The Metropol Bakery currently has two locations. One in the busy 5th Street Public Market in downtown Eugene, the other at 2538 Willamette Street. Metropol has an amazing reputation in this town, and with good cause. They've been one of the finest European-style bakeries, and the 5th Street location seems to be going strong after more than 25 years!
Their artisan breads are so good -- it is a crime to buy them hot from the oven and not take a taste. But you might need to buy 2 loaves, you surely will not be able to stop sampling once you start!
Metropol baguette is a staple for special events at our house. They make some delicious ciabatta and olive bread, too. Don't miss the humongous cream puffs -- these are truly decadent. And their fruit filled or almond danish are a delight. Fantastic cakes and cookies as well.
Limited seating in both locations. The Fifth Street Market bakery is perfect for grabbing a bite and a cup of coffee. There is inside seating as well as a lovely outdoor courtyard. The Willamette location is more upscale bistro -- seating there is very tight. But the display cases on Willamette are incredibly appealing -- really lovely.