Sweet Life Patisserie - Monroe St

  • Bakery Bakery
    ( 10 reviews )

755 Monroe St, Eugene, Oregon, USA, 97402

Bakery with some vegan desserts like cookies and cupcakes. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-11:00pm.

10 Reviews

First Review by suecag

Delish! - Edit

Sweet Life is always good, always. They probably have at least a half dozen vegan deserts by the slice and another handful of vegan options to buy a whole pie or cake. They also have vegan chocolate bars, brownies, and cupcakes. They have vegan pie and cake by the slice. They often have vegan cheesecake. I got the banana foster cake this time. Yummy! They also have vegan ice cream. Vegan items are labeled dairy free and egg free. Every item has a label.

Pros: Vegan options are labeled , Many vegan choices, Everything is tasty!

Cons: There will be a line

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They have vegan everything - Edit

I couldn't believe all the vegan choices - cookies, pie, brownies, muffins, cake, cheesecake, biscotti, even ice cream. So hard to choose...I got a slice of vegan berry pie and it was excellent, very fruity and not too sweet at all. I got a cookie to go, and it was very satisfying when I got stranded later with nothing else to eat. Usually I stick to whole foods, not treats like this, but an occasional treat is something to enjoy, and this is a great place to get it.

Pros: Lots of choices of food, Delicious, Indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: Crowded when I was there, almost every table taken

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Really delicious and Non-GMO - Edit

I've been going here for years, back when they were much smaller and still sort of a "secret". I looked through the reviews, and I do get the ones who think that some of the desserts are to sweet, but we're talking about dessert here.

The only desserts that I've thought were too sweet are the vegan cheesecakes. Everything else is right on target, and in fact, the cakes and icing are not very sweet. Which is perfect.

They have a great creme brulee, excellent cakes of all sorts, really nice pies, and great cookies. Ginger is my fav cookie - so good!

The owners have also taken a non-gmo pledge and source non-gmo ingredients for their food. This is excellent, since corn and beet sugar are primarily modified, and are used extensively in desserts.

The only other place that I think compares to Sweet Life for desserts is Raw Luv, and Raw Luv does catering only! Check out Sweet Life, you really will have a delightful time. And if you have to share a dessert or take some home for later, consider that a bonus, not a downside!

Pros: awesome variety, old favorites, lots of vegan options

Cons: limited parking

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Best Vegan (and Gluten free) Sweets ever! - Edit

We recently moved to Eugene, and this is by far the cheapest and best pastry store we have ever eaten from in the USA. Hands down the very best vegan cakes, pies, and treats we've ever eaten.
Vegan cakes are moist and light, their pies are tart and crunchy, and their vegan "cheese" cakes are smooth and delicious. We ordered a cake for my son's birthday and it was the best vegan and gluten free cake we've ever eaten in over 40yrs of combined vegan travels and experiences (including Europe and the USA).

Pros: delicious, reasonable prices

Cons: long lines, small venue

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too expensive for me - Edit

They have good tasting stuff but the price is expensive for me or I would go there more. 4.50 for a slice of pieSome of the stuff is way too rich as well. It's good place to go on occasion.

Pros: Good selection, staff is knowledgeable, Clean

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Great Treats - Edit

Yes, it does get quite busy and the line is long, but the space in front of the counter is not very big either so the line often looks longer than it really is. None-the-less we tried to go during off hours to avoid lines.

They do have an excellent selection of vegan treats including ice cream (supplied by local company), cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, etc. One of my favorites is the cinnamon role although they started adding raisins and walnuts which I wasn't crazy about. Another newer favorite was a giant chocolate cupcake with a cherry on top but they were often out of them.

The cakes and pies are delicious with many options like cheesecake and creme and berry pies. Some are super rich and I'd eat half and save the other half for the next evening.

This was our go-to place when we needed a sweet fix and didn't feel like baking. The service was always friendly too. We took many friends here, many non-vegan and they all enjoyed it.

Pros: Many vegan options, Tasty

Cons: Some too rich, Busy

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Pretty, sweet and flavorless - Edit

Eugeners will often direct you here. And they do have quite a selection and some nice outdoor seating with a great location near downtown and the Whitacre district.

But their goodies are never as tasty as they are pretty. More likely to put you in a diabetic coma. I go for pie or vegan cheesecake and usually find someone to share it with and cut it with strong coffee/tea.

Late night and early morning hours tend to have a line out the door.

Pros: Location, Atmosphere

Cons: Not very tasty, Can get expensive, Looong lines in the evening and morning

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Thick as a brick - Edit

I think perhaps they changed recipe or chef over the years since I don't recall things being too sweet/ too heavy and dense. Either that or just time and experience and baking more on my own has generated more decadent experiences for sure than this place. We used to support this biz before they had the cafe, when they sold cakes out of a garage.

If I knew you were comin' I'd have baked a cake, if I didn't I make take out-of-towners here, but it does give vegan cakes a bad rap, and a lot of work can be exerted to overcome their notions of this place compare to other vegan cakes. My inlaws are some that make faces when mentioning vegan cakes due to this place, whereas they have had some other really good ones since yet this is the one bad one that stands out. However, on my own accord, their stuff is really not very good, it seems way too sweet and not airy enough. But I make awesome cakes too, so perhaps I am biased. But there is a great strictly bakery in Ptd, so it can be done well (see my top ten for info). This place has perhaps become too big and their quality needs more attention than its quantity.

Pros: cool slogan/ t shirt

Cons: low on flavor , poor texture

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beautiful...heavy - Edit

This place is so cool, so you just have to go there. However, I don't find the treats to be as good as I want them to be. I realize this is just my opinion, but everything looks so beautiful and yummy, and to my taste, the things I've had were so HEAVY. I want a light flaky, lemony, fluffy lemon square, not a dense, thick, chewy, sugary bar that feels like a brick in my stomach. I had a quiche there once that could have used more flavor and again, been lighter. I would say that a chocolate eclair I had was quite good. Maybe you just have to find the right things for your taste. If I were hiking or biking across country on few dollars, I would stop there to REALLY FILL UP, but since I'm not, I will probably only go there when I have company in town. I'll take them because it is such a neat spot and I'll suggest we share something.

Pros: heavenly-looking, lots of choices, fun place

Cons: heavy, could use more flavor in certain treats

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Best vegan peanut butter cups ever - Edit

I've made a good start at trying one of every fantastic vegan* treat here. The chocolate peanut butter cups are amazing. The Love Truffle is great. The Chocolate Pot is incredible. I just picked up a chocolate peanut butter brownie and it looks good. There are also some vegan* cake and pie slices that look terrific. There are only so many non-animal options but there is a good variety and all are clearly marked. You can order a whole vegan* cake or pie as well. They make wedding cakes too.

*Vegan - Treats are animal-product free but they don't use the term vegan because of sugar production uncertainty. Check out their website for more info: http://www.sweetlifedesserts.com/ingredients.htm.

The line gets very long around desert time which is why their voice mail says that they don't answer the phone after 6pm even though they are open until 11pm. It's hard to see the display case when others are waiting. Then when it is your turn you hold up the line if you couldn't see or decide quickly. Everything is great though so you can't go wrong.

Happy Cow does not allow me to choose 5 cows as my rating because they are not 100% vegetarian. I thought they were but I'm thinking that they probably have gelatin in some treats.

Pros: Chocolate peanut butter cups, chocolate cup of goodness, large non-animal selection

Cons: long lines

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