Portlanders love their bread and pastries almost as much as we love our coffee and beer. Maybe we just need something with which to soak up the caffeine and alcohol, but I like to think we've turned baked goods into an art form, rising above the rest of the nation's doughy deliverances. Here are my favorite spots to pick up a baguette, croissant, or pretzel roll.
This Hillsdale hideaway serves up great morning pastries, pies, and seasonal treats, but the cookies (like Chocolate Chip, Chocolate crackle, and Oatmeal almond raisin) keep me coming back again and again.
This Portland bakery institution has launched a new bean-to-bon-bon chocolate line in addition to their stellar loaves and super cookies (like Valhrona white chocolate or old-school chocolate chunk).
Sets the standard for casual bakery for the masses. Perfect sandwich loaves, heartier wheat options, delicious pastries (love the monkey bread and crinkly chocolate cookies). Great stop for a grab-and-go brown bag lunch or brekkie.
This spot may be known for its rustic wood-fired loaves and intricate French pastries, but there's magic in the cookie jar, as well. Try the HUGE Valrhona chocolate chunk and hazelnut butter cookies.
The flourless, butterless, not-too-sweet Chocolate Chewy Cookie at Nuvrei Bakery is packed with dark chocolate, sea salt, and walnuts. Reminiscent of a French macaroon, this cookie is what dreams are made of.
The mecca for local pastry lovers and true connoisseurs of French-style artisan bread. Try any fresh fruit danish, the chocolate croissants, or the open-faced cured salmon sandwich for brunch and get weak in the knees.
James Beard-award winning cookbook author opens whole-grain-powered bakery. Try the Figgy Buckwheat scones and the chocolate espresso cake (fueled by Ristretto Roasters java).
My favorite bagels in town! Great coffee, great service, though can be slow on weekends. Try the herby salty bagel with cream cheese, tomatoes, and onions. Amazing lox, too!