Best Desserts & Coffee in Portland

Portland's Delicious Desserts and Exclusive Coffees Are Plentiful

Trying to find the best Desserts & Coffee in Portland? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants that certainly live up to the hype like Papa Haydn and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Loretta Jeans. We've included Salt & Straw an ice cream place with lines around the block, that happens to be one of Oprah's favorites. We also help you find areas where Desserts & Coffee are prominent. In the North East area of Portland you will find Pix Patisserie and Voodoo Doughnuts too. Over in the South East area you can choose from Papa Haydn east and Saint Cupcakes. Not only are you getting terrific dessert and coffee recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Portland's best. We made sure that our list has variety, so we included Ken's Artisan Bakery that offers French desserts and we have included Pambiche where you can enjoy Cuban desserts. For those looking for the rich desserts your grandmother always made we choose the Pacific Pie Company. No matter which place you decide on from our list, your sure to find a savory cup of coffee and a spectacular dessert.


Old Town

Pambiche is a popular Cuban restaurant serving authentic Cuban cuisine. Although their food is wonderful they are best known for their desserts. Pambiche's desserts are crafted by an in-house pastry chef, are sinful but unavoidable. Their postres (desserts) selections include traditional Cuban desserts and some of their own creations. Pambiche uses quality ingredients from Bob's Red Mill, Wessels Family Raw honey, and Vencedora pure Mexican vanilla. Here you can enjoy Panetela Borracha a Cuban sponge cake, Pudin a Cuban bread pudding, or Tres Leches cake. They even have gluten free desserts. Be sure to try their special Cafe Cubano blend of coffee made by Stumptown Coffee Roasters just for Pambiche.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: The Cuban flair of their desserts makes it worth a trip to Pambiche to experience them.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the Tres Leches cake.

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Pacific Pie Company specializes in handmade sweet and savory pies. One of the owners is from Australia and it shows throughout the menu. For just $7 you cay enjoy one of their meat pies with small side salad. Meat pies include steak and cheese, traditional chicken pot pie, and many other. They even have a green curry chicken pot pie. They also serve an extensive list of dessert pies including an delicious hazelnut chocolate Bourbon pie. They offer happy hour Monday through Fridays from 3 to 6 PM during which you can eat for even less, while enjoying a $3 draft beer.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Pacific Pie Company has fruit pies and sweet pies everyday.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure try the bourbon hazelnut chocolate pie for dessert.

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Voodoo Doughnut
Photo courtesy of By Rock-O-Billy for Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnuts serves donut creations unlike anywhere else, because where else can you find a bacon maple bar, a chocolate donut covered in coco puffs, an apple fritter "as big as your head", or buy a coffin filled with donuts. You can even get married at it's sister location in Northeast Portland while chowing down on a sweet, yeasty treat? Voodoo doughnuts are the talk of the town and indeed, the world and thanks to an eclectic blend of flavors and toppings, a selection of vegan doughnuts, and yes, the benefit of legal weddings performed by ordained ministers. They also serve Stumptown coffee.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Donuts topped with candy and cookies always make a good dessert.

Meagan's expert tip: Order the Voodoo dozen for a nice variety and remember their cash only.

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Southeast Portland

An authentic French Bakery in south east Portland utilizing a clay firebrick bread oven. They serve French fare from the Alsace region created by award-winning and nationally recognized master baker Chef Dominique Geulin. They have sandwiches and flatbreads. St. Honoré Boulangerie also offers a large variety of breads and sweets, including their spectacular macaroons. Enjoy a Hazelnut Caramel Dacquoise: layers of caramel ganache, chocolate praline and hazelnut buttercream between crunchy hazelnut dacquoise cake or an Opera: chocolate ganache and espresso buttercream between layers of almond sponge cake. Kid's love their chouquettes. Saint Honore also features a full espresso bar and serves drip coffee.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Saint Honore Boulangeria bakes some of the most delicious pastries and treats in Portland

Meagan's expert tip: Hand-crafted cider cocktails and a daily happy hour are also offered.

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Northeast Portland

Salt and Straw was picked by Oprah in O Magazine as having the best ice cream, so there is no wonder why there is a line around the block for a scoop of their ice cream. Salt and Straw's ice cream is handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy from local, sustainable and organic ingredients, as well as imported flavors from small, handpicked farms and producers around the world. Their ice cream flavors are extremely bold and unique like Sea Salt with Caramel Swirl, Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, Strawberry Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Almond brittle with salted ganache, and pear and blue cheese. They also serve Stumptown coffee, one of a kind lattes, and pastries.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Salt and Straw offers ice cream creations like bone marrow with smoked bing cherries.

Meagan's expert tip: To avoid a line get there early.

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Southeast Portland

Saint Cupcake features made-from-scratch sweet and savory creations using natural ingredients like pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla at their tiny location on Belmont. Cupcake flavors include the ever-popular Red Velvet, Vanilla with Cream Cheese, Big Top, Salty Captain, Coconut, and Chocolate with Hot Fudge. They offer seasonal cupcakes throughout the year. They even have vegan cupcakes. The bakery also offers delicious ice cream cupcakes consisting of chocolate cake surrounding vanilla bean ice cream center, topped with hot fudge. Also in the store you can find QUIN candy. If you give them notice and have a minimum order of 24 dots or 12 full size they will deliver your cupcakes Monday - Friday! Delivery charges start at $10 and are based on mileage - simply call us for details. They will make custom creations if you ask.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Saint Cupcake makes incredible cupcakes and other dessert treats.

Meagan's expert tip: Order some small cupcakes to try a variety.

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Papa Haydn's east was home to Portland's first espresso machine and is widely known among locals as the go to place to dessert. Papa Haydn's East location serves enormous portions of delectable desserts everyday. There's always a minimum of twenty six desserts to choose from and usually 8 or so seasonal desserts. The most difficult part of eating here is trying to narrow down which dessert you want. They also serve food that is not dessert, including their delicious French onion soup and large sandwiches. Papa Haydn's has another location on the west side of Portland on NW 23rd. They serve identical menus.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Papa Haydn serves a large selection of over the top desserts.

Meagan's expert tip: Split an entree, ensuring you have enough room for dessert.

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Northeast Portland

Patisserie has become a popular late night hotspot in Northeast Portland. Known for their award winning beautiful hand crafted French desserts, bottomless coffee, and extensive champagne list. One look at their dessert case and you will quickly see why Pix is always busy. They have over 24 desserts to choose from with flavors to suit anyone's cravings. Enjoy a glass of dessert wine along with your dessert or a Batdorf and Bronson coffee drinks. They also serve teas from local Townshend's Tea. Not in the mood for dessert then you'll appreciate their recent addition of tasty tapas, including traditional Spanish tapas.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: It's a wonderful place to hang out at and enjoy a beautiful dessert.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the award winning Amelie dessert.

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Alphabet District
Papa Haydn – West

First-rate cuisine is this restaurant's hallmark, as exemplified by their gourmet sandwiches and continental-styled entrees. So it is with their fabulous desserts, which have achieved almost legendary status in town. You never knew that sugar and flour could reach such heights until you yield to the temptations of Papa Haydn's dessert menu. At more than two pages, it's full of sinful treats that you'll agonize over. Should you have black velvet mousse? How about raspberry chocolate terrine? No matter which pie, cake, pastry or torte you ultimately select, it's certain that you'll go into paroxysms of delight after the first bite. Just give in, though. There'll be exercise bikes tomorrow. Some of their sauces are even available in jars to take home. Second location on east side: 5829 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202; 503-232-9440.

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Papa Haydn serves a large selection of over the top desserts.

Meagan's expert tip: Split an entree with someone, ensuring you have enough room for dessert.

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Southwest Portland

If you are looking for the ultimate brownie in Portland it's here at Lauretta Jean's. Their salted carmel brownie is life changing. They also have a delightful selection of handmade pies. Selections include Tart Cherry, Blackberry Raspberry Streusel, Raspberry Cranberry, Spiced Pear Streusel, Apple Walnut, Honey Hazelnut, Chocolate Chess, S'mores Pie, Lemon Meringue, Grapefruit Meringue, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, Chocolate Banana Cream, and more. They also have a great happy hour every day from 5-7pm when all pie slices are just $3.50 a slice, plus discounts on cocktails, $5 wines, and pints of beer. In addition to serving desserts they offer brunch 7 days a week from 8 AM - 3 PM

Recommended for Desserts & Coffee because: Lauretta Jean's is baking up some of the best desserts in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: No matter what you try be sure to try one of their gourmet brownies.

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