Portland’s coffee scene is so deliciously good, some cafes have introduced food menus to up their game. Order an espresso with a side of sweet and savory snacks, ranging from gooey stroopwafel and ginger molasses cookies to banh mi sandwiches and freshly made avocado toast.
Upper Left Roasters
Stylish and modern is the order of the day here, from the light and airy space to the precision controlled Proaster coffee roaster. Upper Left also has one of the best selections of creatively topped toasts in town, including a spicy number with avocado, radish, poached eggs and Mama Lil’s peppers.
Cup & Bar
Home to local roaster Trailhead Coffee and bean-to-bar Ranger Chocolate, Cup & Bar pays homage to both of humanity’s most beloved beans. Chocoholics swoon over homemade “Nutella” toast, and the Ranger cookie, loaded with oats, coconut and, of course, chocolate. (Plan to arrive early, the cookies sell out by noon most days.)
Sometimes all you want with your coffee is a good old-fashioned doughnut. Coco makes some of the city’s best, from the rich buttermilk bar slathered in real maple icing to the pillowy lavender-glazed raised. They roast their own coffee, too, offering a rotating selection depending on what’s in season. The location on N.E. Broadway has the best coffeehouse vibe.
Nestled in North Portland near the St. Johns Bridge, Cathedral Coffee combines modern decor (like concrete tables) with warm wood and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. In addition to delicious coffee, the cafe’s snacks are all baked in-house. (Pro tip: their ginger molasses cookie will have you swearing off chocolate chip cookies for good.)
Once entirely dedicated to micro-roasting craft coffees from countries around the world, Water Avenue Coffee now also offers delectable breakfast and lunch options to complement their drink selection. Order a slab of avocado toast with radish, pumpkin seeds and citrus; a banh mi sandwich with pork or marinated tofu; or Ayers Creek polenta with Parmesan, bacon lardons and poached egg.
Tucked inside an upholstery store in North Portland, Prince Coffee offers a full espresso and coffee menu, along with their scrumptious stroopwafel treats (buttery caramel sauce sandwiched between two rounds of french-pressed sweetened dough).