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A Bakery Road Trip

Published: October 06, 2020

 

Indulge in the comforting smell of fresh baked bread along the Willamette Valley's "bakery loop". While gluten-friendly/free options may occasionally arise, this is a tour highlighting good old fashioned wheat.

Eugene

With so many amazing bakeries here... you might never leave the city limits, but to be a total bakery-afficiando, you will need to do a little driving!

Here are the must-visits:

Sweet Life Patisserie
t Life Petite by Melanie Griffin
Sweet Life Patisserie is a local favorite for birthday cakes. Photo by Melanie Griffin
 

This Whiteaker Neighborhood wonder has been a sweet-tooth magnet for decades. Out-of-towners know to come here for their coffee and cake—either morning or late night. Not only is Sweet Life decadently delicious, the bakers are able to accommodate a wide range of dietary requirements presenting plenty of vegan, no nuts, gluten-free and dairy-free options. As long as you tolerate a little sweetener, there is probably something served here that you can eat!

Noisette Pastry Kitchen
Noisette desserts by Melanie Griffin
French macarons at Noisette Pastry Kitchen by Melanie Griffin

 

Ahh... the French! This classic pastry shop is so reminiscent of a Parisian cafe that you may forget you are in Eugene. Noisette Pastry Kitchen must-haves include the tomato cheese sandwiches on a fresh baguette, their homemade pate, the goat cheese biscuits, tarts and of course, the croissants.

Provisions
Provisions coffee at 5th Street Public Market by Joni Kabana
Provisions coffee at 5th Street Public Market by Joni Kabana
 

Like a European marketplace, the bustling vibe here inspires lingering over your coffee, shopping for fresh produce and bicycling home with a baguette. You can also do all your gift shopping here, and if you aren't careful, come home with all new kitchenware for your home! Provisions' baked goods include baguettes, macarons, muffins, scones and tarts. And you can also get hot breakfasts, full take-home meals to go and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads and pizzas.

Metropol

If you are still excited about France, Metropol is the local royalty of baguettes — stocking their daily loaves in all the local grocery stores. But just because this is an obvious place to pick up your bread and get your coffee, don't forget to check the counter case for an array of tarts, cakes and meringues.

Hideaway Café

Tucked in South Eugene, this wholesomely straightforward bakery knows its bread. Hideaway also serves up robust hot breakfasts and fancy coffees to the line out the door crowds.

Falling Sky

Bread at Falling Sky Deli

Technically this is a brewery, yes, but they understand yeast and make so much of their menu items in house that not only will you enjoy a deli lunch here— you'll want to take home the sourdough starter for your own baking adventures.

Creswell

Creswell Bakery

Creswell Bakery bread

A foodie destination if there ever was one, Creswell Bakery bakes up farm-to-table goodies alongside golden loaves of bread. Anytime you drive south of Eugene, this is a must-visit stop.

Veneta

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread breakfast by Colin Morton

This bakery sprang from an old church kitchen but now is located right off the highway as you pass through Veneta. Stopping here is a guaranteed way to perk up any travel trip, especially if you are heading to the coast.

Junction City

Camas Country Mill
Camas Country Mill Flour in Junction City by Colin Morton
Camas Country Mill Flour in Junction City by Colin Morton

 

This is the grande finale of your bakery tour because Camas Country Mill doesn't just bake the bread and treats you want, they grow the grain! And mill it! In fact, many of our local bakeries use their flour because they are local and offer a wide assortment of grains, both organic and conventional. Shop their storefront and enjoy their homemade baked goods.

Sweet Life Patisserie by Melanie Griffin
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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.