The Victorian-styled neighborhood of historic Northwest Portland is packed with chic boutiques, award-winning restaurants and classy coffee shops perfect for people watching. If you’re looking for a fun new way to explore this hip shopping district, why not make your way from café to café? Follow our handy guide to the ‘hood’s best espressos, lattes and cold brews.
Northwest Portland coffee tour
Take a self-guided, caffeine-fueled journey to Northwest Portland’s best cafés, roasters and coffee shops.
By Molly Woodstock | April 7, 2017
Founded in 2000, World Cup Roasters is best known for its cozy café inside Powell’s City of Books. Its flagship shop on Northwest Glisan Street, however, is also worth a visit. Chat with international travelers from the nearby Northwest Portland Hostel while enjoying a flavored latte or a French press full of tea.
Open 363 days a year (closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day), Sterling Coffee Roasters bills itself as serving “the world’s finest micro-hand-batch-craft-roasted coffees.” Stop by for a drip coffee brewed with Miguel Angel Dominguez Colombia beans. The special cup features notes of apricot jam, orange zest and sweet cocoa.
Founded by three-time Northwest regional barista champion Billy Wilson, the Barista family now includes five locations across the city. Each is staffed with award-winning baristas who’ll pour you a perfectly pulled espresso shot and demonstrate their exquisite latte art. Rather than roasting their own beans, Barista offers coffees from a rotating selection of roasters from Portland and beyond.
If you prefer folksy, family-owned businesses, head straight for friendly Jim & Patty’s Coffee. Founded by Jim and Patty Roberts (both in the coffeeshop business since 1974), this unpretentious spot is stocked with some of the city’s best pastries, coffeecakes and creative coffee-based creations. Sample their spicy habanero mochas or Alameda Mudslide espresso shakes.
Filled with overstuffed armchairs, plush pillows, golden accents and a glittering chandelier, Dragonfly Coffee House is both cozy and elegant. Snack on a house made pastry while sipping an almond milk chai or coconut cardamom latte. Many of their baked treats are also vegan and gluten-free.
Master Baker Dominique Geulin, knighted in the Order of Agricultural Merit by the French Republic in 2016, helms this authentic French bakery. Pretend you’re sitting in a Parisian square while nibbling a perfectly flaky croissant and sipping a classic espresso drink.
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