Whether you’re visiting Portland on business or just need the perfect place to pen your next novel, options for quiet and unique working (and coworking) spaces abound in all quadrants of Portland.
Traditional coworking spaces
Collective Agency (Southwest and Southeast Portland)
If you’re in search of an energetic place with start-up vibes, this place is it. Popular among Portland creatives, Collective Agency offers sleek spaces and an impressively long list of amenities. These include conference rooms, kitchenettes, sitting and standing desks, on-site showers and unlimited coffee and tea. Get access for a daily fee of $36 on weekdays, or invest in a membership for more frequent visits.
HatchLab PDX (Northeast Portland)
Another popular pick, HatchLab PDX is part of the social enterprise organization Hatch Innovation. The quirky and spacious coworking space feels very Pacific Northwest, with exposed wooden beams and colorful lounge seating. HatchLab offers day passes for $20 each (or $160 for 10) with fast Wi-Fi and locally roasted coffee. Also offered are indoor and outdoor bicycle storage (along with the occasional loaf of homemade bread).
WeWork (Southwest and Northwest Portland)
An international network of coworking spaces, WeWork has two Portland locations. Located downtown on Pioneer Place shopping center’s top floor, the spot boasts a natural-light-flooded atrium and great transit connections. The Pearl District’s WeWork location in the historic Custom House building offers onsite showers and is dog-friendly. On-demand memberships start at $45 per month for two days of access.
Public libraries (citywide)
One of the oldest spaces for gathering alongside others is a public library. Thankfully, Portland is home to one of the most revered public library networks in the country, established in 1864. The Multnomah County Library system encompasses 19 welcoming branches, each with their own unique features.
Located in downtown Portland, the Central Library is housed in a beautiful three-story historic building, established in 1913. It’s easily accessible by public transit and has more than 130 computers open to the public. The Hollywood Library isn’t quite as expansive, but offers five private study rooms, which can be reserved by the hour. Both provide low-cost printing and copying, free Wi-Fi and plenty of books for inspiration (or distraction).
Coworking-friendly coffee and tea shops
Bison Coffeehouse (North Portland)
Located in North Portland’s Cully neighborhood, cozy Bison Coffeehouse serves brews from local Heart Coffee and Cherokee-owned Tribal Grounds. Although there’s limited seating, the furniture provides the comforting feel of a friend’s living room. Owner Loretta Guzman is a Portland native, a Shoshone-Bannock tribal member and a masterful baker. She prepares a rotating selection of pastries, including almond bars and buttery biscuits, daily.
Upper Left Roasters (Southeast Portland)
Upper Left Roasters is a sleek coffee shop serving exemplary coffee roasted in-house with delicious food options and minimalist, Instagram-worthy décor. Incredible natural light and ample power outlets make it popular amongst remote workers — but you shouldn’t have trouble finding a solo spot. Pair your espresso with a slice of Little T Baker toast slathered in housemade ricotta or macadamia nut butter.
Tea Chai Te (Northwest and Southeast Portland)
Tea Chai Te offers two charming locations — both perfect for coworking and daydreaming, along with a stock of more than 120 teas. The Sellwood teashop, located inside a historic 1920 caboose, offers skybox seating, a tranquil courtyard, games, books, doodling materials and free WiFi.
Looking for more? Check out our list of cozy, study-friendly coffee shops.
Late night spot
Southeast Grind (Southeast Portland)
Like to burn the midnight oil? Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Southeast Grind is a quirky haven for night owl creatives and college kids alike. Treat yourself to smoothies, protein-rich salads and twists on coffee classics (like the spicy, cayenne-laced mocha). Headphones are suggested, as this place can get noisy.