Nothing warms the body – and the soul – like a steaming cup of hot chocolate, chai, or espresso. Now, with winter storms still hitting us, is the perfect time of year to make your way to a nearby hot chocolate, coffee shop or teahouse for something hot to sip. You can even combine it with an outdoor experience that will delight and nourish the whole family. Read on to hear about eight of our favorite spots for hot beverages in Portland.
Insider tip: Due to the pandemic, locations on this list are operating under modified hours. Take-out and delivery options vary. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check each spot’s website.
photo: North Charleston via Flickr
Jim & Patty’s Coffee
Expect top-notch espresso and friendly faces from the founders of Coffee People, Jim and Patty Roberts. You can keep it simple with an order of house hot chocolate or ask one of their baristas for a recommendation. Mocha with peanut butter? Check. A latte with salted butter and caramel? Check. Once you’ve warmed up, enjoy a kid-friendly walk or hike.
4951 NE Fremont St.
2246 NW Lovejoy Ave.
4130 SW 117th Ave., Beaverton
13180 SE 169th Ave., Happy Valley
This locally owned café and juice bar serves up gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian fare with heart. Choose from a selection of lattes and steamers crafted with an eye towards wellness, such as the bittersweet chocolate with ashwagandha or a turmeric latte topped with bee pollan. Then head over to Laurelhurst Park for duck gazing or playground fun.
3632 SE Hawthorne St.
photo: Carrie Uffindell
Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert
The drinks menu at this cute Korean café is filled with obsession-worthy choices, from the matcha fresca latte to the snow affogato (Stumptown espresso poured over a giant ball of fine-spun sugar and ice cream). Non-coffee drinkers will find tasty options like banana hot chocolate and cherry blossom tea. Don’t forget a rainbow or animal-themed pastry or cake to enjoy while you sip.
2250 E Burnside St.
Roste Chocolate House
Hot chocolate aficionados, rejoice! Every day the chocolatier offers not one but three different types of house-roasted, single origin drinking chocolates. The three varietals are usually from Tanzania, Madagascar, Belize, and Ecuador, and all are ethically sourced. For an even sweeter indulgence, pair with a house-baked pastry. Make it a picnic at nearby Jamison Square.
475 NW 14th Ave.
photo: Keri Logan via Flickr
After some brisk play at Holladay Park, head to this small batch chocolate factory and tasting room to warm up. Along with Creo’s signature drink, a roasted and brewed single origin Ecuadorian cacao, you’ll find hot chocolate and a trio of sipping chocolates. All beans are sustainably sourced. Factory tours and bean-to-bar workshops are currently on hold.
122 NE Broadway St.
Pip’s Original Donuts
A must-stop for chai-lovers. Choose from five different flavors of small-batch chai, each crafted in house with a unique blend of teas and spices. Chai not your thing? Try the spiced apple cider or hot cocoa. Pip’s award-winning donuts are mini-sized, with flavors like raw honey and sea salt and candied maple bacon. If time permits, swing by Grant Park for a quick game of tag or some fun on the swings.
4759 NE Fremont St.
photo: Carrie Uffindell
Tea Chai Té
If tea is your cup of tea, be sure to check out this longtime Portland purveyor. Each of its four locations are home to over 120 high-quality (and sometimes rare) loose leaf teas, including green teas, chai blends, tea-based lattes, and herbal tisanes. Kids will get a kick out of the Sellwood teahouse, which is housed in a bright red caboose. Stroll around the historic neighborhood or head Sellwood Park to play.
7983 SE 13th Ave.
734 NW 23rd Ave.
616 E Burnside St.
3917 N Mississippi Ave.
Cup & Bar
Looking for an outstanding cup of hot chocolate? Cup & Bar – part artisan chocolate factory and part coffee shop – won’t disappoint. The delicious collaboration is the brainchild of Ranger Chocolate Company and Trailhead Coffee Roasters, located in a bright warehouse space. Add some avocado toast for a decadent yet healthy treat.
118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.