Food & Drink

Our 20 Favorite Coffee Shops in Portland

Prince Coffee, Portland Cà Phê, and More
September 28, 2023
Sip specialty coffee and snack on house-made stroopwafels at the globally minded Prince Coffee. (Prince Coffee)
This is a big week for coffee—Friday, September 29, is National Coffee Day, and Sunday, October 1, is International Coffee Day. Luckily for coffee lovers, Portland happens to be one of the best cities in the world to celebrate. To help you get your caffeine buzz on, we've rounded up this list of 20 local coffee shops well worth your time, from Prince Coffee to Portland Cà Phê. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Cathedral Coffee List

Just a stone's throw from Cathedral Park, this charming coffee shop offers specialty coffee from the local roastery Proud Mary alongside a selection of sweet and savory pastries from their in-house bakery, with gluten-free and vegan-friendly options.

Cathedral Park
Pickup, dine-in

Carnelian Coffee List
Named after the glowing crimson-brown gemstone, this hip cafe roasts and brews its specialty coffee amongst plenty of "cool rocks." 
Pickup, dine-in

Coava Coffee
Former Portland Mercury news intern, reporter, and writer Claire Holley wrote in 2019, "Coava was started by veteran barista and specialty coffee roaster Matt Higgins out of his garage in 2008. More than 10 years later, it’s one of Portland’s favorite roasters and cafés. Coava’s Grand Avenue location shares a space with a bamboo furniture maker, which makes this spacious (and I mean spacious) minimalist café even better due to the cool bamboo installations throughout the shop. One of the neatest parts of the café is its bathroom—but you’ll have to visit Coava to see what I mean. Their second location is on Southeast Hawthorne at 26th, within walking distance of lots of fun vintage shops, record stores, and boutiques."
Downtown, Buckman, Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, dine-in

Coffee Beer List
As the name (rather straightforwardly) suggests, this laidback vegan spot offers both espresso and craft beer in one convenient location, in addition to pizza, sandwiches, snacks, CBD-infused drinks, and kombucha. 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Deadstock Coffee List
Claire Holley wrote, "Home of 'snob-free' coffee in Portland’s Chinatown, Deadstock also happens to be a great place for cool people and sneakerheads to mingle and discuss their favorite passions. But stop looking for a menu—Deadstock doesn’t have one. They figure you already know what you want, and they’re more than qualified to make it, whether it’s a mocha, drip, or cold brew. Plus, nearly everything they sell is locally sourced, from the coffee and tea to the chai and syrups. In-the-know Portlanders know it’s the place to be."
Old Town-Chinatown

Either/Or List
In addition to all the usual espresso subjects, this cafe/restaurant/bar slings coffee mocktails, like the popular "Big Salty Russian" (a nonalcoholic take on the White Russian, topped with cinnamon chocolate coffee salt). 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Guilder Cafe

Inspired by Scandinavian coffee culture and named in tribute to The Princess Bride, this light-filled cafe and restaurant from Mike and Caryn Nelson serves coffee from its own in-house micro-roastery, Junior's Roasted Coffee. The business also now operates a coffee shop inside Powell's Books on Burnside, complete with fanciful fairytale-inspired wallpaper by local artist Kate Blairstone.

Alameda, Downtown
Pickup, dine-in

Honey Latte Cafe List
The inclusive, all-ages booking agency Honey Latte Presents opened this coffee shop venue presided over by a cat named Gourd in June 2021. The cafe serves an espresso menu with Cave Painter Coffee, in addition to matcha, Diaspora Desi Chai, cardamom rose lattes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch lattes, Fruity Pebbles lattes, butterfly pea flower tea, and of course, the signature drink: a honey latte.
Pickup, dine-in

Keeper Coffee Co. List
This coffee shop serves roasts from Coava and house-made pastries in an airy, picture-perfect setting.
Pickup, dine-in

Kopi Coffee Co. List
This specialty coffee roaster on SE Burnside sources small-farm coffee from Southeast Asia. In addition to coffee, the menu also includes sweet and savory pastries and vegan burritos.
Pickup, dine-in

La Perlita List
This first-generation, BIPOC-owned coffee shop houses the roasting company Reforma Roasters, which sources its beans from Mexico, and has made a name for itself as a community gathering place with frequent pop-ups and other events.
Pickup, dine-in

Never Coffee
You'll find a wide selection of unexpected flavors, such as cherry lime matcha and yuzu salt, at this experimental Sunnyside cafe and roaster, which promises to "ruin commute times" with its coffee creations. 
Downtown, Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in

Portland Cà Phê

This Vietnamese coffee shop from Kimberly Dam, who previously developed roasts for local favorites like Matta and Mama Dút as well as her mother's restaurant House of Bánh Mì, has developed a loyal following and serves single-origin coffee grown in the Central Highlands of Vietnam alongside bánh mi sandwiches.

Creston-Kenilworth, Eliot
Pickup, dine-in

Prince Coffee

Snack on house-made stroopwafels paired with specialty coffee from local roasters Heart, Proud Mary, and Coava at this Dutch-themed cafe.

Beaumont-Wilshire, Northwest
Pickup, dine-in

Push X Pull Coffee List
This welcoming roaster and cafe serves up espresso and cozy specialty beverages like the "Businessman" (a hot toddy-inspired drink made with an Americano, honey, blood orange bitters, and fresh lemon juice and topped with a splash of Topo Chico) and the "Suzy" (a latte with raw honey, Ceylon cinnamon, and Himalayan pink salt).
Pickup, dine-in

Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert List
If you're looking for Instagrammable treats that taste as good as they look, look no further than this Korean coffee shop, which makes a variety of adorable cakes and pastries. The drink menu includes espresso, tea, hot chocolate, and flavored drinks like rose lattes and banana lattes, finished off with cute latte art.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Claire Holley wrote, "Stumptown is as basic to Portlanders as Starbucks is to America, but it’s still worth checking out if you’ve never been. Their coffee is great, which is why it’s now available nationwide and even in many foreign countries. Our personal favorite is their cold brew, which is available in cartons in three flavors: original, coconut, and the super dee-lish chocolate. There are Stumptown cafés throughout the city, but we recommend the location on the bottom floor of the Ace Hotel. You can sip your cold brew while chilling in the beautifully decorated and Instagramable lobby of the hotel. What’s not to love?"

Various locations
Pickup, dine-in

Tōv Coffee List
Climbing into a bright red double-decker bus to drink Egyptian- and Turkish-style coffee might be one of the most unique experiences you can find in Portland (or anywhere, for that matter). The most popular drink is the cafe's signature "Mint Thing," an iced coffee with a pleasant minty flavor.
Pickup, dine-in

Two Stroke Coffee List

See See Motor Coffee Co. may be the better-known motorcycle-themed cafe in Portland, but this spot is also worth checking out. Admire the bikes and other motorcycle paraphernalia on display as you enjoy locally sourced espresso, pastries, and bagels from Bowery Bagels.

St. Johns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Upper Left Roasters List
Claire Holley wrote, "Upper Left Roasters is a great spot to grab an iced latte and breakfast on a warm day. The coffee shop is extremely airy, and on sunny days resembles an open-air café straight out of SoCal. A self-described 'boutique café and roastery,' Upper Left Roasters resembles many of the trendy, minimalist shops lining the streets of Southeast Hawthorne, just a block over. The food menu consists mostly of toasts on locally made bread from Little T Baker (another spot you should check out on SE Division and 26th), and open-faced sandwiches on their miche bread. We recommend the spelt toast with housemade macadamia nut butter, banana, and sea salt."
Ladd's Addition
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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