While October 14 may be known officially as National Dessert Day, here in the city of Roses, we’re all about celebrating these delectable delights on a daily basis. With the breadth of bakeries and businesses in and around Portland dedicated to enticing your sweet tooth, you can create your own DIY dessert tour with some of these local favorites.
New Incubator and collaborative marketplace for Desserts? Yes, please.
A collaborative marketplace, bakery café and pop-up incubator is officially open in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood, known as Zuckercreme. The project is the brainchild of Indiana-native and new Portland transplant Brittany Sigal. What started as a strawberry festival featuring all things, well, strawberry, has risen to become a permanent fixture in Portland’s sweet scene selling baked goods, art, and treats inspired by seasonal activities, produce, and holidays.
Doughnut Pop-up turned Store front in Southeast Food Cart Pod
Rising star Lisa Nguyen of donut pop-up, Heyday, will tap into the nostalgia of her childhood family trips to Vietnamese bakeries to create her own brand of memory-inducing delights. Following wildly successful pop-ups and items on menus at several lauded cafes and tea shops across the city, Nguyen will soon set up shop at the Collective Oregon Eateries, the food cart pod and food hall on SE 82nd, and branch out to offer a wider menu of doughnuts, crullers, Korean kkwabaegi, and rice flour waffles.
Plan Your Day Around These Portland Sweet Spots
Between their Instagram-worthy wedding cakes to delicious single serving cupcakes, DB Dessert Company on NE Glisan Street isn’t one you want to sleep on. Owner Damala Badon, a self-taught baker who found inspiration (and known how) from her grandmother, infuses family tradition and creativity into each bite. Each week, they add two new seasonal flavors to the menu so you’ll want to keep going back.
“Doe” not miss out on this shop when in Portland. Doe specializes in artisanal vegan donuts and ice creams and focused on sourcing local, organize and fair-trade ingredients to create their dreamy delights. While on the Northeast side, find their shop on NE Sandy Boulevard.
More than just a bakery, Sugar Street Portland brings the fun with their custom cakes, cupcakes and bistro-style eats, including wheat free and vegan options, at their Water Ave. location.
Expanding on their mouthwatering Cajun-meets-Mexican fare at Nacheux - founded in a popular food cart enclave in Southeast Portland in March 2020 - entrepreneurs Anthony and Stephanie Brown now call Northeast Portland home with their newly-opened brick-and-mortar. Beyond the full menu including fried-shrimp-topped mac and cheese and Cajun fried-chicken “crunch wraps,” bites from Sweet Eatz shouldn’t be missed from cheesecakes, pies and pound cakes. If you’d like to take it to go, plan to order in advance.
Opened in 2014, Fat Cupcake now has three locations in the greater Portland area. If you’re in the city, you can find them in Southeast Portland on 72nd Avenue. There’s plenty to indulge in here but try the Charlie, a chocolate cupcake baked with peanut butter cup in the center and frosted with ribbons of peanut butter buttercream and drizzled with ganache.
What some may say are the finest fritters in all the land, Donut Queen (near Mount Tabor in Southeast Portland) doesn’t disappoint. Crispy and sugary on the outside, fluffy on the inside with big chunks of apple...need we say more.
“In sugar we believe, In salt we trust” is the mantra of Laurel and Jess, owners of Bushel and Peck bakery, located on NE Martin Luther King Boulevard. Here, their pastry case is designed on a creative whim from scones and rye salted chocolate chip cookies to tea cakes and galettes, all gluten free.
Pix Patisserie brings a slice of France to the streets of Portland with their mix of traditional French desserts, chocolates and house made ice creams, owned and operated by Cheryl Wakerhauser. Make a point to stop in to their South side location but also be on the lookout for their Pix-O-Matic, a 24-hour contactless vending machine of Pix desserts, macarons, conservas from sister restaurant, Bar Vivant. Find both at 2225 East Burnside Street.
Husband and wife duo James and Elise Kelley are putting a gourmet twist on a camping classic with 1927 S’mores, bringing the outdoor adventure vibes of the Pacific Northwest to downtown Portland. Visit their ‘cabin’ on SW Alder Street for a hot and gooey treat or take a kit to s’mores kit to go.
Husband and wife team, Charley and Jessica Wheelock met doing antique restoration and bonded over a shared love for the craft…and chocolate. What began in 2010 in their home kitchen has expanded to include a full chocolate manufactory in Southeast Portland – Woodblock Chocolate - where they use vintage Royal roasters to complete the bean-to-bar process in house.
Blue Star has become a mainstay and staple in Portland’s donut scene. These gourmet ‘Donuts for Grownups’ are artfully crafted by founder Katie Poppe and team using fresh herbs, spices, fruits, and liquors in unique and surprising combinations unlike anything you’ve tasted.