Let’s embark on a caffeinated journey through Lake Oswego, which has a number of beloved coffee shops and bakeries serving coffee. You may frequent some of these on a regular basis, but there are a few you may have not considered!
Tucked inside the Washington Federal building in downtown Lake Oswego, Blue Moon is a hidden gem that should not be missed. In late 2017, Blue Moon Coffee opened this location after shutting its doors in Lake Grove earlier that year. The coffee shop partners with Stumptown Coffee and The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company, both of which are based in the area. Complement your drink of choice with a grab-and-go muffin, pastry, scone or breakfast cookie, and lounge in the cozy interior, complete with an attached conference room available for both bank clientele and the general public.
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Ask any local about their favorite coffee shop and many will say Chuck’s Place. And beyond that, it’s a popular destination for breakfast, brunch and lunch, as Chuck’s Place offers full breakfast and lunch menus, filled with traditional egg-centric plates, waffles, pastries, sandwiches, salads and more. The coffee menu covers a range of options as well, including lattes, Americanos, chai tea or plain brewed coffee. No matter what you order, you’ll enjoy the relaxed and eclectic atmosphere at Chuck’s Place, which also has outdoor seating!
Happy Sparrow Cafe is a relatively new addition to Lake Oswego, serving coffee and kolaches, among other tasty offerings. But what exactly are kolaches? Originating in Central Europe and entering the U.S. through Czech immigrants in Texas, kolaches are pastries made with soft, sweet dough filled with sweet or savory ingredients. Sample this unique and delicious delicacy and order a cup of coffee, made with beans sourced from Mt. Hood Roasters!
Photo Courtesy of NOLA Doughnuts
Take a trip to the historic French Quarter of New Orleans without traveling outside of town. Robert R. Herkes, Jr., the mastermind behind NOLA Doughnuts, is a self-taught pastry chef who was born and raised in New Orleans. He creates exceptional doughnuts using a signature la’ssant dough, which involves a three-day layering process commonly found in French pastry making. Step inside NOLA Doughnuts for a complete traditional experience, enhanced with vibrant decor, nostalgic jazz music, and the overwhelming fragrance of beignets, doughnuts and of course — chicory coffee, a specialty in New Orleans.
No matter where you live in the region, it’s likely you’ve been to or at least heard of AVA Roasteria. This local shop has several locations, including three in Beaverton, one in Portland, one in Hillsboro, and one in Lake Oswego. With soaring ceilings and plenty of seating — both inside and out — this is the perfect place to camp out with a laptop and get some work done, or set up a business meeting with a larger group. Plus, AVA Roasteria is known for their long hours (and some locations even operate 24/7!) and the Lake Oswego location is no exception, staying open as late as 11 p.m. AVA has an extensive menu of both food and drinks, including a great selection of coffee drinks. Every cup served is made with their freshly roasted beans!
Photo Courtesy of St. Honoré Bakery
Located just steps from the shore of Lakewood Bay in Lake Oswego, St. Honoré Bakery is a cozy and rustic French boulangerie. At each of the bakery’s four locations in the region, you’ll find a wide selection of freshly made bread, pastries, desserts, sandwiches, salads and more. Plus, St. Honoré has plenty of coffee drinks to complete the idyllic French café experience, from specialty lattes and other espresso-based drinks to plain black coffee or tea.
Which local shop is your favorite?
We’d love to know who serves your favorite cup of coffee in the Lake Oswego area. Let us know in the comments below!