Searching for a loaf of fresh-baked bread or buttery croissant? These brilliant local bakeries have you covered.
Ken’s Artisan Bakery
National critics and locals alike adore Northwest Portland’s Ken’s Artisan Bakery for its organic breads and picture-perfect pastries. To learn the secrets of a perfect loaf, settle down with a mug of Stumptown coffee, a flaky Oregon croissant (made with local berries and hazelnut cream) and a copy of owner Ken Forkish’s James Beard Award-winning book, “Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.”
Only steps from downtown in Portland’s Pearl District, Pearl Bakery was ranked one of the 10 best bakeries in America by the Daily Meal. Pick up a warm loaf of their trademark Pugliese, a holey bread with chewy crust, and don’t leave without indulging in the bakery’s handmade single-origin chocolate bonbons.
Roman Candle Baking
Founded by local icon and Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson, Roman Candle Baking sits on Southeast Division Street next to its sister restaurant, nationally celebrated Italian eatery Ava Gene’s. A lengthy breakfast menu features wholesome fruit and grain bowls and “super grain” bread smeared with bee pollen and honey. Return at dinnertime for slabs of baked flatbread pizza.
New Cascadia Traditional Bakery
Dedicated gluten-free bakery New Cascadia Traditional could fool even the staunchest wheat-lovers with its chewy, artisan breads and boiled bagels. Explore nutritious flours like teff, millet, amaranth and hazelnut meal while munching on chocolate brioche, cinnamon raisin toast or pumpkin pie galettes.
Little T American Baker
Declared one of Travel + Leisure’s favorite local bakeries around the world, Little T serves tasty pastries and its signature double-long baguettes at its two locations on trendy Southeast Division Street and in downtown’s Union Way. Pair a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich on house-baked baguette with a Jacobsen Sea Salt-dusted brownie for a top-notch lunch.
Pearl District patisserie Nuvrei wins rave reviews for crafting classic French croissants in unusual flavors, like sesame thyme or pistachio rose. To please a crowd, pick up a dozen colorful Parisian macarons from the “Mac Bar” in the basement.
Back to Eden Bakery
The friendly folks at twee Back to Eden welcome visitors of all diets and lifestyles with allergen-free cupcakes, doughnuts and whoopie pies. The gluten-free and plant-based bakery even offers vegan quiche, dairy-free milkshakes and meatless biscuits and gravy.
Grand Central Bakery
Another Daily Meal and Travel + Leisure favorite, Grand Central Bakery boasts seven café locations spread around town, which means you’re never more than a few minutes away from a fresh-baked loaf. Enhance your morning coffee with a flaky “latte dunker” — crispy strips of croissant dough handmade with real butter, local eggs and Northwest grains.