After a long work week, I love to treat myself to a well-earned coffee or baked goodie. If it was acceptable to list professional latte-drinker on my resume then I would!
The Portland area has so many great cafes and coffee shops to pick from but here is a list of my favorites that I encourage you to check out for yourself. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so try one of these places below to start it out right.
LB Kitchen - 249 Congress St (East) and 231 York St (West)
LB Kitchen is a charming cafe located in both the east and west ends of Portland serving healthy lunch and breakfast (hence the name). Being honest this eatery can be considered a bit pricier for the portion sizes. While this usually bothers me, it doesn't here because I can see and taste what I am paying for: brightly colored foods and drinks made with organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Suggestion: Try one of their vibrant "Wellness Lattes" such as "The Mint" shown below or the "Blue Chai".
Tandem Coffee + Bakery - 742 Congress St
Want both a good cup of coffee and scrumptious baked treat on the side? Go no further, Tandem delivers both in their picturesque cafe converted from an old gas station. I have yet to get a coffee from Tandem that hasn't been Instagram-worthy. The line frequently goes out the door but it moves fairly quickly. As your waiting, make sure you check out the lineup of mouth-watering pastries.
Suggestion: Try the loaded biscuit with clotted cream and jam and a mocha latte on the side.
Bayside American Cafe - 98 Portland St
Bayside is a small whimsical cafe offering spectacular food. A visit at the wrong time like 9 AM on a Saturday and you may have to wait an hour for a seat. Come here if you aren't in a time crunch because the food truly is worth waiting for. The menu offers creative options like the chocolate waffle, lemon blueberry french toast, and lobster frittata.
Suggestion: Try the cinnamon bun pancake. Even if you want to try something else, you can order this on the side and share it with the table if needed (but you might not want to).
Forage Market - 123 Washington Ave
Want to meet up with someone for a coffee date or need a space to work? Forage Market is great for both because of its stress-free parking and large open space. Make sure to order a bagel roasted from their wood-fired oven. They come out with a crispy outside and a fluffy inside.
Suggestion: Try a sea salt bagel with caper dill or house special cream cheese.
Sip of Europe - 229 Congress St
This cafe is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend while grabbing a bite to eat. Whether your looking for something savory like Italian flavors or something to satisfy your chocolate cravings, Sip of Europe has a crepe for you! The service is a bit slow since the owner makes everything by hand but it's the kind of European lifestyle you should expect when walking in here. Don't look at the clock, just sip on that latte slowly and pretend that there is nowhere better to be (because there really isn't).
Suggestion: Try the S'mores or Strawberry Nutella crepe.
Omi's Coffee Shop - 372 Cottage Rd, South Portland
Located in South Portland, Omi's is a convenient stop on your way to Willard Beach or Portland Head Lighthouse. Omi's goes the extra mile to set itself apart from the other coffee shops in the Portland area with its unique offerings of lavender, rose, and Maine honey flavored drinks that are sometimes served in adorable little mugs (like the owl one in the picture below). Also, this coffee shop is one of the few that serve delicious breakfast sandwiches too.
Suggestion: Try a latte sweetened with Maine honey and pair it with a homemade blueberry or raspberry pop tart.
Arabica Coffee Company - 9 Commercial St
There are two Arabica locations but the one on Commercial Street is my favorite due to its large space and easy parking. The atmosphere is very cool with its high ceilings, exposed brick, and moody music. On top of that, there is multiple seating to choose from (bar, bench, table, couch, etc.) making it one of the best meetup locations in Portland.
Suggestion: Try a latte or coffee with the "Milky Way" flavoring, it taste exactly like the candy bar!
Baristas + Bites - 469 Fore St
This cafe is a quaint little space located at the end of the Old Port commotion. You can usually find parking on Cross Street, so stop in for a quick breakfast, lunch or even a treat. B+B is the home of Love Kupcakes, so don’t leave without tasting a cupcake. There are gluten-free, vegan and mini cupcakes to choose from so there’s no excuse to pass on one of these delightful desserts. Read more about my visit here.
Suggestion: Try the "sconewich" a breakfast sandwich served on a bacon-cheddar-chive scone.
Rose Foods - 428 Forest Ave
Mostly known for their bagels and lox, Rose Foods serves a wide range of items like latkes, salads, granola and yogurt, and of course coffee. The interior is bright and clean with pink pastel counters making it one of the most photogenic cafes in Portland. Read more about my visit here.
Suggestion: Try a poppy bagel with herb cream cheese and whatever toppings your heart desires.
Artemisia Cafe - 61 Pleasant St
Located a few streets back from Commercial St., Artemisia Cafe is tucked away out of the Portland bustle. This cozy and bright little spot is a great place to enjoy your weekend breakfast with its scrumptious and hearty food. Read more about my visit here.
Suggestion: Try Artemisia’s signature graham cracker French toast.
Convinced to visit one of these cafes yet? Get yourself a coffee and a treat, you’ll thank me later.