Portlanders are passionate about beer, wine, fine spirits, and other pleasingly digestible liquids, but there is one that arguably holds rank over all the others, and that is coffee. This is a city obsessed with single origin, small batch, direct trade, micro roast, french press, vacuum pot, drip, cupping, aroma, acidity, and anything else having to do with the integrity of their steaming mug of mud. Here are the city’s top coffee hotspots–places to relax, mingle with other worshippers of the supreme bean, and experience Portland’s espresso obsession firsthand. And here is a map to help you find them.
This comely downtown coffeehouse is a relaxing spot for a latte and croissant, especially when one is seeking a caffeinated getaway from the office or is in dire need of a break from Pioneer Place power shopping.
Case Study Coffee
Right on the streetcar line and steps from the library, this busy coffeehouse is a hive of activity, hence, perfect for people watching. The pastry selection is delightfully diverse, plus, they’ve got Bowery Bagels.
Courier Coffee Roasters
It’s hard to tell what the crew at this funky coffeehouse is more obsessed with, beans or bikes, but whichever you’re into, they’re ready to chat. Pop by for a perfect espresso, but don’t leave without a homemade cannelé.
Small batch beans + TLC equals a beautiful cup of coffee, served in a simple little shop in the epicenter of downtown. Chai cognoscenti won’t want to miss Spella’s celestial rendition.
Even when it’s crazy crowded, this big downtown coffeehouse feels spacious. And its proximity to the Waterfront park makes for an excellent detour if you get coffee cravings while on a riverfront walk.
Stumptown Stark Street
With a neighbor like the Ace Hotel, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a constant influx of cool kid espresso sippers beating a path to the La Marzocco. So enjoy the impeccably outfitted and accessorized eye candy with your latte.
This comfy coffeehouse is a surprisingly peaceful spot to work considering the constant flow of Burnside traffic right outside. Sip a chai latte, surf the free wi-fi, and dream about the dinner you’ll have later across the street at Le Pigeon.
With brew beauty and brains alike, this popular Kerns micro-roaster really packs the Chemex lovers in, especially on weekend mornings. It can be boisterous at full capacity, making it ideal for friends who are loud talkers.
A cocktail with your pie? Why not! A cocktail IN your pie? Yes please! This hip, always-busy little Alberta Street cafe bakes some of the best pies in town, a few of which are booze-infused—aka “comfort food for grownups.”
This sleek coffeehouse in the heart of the E. Burnside commuter corridor serves the same roasts and Bakeshop pastries as its brethren, with an added bonus–a succinct local beer and wine list and daily happy hour.
This pretty Irvington coffeehouse is a charming spot for an espresso or pot of Foxfire tea, a toasted Bowery Bagel & some quality time with a good book. Plus, the beautiful back patio’s covered AND heated!
Woodlawn Coffee & Pastry
The coziest of neighborhood nooks, this airy, rustic, delicious-smelling social hub is Woodlawnites’ pastry and pie central, but you can also swing savory with hearty meatloaf sandwiches and pork belly polenta cakes.
This Old Town hipster haven is an artsy hangout where anything goes–surf the web, play pool, sip coffee and stare moodily into the distance, or take down a triple decker BBQ tempeh club (vegan and vegetarian meal options abound).
Walk the beautiful wood gangplank (loading dock) to get to this hidden Pearl District coffee gem, where you’ll find perfectly pulled espresso and a smattering of indoor and outdoor tables to sit and read/just be fashionable at.
Thoroughly concealed in the lower NW industrial district, this beautiful, airy coffeehouse has lots of room to spread out in and enjoy a latte and scone, or, have a light lunch out on the patio and watch the trains go by.
One of Sterling Roasters’ two NW Portland outposts, this beautiful brick-walled coffeehouse is worlds away from the Burnside hustle and flow outside. Order your Americano and a dozen Two Tarts cookies, plug in, and stay awhile.
This Pearl District stalwart is like that old boyfriend/ girlfriend/spouse that’s still secretly/not-so-secretly in love with you–they’re always there when you really need them…with a Stumptown latte and a Bakeshop pastry.
Dragonfly Coffee House
Cozy and charming and filled with plump chairs to sink into, this Alphabet District coffeehouse is like your grandmother’s parlor, but with less potpourri and more iced mochas and gluten free pear pumpkin muffins.
Floyd’s Coffee Shop Oldtown
If the Saturday Market melee has you frazzled, pop into this cozy brick and wood-filled Old Town coffeeshop, tuck into a booth or patio table, and find solace in a cup of joe and something sweet.
This tranquil, sunlit little NW Portland roaster’s Rancilio is ready and willing to serve you up an expertly made drink, and since it’s never that crowded, you don’t have to endure a 15-minute wait or worry about getting the last muffin.
This comely hole-in-the-warehouse espresso bar uses beans from 6th generation coffee cultivator turned roaster Augusto Carvalho Dias’s Brazilian family farm; watch the headquarters in action via windows over the stand-up bar.
Pouring in PDX since 2005, this popular roaster has three locations, but I favor this one–it’s a serene spot to work, stocks Bakeshop handpies, and shares the building with wondrous home decor shop Schoolhouse Electric.
This hip North Portland coffeehouse doesn’t bother with a website, social media accounts, or even a phone number, but they deliver where it counts–expertly made coffee and a chic, relaxed space to drink it in.
Occupying an airy, artsy space across the street from Portland Community College’s North Portland Campus, this pretty cafe’s clientele is a mix of MacBook-wielding students and neighborhood folk enjoying leisurely chats.
Extracto Coffee Roasters
This neck of the Concordia woods is known for its culinary riches, and holding up the coffee end of things is this homey cafe, which entertains a lively and loyal local crowd. In fair weather, sip iced Americanos on the big patio.
Fresh Pot Mississippi
This simple and sweet North Mississippi cafe takes both their coffee and their rotating art installations seriously–be sure take a few minutes to check out the work of whichever local artists they are spotlighting at the moment.
James John Cafe
Hip meets historic at this lovable cafe, nurturing downtown St. Johns with excellent coffee, fresh-baked pastries, a full bar, and satisfying eats like cassoulet, smoked trout hash, biscuits ‘n gravy and an handful of hearty sandwiches.
Wee ones are welcome at this darling Kenton coffeehouse, where the Ristretto Roasters espresso and housemade pastries come with an all-access pass for your mini-me to play in the well-outfitted little playhouse.
red e café
The red neon e marks the spot at this North Portland roaster, where you can sink into comfy cushioned benches and nurse a latte, or sit at a sidewalk table with a Sparkler–a shot of espresso poured over San Pellegrino.
Pouring in PDX since 2005, this popular roaster has three locations now, but you can’t beat the North Williams outpost for the relaxed vibe and excellent people watching. The Bakeshop pastries don’t hurt either.
This hip Hawthorne coffeehouse doesn’t bother with a website, social media accounts, or even a phone number, but they deliver where it counts–expertly made coffee and a chic, relaxed space to drink it in.
Cellar Door Coffee Roasters
Excellent coffee roasted on the premises, served alongside equally lovable homemade pastries, make this charming inner Southeast coffeehouse a must stop on your Portland Tour de Beans.
Coava Coffee Roasters
If you prefer to sip your impeccably sourced, flawlessly brewed single origin pour overs in an equally cool setting amidst Portland’s most beautiful beautiful people, stop by this renowned roaster’s Buckman “brew bar.”
Crema Coffee + Bakery
One of the most universally liked coffeehouses in town, this big, airy Buckman cafe is a delightful spot to meet friends for a cappuccino and homemade pastry, or join the ranks of worker bees tapping away on laptops.
Floyd’s Coffee Shop
This charming old-school coffee shop is situated directly on the SE Morrison commuter corridor and opens bright and early, making it the ideal spot for a fuel-up of the caffeinated nature en route to your downtown daily grind.
Ford Food + Drink
From the fresh housemade pastries and relax-and-stay-a-while environs to the generous hours and frequent live music, there’s much to love about this reliable Division Street cafe. They’ve even got happy hour, daily from 5-7pm.
Fresh Pot Hawthorne
The cutest coffee enclave on Hawthorne, this cheery cafe is connected to the Hawthorne arm of Powell’s Books, making it just the spot for a cup of Stumptown and a few chapters of your new cookbook/romance novel.
Oblique Coffee Roasters
What else can you really add to this Buckman roaster’s elevator pitch? “A super bitchin’ Victorian Coffee Mercantile with scrumtrulescent beans micro roasted in an über German cast iron roaster named Bart!” Boom!
Coffee’s just the tip of the niceberg at this exquisite Hawthorne coffeehouse, which stocks dozens of lush food and design magazines and some of the best chocolate chip cookies, ham sandwiches, and sour cream coffeecake ever.
Spielman Coffee Roasters
This popular little Division Street roastery brews a lovely cup of joe, and their homemade sourdough bagels with smoked wild Sockeye salmon or vanilla salt and strawberry cream cheese will bring a schmear tear to your eye.
The narrow layout of the Belmont branch of this ubiquitous Portland coffee brand means you’ll stand in a long line squished between a wall and a case of cold brew, but it’s fun to watch the baristas do their thing as you inch forward.
Coffee pilgrims and genealogists will want to make the trek up delicious Division Street to this roaster’s cozy Richmond mothership, the shop that started Stumptown on its way to being the prolific bean brand it is today.
If you like a little holy spirit with your coffee, or vice versa, this charming nonprofit cafe set inside the historic Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church is just the place for a Ristretto coffee and Bakeshop hand pie come Sunday…or any day.
Water Avenue Coffee
Water Avenue’s gathered much acclaim for their beans, roasted on a vintage French-made 1974 Samiac in the back of this bright loft-like cafe, which sits in the epicenter of the endearingly grubby industrial waterfront district.
Water Avenue Coffee at ENSO
Not one to let a beautiful space go to waste when the wine isn’t flowing, ENSO collaborates with Water Avenue Coffee, who slings espresso all morning in the urban winery’s comfortable Buckman tasting lounge.