Keep Portland weird. That’s the inspiring motto of this green and bustling city. Voted one of America’s best food cities by the Washington Post in 2015, Portland offers farm-to-table dining, craft beers, wine and over 600 innovative food carts. When in Portland, rent a bike and enjoy the city’s abundant parks and gardens, feel the bustling nightlife, and of course... discover the hot spots in bakery, patisserie and chocolate that keep Portland weird and make it worth a visit.
Once a small, artisan bakery in the Pearl District, Pearl Bakery has grown with the vibrant neighbourhood and gained national attention. Pearl bread is served on the tables of Portland’s finest restaurants. While Pearl Bakery has grown, they keep striving for excellence in everything they do, from the handcrafted breads and pastries they bake to the organic coffee they brew. They buy organic, local and small-producer items whenever possible, use pollution-free wind power and use as many sustainable ingredients, packaging and cleaning products as possible. A lovely place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or to have an afternoon break
To create chocolate that’s worthy of worship, Alma Chocolate makes every batch of toffee, every jar of caramel, every bar and each hand-dipped bonbon with the intention of honouring chocolate. To balance the cocoa used for their handcrafted confections, they use real vanilla, fresh herbs, and organic butter and cream, with no preservatives or artificial flavours. This results in unique and individual products: no two batches of their exquisite chocolates and candies are exactly the same.
Farina Bakery provides a multitude of various desserts, sugar cookies and pastry desires. Plus, they make the most beautiful wedding cakes. Stuffed with macarons, if you like. Because it’s their macarons for which they are most famous. They provide them wholesale to local cafes in the Portland area.
This bean-to-bar chocolate manufactory is run by wife and husband Jessica and Charley Wheelock. Their pure and delicious chocolate bars are made out of nothing but cocoa and pure cane sugar. And they do a good job; they’ve recently moved their manufacturing to a bigger site, because the demand keeps growing.
St. Honoré Boulangerie
The minute you enter this cosy, rustic boulangerie, you feel the old-world charms of France. Named after the patron saint of bakers, Saint Honoré, this bakery’s ambiance evokes images of the French countryside while the smell and the sight of freshly baked breads and hand-crafted pastries makes you really hungry. Choose a table for two or congregate at the long, wooden community table, and feel free to chat with the master baker while he rolls out the bread.
Portland: scattered with hot spots
Portland certainly is a great place for food lovers. There are many striking concepts in this city that could be added to this article. And we already highlighted some of them before, in the article “10x hot & sweet concepts in the USA”. For the fans of chocolate travelling to Portland; don’t forget to visit these remarkable chocolate companies as well:
Want to discover more remarkable concepts in the USA? We selected some of New York’s hottest and sweetest bakery concepts. Are you interested in how Puratos can support you with your concept, or how we can help you in creating or improving baked goods concepts? Contact your local Puratos representative to schedule a meeting.