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5 Best Coffee Shops in [Southeast] Portland to Get Work Done In

- Hye Sung

You’re on vacation in Portland, visiting friends, buying vintage clothing, drinking kombucha on tap, doing acrobatic yoga at Laurelhurst Park, watching somebody walk their pet pig, and you realize: You’ve got a paper to write. Or, you’ve got a bunch of emails to send to your boss and co-workers. Or, I need a break from people. One of the best things about Portland is the coffee, and here are some of our favorite coffee shops to get work done and hide out in, if need be!

5) Red Square Cafe (4505 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215)

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This spot is a bit special for those who need to get work done on a computer because this is a free internet cafe. Now, it is a bit of a smaller space, but rarely is it crowded. Sandwiches are their specialty, and you can fill out a sheet for a build-your-own sandwich. The location of the cafe is awesome. If you get bored of sitting around and getting work done, you can take a break by walking further down Belmont and go to some boutique shops. You can also take a stroll through Laurelhurst Park nearby. That said, the Soviet-era theme is entertaining and fun and the atmosphere is nice and calm, perfect for a morning of reading and writing!

4) Coava Coffee (1300 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214)

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Coava has a loooot of space and is actually has the best coffee in town, in my humble opinion. If you are an espresso connoisseur, you’ll love Coava. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of space, but I will say it can get quite busy. Bring your headphones just in case you need to shut people out. The location is deeply in Inner-Southeast, extremely close to downtown, just in case you get an itch to go shopping.


3) Hungry Heart Bakery (414 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97215)

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Now technically… this is a bakery. But they do have coffee. The space is also often quieter and calmer. The coffee is yummy, but the baked good are what make this place special. Bialies (and bialy sandwiches), macarons, croissants (and croissant sandwiches), pastries, muffins, brownies and most famously cupcakes, as well as other fresh baked treats, make up their menu and are sure to please the customer.

2) Bipartisan Cafe (7901 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215)

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Bipartisan is actually right around the corner Hungry Heart, but their specialty is pie. And they do it right. My favorite, personally, is marionberry-peach, but they have apple, apple blueberry, apple marionberry, apple raspberry, banana cream, butterscotch cream, cherry, chocolate cream, chocolate espresso cream, chocolate orange cream, chocolate peanut butter cream, coconut amaretto cream, coconut cream, espresso cream, German chocolate cream, lemon meringue, lemon raspberry meringue, marionberry peach, peaches & cream, peach blueberry, peach raspberry, pear candied ginger, pear raspberry, pecan, pumpkin, sour cream apple, strawberry rhubarb, aaaaaaaaaand triple berry. That’s a lot of pie. Their sandwiches, soup, bagels, wraps, and other baked treats are also delicious, and there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Also, they serve Water Avenue coffee. The space is quite large, though it is often busy, many people are also there to get work done. Also, the decor is fairly entertaining, as they run with an American politics theme.

1) Rocking Frog Cafe (2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214)

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So I have to say, this is my favorite place to hide out in Portland. The donuts are homemade and delicious, the coffee is amazing, and every salad and sandwich I’ve had here tastes so fresh! Rocking Frog is located in a house, so there are many rooms, most of which feel like a study or a beautiful library. There’s plenty of nooks to study in, and though it can get busy, there’s usually space. Worst comes to worst, there’s a backyard with plenty of seating.

The thing about Portland, even SE Portland, is that there are countless coffee shops and cafes that are perfect spots to concentrate and do what you need to do. If you come to Portland, I recommend getting as much work done as you can before coming, because you don’t want to spend your vacation in a coffee shop working, but that being said… that wouldn’t be the worst thing, either, right?





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