Cycle Portland, Road & Kids Friendly Ride, The Doughnut Roll
They say that Portland is a town of foodies and this ride highlights the terrific choices for baked goods throughout the city. Ride through all four quadrants to find one bakery in each, but along the way you’ll find many more that you will want to visit on a return trip. You may even want to make this loop twice to work off the calories you’ll be eating along the way!
Smooth, well-maintained streets, some with train tracks.
Low to moderate traffic streets through urban neighborhoods.
By car, from downtown Portland drive north on SW Sixth Avenue and the train station will be directly ahead. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Yellow line train; disembark at NW Sixth Avenue and NW Hoyt Street.
Food and Drink
This ride is all about finding great bakeries, so there are many choices for food and drink along the route. Public restrooms can be found at the Union Station.
Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Historic District, downtown St. Johns, the Belmont District, and the Pearl District are all close by and worth your time to explore.
Union Station is a great place to begin. It offers restrooms and a small restaurant in case you need fuel to carry you to the first stop – Voodoo Doughnuts on the corner of SW Third Avenue and SW Ankeny Street. This world famous doughnut shop is a legend in Portland with unique doughnuts such as bacon, maple, and, of course, Voodoo Doll doughnuts. While the shop will do custom orders, they do not ship, so it is not uncommon to see people at the airport with a hot pink Voodoo Doughnut box.
After wiping the powdered sugar from your lips, cross the Willamette River via the Hawthorne Bridge to the southeast quadrant. Hawthorne Boulevard has a bike lane for part of the way, but as you enter the Hawthorne District, the bike lane goes away. Ride beside the cars on this somewhat narrow street. Once past the downtown section you’ll come to the second notable shop JiCiva’s Chocolates. Along the way there are plenty of other bakeries if chocolates are not of interest. Take a left onto SE 53rd Avenue and ride toward the Alberta Arts District in the northeast quadrant. Along NE Alberta Street is Tonalli’s Doughnuts and Cream where the glass case is filled with puffy sweetness.
The atmosphere is vintage and the donuts melt in your mouth. Alberta Street has many choices for other baked goods including pies at Random Order and the croissants at Petite Provence. Leave Alberta Street behind, ride along NE Vancouver Avenue and cross the Broadway Bridge into the northwest quadrant. While there are terrific shops along NW 23rd Avenue, such as Moonstruck Chocolate, our destination is on NW Thurman Street where you’ll find St. Honore Bakery. This very popular spot (there will be a line) is full of mouth-watering French pastries and the smell of brewing coffee. The 17 mile route is hardly sufficient to sample all the goodies and not compromise your figure, so plan on a return trip to sample those confections you missed the first time around.
27.517 km / 17.098 mi
222 m / 729 ft
222 m / 729 ft
79 m / 258 ft