolates include house soaked kir cherries covered in dark chocolate and a variety of infused, stuffed and flavored selections. Pix also makes their own ice-creams. The original location on SE Division is quite small and often packed with nearby Reed College students, while the north Williams location is a bit more of a mixed crowd and roomier. Look for special events at both locations such as their prix fix dessert dim sum, spirit and dessert pairings, or kitschy movie nights.
- 3402 SE Division St., Portland OR. 97202
- 3901 N Williams Ave., Portland OR. 97227
Random Order is a neighborhood cafe that makes cakes and other baked goods, and also sources from bakeries such as the Pearl Bakery. Yet when it comes to house made pies, this is where Random Order really shines. Expect a dozen or so choices on any given day, including Banana Rum cream pie, Vanilla Apple Salted Caramel, or Oregon Cherry. Random Order has a full liquor license and is open till around 11 pm, making it a perfect stop for an end of the evening Spanish Coffee and a slice of Chocolate Cream pie, or a warm up with a glass of champagne and a slice of Marion Berry pie before a night on the town. Pieces available by the slice, or whole pies are available upon special order. Contact them for details.
- 1800 NE Alberta, Portland, Oregon
- Shop: 503.331.1420
- Kitchen: 971.340.6995
Owner Elizabeth Montes is one of the Portland pioneers in our region’s burgeoning artisan chocolate scene. Read Food Dude’s classic love letter to Sahagun, or an excellent interview with Montes here. Montes is serious about her craft and philosophy which is to, “…devise a way to slow people down hoping to prolong their chocolate experience and to resurrect the appreciation for an anciently worshipped food whose luster had been tarnished by decades of a low quality, over-sugared and preservative-laden imposter.” Sahagun certainly lives up to that statement- chocolates here are dark, complex and intense in both classic and surprising flavor combinations (chilies are a favorite addition). Sahagun’s most well-known chocolate is the creamy caramel – an explode-in-your-mouth concoction of salty liquid caramel surrounded by a dark chocolate shell. Other treats include ‘Sun Drops’, described as “little bittersweet spheres gushing with Sunflower Seed Butter and Raw Blackberry Honey”. The little storefront on a hard to get to one-way street off West Burnside is worth the hunt – it’s here you’ll find one of the most adult and complex hot chocolates in town, as well as other offerings such as their iced chocolate, made with creamy coconut milk in lieu of dairy. Mail is order available.
- 10 NW 16th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
One of the first cupcake-specific businesses in Portland to capitalize on the nation’s cupcake craze, several years later this bakery, now with two locations, is still going strong. While some cupcakeries feel the need to focus on mile high fluffy frosting or supersized versions, St. Cupcake honors the cupcake’s humble history while adding on their own signature flair. Even simple vanilla gets high honors here – moist and covered in sprinkles with butter cream or cream cheese frosting, it’s a classic. Other flavors include Red Velvet, Hot Fudge on Chocolate, and the Fat Elvis – a banana chocolate chip pound cake cupcake topped with salty-sweet peanut butter fudge and a banana chip. Several vegan cupcakes are also available. Special orders can be called in or ordered online – and St. Cupcake does offer deliveries for larger orders.
- 407 Northwest 17th Avenue (at Flanders), Portland, OR. 97214
- 3300 SE Belmont, Portland OR. 97209
- (503) 473-8760
St Honore Boulangerie
A quintessential Parisian style cafe-bakery-patisserie, or at least an American fantasy version of one. We’ll let you be the judge of St. Honore’s quality and authenticity, but feel free to read our hotly debated review from 2007. A variety of croissants, brioches and other classic French sweet breads share space with tarts, custard flavored Canelets, and Chouquettes – sugary, puffy baked pastry balls made from buttery pate á choux dough. Desserts include several French classics such as Eclairs, Napoleons, fruit and pastry cream filled Mille Fleurs, and the like. A great selection of sandwiches and salads are also available, making this a great place to end a hike in Forest Park.
- 2335 Northwest Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210
- (503) 445-4342
- 315 1st St Lake Oswego, OR 97034
- (503) 445-1379
Billing itself as “Portland’s largest old fashioned candy store”, Sweets Etc. does indeed have row upon row of American and European penny candies, including 15 different types of liquorices, and a large selection of gummis. Yet, this store in the heart of Multnomah Village also has a sophisticated side, carrying items from many specialty domestic and foreign chocolatiers such as Michel Cluizel from France, Caffarell from Italy, and Ke Kau Chocolatier from Eugene. Handmade fudge, truffles and bon-bons are made in store. Looking for that unusual German candy you once had as an exchange student, or that crumble candy bar you remember from your English grandmother? Then ask them, on the odd chance they don’t carry it, they can probably help track it down.
- 7828 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR. 97219 (in Multnomah Village)
Sweetpea Baking Co.
100% vegan, Sweetpea offers standard bakery fare, sans animal products, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other pastries. Boston Cream Pie, Banana Peanut Butter, Chocolate Decadence, Lemon Chiffon are but a few of the flavors. They can make cakes, gluten free in many cases, and can make some baked goods soy free as well. Custom orders, including wedding cakes, are available. The storefront is also a cafe offering soups, sandwiches and coffee/espresso beverages.
- 1205 Southeast Stark Street, Portland OR. 97214
- (503) 477-5916
Once upon a time in most American cities the term “bakery” conjured up images of places like Tulip – simple linoleum floored and florescent lit storefronts selling basic breads, row upon row of cookies, sticky buns, and custom cakes with fancy frosting and cursive writing. Located in the St. Johns neighborhood, Tulip Bakery is one of a few of its type left in Portland, but continues to provide the neighborhood with coffee cakes, seasonal items such as hot cross buns, and yes, cookies and cakes. This bakery is indeed cute – look for their whimsical seasonal window displays and a fancy vintage neon sign above the door. Do look past the design though, to try one of their freshly made maple bars made with real maple. Cash only, just like the days of yore before there were debit cards and ATM machines.
- 8322 N Lombard Street, Portland OR 97203
- (503) 286-3444
Two Tarts bakery is probably best known for their silver dollar sized cookies including Hazelnut Baci stuffed with dark chocolate ganache, peanut butter or cappuccino creams, and intense little chocolate chews. Although the sizes look better suited to a doll’s tea party, these cookies pack a lot of flavor into small portions. Two or three are more than enough to satisfy. Available at many Portland cafes, Two Tarts also has their own comfortable storefront bakery and cafe with menu additions such as zingy lemon bars, “Tart Crispies” made from organic crispy rice and their own house made marshmallows drizzled with chocolate, and a chocolate chip and fleur de sel chocolate chip cookie that has developed a cult following. Mail order available – call them for details.
- 2309 NW Kearney, Portland OR 97210
- (503) 312-9522
In business since 1927, this is what many might consider to be a good old fashioned upscale chocolatier in the Belgian tradition. Chocolates come wrapped in fancy gold foil boxes, and are filled with various flavored chocolate covered fruits, cordials, nuts, caramels and creams. Truffles are a specialty, as are homemade nut brittles and seasonally available penoche -an incredibly rich version of fudge made with brown sugar, butter, milk and nuts. Mail order available online.
- 1212 Lloyd Center, Portland OR 97232
- (503) 281-2421
- 2360 NW Quimby, Portland OR 97210
- (503) 227-1927