Portland Real Estate Fun Tips: Top Ten Coffee Shops in Portland

This is the perfect time of year to find your favorite coffee shop – the windows get steamed up in the morning, creating a perfect buffer between the blustery winter days and your cozy chair and latte. Portlanders take coffee very seriously, and you’ll be sure to find some amazing locally-roasted brews within walking distance of any home for sale in Portland. Almost every coffee shop in Portland offers free WiFi and encourages sitting back and spending an hour or five, working, reading, chatting, or playing board games. This coffee culture is definitely something that sets Portland apart from other big cities – here, you are encouraged to ask your barista questions about the beans, meet strangers who frequent your local spot, and use the shops as meeting places for clubs, interviews, and first dates. In a way, Portland’s coffee shops operate much more like popular bars in other cities. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Portland, known for their amazing roasts, welcoming atmosphere, and quintessential Portland culture. There’s a reason we’re known as Coffee City, USA!

1. Stumptown Coffee: Three locations – SE 45th/Division, SE 33rd/Belmont, 1026 SW Stark – Stumptown is considered by many to be the best coffee in town, and you can find Stumptown coffee being brewed in many, if not most, of the coffee shops in town. They have recently branched out to outlets in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and are set to become a national sensation. Their beans are roasted locally in Portland, and some of the best lattes in town come from the flagship Stumptown coffee shops themselves. The shops, like most cafes and coffee shops in Portland, double as art galleries and offer free Wi-Fi.

2. World Cup Coffee at Powell’s Books (W. Burnside between 10th and 11th) – World Cup’s brews are earthy, warm, and delicious, but the thing that makes this coffee shop one of the best in town is its location. It’s directly connected to the World-Famous Powell’s Bookstore. The largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown, and occupies a full city block, between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. You can browse the stacks for a while, select a pile of interesting reads, and spend the day with a cup of coffee and some cookies getting lost in good books.

3. The Pied Cow: SE 32nd/Belmont – Though this converted Victorian house on Belmont is quite cozy in the winter months, the Pied Cow’s outdoor seating area is best appreciated on warm summer nights. With an extensive dessert and drink menu, the Pied Cow is a favorite late-night stop for the casual, friendly, bohemian crowd. They are also one of the few places in town offering a wide variety of hookah flavors out on the heated patio. It’s the perfect place to meet a date or play cards while taking in the refreshing Portland scene.

4. Coffeehouse Northwest – 1951 W. Burnside – In a small shop beneath an apartment building off of West Burnside, Coffeehouse Northwest is crafting some of the most interesting coffee experiences in town, with six different brew methods. You can get the French press, espresso, Chemex, Eva Solo, Melitta, or moka pot. Many of these coffee-brewing methods are best suited for a particular Stumptown roast, but the baristas stand ready to guide you through the process of matching a coffee to an extraction method that will ensure the best of each coffee comes through. Website: CoffeehouseNorthwest.com

5. Coffeehouse Five – 740 N Killingsworth St. – Serving Coava Coffee Roasters, roasted right in Southeast Portland, Coffeehouse Five is a young business that has blossomed in North Portland. Both Coffeehouse Five and Coava are new to the trade, but both have shown extreme promise at producing high quality coffee. What’s most exciting about Coffeehouse-Five is their weekend cuppings. Every Saturday and Sunday, Coffeehouse Five hosts free cuppings on their large wooden table. Baristas will take you through the sniffing and slurping of several different roasts and really open your eyes to the nuances of flavor and aroma.

6. Tiny’s - 2 locations, 1412 SE 12th Ave off of Hawthorne and 2031 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard – These two coffee shops are serving up some of the best lattes in town. The Hawthorne location is located next to the popular Cartopia food cart pod, and prints up copies of the daily Oregonian Crossword for free. It’s a great place to hang out for a while, with great food and music. They are also open until 10, later than many of Portland’s coffee spots, and its a perfect place to be in the evening.

7. Palio’s – 1996 Southeast Ladd Avenue – If you are looking for that perfect hideaway to meet that special someone, form a knitting group, or spend an afternoon reading, look no further than Palio Espresso and Dessert House, located in the historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood in inner SE Portland. This little place looks like it came from Europe in the early 1900′s, with beautiful lighting, wood details, and huge windows. The setting, the ample seating, and the hours (open until 11pm) make Palio’s a rare find in Portland and a favorite for students and anyone who needs a spot to sit down, caffeinate, and focus. Palio’s atmosphere is suited for that small meeting, conversation for closing that deal, or sitting in one of Palio’s wingback chairs reading the paper. Whether you are looking for that big bowl of soup on a rainy day, or the finest Key Lime pie in the middle of the summer, it’s found in Portland most beautiful, park-like setting.

8. Sound Grounds Coffee – 3701 Southeast Belmont Street – If you’re looking for a coffee place that feels like home, with a friendly staff and owners that really want to make you feel welcome? Sound Grounds might become your new home away from home. Listen to some casual tunes, some golden oldies and great live sounds, or play some chess or checkers, chit-chat with friends or  someone you just met. They have a great menu of coffee drinks, teas, and amazing food (full breakfast and lunch menus). Sound Grounds gets pretty packed on weekends, but there’s usually room to join the cozy neighborhood atmosphere.

9. Cellar Door Coffee – 2001 SE 11th Street – This coffee roaster and shop is a great place to hide away on a rainy Portland Sunday. They are skilled at crafting the coffee to high degree, and the place itself is quaint and comfy. The owners and staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, so you’ll get a great cup of coffee without pretension. They have a cool selection of local zines and comics, and you’ll often see people painting or drawing at one of the tables.

10. Barebones Cafe – 2908 SE Belmont St – This newer cafe/coffee shop serves up great food and cocktails too. Featuring great local art and comfy couches, this clean, bright spot is a wonderful place to work or relax. Simple service with simple decoration but divine food and drink creations, Barebones is a peaceful spot where you can enjoy the Belmont atmosphere and people watch out the giant window. Happy hour at Bare Bones Cafe features food and drink specials 3-6pm daily. And, while not truly a happy hour, Bare Bones Cafe also offers $4 pint size mimosas during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact the McDonald Group Portland Realtors today to set up a tour of homes for sale in the Portland real estate market, and we’ll show you some of our favorite coffee spots in town!


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