Holly Feral

Eight Coffee Shops Made for Reading

Pair steaming brews with great reads at these eight neighborhood cafes.

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Holly Feral

Portland’s love for books and local coffee is a year-round affair, but when the winter weather arrives, it’s hard to imagine a more enticing rainy-day activity than combining the two. Pick up a winning read at one of Portland’s many independent bookstores and curl up in a cozy corner of one of these eight local coffee shops.

Southeast Portland

Rocking Frog

The roaring fireplace, cushy armchairs and bookshelf-lined nooks at Rocking Frog Café are perfect for settling in with a sci-fi anthology — especially when accompanied by a plate of housemade donuts. The brief menu of elegant but approachable sandwiches toes the artisanal line with ingredient like figs, harissa and apples paired with walnuts.

Find your book at: Future Dreams

Oblique Coffee Roasters

Adorned with an antique piano and reclaimed wood furnishings, Oblique Coffee Roasters sports a cozy vintage vibe sure to resonate with that classic novel you’ve been meaning to read. Between chapters, be sure to inspect the German-made cast iron roaster, affectionately nicknamed “Bart.”

Find your book at: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House springs to life at 7 p.m., long after most other cafes have closed for the night. Draped with colorful lights along the walls and dangling from the ceiling, it’s like peeking inside a carnival big tent. Inside tip: For the best reading light, score a table by the piano.

Find your book at: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

Weird Portland

In 1845, a native of Portland, Maine, won a coin-toss to name the new Oregon city — but the place has been an original ever since.

Phoenix Roasters

One of Portland’s few 24-hour coffee shops, Southeast Division Street’s Phoenix Roasters has enough single-origin, fair-trade coffee to keep your eyes peeled all night. For an extra boost, order a flight of their nitro cold brews, which arrive in intriguing flavor combinations like blueberry-basil. The biggest perk? Portions of proceeds of Phoenix’s sales go towards supporting important causes.

Find your book at: Books With Pictures

Northwest Portland

Dragonfly Coffee House

A cozy little coffee shop on the northeast edge of the Alphabet District, Dragonfly Coffee House is tinged with gold and lined with mythical creature-inspired knickknacks. The whimsical atmosphere creates a sense of magic and mystery that makes for an opportune setting to bust out that Mystical Mandala coloring book.

Find your book at: New Renaissance Bookshop

Northeast Portland

Townshend’s Tea

The menu at Townshend’s Alberta Street Teahouse abounds with expert tea blends of black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, chai and maté with aromatic herbs. Get your caffeine on with a candy cap latte or a cinnamon orange sencha while cozying up with a fine art book on one of the couches in the semi-secret Townshend basement. (Take note, coffee addicts: There’s no java here, but they allow food and drinks in from their neighbors at Back to Eden Bakery.)

Find your book at: Monograph Bookwerks

Portland coffeeshops

Downtown Portland Coffee Crawl

Portland’s bean scene is as accessible as it is diverse. In fact, you don’t have to leave downtown to sample some of the best cups.

Tea: Portland’s Other Hot Brewing Scene

Tea drinkers can enjoy a favorite cuppa or sample exotic varietals in Portland's teahouses. Chai tea, bubble tea and classic green tea are just a few of the many teas brewed in and around Portland.

Portland Coffee

The local passion for fine ingredients and careful craft extends into coffee cups.

North Portland

Albina Press

Clean white walls contrast against dark, seasoned wood in minimalist North Portland café Albina Press. Once you’ve ordered a foamy latte or full French press from the award-winning baristas, grab a bright seat near the window and reach for your favorite minimalist prose or graphic novel.

Find your book at: Bridge City Comics

The Stacks Coffeehouse

Last but not least, The Stacks Coffeehouse combines the best of two worlds, encompassing both a coffee shop and a community library. Anyone can get a library card; you just have to promise to bring back any books you borrow. But with an extensive book selection, locally roasted Roseline Coffee, breakfast tacos and plenty of seating, why would you ever leave?

Find your book at: The Stacks Coffeehouse

Literary Portland

Powell’s City of Books

Covering an entire city block, Powell's is a landmark, a great bookstore and a microcosm of the city itself.

The Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.

Portland Bookstores, Beyond Powell’s

Don't stop with the largest independent bookstore in the world; these seven other shops offer an abundance of literary riches.