Back To Eden Bakery

  • Bakery Bakery
  • Vegan
    ( 53 reviews )
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2217 NE Alberta St (at Alberta District), Portland, Oregon, USA, 97211

Small-batch bakery in the Alberta neighborhood which is known for its arts community. Makes desserts, pastries, and a few salads. Serves organic fair-trade coffee. Vegan and gluten-free with soy-free and sugar-free options. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

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First Review by HM

Quiche me - Edit

Best quiche I have ever had!! A dish I didn't get to have for over a decade. They have many tasty vegan eats.

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Yum - Edit

Tried a few savory dishes and extremely happy with the taste. Even the salad was delicious. Took home a few treats for the family and no one was disappointed. Will visit again and again.

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yummy treats! - Edit

Just had a whoopie pie. The cookies were light and crumbly. So good! Savory foods available too.

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Delicious desserts without excess sugar - Edit

I had the Oatmeal Whoopie pie and Stone berry crumble pie. Both were amazing. Everything was not too sweet and quite satisfying. Though I didn't eat most of the cream in the Whoopie pie because I don't like that kind of cream but the cookie was so freaking delicious and softly baked.

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lovely cookies! - Edit

Staff are so friendly and helpful also :)

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Best vegan bakery! - Edit

Tiny, but amazing little vegan bakery. Soft serve is incredible! I was visiting town for 4 days, and even though there are so many places for vegans, I went back a second time. The baked goods are incredible too! I wanted one of each, but that was impossible. I tried about 5 different items and all were amazing.

Pros: Great assortment of baked goods, Soft-serve!! Enough said!

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Great little cafe - Edit

Great breakfast or mid day food spot. Good coffee, good ingredients. They offer numerous baked goods and ice cream. I like there bagels a lot!

Pros: low key

Cons: kinda expensive but worth

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so so good - Edit

one of my first stops every time in portland. Chai and amazing baked goods. root beer chocolate donut was amazing!

Pros: all vegan

Cons: parking

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

We got a banana split and a Oregon trail Sunday and a peanut butter crunch bar. All amaaaaazing! Thank you thank you thank you from my taste buds ;) I would for sure go back the service was great and the food was even better!

Pros: vegan Ice cream! , all vegan, good service

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The Gold Standard in Vegan Bakeries - Edit

In a city with several excellent vegan bakeries, Back to Eden is my favorite. The service is always helpful and friendly, and the food is delicious. While some of items change seasonally, they have a fairly consistent line of baked goods including pies, cookies, cupcakes, pastries and other goodies.

For my taste, the standouts are the pies, the Lemon Cream in particular. The lemon filling and cream topping are the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. The chocolate cream pie is rich but not too heavy, and the crusts are just about perfect. Other favorites are the Toffee Bars and Cinnamon Rolls. The soft serve and sundaes are also excellent.

If there's one item where they could use some improvement it's the cookies. The flavor is solid but the texture is could be improved. But that's a minor quibble in a bakery that hits the mark with pretty much everything else. I've only sampled a couple of the savory items and those were also quite good, so it's a great stop for a light lunch.

I usually reserve a five star rating for a place that's near flawless, but Back to Eden gets it right in so many ways that it's easy to overlook the few areas where they fall just a little short of excellent.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly Service

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Great ice cream, friendly staff - Edit

The highlight of our visit to back to eden was the woman behind the counter. I wish I had written down her name, but she was super friendly and gave us tips for places to go in town.
We got ice cream, a banana split and a sundae. Both were great! We shared a little Boston cream pie that was just ok. I would love to come back and try more of their bakery items.

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SE Division - awesome funkiness - Edit

Visiting Portland, we were new to the concept of food trucks congregated together. That is where we found Back to Eden Bakery. I'm glad we didn't go to their main location, because we would have missed the eclectic experience of the SE Division location. We visited this location on three different occasions during our stay in Portland.

My spouse and I both loved their savory tarts. We especially enjoyed the Spinach and Mushroom tart and Tomato with Cashew Cream. They were both amazing and filling. On the sweet side, I enjoyed the coconut cream pies, both chocolate and lemon. My spouse loved the chocolate peanut butter toffee bar. On one trip, I took advantage of their ice cream and enjoyed a shake for the first time in over five years.

This location provided outdoor seating for all the food trucks, so you could end up sharing a table with anyone. Every time we went, the place was crowded, but always with good-natured folks.

Pros: Great food, Good selection, Great service

Cons: Ordering system - not great

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Not just a bakery! - Edit

We've been here once and plan to go again. In addition to bakery items, they have a full ice cream bar with sundaes and warm meals. We only got ice cream (for there) and bakery items (to go). The ice cream was fabulous. The whole place is 100% vegan. The bakery items were a little gritty, as to be expected since they were gluten-free. We look forward to having sundaes and hot food there.

This bakery is right in the heart of Alberta Street--a long street with quaint little shops on both sides. This means that parking is challenging. They also barely have any seating, just a few small tables inside.

Pros: All vegan, Consistently known around the world, Amazing ice cream!

Cons: Pricey, Parking, Small seating area

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friendly place great food - Edit

We had a couple of the salads there, some potato soup and some ice cream. The salads were ok but the soup was very good. Soft serve vegan ice cream is still a rare treat for me so it was fun and tasty. The baked goods all looked awesome.

Pros: friendly people, good food

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Yummy! - Edit

Good broccoli cheese soup! Bakery items looked really good but too full to try one. I'll be back!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday August 18, 2015

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Mmmmm - Edit

We had the banana split and it was just incredible. We (separately) had the quiche and the chocolate cream pie and they were amazing. Can't believe there's a vegan quiche!

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YUMMY!! - Edit

Cute bakery with lots to offer. I had a nice lunch of tomato soup and a savory sundried tomato scone. For dessert I had the blueberry lavender cheesecake which was delish! The area is super cute too to walk your lunch off and come back for their soft serve ice cream!

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And a 2nd location! - Edit

Back to Eden has opened a cart on Division and SE 29th (the Tidbit pod). As usual, the savories are outstanding: cashew tarts and seasonal quiche. Two new donuts, rosewater pistachio and rootbeer chocolate, are excellent. My all-time favorite is the chocolate cream pie. They're doing sundaes and soft-serve at the cart, too. I've always found the staff to be helpful and cheerful.

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Adorable place, but I didn't love the sweets. - Edit

I love baked goods, so I came in here to get a few before my plane ride home. They were so beautiful, and my boyfriend loved the German chocolate cupcake, but I didn't feel like the rose water cupcake was as good as mine. The cookie we got was excellent, though. The raw lemon bar I also didn't like. The things I didn't like had this kind of sick aftertaste that certain icings have for some reason. I feel like only some people notice it, and I'm one of them. Still, such a cute all-vegan place! I'd love to come back for ice cream.

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Plant Based Goodness - Edit

Today we were in a search for a vegan donut (a part of a long standing Sunday tradition) We tried to get to VooDoo but the line was ridiculously long. So we adventured all day and ended up searching for vegan soft serve and found this little gem! They not only had soft serve, but donuts too :) I got the chocolate lavender and the soulmate got a vanilla latte. We shared a berry pistachio donut. The presentation of all the treats was awesome! I loved the tree logo too. I want to come back for breakfast to try the biscuits and walnut sage gravy.

Pros: Atmosphere , Quality, Helpfulness

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Vegan soft serve! - Edit

The soft serve is soo good I usually forget to even look in the case at the piles of tasty-looking vegan baked items. Vegans will not be disappointed here.

Pros: Vegan!, Soft serve!, Did I mention soft serve?!

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If you are Vegan and GF that is the place - Edit

I love to eat there. Just to go in and know that everything is vegan and GF!
The food and the pastries
Sometimes you need to wait in line for long time.

Pros: Vegan, GF, Good food

Cons: EXPENSIVE

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The Best - Edit

This is seriously a great little place. Cute inside. Creative treats. Vegan sundaes and soft serve twist waffle cones!

Pros: so much to choose from!

Cons: no

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Just plain AWESOME! - Edit

Love Back to Eden Bakery. Since going Vegan its nice to have a bakery that really gets it. Even though I am a Vegan I still want yummy Vegan pastries, desserts, ice cream and the occasional milkshake. I spoil myself every time I can when we are in Portland by stopping in and getting some stuff to take home. My guilty Vegan pleasure...Chocolate Lavender milkshake!!! Freakin' delicious!
The chocolate silk pies are wonderful as well, the crust I think is my favorite part. But don't come in just for one thing, because the menu will always give you so many things to decide on. They are not just for dessert. They have lunch offerings too. Like Quiche, cashew tarts, soups, chili and cornbread, Kale salad, chickpea "tuna" wrap.
This is how my usual stop into the bakery starts...
Should I get lunch or just focus on dessert...what about the decadent cupcakes...and coffee...oh but the soft serve ice cream. Mmmm! How about a chickpea tuna wrap with a milkshake and a quiche to take home for breakfast tomorrow....then I'll get a whoopie pie and a cinnamon roll for my roommate, and for myself for later a raw cheesecake or coconut cream pie. Yep, it never fails
I go in the bakery only wanting the drink and come out with a bag full of goodies.

Pros: Variety on menu, Hours, Location

Cons: Small dine-in area, Crowded when busy

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Best vegan soft serve on earth! - Edit

I had the chocolate vanilla swirl in a vegan waffle cone. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I can't wait to go back and try more yummy treats! Very cute little shop!

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Worth the bus ride - Edit

My boyfriend and I popped in here for dessert after finishing dinner nearby. We shared a brownie. It wasn't too sweet and had melty chocolate chips throughout (I had the staff warm it)—delicious! I also got a lavender peach scone to go for the next morning. I thought it was an interesting combination and not something you'd come across easily, let alone a vegan version. It tasted lovely even at room temperature and day-old. The guy behind the counter was friendly and very patient with my many questions. Besides sweet items, they also had savory ones like tempeh pies, cheddar scones, etc., which looked very good too.

The surrounding area was pretty cool with tons of eateries and little shops. It was well worth the 30-minute bus ride up here (we stayed downtown)!

Pros: delicious baked goods, selection

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