Visitors will find local bakeries that boast from one to 20 years in the city. Among them are those heralded as standouts from national critics and passionate patrons obsessed with the fruit pies, whoopie pies (a Maine delight) cakes, cupcakes, French baguettes, and focaccia. Visitors will find bakers that choose organic, locally-grown products, encounter a European-style bakery turning out classics like crème horns and cakes, and many more markets and corner shops offering quiches, bagels, pastries and pies in signature combinations every day. With little exception, area bakers come to their love of creating fresh, from-scratch goods honestly and translate that spirit to their customers.
Those with a sweet tooth eager to venture beyond baked confections will find nirvana in Portland and neighboring towns. When it comes to the sweetest area offerings, stopping for treats to enjoy while or strolling through downtown streets is a common activity. Visitors will find it hard to resist the custom-made popcorn in unusual flavors, the irresistible confections of beloved chocolatiers, and downtown sweet shops that feature homemade fudge and bins of colorful candies for scooping. Gelato shops are also a Greater Portland favorite with their multitudes of flavors just made for browsing. Expect display cases that house flavors well into the double digits, and tastings that are an encouraged part of the shopping experience.