Papaccinos in Portland

Today I have a little time between clients and am looking for a place where I can get some great coffee and work on my laptop in relative peace and quiet. I’ve heard great things about a coffee shop called Papaccinos, which is located in the Woodstock district of Southeast Portland. I’m close by so I decide to give it a try.

I’m pleased with my decision.

Walking into Papaccinos, I immediately sense it’s not your average coffee shop.  It’s spacious yet has an intimate feel; cozy vignettes arranged in the large space provide ample seating choices. Two comfortable chairs sit in the nook and face an impressive bookcase of magazines and books offered for shared enjoyment.

Approaching the counter, I’m greeted with a genuine smile from the barista. I order a large drip coffee and survey the scrumptious looking food options in the glass case. There are bagels, croissants, donuts, yogurts, breakfast sandwiches, and cookies.

The house coffee, rich and flavorful, does not disappoint. Coffee mug in hand, I head to the nook and am pleased to find an available chair. I sit down and read a little Life of Pi before preparing to work on my laptop. Papaccinos has free Wi-Fi and plenty of power outlets so I’m able to get work done while relaxing in the calm atmosphere, without the worry of my laptop battery dying.

The nook has a display of handmade local goods, including affordable art of all kinds. The painted wall mural is perhaps the highlight of Papaccinos. The vibrant colors and pleasing images evoke a sense of whimsy. Perhaps I’ll bring my wife here for hot chocolate and goodies.

My stomach grumbles. The cinnamon roll did not tide me over as I’d hoped. Fortunately, there’s a cereal bar! There are ten different kinds of cereal and I finally decide on some good old fashioned Cap’n Crunch. Feeling like a kid myself, I consume my cereal while watching the children play in a truly exceptional kids play area. Right next to the play area is a sign that says: unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy.

I glance at my watch and realize that somehow two hours have passed and it’s time for me to get a move on. Walking out of Papaccinos and into the fabulous Woodstock neighborhood, I literally feel refreshed and ready to face the real world again.

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