Hungry for some plant-based sweets? Portland is the perfect spot to grab vegan treats! From bakeries serving unique cheesecakes to funky donut shops, check out these eight crave-worthy destinations in town!
Sweetpea Baking Company
Let’s begin with the pioneering Sweetpea Baking Company, Portland’s first-ever 100% vegan bakery. Located near other vegan stores, this bakery fits right in as it commits itself to plant-based yumminess. While you can’t go wrong with any of the items on their menu (ranging from mini-cheesecakes and croissants to pies), the toasted coconut cake is an absolute must-have. Indulge in moist yellow cake flavored with coconut, coated in coconut buttercream, and topped off with coconut shavings – it’s a flavor explosion. They also offer savory options, from breakfast tofu scrambles to sandwiches and salads.
This small, trendy donut shop near Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre is all about bold and unique flavors. Featuring a colorful menu of vegan artisanal donuts (and ice creams) made from local ingredients, this shop is a must-visit. Bite into the Portland Fog with notes of vanilla and Earl Grey, or pucker up for the Sour Green Apple fritter and Lemon Buttermilk bars. Seasonal flavors rotate throughout the year, like the Rose Crème Brulee – a donut drenched in rose vanilla glaze and topped with dried rose petals.
Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
Tucked away in downtown Portland’s West End, Petunia’s Pies and Pastries is a great spot for vegan baked goods and gluten-free treats. Serving a modern, hip café vibe, this bakery has a creative menu featuring everything from pies and cupcakes to dessert bars, cookies and breakfast pastries. Try the Millionaire Bar, a blend of blueberry jam, toasted nuts, coconut and cinnamon on top of a cashew butter cookie crust. Or, indulge in the Bumble Berry Peach Pie – it’s a burst of flavor featuring raspberries, blueberries, marionberries and peaches.
Shoofly Vegan Bakery & Cafe
Shoofly is traditionally known as a wholesale bakery serving sweets and treats at coffee shops, restaurants, and markets throughout Portland. Still, they also have their very own storefront, Shoofly Vegan Bakery & Café. Choose from decadent sweet treats like frosted soft-baked sugar cookies, sticky buns, S’mores cupcakes and berry-filled pies. They also serve breakfast from Thursday to Saturday – you must try the vegan biscuits and gravy!
Hail Snail is a Queer, POC, and family-owned shop that’s all about unique cinnamon rolls, ranging from funky to nostalgic. Enjoy flavors like the Ogopogo with popcorn, sprinkles, and lemon-blueberry icing or the lunch box topped with Lay’s chips, peanut butter, and strawberry sauce. You can even choose your toppings, from gummy bears to freeze-dried fruit, toasted coconut and carrot bacon (yes, it’s bacon made from carrots)!
Unicorn Bake Shop
What’s more magical than a unicorn? The vegan s’mores at Unicorn Bakery! Located on Gladstone Street, this bakery is easy to spot with its vibrant purple exterior and hand-drawn unicorn sign. Try the gooey brownies with chocolate buttercream, indulge in a slice of the cinnamon crumble coffee cake, or try the namesake Unicorn Bars – a funfetti blondie topped with blue vanilla icing and sprinkles!
Orange & Blossom
Orange & Blossom, a patisserie located on Killingsworth Street, crafts vegan treats inspired by the seasons and the West Coast. The menu rotates regularly based on the farms they source from, but two fan favorites always endure – sourdough chocolate chip cookies and orange blossom buns (a twist of fluffy brioche with warm brown sugar and cardamom and a burst of orange blossom). Cozy up at a table in front of a massive painted flower mural and enjoy a cup of tea and a fresh-baked pastry, such as a poached pear almond tart or slice of chocolate orange cake.
Cheesecake, anyone? Rawdacious Desserts is all about delicious plant-based cheesecakes with raw or raw-inspired ingredients. Indulge in unique fresh flavors like Key Lime Coconut, Triple Berry, or Eggnog Bourbon. Love chocolate and coffee? Try the Café Amore or White Chocolate Amaretto. While you can order directly from the website, you can also pick up a selection of their decadent cheesecakes at Tiny Moreso Café and Treat Shop!