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.
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 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
One of Portland’s few 24-hour coffee shops, late-night haunt Southeast Grind has all you need to keep your eyes peeled: smoothies, sandwiches, salads and strong pots of local Marigold Coffee. So, what story’s going to keep you all night? We suggest penning the first lines of your own novel — hopefully the plot involves coffee. For inspiration, pick up some “agressively inclusive” comics.
Find your book at: Books With Pictures
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
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’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 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.
The local passion for fine ingredients and careful craft extends into coffee cups.
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
Covering an entire city block, Powell's is a landmark, a great bookstore and a microcosm of the city itself.
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
Don't stop with the largest independent bookstore in the world; these seven other shops offer an abundance of literary riches.