5 Great Gluten Free Bakeries in Portland, Oregon
Portland is basically heaven for Celiacs. There’s a reason it consistently tops our list of the best gluten free travel destinations. There are SO MANY OPTIONS in Portland, it’s a little overwhelming. Most cities have one, maybe two dedicated gluten free bakeries. If you’re lucky, that is – many have exactly ZERO. But Portland, which has a thriving small business culture full of creativity that is part of the reason we’re essentially in love with the city, has FIVE. You read that right – there are at least five dedicated gluten free bakeries in Portland. Here’s an overview of them so you can get your scone, muffin, and donut (or whatever else you’re craving) fix.
All of the bakeries below are 100% gluten free and Celiac-safe. I don’t mess with mixed gluten free bakeries, because the risk of cross-contamination is just too high for me.
There’s more gluten free goodness where this came from! Read our gluten free guide to Portland for more restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and more in Portland.
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5 Incredible Gluten Free Bakeries in Portland, Oregon
Here’s where to get your gluten free baked good fix while you’re in Portland.
New Cascadia Traditional
New Cascadia is, without a doubt, our favorite gluten free bakery in Portland, and probably the Pacific Northwest. Their bread, which you can also find in local New Seasons Markets (a high-end grocery store) and Whole Foods in Portland, is beyond amazing. Alysha and I dream about their Rustic Italian loaf, which is crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.
I think the reason their breads stand out is their process. Most of their breads are naturally leavened, which means that rather than using commercial yeast, which is what you’ll find in most breads out there, they use a starter (for lack of a better word) that is made out of flour, water, and time. It’s like a sourdough starter, which we are all now intimately familiar with in our post-2020 world, but not sourdough, if that makes sense.
At their bakery on Division St in SE Portland, you’ll find a breakfast menu that includes Alysha’s favorite – the biscuit breakfast sandwich (add bacon, duh) – along with a small lunch menu and a selection of their freshly baked breads and pastries like scones, muffins, and cupcakes. Their bagels are also fantastic.
They also make some of the best gluten free donuts in Portland. They’re brioche donuts, so they’re a little more thick and chewy than a traditional fried donut, but they’re still delicious. Get the maple bar if they have it.
In a somewhat unexpected twist, they also have some of the best gluten free pizza that we’ve ever had. It’s so good, in fact, that both of our last birthday meals were New Cascadia Pizza – requested by name. The reason is the crust. It’s hard to find a good thick crust pizza that is gluten free, since fluffy is a hard thing to achieve using gluten free flour, but they replicated it by tucking the edge of the crust under to create a double layer around the edge, which makes it feel like a thick crust pizza.
You can grab an 18” gluten free pizza on Thursday-Saturday nights, or a smaller version on their lunch menu. You might think that $30+ is expensive for a pizza, but wait until you see this pizza. It’s GIGANTIC. It’s easily enough food for two meals for two people.
All of their products are certified gluten free by GFCO, which means their gluten content tests below 10ppm. They have dairy free and vegan options too – most of their breads are vegan, and any allergens are labeled (or just ask one of their friendly staff members to help you find something that meets your needs).
Dreaming of their bread, but can’t make it to Portland? You can order it online! We’ve done it multiple times, and if you order enough, the cost of shipping becomes less overwhelming.
Address: 2502 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 | Website
Kyra’s is notable because the founder is the only four-time winner of Cupcake Wars. She has a pretty similar story to most of us who suffer from autoimmune disorders like Celiac Disease (with a notable exception). Early on, she spent years looking for what was wrong with few concrete answers from doctors. Eventually, after trying a bunch of different things, she cut out gluten, and hasn’t looked back. Sound familiar? Most people I talk to that are living with an autoimmune condition, (I have TWO, hashtag blessed) have some sort of similar story.
But here’s the exception.
Instead of complaining about terrible gluten free baked goods, which is one of my favorite past times (especially a decade ago when the only gluten free bread available was in the freezer and has the consistency of a hockey puck), she became a world-class gluten free baker. She actually attended Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie program, which I didn’t know until just now!
Anyway, the point is that Kyra is amazing. And so are the cupcakes, donuts, muffins, and more that you’ll find at her bakeries. We tried both donuts and cupcakes… twice. The cupcakes are phenomenal. “I would never know this is gluten free” – Alysha, the only one of us who still occasionally ventures to the dark side (she’s only gluten free because of me).
We tried a peanut butter chocolate cupcake, and a New York cheesecake cupcake, and they NAILED the cream cheese frosting on the cheesecake version.
The donuts are more like cake in the shape of a donut, which seems to be par for the course with gluten free donuts in most cases, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious! We had Raspberry Crumb and Espresso Marionberry and loved every bite.
Currently, there are two locations – one in Lake Oswego, and one in Portland on the west side of the river close to downtown.
Address: Lake Oswego: 599 A Ave, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 | Portland: 685 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209 | Website
Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
The location of Petunia’s really can’t be beat. It’s right downtown, just a few blocks away from Powell’s Books, which is a must-see on your Portland itinerary, along with a bunch of other great spots in downtown Portland.
They are dedicated gluten free AND vegan, but you’d never know it.
Again, the story behind Petunia’s is remarkably similar to mine, and many of yours too. The founder, Lisa Clark, was experiencing some health issues before she decided to cut out gluten and dairy. Lo and behold, she started feeling better! She started Petunia’s in 2010 at some of Portland’s farmers markets, and it has been a rocket ship of growth ever since. The location in downtown Portland opened in 2014, and is a staple on any visit to Portland for me.
At their bakery / cafe, you can find a wide variety of sweet and savory treats like cupcakes, donuts, and biscuits, along with some heartier meals. They also make amazing cakes, though I’ve never actually tried one of them.
In my opinion, the star of the show is the donuts. I’ve had several donuts over the course of our trips to Portland, and never once have I left disappointed. My favorite so far has been the tiramisu-filled donut I had a few years ago, which might top the list of the best gluten free donuts I’ve ever had.
They also make their ice cream in-house, which makes Petunia’s one of the best spots to get gluten free ice cream in Portland. And you should definitely get the house made waffle cone too, duh.
The selection of pastries rotates, and they sell out QUICK. Get here early to have the best selection!
Address: 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 | Website
Gluten Free Gem
Gluten Free Gem is on Broadway, just east of the river and north of the Moda Center. It was started back in 2006 when owner Annie Miller’s daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and they’ve been growing ever since. They moved into the current location in 2017.
At Gluten Free Gem, you’ll find all the usual sweet suspects – muffins, coffee cakes, scones, and donuts, among other treats – along with some savory options if you’re not in the mood for something sweet.
The best thing I’ve had over the course of multiple visits is their marionberry coffee cake, which I thought was spectacular.
If you’re looking for a gluten free birthday cake in Portland, this would be a good option. They do custom cakes (72 hours notice required).
You can also find a small selection of their baked goods at your local New Seasons in Portland, along with a smattering of local coffee shops – like Water Avenue, one of the best coffee shops in Portland.
Address: 140 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232 | Website
Liberated Baking Co.
Technically it’s in Clackamas, about twenty minutes south of Portland, but it’s close enough to make it onto this list.
I couldn’t find too much information about them, but they are a dedicated gluten free bakery, so I decided to stop by and see what they had. You know, for science.
The highlights for us were the hand pies, which come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors like shepherds pie and cherry. They’re flaky and soft, and the fillings are good – I would definitely go back to try more of those.
The marionberry scone didn’t look like a scone, but they nailed the taste and texture. The fresh marionberry on top was a nice tart balancing act for the buttery, sweet scone part.
You’ll also find a full breakfast and lunch menu, with things like bagel and biscuit sandwiches and chicken pot pie, but we were just in it for the pastries.
Address: 16100 SE 82nd Dr, Clackamas, OR 97015 | Website
That’s all we’ve got for this round up of Portland’s dedicated gluten free bakeries!
Planning a (gluten free) trip to Portland? Here are some other Portland travel guides to help you plan the perfect trip and find all the best gluten free eats.
- Gluten Free Portland: Complete Guide for Celiacs
- Where to Find Gluten Free Beer in Portland
- The Best Cider in Portland, Oregon (Cider Bars + Bottle Shops)
- Where to Stay in Portland: Guide to the Best Neighborhoods
- The Best Airbnbs in Portland
- 14 Cool Hotels in Portland, OR
- The Best Day Trips from Portland
- A Complete Guide to Planning an Oregon Road Trip
- The Best Airbnbs in Oregon