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Sam Boyer packages up coffee orders inside the pick up window at Either/Or on N Williams.
A cafe window at Either/Or on North Williams. Either/Or serves coffeeshop standards like espresso and cold brew, as well as coffee mocktails
Molly J. Smith

Sip Coffee at These 12 Charming Portland Cafes

From classic espresso items to specialty drinks

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A cafe window at Either/Or on North Williams. Either/Or serves coffeeshop standards like espresso and cold brew, as well as coffee mocktails
| Molly J. Smith

Although the pandemic has taken away many of life’s normal pleasures, excellent coffee has persisted: Roasters donated coffee to nurses and protesters, and many cafes built makeshift takeout counters as a way to protect their staff and customers. Many of the city’s cafes, known for their cozy atmosphere and impressive takes on local roasters’ coffees, have begun reopening in one form or another, whether it’s for an indoor cardamom latte, a Japanese iced coffee on a patio, or a takeout mason jar of cold brew.

Many of Portland’s standout coffee shops roast their own beans, but this map is meant to highlight the cafes doing exciting things with other roasters’ beans, whether it’s combining coffee with spices like cardamom and cloves, or making coffee mocktails with foam and cinnamon-chocolate coffee salt. Plus, many of these cafes have a standout showing of pastries and snacks, like vegan scones and stroopwafels. For cafes that roast their own beans, this map will deliver the goods. Remember, maps are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cathedral Coffee

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7530 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 935-4312
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A favorite among University of Portland college students and North Portlanders, the art-lined halls and nooks of Cathedral Coffee aren’t packed with people the way they used to be. Instead, people stroll in for takeout orders of cold brew and cortados, sipped at the few tables on the edge of Willamette. The cold brew is fruity and bright, the pour-over is pristine, and the orange-and-olive-oil doughnuts are vegan. It’s open for walk-in orders, with limited indoor seating.

2. Café Reina

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4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9727
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Once known as The Arrow, this newly redesigned cafe from baker and barista Erica Escalante is the place to be for lemon rose scones, flash-brewed ice coffee, and Salvadoran torrejas. The cafe swaps out the coffees it features, ranging from Portland’s Marigold to Oakland’s Mother Tongue. Some of the finest options at this cafe are its inventive coffee drinks, from a four-shot iced espresso drink with cream and cardamom-honey known as the Gloria, to a latte made with house horchata de morro. Cafe Reina is open for takeout and some outdoor seating.

3. Albina Press

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4637 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Whether Portland newcomers or coffee newbies would know it, this quiet neighborhood coffee shop on its namesake avenue was a significant bastion of barista excellence during the height of the third wave. It has been home to major players within the Portland coffee scene, from Barista owner Billy Wilson and Coava CEO Matt Higgins. These days, it’s a lovely, warm spot to order a toasty, nutty latte — made with Coava coffee — and sit out on a picnic table. It’s open for walk-up takeout orders, but no seating inside just yet.

4. Either/Or

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4003 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

This coffee shop and bar on North Williams has reopened for indoor and outdoor seating, serving stellar breakfast sandwiches with shiitake sausage patties, bright cold brew, and a handful of the coffee mocktails the cafe is known for. For those who want to wait before drinking a coffee mocktail onsite again, the Big Salty Russian — a Kahlua-inspired, non-alcoholic coffee base topped with foamy milk and cinnamon chocolate coffee salt — can be ordered to-go. Customers can order drinks at the shop, or online for contact-free pickup.

5. Prince Coffee

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4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

Barista Katie Prinsen opened the first Prince Coffee in a tucked-away corner of Kenton, but she didn’t stay hidden for long: While that original location has disappeared, Prince Coffee’s reputation has grown. Prinsen worked in the specialty coffee world for years, from judging barista competitions to managing cafes; now that she has her own brand, she consistently changes the cafe’s roasts to highlight her current favorites. Plus, the shop is known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, a fine pairing for a cortado or espresso. Prince is open for walk-ups and online orders.

6. Jet Black Coffee Company

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11150 NE Weidler St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 889-0739
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The effortless cool of this Parkrose Heights coffee shop is evident from the feel of the space, with its black walls, records, and punk-adjacent art. Here, baristas work with Water Avenue coffee to make inky, dark chocolatey cold brew, which is definitely the move: The cafe is vegan, so those looking for a cow’s milk cappuccino will be out of luck. Plus, the shop always has an array of vegan pastries, to devour on the cafe’s deck.

7. Snow Bunny Coffee

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1415 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 270-1711
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Snow Bunny is a cute Korean cafe located next to the The Fields Park in the Pearl, serving a variety of coffee options and Korean desserts. Owner Rachel Lee has pivoted the business in a to-go direction, serving cold brew made with Coava beans, dulce de leche lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube. The shaved milk ices are essential, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers should take their drinks to the Fields Park to sip and people-watch.

8. Ovation Coffee & Tea

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941 NW Overton St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 719-7716
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This Moroccan coffee shop operates multiple cafes around the greater Portland area, including this location in the Pearl. The menu at Ovation is vast, but the Moroccan mint tea is not to be missed. Customers who prefer spice in the coffee may also enjoy the Moroccan latte as well, warmed up with cinnamon and ginger. The waterfront location, on Bond, has a good amount of outdoor seating, and orders can be placed in person or via text from all three locations.

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9. Behind The Museum Cafe

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1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 477-6625
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This sweet Japanese cafe pours lattes, espresso, iced coffees, and other milk drinks using Extracto Roasters beans, but for the full experience, no visit is complete without some of the shop’s exceptional Japanese sweets or onigiri. Tea drinkers can sip matcha or hojicha lattes, as well. Behind the Museum is open for indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout and delivery.

10. Tov Coffee & Tea

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3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd #5044
Portland, OR 97214
(541) 908-2555
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This Egyptian coffee shop, housed in a double-decker bus on Hawthorne, is one of the coolest spots to sip cardamom lattes, rosewater mochas, and sweet and bracing Egyptian-style coffee. For now, the company isn’t roasting its own coffee, but soon the shop will; regardless, those who feel comfortable should perch on one of the colorful corners of the converted bus. Otherwise, the shop offers takeout and delivery.

11. Keeper Coffee Co

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4515 SE 41st Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 891-5828
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Originally located within Adored Vintage, Keeper Coffee’s new cafe off Holgate looks like something out of Kinfolk, with marble cafe tables and vintage wooden chairs. Here the coffee menu is quite straightforward, showcasing single-origin offerings from Coava and seasonal lattes infused with things like lilac. The pastries in the counter case, however, are dynamic and all made in-house. Expect things like peach hand pies, rose pistachio shortbread, and lemon lavender loafs. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at the new cafe.

12. Ardent Coffee

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5120 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Ardent is a new coffee shop located in the Reed neighborhood, on a mission to help end modern slavery. Volunteer-run and donation-based, Ardent serves up coffee from Sweet Bloom Roasters based in Denver. All profits from Ardent go to International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization that helps combat slavery around the world. Ardent is only open on weekdays and has outdoor seating on the side patio.

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1. Cathedral Coffee

7530 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203

A favorite among University of Portland college students and North Portlanders, the art-lined halls and nooks of Cathedral Coffee aren’t packed with people the way they used to be. Instead, people stroll in for takeout orders of cold brew and cortados, sipped at the few tables on the edge of Willamette. The cold brew is fruity and bright, the pour-over is pristine, and the orange-and-olive-oil doughnuts are vegan. It’s open for walk-in orders, with limited indoor seating.

7530 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203

2. Café Reina

4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

Once known as The Arrow, this newly redesigned cafe from baker and barista Erica Escalante is the place to be for lemon rose scones, flash-brewed ice coffee, and Salvadoran torrejas. The cafe swaps out the coffees it features, ranging from Portland’s Marigold to Oakland’s Mother Tongue. Some of the finest options at this cafe are its inventive coffee drinks, from a four-shot iced espresso drink with cream and cardamom-honey known as the Gloria, to a latte made with house horchata de morro. Cafe Reina is open for takeout and some outdoor seating.

4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

3. Albina Press

4637 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Whether Portland newcomers or coffee newbies would know it, this quiet neighborhood coffee shop on its namesake avenue was a significant bastion of barista excellence during the height of the third wave. It has been home to major players within the Portland coffee scene, from Barista owner Billy Wilson and Coava CEO Matt Higgins. These days, it’s a lovely, warm spot to order a toasty, nutty latte — made with Coava coffee — and sit out on a picnic table. It’s open for walk-up takeout orders, but no seating inside just yet.

4637 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

4. Either/Or

4003 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This coffee shop and bar on North Williams has reopened for indoor and outdoor seating, serving stellar breakfast sandwiches with shiitake sausage patties, bright cold brew, and a handful of the coffee mocktails the cafe is known for. For those who want to wait before drinking a coffee mocktail onsite again, the Big Salty Russian — a Kahlua-inspired, non-alcoholic coffee base topped with foamy milk and cinnamon chocolate coffee salt — can be ordered to-go. Customers can order drinks at the shop, or online for contact-free pickup.

4003 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Prince Coffee

4523 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Barista Katie Prinsen opened the first Prince Coffee in a tucked-away corner of Kenton, but she didn’t stay hidden for long: While that original location has disappeared, Prince Coffee’s reputation has grown. Prinsen worked in the specialty coffee world for years, from judging barista competitions to managing cafes; now that she has her own brand, she consistently changes the cafe’s roasts to highlight her current favorites. Plus, the shop is known for its caramel-sandwiched stroopwafels, a fine pairing for a cortado or espresso. Prince is open for walk-ups and online orders.

4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

6. Jet Black Coffee Company

11150 NE Weidler St, Portland, OR 97220

The effortless cool of this Parkrose Heights coffee shop is evident from the feel of the space, with its black walls, records, and punk-adjacent art. Here, baristas work with Water Avenue coffee to make inky, dark chocolatey cold brew, which is definitely the move: The cafe is vegan, so those looking for a cow’s milk cappuccino will be out of luck. Plus, the shop always has an array of vegan pastries, to devour on the cafe’s deck.

11150 NE Weidler St
Portland, OR 97220

7. Snow Bunny Coffee

1415 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Snow Bunny is a cute Korean cafe located next to the The Fields Park in the Pearl, serving a variety of coffee options and Korean desserts. Owner Rachel Lee has pivoted the business in a to-go direction, serving cold brew made with Coava beans, dulce de leche lattes, and non-coffee drinks made with matcha or ube. The shaved milk ices are essential, but customers should not skip the apple waffle either. Customers should take their drinks to the Fields Park to sip and people-watch.

1415 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Ovation Coffee & Tea

941 NW Overton St, Portland, OR 97209

This Moroccan coffee shop operates multiple cafes around the greater Portland area, including this location in the Pearl. The menu at Ovation is vast, but the Moroccan mint tea is not to be missed. Customers who prefer spice in the coffee may also enjoy the Moroccan latte as well, warmed up with cinnamon and ginger. The waterfront location, on Bond, has a good amount of outdoor seating, and orders can be placed in person or via text from all three locations.

941 NW Overton St
Portland, OR 97209

9. Behind The Museum Cafe

1229 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

This sweet Japanese cafe pours lattes, espresso, iced coffees, and other milk drinks using Extracto Roasters beans, but for the full experience, no visit is complete without some of the shop’s exceptional Japanese sweets or onigiri. Tea drinkers can sip matcha or hojicha lattes, as well. Behind the Museum is open for indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout and delivery.

1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

10. Tov Coffee & Tea

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd #5044, Portland, OR 97214

This Egyptian coffee shop, housed in a double-decker bus on Hawthorne, is one of the coolest spots to sip cardamom lattes, rosewater mochas, and sweet and bracing Egyptian-style coffee. For now, the company isn’t roasting its own coffee, but soon the shop will; regardless, those who feel comfortable should perch on one of the colorful corners of the converted bus. Otherwise, the shop offers takeout and delivery.

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd #5044
Portland, OR 97214

11. Keeper Coffee Co

4515 SE 41st Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Originally located within Adored Vintage, Keeper Coffee’s new cafe off Holgate looks like something out of Kinfolk, with marble cafe tables and vintage wooden chairs. Here the coffee menu is quite straightforward, showcasing single-origin offerings from Coava and seasonal lattes infused with things like lilac. The pastries in the counter case, however, are dynamic and all made in-house. Expect things like peach hand pies, rose pistachio shortbread, and lemon lavender loafs. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at the new cafe.

4515 SE 41st Ave
Portland, OR 97202

12. Ardent Coffee

5120 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Ardent is a new coffee shop located in the Reed neighborhood, on a mission to help end modern slavery. Volunteer-run and donation-based, Ardent serves up coffee from Sweet Bloom Roasters based in Denver. All profits from Ardent go to International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization that helps combat slavery around the world. Ardent is only open on weekdays and has outdoor seating on the side patio.

5120 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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