As a lifelong Portland local, I’ve spent my fair share of time searching for the best bakeries in Portland. What can I say? I have a sweet tooth and don’t need too much convincing to “treat” myself. 😉
It probably comes as no surprise that the birthplace of James Beard is home to some of the biggest talent in the culinary world. The city is full of James Beard award winning bakers and semi-finalists which means we have access to world class pastries within city limits.
But as with anything in life — time is precious. There’s no need to waste time on mediocre bakeries when you can just as easily treat yourself to the best. So without further ado, here’s a list of the best bakeries in Portland — enjoy!
Best Bakeries Portland
Ken’s Bakery is my favorite bakery in Portland. I lived on the same block as the bakery and found myself waking up to the smell of fresh-baked bread wafting through the air — it was such a treat.
The bakery’s founder, Ken Forkish, has made a name for himself churning out some of the best artisan breads in Portland. The loaves are indeed perfect — soft, airy interiors with hearty dark crusts, it’s everything you could hope for in a good loaf of bread, which is why so many restaurants serve Ken’s Bakery breads.
My favorite items include the goat cheese and leek croissant (mouth watering as I type this), the Oregon Croissant and seasonal fruit tarts. They’re a fool-proof crowd pleaser — if they manage to make it to the party.
Ken’s is located on popular 21st Avenue in NW Portland, so except long lines especially during weekend mornings. But trust me when I tell you these pastries are completely worth the wait.
Ken Forkish won a James Beard Foundation award for his book Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.
P.S. Prior to COVID, Ken’s Bakery offered pizzas on Monday nights, I hope they bring that back post-COVID because their pizza is my favorite in Portland!
Location: 338 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Accolades galore for Bakeshop, one of the most beloved bakeries in Portland. This cute little bakery is as cozy as they come, and the heavenly smells adorning the neighborhood in the early morning hours will tempt the strongest diet-fad disciplinary.
Bakeshop specialized in delectable French baked goods that require great technical skill to master. And master they do, especially if you can snatch them still warm from the oven. Is there anything better than warm baked goods?
In 2011, Bakeshop founder, Kim Boyce, won a James Beard Award for her cookbook Good to Grain: Baking with Whole Grain Flours. In 2016, she was nominated again in for Outstanding Baker.
Clear standouts include seasonal tarts, the quiche, cookies and cakes. Everything is executed to perfection so you won’t leave disappointed regardless of what you order.
Location: 5351 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97213
Photo courtesy of Bakeshop
Grand Central Bakery
Originally started in Seattle, Grand Central Bakery made its way south to Portland and locals were quick to embrace the bakery as one of the best in the City of Roses.
How do I know? Since first opening in 1993, the bakery now boasts seven locations churning out warm pastries and baked goods. The bakery is best known for their bread, which is offered in various local grocery stores, so make sure to pick up a sandwich during the lunch hour (doesn’t get fresher than this).
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Image courtesy of Grand Central Bakery
Baker & Spice
Baker & Spice first came on my radar due to their cult-like following for cake. Thanks to the massive success of their custom cakes, they opened a great bakery right next door where they serve great coffee and perfectly baked treats like croissants, coffee cake and sticky buns.
You’ll notices tons of happy customers rushing in and out but if you’re in a mood for a slow weekend (or weekday) morning, I suggest snagging a small table and people watching while you enjoy your treat or the morning paper.
I swear you can actually taste the love here! If I lived closer, I would easily visit three times a week because everything this bakery churns out turns to gold.
Location: 6330 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
Opening in 2019, Bakeshop is like the new kid on the block but you can’t help but ask yourself what you did before the kid moved in. Offering fancy(ish) pastries in a city known for knocking down fancy anything, their pastries are completely worth the praise and adoration!
Started by two talented Korean women that moved to Portland from Vegas, Jinju churns out picture-perfect baked goods that taste even better than they look — a treat for the eyes and taste buds!
Location: 4063 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Little T Baker
It didn’t take long for Little T Baker to win the hearts of locals and come out as one of Portland’s best bakeries. Their French baguette could launch a thousand ships and the perfectly executed pastries would keep the crew going for months at sea.
I highly recommend the Kougin Amann (pronounced like “queen”) because it’s the perfect combination of buttery sweet and salty goodness.
The founder of Little T Bakery, Tim Healea, interned at Pearl Bakery and won numerous awards for his undeniable baking talent before opening Little T in 2008. The bakery’s name comes from Tim’s nickname on a team of bakers where he was called “Little T” to differentiate him from another Tim.
The baked goods at Little T sell out quickly on the weekends, so arrive early and hungry. Also, expect lines, but the baked goods are worth it.
Location: 2600 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Image courtesy of Providore Fine Foods
I’ve had many a date at Lovejoy Bakers because their reasonably-priced breakfast sandwiches are so good! But it doesn’t stop there, they have some of flakiest croissants, delicious muffins and most interesting tarts I’ve had to date. Plus, their customer service is consistently top notch!
This bakery is a local gem and it’s no uncommon for the line to be out the door during weekend mornings. Try to come early before they sell out of their breakfast goodies and don’t skip the Lovejoy Deluxe sandwich, it’s my favorite.
From the website: Airy and spacious, our Pearl Location is in the middle of it all. Featuring a full selection of espresso, teas, fresh breads, pastries and café sandwiches. We’re here for your pre-work espresso, a power lunch, and on your way home, pick up a baguette for dinner.
Location: 939 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
I first discovered Nuvrei while searching for the best almond croissants in Portland. Since then, they’ve moved into a bigger space (upstairs from their first location) and have expanded their selection of perfectly executed baked goods.
Trained in French techniques, Marius Pop opened Nuvrei when he moved from New York City. He’s no stranger to innovation and his creative treats are a testament to the joys of creative experimentation. You’ll find Nuvrei treats peppered throughout various Portland cafes for good reason — they’re irresistible!
Location: 404 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Image courtesy of Lovejoy Bakers
St. Honoré is consistently listed as one of the best French bakeries in Portland. When I was taking French classes it was not uncommon for us to meet up here to practice over warm croissants and hot coffee. The quality of the pastries are a testament to St. Honoré’s commitment to fresh and local ingredients.
My favorite item on the menu are the chouquettes (buttery and sweet puff pastry balls topped with rock sugar). You can’t go wrong with the Napoleons or a classic eclair either. Just make sure you don’t miss their lunch salads and sandwiches either, they always hit the spot.
Maurice is one of my favorite brunch spots if not for the pastries alone! Maurice is a Nordic/French luncheonette specializing in fika (noun: in Swedish custom a break from activity during which people drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others.)
Clear standouts include the black pepper cheesecake and rosemary scones.
Location: 921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
Best Bakeries in Portland (summary)
In sum, these are the best bakeries in Portland
- Ken’s Bakery
- Grand Central Bakery
- Little T American Baker
- Baker & Spice
- Jinju Patisserie
- Lovejoy Bakers
- St. Honoré
I hope you enjoyed this quick round up of my favorite bakeries in Portland, feel free to reach out with comments and questions!
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Until next time,