If Eugene’s best bakeries have one thing in common, it is the french inspiration their respective owners drew from not only in naming their cafes, but in the skillful application of French techniques to produce puff pastries, baguettes, tarts, macarons, and more. To be sure, not a soul leaves any of these lovely shops without becoming a Francophile. Read on for our quick tour of the top three Eugene bakeries.

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Heart-shaped chocolate cake. Image courtesy Metropol Bakery.

First on our stop of Eugene bakeries with mouthwatering delights is Metropol Bakery. This bright cozy space serves up daily sweet tooth satisfaction from a panorama of year-round standards like rosemary garlic bread and their seasonal fruit-inspired pastries. A highly skilled team of  bakers also specialize in freshly made treats, like fluffy cream puffs, croissants and a variety of cookies. Local artwork decorates the interior, including figure paintings, colorful drawings and framed images of some of Eugene’s elite running stars, giving the space a lingering invitation.

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Marché Opera Cake. Image by: Barb Magee

Direct your gaze, and your taste buds, upon Provisions Market Hall, housed in the 5th Street Public Market in Central Eugene. This specialty food emporium serves up delicious thin-crust pizzas from the onsite wood-fired oven and an array of decadent cakes and pastries. Start your morning with a warm tea cake of the day; sip on French onion soup for lunch; and finish your food adventure with handmade ice cream or gelato. Provisions also offers specialty sandwiches made with the Marché line of breads and savory condiments, and an expanded line of charcuterie crafted with local ingredients.

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National Pie Day assortment. Photo credit: Sweet Life Patisserie

Step into a wondrous world of confections at Sweet Life Pâtisserie. The display cases at their main Monroe St. location and their Sweet Life Petite outpost on 19th Street locations house an endless array of sweet and savory specialties.  Favorites include the triple chocolate obsession cake, fruit pies and tarts, and The Josephine, a dome of puff pastry filled with vanilla custard and drizzled with raspberry sauce. Satisfy hot and cold cravings with a cup of tea or scoop of ice cream with your chosen divine indulgence….or two. If a wedding or birthday is in your future, Sweet Life Patisserie will create a custom cake masterpiece to help you celebrate.

Double dare you to visit all these in one day! Breakfast, lunch and dinner sounds good to us.

Connect with them here:

Metropol Bakery Facebook

Marche Provisions Market Hall Facebook; Twitter @marcheugene

Sweet Life Patisserie Facebook

Image: top, Thomas Hawk via flickr

Editor’s note: Article re-posted with updated images after original publish date October 18, 2015.