Searching for a loaf of fresh-baked bread, a buttery croissant or something a bit more decadent? 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 bread 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 Folkish’s James Beard Award-winning book, “Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.” And if you want to try what’s been deemed one of the best pizzas in the world, add the bakery’s sister shop, Ken’s Artisan’s Pizza, to your itinerary.
New Cascadia Traditional Bakery
Dedicated gluten-free bakery New Cascadia Traditional could fool even the staunchest wheat lovers with its chewy, artisan bread, doughnuts 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. If you’d like to explore more of Portland’s gluten-free dining scene, here’s a handy guide.
Champagne Poetry Patisserie
Champagne Poetry Patisserie’s technicolor maximalist approach to baking is not a gimmick (owner Dan Bian studied under patisserie legends Cedric Grolet and Johan Martin); you’ll still be able to buy a perfect, classically made croissant or macaron. But can you also experience the chewy, gooey goodness of a pandan mochi cookie or a fluffy, jiggly Japanese pancake, all while sipping some bubbly? Absolutely. One of the many reasons this French-Asian fusion bakeshop has quickly become one of Portland’s best bakeries.
Little T American Baker
Declared one of Travel + Leisure’s favorite local bakeries, Little T serves tasty, seasonal pastries and its signature double-long baguettes at its trendy Southeast Division Street location. Pair a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a house-baked baguette with a Jacobsen Sea Salt-dusted brownie for a top-notch lunch.
Kim Boyce’s James Beard Award-winning book, “Good to the Grain,” pioneered whole grain baking to home (and professional) bakers that never considered flours like amaranth and kamut capable of making flavorful and delicate pastries. Bakeshop continues her mission to create delicious cakes, muffins, breads, tarts, and cookies without compromising nutrition. And that doesn’t mean reserved or boring; Boyce’s baked goods can be downright decadent. One of her signature, must-try desserts is a burnt Basque cheesecake that became so popular it needs to be pre-ordered.
Bella’s Italian Bakery
Located in Portland’s southeast Lents neighborhood, Bella’s Italian Bakery is the place to go for traditional focaccia, handmade cannoli and other classic Italian baked goods. Inspired by her family’s salsamenteria (Italian deli), owner Michelle Vernier, created a space that prides itself as a “neighborhood shop where you can stop for a morning espresso, a freshly baked pastry, a glass of wine and a sandwich.”
If you find yourself in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland that has quickly become a culinary destination, a stop at Oyatsupan Bakers is a must. After spending 25 years baking for a large, corporate Japanese baking company, Hiro Horie opened up his own traditional Japanese bakery inspired by Northwest flavors. There, Horie masterfully creates sweet and savory pastries like kare pan (Japanese curry bread), jiggly Japanese cheesecakes, and whole loaves of fluffy shokupan (traditional Japanese milk bread).
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