Easily defeating Oreo with one hand behind their back and a beret over both eyes, and NOT to be confused with their lumpy, sloppy coconut-haired counterparts with the extraneous o, these ethereal French sandwich cookies have bewitched American bakerygoers with their jewel-toned countenance, airy texture, toothsome chew, perfectly-formed “foot” and delicately-flavored adhesives. Find shining examples of this most exquisite treat at these Portland macaron meccas.
Oh the tough decisions we have to make in life—do you get this pretty little Euro-style bakery’s candied orange peel-studded gibassier, the raspberry jam-veined dark chocolate brownie, the fig anise panini? Yes, yes, and yes (I’m not really big on making tough decisions), and also get yourself one of the picture perfect croissants—they’re a delectable start to the day.
Go for the unrivaled bread, stay for the ethereal pastries (or if it’s Monday night, the thin crust pizza!). Croissant lovers, cover your bases by ordering one of each—but if you feel that you should exercise self control (boo), pick the pain au chocolat, nobody in town does it better.
It’s my theory that many a first date deal has been sealed at this popular Portland dessert den, courtesy of the wall o’ champagne, sultry décor, and far-reaching rows of ornate Parisian-pretty desserts and sweet treats like the ooey, gooey, chewy housemade Oregon cherry nougat, delicate fruit gelees, and mighty macaron rainbow. (PS: Delight your date with one of Pix’s colorful macaron posters & cement your second date dreams...it'll only cost you a quarter.)
Go early if you need a bit of solitude with your croissant, otherwise enjoy the faux French fracas at this cheery bakery. This is hardly the time of year to be counting calories—so order the cream cheese-stuffed berry brioche French toast, but make sure your schedule can accommodate a very long nap immediately thereafter.
Croissant fiends, tape your jaw shut before you head up into this laminated dough lair—‘cause it’s going to drop/fall off when it sees the lineup of almond, chocolate, chocolate-almond, sesame, ham & gruyere, plain, and plain-stuffed-with-avocado, bay shrimp and apricot crème fraiche. (See what I mean? Use duct tape.)
Good things come in tiny boxes at this NW Portland bakery, where you can easily down a dozen diminutive treats before you even know what happened. My favorites are the peanut butter cremes, hazelnut baci and seasonal macarons.
It may take you a minute to find this sunshiney sandwich spot hidden down an inner SE side street, but on a lovely day, it's a great spot for a buffalo mozzarella & eggplant sandwich & a fresh-baked cookie or two. Check the website for updated info before you go, they are open seasonally.