Food & Drink

16 Places to Find Great Cheesecake in Portland

Basque, Japanese, and Other Varieties
July 28, 2021
Kimura Toast Bar combines the airy, soufflé-like texture of Japanese cheesecake with the caramelized exterior of burnt Basque cheesecake. (Kimura Toast Bar)

Friday, July 30, is National Cheesecake Day. We've rounded up this list of unique options in town, from burnished Basque creations at places like Bakeshop and Urdaneta to fluffy Japanese varieties at Oyatsupan Bakers and An Xuyên, so you can channel your inner Golden Girl without having to pay a visit to a certain factory. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

An Xuyên
Japanese cheesecake (also known as soufflé cheesecake or cotton cheesecake) is known for its light, fluffy, airy texture. This deli and bakery makes their version of the specialty with Philadelphia cream cheese, as well as classic mini cheesecakes.
Pickup, delivery

A far cry from the sugary wedges you might ordinarily picture when you think of cheesecake, Basque burnt cheesecake is inspired by the Spanish tarta de queso and offers a more sophisticated flavor profile, with a slightly bitter, burnished crust and a soft, creamy, jiggly interior merging for a crème brûlée-like effect. Esteemed baker Kim Boyce makes an exemplary version of the dessert at her bakery.
Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery

Jinju Patisserie
This bakery and cafe from master chocolatier Jin Caldwell and pastry chef Kyurim Lee has earned raves for the high quality of its dazzling, jewel-like creations, and its thick, fluffy cheesecake is just as impressive as you would expect. 

Kimura Toast Bar
Japanese cheesecake (also known as soufflé cheesecake or cotton cheesecake) is known for its light, fluffy, airy texture and has been sweeping Instagram feeds in recent years. This shokupan-focused cafe from Kayo's Ramen Bar owners Kayoko and Matt Kaye decided to mash up that style with Basque cheesecake for the ultimate cloud-like, caramelized hybrid, which also just so happens to be gluten-free and comes in flavors like yuzu and matcha. Slices are usually available in-store, and whole cheesecakes are available for pickup on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Petite Provence/La Provence
This Francophile favorite festoons its French-inspired cheesecakes with marionberries.
Hosford-Abernethy, Vernon, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Vancouver
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Muse Cheesecakes
At this shop inside Shine Distillery, artist Kiana Lee infuses her vegan cheesecakes with a painterly flair, adding squiggles of color, edible flowers, and other eye-catching adornments.
Pickup, delivery

Oyatsupan Bakers
This Japanese-focused bakeshop offers baked Japanese cheesecake by the slice or as a whole six-inch cake. 
Pickup, delivery

Papa Haydn
The iconic restaurant known for its enticing dessert case serves its classic poached New York-style cheesecake with tangerine and vanilla whipped cream.
Nob Hill, Sellwood
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
This gluten-free and vegan bakery serves lemon cheesecake with lemon curd and a graham cracker crust as well as a turtle cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust, vanilla cheesecake, caramel, chocolate ganache, and pecans, both available by the slice. And if you can't decide whether you'd prefer cheesecake or cake, you can even get a "cheesecake cake"—cheesecake sandwiched between two layers of cake with filling and frosting (available in rotating flavors).
Pickup, delivery, or outdoor seating

Pix Patisserie
Pix's cheesecake goes by the name "Incognito" because it's in disguise: the lemon mousse cake is dressed up with ginger streusel, raspberries, and candied lemon. If you're lucky, you might even be able to snag an individually sized one from the 24-hour contactless Pix-O-Matic vending machine.
Pickup, delivery

Portland Style Cheesecake & Dessert Co.
This GMO-free cheesecake shop recently joined Marsee Baking and offers a rainbow of flavors, including vanilla, lemon, marionberry, strawberry, confetti, and double chocolate. Choose from three-inch, six-inch, eight-inch, or nine-inch cakes or even cupcakes.
Pickup, delivery

Rawdacious Desserts
This vegan and gluten-free sweets purveyor inside Tiny Moreso provides stunning plant-based cheesecake creations in flavors like matcha coconut, strawberry balsamic, almond butter chocolate, Neapolitan, and cookie dough, available by the slice or as mini or full-sized cheesecakes.
Pickup, delivery

Soro Soro Cafe
You'd be hard-pressed to find a cuter cheesecake in town than the gluten-free ones at Soro Soro, which are decorated in the likenesses of creatures like cats and bears
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

St. Beatrix
The charming bakery debuted a perfectly wobbly Basque cheesecake spiked with vanilla bean this week.

The upscale Spanish restaurant also offers an excellent take on the burnt Basque cheesecake with rhubarb membrillo (quince paste) and sherry whipped cream. 
Alberta Arts District
Outdoor seating, indoor seating (reservations required)

Waffle Window
While it doesn't offer traditional cheesecakes, this walk-up window does offer liège waffles heaped with cheesecake pudding, graham cracker crumble, whipped cream, and a choice of strawberries, blueberry cinnamon compote, or pineapple.
Pickup, delivery