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My 5 Favorite Dessert Places in Eugene

-Whitney Menefee

Ever since I moved to Eugene last fall I have been to more dessert places than I’m willing to admit. From ice cream parlors to pastry shops, I have eaten at them all. It is truly amazing how many quality handmade dessert spots there are in Eugene. I have found that the new trending theme for Eugene dessert shops is making their desserts healthier as well as providing organic, vegan, and gluten-free options for their customers. After over a year of adventuring through many different dessert spots, I have finally come up with a list of my top five favorite dessert shops in Eugene. Are you ready?

Here they are:

#1 Vanilla Jill’s Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Jill’s is a locally owned dessert shop known for its handmade organic frozen yogurt. The organic froyo shop has vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free options. My personal favorite is the Vegan Vanilla flavor with dairy-free chocolate chips. If you are not a chocolate chip fan, don’t worry! They also have a variety of local fruit toppings! Vanilla Jill’s has three Eugene locations. For UO students, their most convenient location is on East 24th Avenue and Hilyard Street, next to Sundance Natural Foods.

#2 Sweet Life Patisserie

Located on 755 Monroe Street, Sweet Life Patisserie is an organic pastry shop with a wide range of handmade baked goods. Sweet Life is known for its locally grown ingredients and allergy-friendly dessert options. They have egg-free, dairy-free, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free pastries. My favorite Sweet Life dessert is the egg-free, gluten-free pumpkin pie. It will definitely be a dessert option at my house this Thanksgiving!

#3 Goody’s

Goody’s is an ice cream and candy shop that is new to Eugene. All of its candy and ice cream is handmade from scratch at the Goody’s factory in Bend, Oregon. They have over one hundred different types of candy options as well as a wide range of ice cream flavors. I’m from Bend, so I have grown up eating Goody’s ice cream and candy since I was little, and my favorite dessert has always been the chocolate-covered gummy bears. So delicious! Goody’s is located on 296 East 5th Avenue at the 5th Street Public Market.

#4 Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Conveniently close to the UO campus, Prince Puckler’s is located on East 19th Avenue and Agate Street. Prince Puckler’s is one of my favorite dessert shops in Eugene because their ice cream is the creamiest handmade ice cream I have ever had! My favorite flavor is the Oreo cookie ice cream. It may not be organic or vegan, but it’s delicious!

#5 The Divine Cupcake

The Divine Cupcake has two locations in Eugene. I always go to the cart location on the corner of East 5th Avenue and Pearl Street. All of the baked goods are organic and vegan and can also be made gluten-free, soy-free, or nut-free. One of my favorite treats at The Divine Cupcake is the cake pops because they are beautiful, sparkly, and delicious!

Off Campus Eateries: Eugene’s Finest Breakfast Restaurants

-Diana Roure

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially after a night out.  Who doesn’t love going to brunch on weekends with all your hung-over friends in sweatpants, rehashing the events of the night before while indulging in as much water and carbs as possible?  Well, there is certainly no shortage of amazing breakfast or brunch restaurants in Eugene.

Here are some of my faves:


Located on the corner of 17th and Willamette, Brails has long been voted the “best hangover breakfast” by The Eugene Weekly. It is always packed on weekend mornings, although with plenty of large rooms and tables you’ll be seated pretty quickly.  Everyone that works there is so sweet and does an outstanding job of getting you in and out swiftly.  The menu includes both American and Korean classics, mostly under $10.

Studio One (Personal Favorite)

Situated on 19th Avenue, in between McMenamins and Agate Alley, Studio One offers one delicious brunch.  The dining area is small and always jam-packed on weekends, but I guarantee it’s 100% worth the wait. Service is pretty good, though it does get a little hectic at times.  Their menu includes American favorites like French toast, benedicts, omelets, scrambles, etc. but with a unique Pacific Northwest twist.  This is one of the few breakfast establishments that I’ve been to that allows customers to choose healthier, vegetarian, or vegan options for their meal.  Everything is under $10.

Agate Alley

Located on 19th Avenue, next to Studio One, Agate Alley is surely one of the finest bistros in Eugene. However, anyone that’s ever eaten there will tell you to beware the painfully slow service.  They have an especially remarkable drink menu.  My favorites are the “Build Your Own Bloody Mary” and “The Nutty Professor.”  The menu is top of the line including benedicts, hashes, scrambles, French toast, etc.  All dishes have clever names and unique ingredients.  Prices range from $10 to $15.

Eugene City Bakery

Also on 19th Avenue, next to Prince Puckler’s, lies Eugene City Bakery.  It’s not really a sit down place, though there are tables.  They offer a diverse selection of freshly baked goods including artesian breads, pastries, cookies, and the most amazing croissants.  They also have a lengthy cold and hot drink menu.

The Original Pancake House

The Original Pancake House, situated on the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Alder Street is a must-try for every University of Oregon student.  Don’t be afraid of the long wait, again I promise you it’s worth it.  There is an abundance of diversity in their pancake options, like chocolate, peach, pecan, pumpkin, bacon, and blueberry – to name a few.  For those not into pancakes they have other typical breakfast dishes, which are equally as amazing.  The service is fast once seated and prices are usually under $10.

Honorable Mention: Humble Bagel, Hideaway Bakery, June/Midtown Marketplace