From accessible public transit, parks and cultural hotspots to tax-free shopping, Portland abounds with perks and benefits, as expected from Oregon’s largest city. In recent years, it has also grown into a hub for remote workers searching for mobile headquarters.
Portland is teeming with bars and coffeehouses; it’s just a matter of finding a spot that suits your style and taste. Boost your productivity in any of the following options, the best ones available in the area:
Combining “engines and espresso under one roof,” See See Motor Coffee Company provides a unique setting for mobile workers. This cafe-cum-motorcycle shop serves good coffee while catering to the biker community – literally, you can have a motorcycle custom-built in this place.
But even if you’re not a fan of two-wheeled vehicles, you will enjoy its great-tasting Americano and beers. Everybody is welcome to sample the menu and maximize the stable, free WiFi.
There are two See See Motor Coffee branches to choose from in Portland: one at 1642 NE Sandy Blvd. and another at 8811 N Lombard St.
If you’re the type to start your day a little late, let this cafe take care of your brunch or lunch. Grab a handcrafted sandwich or eat homemade soup to go with your coffee. If you’re planning to spend the rest of your day at the Commissary, don’t miss the chance to try some of its fresh pastries and other light snacks.
Commissary Cafe is located at The Film Exchange, 915 NW 19th Ave Suite A.
This neighborhood nook is popular among freelancers, entrepreneurs and other work-from-homers, so you better come early. Start your remote work ritual with top-quality Stumptown and Coava coffee and sumptuous baked goods like the crowd-pleaser Kickstart – ciabatta roll topped with baked egg, brown sugar bacon and sharp cheddar.
While you can find its cookies, croissants and other goodies in other cafes and stores across Oregon, nothing beats ordering them directly at either of its two Portland locations. Go check them out at the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, 390 NE Couch and SE 28th 2728 SE Ankeny Street.
No list of best coffee shops in Portland is complete without Stumptown. Casually name-dropping this homegrown brand or plastering it on menus can easily inspire “oohs” and “aahs.” Built in 1999, the coffee roaster and retailer has redefined how coffee should taste and how it’s sourced and roasted.
Despite the corporate growth, its coffee houses remain cozy to accommodate solopreneurs, startup mavens and everyone in between. Experience it for yourself when you visit the flagship store 4525 SE Division St. Need to hie off to the nearest branch? Try the other four locations across Portland.
Another place to hang out in Portland if you want to get your caffeine fix and tick items off your work checklist is Coava Coffee Roasters.
Coava is the old Turkish term for green coffee, representing these beloved beans in their purest form. Claim a spot at the communal table of this coffee shop and be surrounded by passionate roasters, baristas and fellow coffee lovers drumming away on their laptops.
Coava’s flagship cafe is located at 1300 SE Grand Ave (A). It also has an espresso bar on SE Hawthorne Blvd, a roastery cafe on SE Main Street and a two-story branch on SW Jefferson St.
Hate commitments? Well, at least when it comes to mobile offices, you can snag commitment-free day passes from Remote.ly, a coworking space based on Mississippi Ave. But if you need a more permanent location to support your or your team’s productivity goals, this hub also has monthly coworking memberships and annual office rentals in store for you.
Regardless of your needs and preferences, you can have access to its stunning view and in-house barista for free. So take a look at its pricing and find something that suits you.
Remote-work warriors looking for inclusive spaces should drop by openHAUS, a coworking space for a cause located on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Its daily drop-in rates start at $25. Access to offices and resources is open to artists, freelancers, small business owners and startups. And on Black Fridays, instead of paying the usual rates, people of color are welcome to work in this community hub for a donation.
Explore Your Options in Portland
Remote workers come in many shapes and sizes. You can find a diverse group of writers, entrepreneurs and even digital marketing experts in Portland. But, without a doubt, the city has a bevy of coffee shops and coworking spaces to match different styles and tastes. And that’s something to look forward to whether you’re looking for a change of scenery or for something more flexible but exclusive in this big city.