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Best Desserts in Portland

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Måurice

Owner Kristen puts her Norwegian descent to full use at her pastry shop and restaurant known as Måurice. Situated on a charming street filled with old cars and bicycles, this eatery specializes in delightful pastries and luncheonettes that combine Scandinavian and French flavors. While-away an afternoon here and choose from an eclectic selection of desserts, teas, wines and vermouth. Let Kristen entertain you with stories of her childhood, her inspirations for making pastries from fruits, and the lasting impressions her grandmother's recipes left on her mind. The desserts such as Almond Anise Seed Meringue, Currant & Rosemary Créme Scone, Lemon Souffle Pudding Cake and Bird Seed Coconut Tea Cake have rich garnishes that make guests come back for more.

Portland, OR, United States
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Pix/Bar Vivant

This authentic French patisserie with a hip Portland twist serves fine desserts, beer and wine until late. Choose from exquisitely wrought chocolates, an extensive and impressive wine and beer selection, macaroons of the day, and their famous specialty deserts that are almost too pretty to eat. Often crowded, your patience will be rewarded with the first bite at Pix/Bar Vivant. Choose from the mirrored case before you let the knowledgeable wait staff recommend a pairing. A small lunch menu is also available. Bring a date to start the evening or cap one off with something sweet.

Portland, OR, United States
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Papa Haydn

Such is the popularity of this Northwest Portland institution that it's difficult to obtain a table here at the last minute. Taking its name from a celebrated Viennese composer, Papa Haydn serves up an excellent selection of American comfort food in an elegant environment. The menu is diverse and offers a superb selection of meat and seafood entrees along with a good choice in sandwiches and salads. Try the Albacore Pasta, the carbo-lover's delight. Be sure to sample one of their famous desserts, like the berry tart. Enjoy a cup of steaming coffee or a drink from the full-service bar. Feel free to enjoy a lighter meal in the adjacent Jo Bar and Rotisserie.

Portland, OR, United States
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Ruby Jewel

The flavors on offer may vary, but what always remains constant at Ruby Jewel is the quality of the ice creams on offer, so wonderfully fresh and creamy! You can gorge on Singing Dog Vanilla Bean, Oregon Strawberry, Raspberry Heart Cookie and Honey Lavender until you can no longer feel your teeth. These already delectable flavors are made even better by the addition of toppings like homemade marshmallows and sprinkles. Vegans can also have their fill of these fantastic frozen treats.

Portland, OR, United States
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Fifty Licks

Serving up scoops of gourmet ice cream, prepared in small batches in a delectable array of fresh, seasonal flavors is the modus operandi of local dessert store Fifty Licks. Creating a unique blend of flavors and textures to delight any palate, the ice cream store offers choices like Thai Rice Pudding, Buttermilk Blood Orange Creamsicle, Stumptown Coffee and Chocolate Brown Butter. While kids enjoy the sweet temptations, grown ups can sample some of their innovative Sorbet cocktails like the Velvet Shiso prepared with Shiso leaf, Umeshu plum wine, AlexEli Riesling and Coconut Lemon Saffron Sorbet. The store is small, but cute and is a nice place to spend a warm summer afternoon with a cool treat.

Portland, OR, United States
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Lauretta Jean's

From its humble beginnings as a food stall at the Portland Farmer's Market, Lauretta Jean's bakery quickly came to be known for its amazing sweet pies composed of fresh, flaky crusts and seasonal fillings that are sure to delight. While the pies are certainly worthy of rave reviews, the bakery also whips up a variety of sweet treats including lemon bars, sea-salt brownies, cookies, Nanaimo Bars and quiches. Prepared using the best of each season's natural bounty, Lauretta Jean's pies would be right at home in a foodie's dreamland.

Portland, OR, United States
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Salt & Straw

Selling a range of delicious hand-made, small batch ice-creams, Salt & Straw is the brainchild of cousins Kim and Tyler Malek. The parlor has a sustainable and organic approach, and uses natural ingredients for all its ice-creams. Some of their delightful flavors include chocolate, blueberry and blackberries, raspberry, lemon basil sorbet and grandma Malek's almond brittle, among others. Sourcing their ingredients from local family farms and turning them into moreish flavors, Salt & Straw always delivers quality with taste.

Portland, OR, United States
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