Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Portland's Central Eastside

Portland, Oregon is known for having coffee shops around every corner. In fact there's often more than one coffee shop on a corner. Portland even has coffee shops inside their grocery stores.

The Central Eastside part of Portland is no exception to this and is home to tons of small coffee shops each with their own unique vibe and coffee brew.

We scoured Central Eastside Portland and have narrowed down hundreds of coffee shops into a list of what we consider to be the top ten in this area. We kept many things in mind when selecting a coffee shop for our list. We considered the atmosphere like Rocking Frog Café, a fun place to relax, read a book, or play a game. We've included coffee shops like Coava Coffee who only make their coffee unlike all the others and Fresh Pot who's gone out of their way to bring the best of Portland all together at one coffee shop. We've even included Rimsky-Korskoffee House it's so good and popular that it also make our best desserts list.

Not matter what kind of coffee shop experience you prefer there is sure to be one on our list that you will love.


The Hazel Room specializes in a unique trade: alcoholic tea, coffee cocktails and interesting breakfast creations. They serve breakfast all day long, so if you're looking for a sweet pastry or delicious scone at any hour, Hazel room will be more than happy to serve you. On the weekends they offer even more breakfast options for brunch. To top it all off, they offer a fully stocked bar as well as extensive tea options and coffee of the non alcoholic variety if you're looking to get wired up for the day instead of unwound. Many evenings they have live music.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Great coffee shop in the Hawthorne district, that serves an even better breakfast.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are hungry be sure to try The Either or The Or.

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Set in an old home, unmarked by signage, this much-loved coffee house has been a haven for Portland residents. Its owner, Goody Cable, has an unconventional approach to business and lets the place create its own niche. Most nights, you'll find live classical music and quiet conversation. Desserts are absolutely scrumptious, including the sinful mocha fudge cake and the lemon chiffon. Couple them with a latte or a pot of herbal tea, and you'll find peace of mind, if just for a fleeting moment. The place maintains a cast of regulars who crave the ambience. They'll also let you in on the secrets of the bathroom and the mystery furniture, but only after you've experienced them.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: The coffee and atmosphere are great and the desserts are amazing.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the chocolate raspberry fool.

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Common Grounds is one of the most popular coffee shops in the Hawthorne District and has been for years. Located on the eastside, it's cheerful, airy, and welcoming with warm, comfortable, overstuffed furniture. People tend to take their time here, so don't feel rushed. If you do, you might be looked at strangely! They offer extremely large Panini's and serve your coffee in a pint glass. Voted as having the best coffee of 2006 by citizens of Portland, Common Grounds has great energy and is a perfect spot for sitting back and watching unique people perusing the shops along Hawthorne Boulevard.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Common Grounds Coffee House has been a popular coffee shop in Portland for years.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are in the mood for something spicy try a ginger tea.

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Located inside the Hawthorne branch of Powell's Books, the Fresh Pot is a great place to get delicious Stumptown coffee. Beans are fresh and strong, prices are low, and the toy collection is fun to play with while you wait for your drink. They also serve donuts from Voodoo Donuts and muffins from Sweetpea. It's a great place to try a lot of local favorites all in one spot. Plus, it's in Powell's Books, so you get to hang out with a book or magazine from the store, start a game of Scrabble, or just take advantage of the people-watching opportunities.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Fresh Pot is a great place to find several local favorites all in one spot.

Meagan's expert tip: Enjoy one of the local snacks they offer along with your coffee.

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Coava is a family of hardworking people who are passionate about excellent coffee. They source, roast and brew the best single origin coffees in the world. They truly are a roastery unlike any other. The name Coava was inspired by Englishman William Biddulph, who traveled to Turkey in the 1600s and discovered that "coava" was a term for unroasted coffee, a word previously unknown in the Western world. Raw coffee is Coava's specialty. and they strive to create beautiful roast profiles based on the inherent qualities of each unroasted coffee. They focus intently on quality, intensity and balance of the brew.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: The place to go in Portland to enjoy coffee made by the pour over method.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are not sure what to get then try the Costa Rica.

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Rocking Frog Cafe
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Rocking Frog Café located in an older craftsman home on Belmont serves Ristretto Roasters a local coffee, because they believe in preparing an excellent cup of coffee that is refined for the connoisseur, yet accessible to the casual drinker. Their coffee is inexpensive and comes with free refills. They have tons of board games and an eclectic library for children and adults and free Wi-Fi. They offer a full menu, including pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and hot old fashioned donuts. Most people come here because they are addicted to the donuts, but their coffee is excellent as well. They also serve sandwiches for lunch.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Rocking Frog Café serves local coffee, yummy donuts, and has free Wi-Fi.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try a donut while you are there.

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Stumptown has become so popular that some even refer to Portland affectionately as Stumptown. Specializing in French press coffee and espresso drinks, this coffee shop takes its coffee very seriously and serves only the best to dedicated fans. The shop sells coffees that have been roasted by hand in small batches, from beans grown all over the world, including Africa, Indonesia and Latin America. Additionally Stumptown supports organic, sustainable farms by purchasing their products. Artwork by area artists adorns the walls, providing a progressive feel to the place. They have lots of outlets along the wall for those that need to power up and get some work done.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Stumptown is a Portland favorite. No visit to Portland would be complete without a visit to Stumptown.

Meagan's expert tip: Bring the computer and get some work done. They are set up well to allow you to work.

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Built on a converted 1902 freight elevator and housing a good portion of of antique coffee collection and is Mudd Works Roastery new home. They kept as much of the elevator as they could and put in a massive wall of windows and left the funk of the old building intact. Creating an open and super chill place with fine espresso. Half Pint is an excellent place to get a delicious coffee or tea, tasty food, and a treat for the child (within) you try so hard to repress. Not sure what to get, order the "Boss Lady" a soy vanilla latte with honey or a Mexi Mocha. Every Saturday and Sunday they have Henry Higgins Bagels! They have free wifi.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Half Pint Cafe has a chill vibe, great coffee, and killer customer service.

Meagan's expert tip: If you want a fancy drink do not visit on a Sunday when it is coffee only.

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Good Coffee is a neighborhood coffee shop in a small inviting space. Here you can enjoy unique coffee choices like the Maple and Smoked Orange Latte made with espresso, milk, cinnamon dust, and a reduction of Canadian maple, Valencia orange, and pine-smoked tea. They rotate coffee beans, so even if you are a regular you can enjoy something new on a on going basis. Many of the coffee beans they use are roasted locally at Roseline. They use national roasters as well. In addition to coffee they have assorted pastries from Bakeshop, a local bakery. If you need to get some work done they have plenty of outlets and free wifi.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Good Coffee serves some of the best coffee in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try their seasonal drink.

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Tov Coffee is certainly not your average coffee shop, in fact it's not a shop at all, it's a double decker bus specializing in Egyptian coffee. Tov makes all their syrups in house and have some truly unique selections. One of them is the charcoal and cream, a coconut activated charcoal vanilla latte. If that sounds too adventurous they have all the standby favorites on hand including mochas, lattes, and cappuccinos. You can sip your coffee up on the top level of the bus, which is tented. If you are hungry, don't worry, there is a breakfast sandwich cart next door.

Recommended for Central Eastside's Best Coffee Shops because: Tov is the only double decker coffee bus in Portland, Oregon as well as the only Egyptian coffee shop in town.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the "Mint Thing", it is mint-infused cold brew mixed with your choice of milk.

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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan