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If you come to Portland, Vivace is a place you have to visit. Vivace is a creperie/coffeehouse. I personally prefer to think of it as a little slice
of heaven located in Oregon. Vivace is located in the very posh 23rd area of Downtown Portland. Vivace offers a variety of sweet and savory crepes, something for everyone's taste. If you are not a crepe fan (do such people actually exist?) you can get your coffee fix here too. Vivace offers
anything from an espresso, latte to a cappucino. Vivace is a self serve style of place. You place your order at the counter, grab your order and take a seat. For the computer geeks they even offer free WiFi.
Favorite Dish: I tried a few things at Vivace and everything was delicious. When it comes to beverages, I would highly recommend their white hot chocolate. It's one of
the best hot chocolate cups I drank in my lifetime. For those with a sweet tooth, I would recommend the crepe stuffed with nutella, bananas and roasted almonds topped with whipped creme. If you are in the mood for a savory crepe I recommend the mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach and egg crepe. Yummy!
Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe: If you adore chocolate, this is heaven for you!
I have never come across so many indulgent specialty hot chocolates. Each drink comes with whipped cream and a hand-crafted Moonstruck chocolate on top. Amazing! Don't miss their Espresso drinks either. Some can be very rich and full of chocolate, but you can also get a more traditional coffee drink -- but why would you ? This is all about chocolate!
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Chai, Moonstruck Mocha... truly heaven on earth. Not for the weak-- be prepared, these are very sweet and rich drinks! You can get a regular espresso, though.
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Public Domain: Tasty and Artsy Latte's
OK, so it is just a coffee place in downtown Portland, but they did make tasty latte's and added a creative flair when decorating the foam. After downing many a latte in So Cal it was refreshing to have someone take the time to make it a little special.
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Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Great coffee house
This is a great coffeehouse with excellent coffee. It has some pastries and simple menu of things to eat and has great tea. One minus is that the food selection here seems to be fairly limited. Another is that although they have great black tea, they have only cream and non-fat milk, fine for coffee, but not for tea, which needs regular milk. Due to the particular taste of cream, one also cannot mix cream and non-fact milk for this purpose, but that is a minor defect, especially if looking for coffee.
This place also has a small but excellent selection of beers on tap, I guess because it's Portland. Beer at a coffeehouse is not something I am used to seeing in California.
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Daily Market & Cafe ~ New Deal Coffee House: good ambience
The food is good but this is a neighborhood place. Families hang out here and singles as well of all ages including college students. There is free WiFi so a dozen or so people and teachers with laptops are here working on papers. Local artwork for sale. People bring their dogs and bikes. There is outside seating and dog cleanup bags just in case and doggy treats. They have Stumptown brand coffee. There is a little section for kids to play. They serve beer and wine, and serve mainly breakfast and lunch. Singles meet here on dates.
Favorite Dish: huge egg sandwich
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Red Square Cafe: Eastern (Russian) on Belmont?
While I have selected the category as being "coffeehouse" the fact is that Red Square Cafe has coffee offering, a selection of drink offerings, but more than anything else serves as the neighborhood's internet cafe (a category for which Virtual Tourst does not, as of this writing, have a category) and is a WiFi hotspot.
Bagel sandwiches come in vegetarian or meat. These are custom made for your order right there in the tiny deli bar. Prices for the sandwiches range from $4.75 to $5.00. A few various sodas an juices are available as well.
In some places, bagel sandwitches are quite dry and unpleasant but this place does them right. There is a selection of various types of bagel to use as the sandwich bread, and they don't seem to be overy dry.
Voodoo donuts and regular bagels with cream cheese are available as well.
Russian and eastern European music can be heard playing here. There is also a single pinball machine, and several Russian posters on the wall.
There is a row of outdoor two-seat tables on the sidewalk facing Belmont. This section of Belmont has some traffic on it, but it is nowhere near as heavy as Hawthorne or areas of Belmont further west, and so sitting out here isn't too bad.
To use the computers (this is after all an internet cafe) one must sign up at the counter.
As an added bonus, the staff (at least the staff I dealt with on my first visit) did not seem overly in a hurry or impatient with those unfamiliar with their offerings.
Note the website pretty much requires Flash Media Player in order to work.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian bagel sandwich.
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Coffee or Latte/ Twin Paradox: Neighborhood uncorporate alternative
A Mother/ Daughter team started this gem of a coffehouse in the Sellwood neighborhood district. They took an empty convenience store , painted the walls purple, cleared the concrete floors and started pulling their coffee machine. Now it is a place where you can wi-fi, let you dog stop in for a minute,and sit your couple kids down at a miniature table of their own. Every month a revolving selection of local art appears on the walls.
I love the cushy chairs for sitting and reading a book. There is even an on-site upright piano. Want to play a game of checkers or mah jong...there are game boards located on the shelves.
Favorite Dish: I stop in for a brewed cup of Tao of Tea. I got away from the coffee thing 1 1/2 years ago.
Also available are Italian sodas, Odwalla juices, and local baked goods.
I think most of all , the neighbors stop in to keep the place alive. During nice weather there is out door seating /patio and a covered gazebo for those who smoke.
Portland Coffee House: Great Place To Drink Your Coffee
There is probably one coffee house per block in Portland. Maybe not that many, but there are plenty. I chose the same one each day that I visited in Portland this spring. The young men at the counter were nice and friendly. I heard someone say that going up to the nearby coffeehouse was so "Btarbucks". By the way, I started to recognize the same customers in just a few days.
Favorite Dish: Mocha Grande & good poppyseed scones & free filtered water
Blue Haze Ceramic Cafe.: Let your creativity fly!!!!
This is a very nice and interesting place to have a coffee and enjoy a "do-it-yourself"....because here you can choose a blank ceramic piece and paint it by yourself while you get your coffee, tea or whatever you like.
Contact Rochelle, she's the Manager.
Favorite Dish: Cafe-latte.
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Anna Banana's: Play scrabble in the basement
It's like chilling at home with all your friends, but with coffee! Slip past the kids chatting on the front porch and drop a big tip in the jar with your drink and sandwich, then head down to the basement. You'll see what I mean. It's easy to waste WAY too much time lounging on the couches down here. When you're bored you'll want to doodle on the walls, make forts out of the couches and tables, and rearrange the artwork. Then you'll be tempted to lie down on a couch and fall asleep. Too bad there isn't mom to wake you up and shoe you out!
Torrefazione does americanos like no other place. Rather than make a shot of espresso and then pour hot water into your cup, they steam the espresso for about three minutes, getting every last bit of savory goodness from those beans. There's no hot water added, it's all from the espresso steaming. The result is a super dark thick espresso drink, neither bitter nor burnt, just pure flavor.
Americanos are only made in the states as far as I know - see my Moscow page for a funny story of trying to get an americano in Moscow!
Peet's ain't too bad for coffee. Neither is Seattle's best. Starbucks sux.
Favorite Dish: Americano.
Purest Cafe: Purest Cafe - Good Little Coffeehouse
This is a nice, quiet coffeehouse with very friendly service in Old Town. It's a refurbished old ironfront.
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