Portland, Maine is packed with more than a dozen local coffee shops packed into the two square miles of the downtown district, supplying the city of 70,000 with a variety of great options for a quick caffeine fix. From trendy, independent third wave coffee shops that focus on sustainable, single-origin sourcing and supporting local farmers to coffee shop chains that provide well-known brands, Portland, Maine punches above its weight when it comes to coffee. Whether you need a first-cup-in-the-morning fix or a late afternoon pick-me-up, here are some of Portland, Maine’s top spots for fantastic coffee. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.baristas and bites, Portland, Maine

baristas and bites, Portland, Maine
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Baristas and Bites is a street-level coffee shop and grab-and-go eatery on Fore Street near the intersection of Union Street that specializes in sweets and cakes and fantastic coffee. Fronted by a display of delectable eye candy and sweet treats, the warm and welcoming coffee and cake shop serve all kinds of delights from fresh rolls and pastries to cupcakes and custom-made cakes for all occasions. There are also savory items on the menu, such as homemade soup and sandwiches and a range of coffee from americano to espresso, pour-overs, cold brews, and brewed teas.

469 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-773-0800

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2.The Holy Donut, Portland, Maine

The Holy Donut, Portland, Maine
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The Holy Donut is a specialty coffee and donut shop that serves an array of freshly made specialty donuts, handmade on-site daily , and made from fresh locally sourced ingredients. The charming little café boasts comfortable décor and a mouthwatering menu of donuts of all kinds, ranging from standard vanilla, strawberry crème, and sugar to gourmet chai-glazed, maple-bacon and dark chocolate-sea salt donuts. The café also serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips.

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102, Phone: 207-874-7774

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3.Arabica Coffee House, Portland, Maine

Arabica Coffee House, Portland, Maine
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Arabica Coffee House is a local coffee roaster and café with floor-to-ceiling windows and brick walls, warm wood finishes and trailing house plants, and a cozy and bustling atmosphere. Friendly but focused staff serves a selection of coffee drinks from americano, latte, macchiato, and espresso made with house-roasted coffee beans to a range of teas, all served hot or iced. The 24-year-old coffee shop has grown from its humble origins into two locations, one overlooking the city’s docks and the other an intimate downtown nook. Arabica also serves scrumptious home-baked eats, such as pastries and quiches.

2 Free Street, Downtown, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-899-1833

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4.Aroma Joe's Coffee

Aroma Joe's Coffee
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Located in Jetport Plaza, Aroma Joe's Coffee is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop chain with two locations that have been helping in south Portland wake up in the morning with freshly brewed coffee, teas, and fresh juices for years. The friendly, coffee chain serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The coffee shops also offer a range of light snacks and freshly baked pastries and are open all day, seven days a week.

443 Western Ave, South Portland, ME 04106, Phone: 207-536-0513

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5.Bar of Chocolate, Portland, Maine

Bar of Chocolate, Portland, Maine
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Nestled on Wharf Street, Bar of Chocolate is a cozy martini and dessert bar with comfortable lounging space to relax over cocktails, coffee, and oh-so-decadent desserts. The delightful dessert bar is owned by Sarah Martin, who has been serving her house-made sweets and homemade chocolates for over ten years. The bar boasts 13 martinis on the menu with signature delights like the chocolate and espresso martini, as well as peanut butter martini, and classic Manhattans, along with desserts like crème brûlée, Maine blueberry pie, carrot cake, chocolate cake with sea salt caramel frosting, and peanut butter cake. Savory items include tapas, sandwiches, homemade baguette served with olive oil, and cheese plate, and the bar is open seven days a week.

38 Wharf St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-773-6667

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6.Bard Coffee, Portland, Maine

Bard Coffee, Portland, Maine
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Located in the heart of the city’s Old Port district, Bard Coffee has been serving house-roasted, single-origin coffee for over ten years. The Old Port favorite boasts a laid-back vibe with artisan flair, rustic farmhouse tables, vibrant orange stools, and prints of coffee farms, and staff exuding excellent, old-fashioned friendliness. The friendly, coffee chain serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The coffee shops also offer a range of light snacks and freshly baked pastries and are open all day, seven days a week.

185 Middle Street, Old Port, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-899-4788

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7.Coffee By Design

Coffee By Design
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Coffee By Design is one of Portland’s oldest coffee spots and mainstays for great coffee. Established over 22 years ago, the old guard roaster offers single-origin coffees and blends sustainably sourced from coffee-growing countries around the world. Coffee By Design has several locations across Portland, the largest of which is the East Bayside location, which is home to a roastery and an espresso and coffee bar. The coffee shops have an industrial feel with floor-to-ceiling garage doors, and warm décor, and complimentary wireless Internet for the laptop crowd and digital nomads.

1 Diamond Street, East Bayside, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-874-5400

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8.Coffee ME Up

Coffee ME Up
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Coffee ME Up is a small shop with a homey vibe on the corner of the East End and Bayside neighborhoods that serves a delectable array of baked goods, savory sandwiches, and house-roasted coffee. Owned by a couple from Albania, the cozy coffee shop boasts Middle Eastern influences with opulent décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance and serves a variety of espresso drinks and coffee, smoothies, hot or ice, herbal teas, and specialty drinks like cappuccino freddo and traditional Turkish coffee. Don’t miss the homemade baklava, made fresh every day by the owner's mother, for a mouthwatering treat.

221 Cumberland Avenue, West Bayside, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-536-1279

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9.Hifi Donuts

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HiFi Donuts is a specialty coffee and donut shop that serves George Howell Coffees and Nobl Nitro Brew-on-tap, along with an array of freshly made specialty donuts, handmade on-site daily and made from whole, fresh ingredients such as locally sourced dairy, fruit, and honey. Co-founder Melissa Selvon’s French Creole background brings an exotic flair to the charming little café that boasts comfortable décor and a mouthwatering menu of donuts of all kinds. The restaurant also serves a breakfast and lunch menu with standard treats such as eggs and bacon, breakfast sandwiches, fresh salads, and gourmet sandwiches.

30 City Center, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-747-5314

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10.Higher Grounds

Higher Grounds
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Tucked away on a pedestrian-only thoroughfare in the Old Port, Higher Grounds is a small café on Wharf Street that is part coffee house and part cannabis apothecary. The coffee shop was the first in Portland to support the legalization of marijuana in Maine and offers a casual spot for visitors to buy cannabis and enjoy great coffee. Boasting cosmos-themed murals and shelves of CBD products, the coffee shop serves coffee from Portland roaster Speckled Ax in a variety of forms, including espresso drinks, drip coffees, and pour overs, along with herbal tea blends.

45 Wharf St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-536-7550

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11.Hilltop Coffee Shop

Hilltop Coffee Shop
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Hilltop Coffee Shop is a quaint, greenery-filled corner café located on Munjoy Hill in the on Portland’s peninsula. Located steps from Portland's scenic Eastern Prom in the eastern neighborhood, Hilltop Coffee Shop is based in an airy and cozy space with ample seating and complimentary wireless Internet and serves a menu of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The food menu offers tasty baked goods, fresh pastries, and gourmet sandwiches, and the little shop is especially busy on weekday mornings with commuters grabbing a coffee and breakfast bite on the go.

100 Congress Street, East End, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-780-0025

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12.Little Woodfords

Little Woodfords
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Little Woodfords is a charming and cheerful neighborhood café and multi-roaster that has been serving freshly-roasted coffee and sweet treats since 2017. Boasting ship-lapped walls, pretty white wainscoting, blonde wood finishes, and pastel hues, the bright and sunny café offers a standard drinks menu of regular coffee, along with signature sips like iced shorties, tonic espressos, and vanilla-rosemary latte. Coffee beans are sourced from five prominent local roasters, including Bard Coffee, Coffee by Design, Rwanda Bean, and Speckled Ax, and the food menu offers light snacks and freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats.

643 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-536-4990

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13.Omi's Coffee Shop

Omi's Coffee Shop
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Tucked away on the first floor of an expansive historical building on the edge of the peninsula overlooking the Casco Bay Bridge, Omi’s Coffee Shop is a quiet coffee shop with chalkboard-painted tables, oversized polka dot pillows, and vibrant décor that serves freshly brewed coffee and home-baked delights. The friendly, coffee chain serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The café also offers an array of beers, alcoholic ciders, and wine to go and a range of light snacks and freshly baked pastries.

372 Cottage Road, Willard, South Portland, Maine, 4106, Phone: 207-835-0145

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14.Best Coffee Shops in Portland, Maine: Peaks Cafe

Best Coffee Shops in Portland, Maine: Peaks Cafe
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Located on Peak’s Island, Peak’s Café boasts a laid-back vibe with and a friendly, welcoming ambiance. The charming coastal café serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The coffee shops also offer a range of light snacks and freshly baked pastries, lunch items such as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, gourmet sandwiches, and homemade soup, and is open all day, seven days a week.

50 Island Ave, Peaks Island, ME 04108, Phone: 207-766-2600

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15.Portland Pottery Cafe

Portland Pottery Cafe
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The Portland Pottery Café is a charming neighborhood spot on Washington Avenue that combines a pottery supply store and studio and a cozy café serving freshly roasted coffee and sweet treats. The restaurant serves all-day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads, and sweet treats, along with a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips. Signature dishes on the seasonal menu include house-made corned beef hash and scrambled eggs, grilled pastrami and red potato hash, and tofu scramble, and visitors can browse the handmade bowls, mugs, plates, and sculptures displayed on shelves and in cupboards.

118 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-245-6335

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16.Portland, Maine Coffee Shops: Speckled Ax

Portland, Maine Coffee Shops: Speckled Ax
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Speckled Ax is a stylish coffee shop on Congress Street that is the epitome of industrial chic. Boasting a faux pressed tin ceiling, designer furnishings, and a wood-fired Italian machine in which organic beans are freshly roasted daily, the coffee shop serves single-origin, responsibly sourced coffee and freshly baked pastries. Professional baristas create specialty coffee drinks with flair, and custom drinks to suit every taste, accompanied by a small selection of pastries from award-winning Portland baker Atsuko Fujimoto.

567 Congress Street, Downtown, Portland, Maine, 4101, Phone: 207-660-3333

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17.The Proper Cup

The Proper Cup
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Located on Forest Avenue on the corner of Noyes Street, the Proper Cup is a spacious coffee shop that serves freshly roasted beans from Southern New Hampshire specialty roaster, Flight Coffee and an inviting atmosphere. Boasting rustic and Victorian décor, high ceilings, high-backed velvet couches, and vibrant oriental rugs, the café has a Honda dirt bike on display in the center of the space, creating a quirky and industrial feel. The coffee menu serves a range of espresso drinks, herbal teas, and a variety of iced drinks, along with freshly baked goods from HiFi Donuts.

500 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-536-9011

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18.Portland, Maine Coffee Shops: The Works Cafe

Portland, Maine Coffee Shops: The Works Cafe
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The Works Café is a neighborhood coffee shop and bakery chain that serves locally roasted coffee and brewed beers, along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes on artisan bread, ancient organic grains, and New York-style bagels. Boasting several locations in New England, the café offers a menu full of specialty coffee drinks and is a great spot to grab a coffee in the morning or after work. All locations have warm décor in wooden tones, art-adorned walls, and comfortable furnishings and has a warm and welcoming ambiance. The coffee menu features a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee, and nitro, as well as tea and other hot drinks.

15 Temple St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-879-2425

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19.Vagabond Coffee Car

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The Vagabond Coffee Car is one of Maine's newest destinations for a quick caffeine fix. Based in a mint-condition, 1949 International Harvester milk truck, the mobile coffee shop specializes in Nitro cold brew poured fresh on tap and promising a high-taste, low-acid kick. Nitro poured over ice cream is one of the truck’s top sweet treats, along with a new assortment of organic pastries and energy bars. The Vagabond Coffee Car can be hired for weddings and other special celebrations.

710 Branch Rd, Wells, ME 04090, Phone: 603-380-3930

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20.Yordprom Coffee Shop

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Yordprom Coffee Shop is a friendly, neighborhood coffee shop with a South-east Asian twist that serves authentic Vietnamese coffee and light Thai fare. Comfortable and easy-going, the casual coffee shop serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The coffee shops also offer a range of light snacks and freshly baked pastries, lunch items such as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, gourmet sandwiches, and homemade soup, and is open all day, seven days a week.

722 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, Phone: 207-221-2347

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