Public Domain

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • Ernest K.
    "Fantastic espresso and pour over coffees."(4 Tips)
    Paul A.
    "Best espresso drinks I've had in this town of amazing coffee."(29 Tips)
    Nick B.
    "This is the best coffee in Portland....seriously!"(2 Tips)
    Brooks K.
    "Pure coffee heaven."(2 Tips)
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  • Andie S.
    Andie StoleckaJuly 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    By far my favorite coffehouse in Portland. Simple, neutral, sterile layout - very European. Different music each time - every once in a while I'll hit a day when they softly bump trance! Love, love.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    This downtown cafe is the boutique arm of Coffee Bean International, one of North America's largest roasters and the home to one of the only Slayer Espresso machines in Portland.
  • Colin A.
    Colin AdamsApril 20, 2015
    Their espresso is freshly roasted locally and always great. They also have excellent pastries from a nearby bakery. Highly recommended the chocolate croissant or blueberry muffin.
  • Ernest K.
    Ernest KimAugust 21, 2011
    Fantastic espresso and pour over coffees. Pictured here is one of their beautiful espresso machines called The Slayer. The nearby Stumptown is excellent as well, but don't overlook Public Domain.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 29, 2016
    Bake Shop pastries and standout granola $3. Almond cappuccino good $3.50. Unexciting decor but sunny street corner downtown.
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa B.August 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best coffees in town. Really like their home made Granola. Expect a long line in the morning.
  • Erik G.
    Erik GranlundApril 13, 2013
    Minimalistic coffee place that makes an amazing cup of coffee. If you want something loaded with a ton of sugar masking the taste of coffee, this is not your place.
  • Meah B.
    Meah BFebruary 11, 2015
    Great place to relax with a cup if coffee on a rainy day. They have a fun window seating area to people watch the folks passing by on the street.
  • Katy
    KatyJuly 15, 2015
    I always get a macchiato in house and sit with my latest book in the afternoons. Best part? The cookie on the side!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MickeyMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vanilla lattes are from another world. Consistently great coffee - I always bring the family here when they're in town. They agree.
  • Rajesh M.
    Rajesh MidhaFebruary 4, 2015
    The house blend coffee is a mix of beans selected and tasted by the baristas at Public. Highly recommend.
  • Ekkapong T.
    Ekkapong T.August 17, 2014
    Fantastic coffee. My friend, coffee newbie, took a while to decide what to order that seems to upset the grumpy barista.
  • David R.
    David RamalhoJuly 19, 2015
    Great coffee and friendly staff that helped us find more spots to check out when we visited Portland.
  • Marshall K.
    Marshall KirkpatrickDecember 31, 2011
    If you thought this place was all about couches and comfortable conversations, you have mistaken its previous iterations for its current one, which kind of sucks. Unless u want an indie Starbucks.
  • Soxinly
    SoxinlySeptember 7, 2010
    Try either Prometheus Espresso or Panama Esmeralda Special Mario Carnaval ($6 a cup or $80 per lbs)! They also have really good cold-brewed coffee.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BriggsJanuary 14, 2011
    Are you an Aussie looking for a coffee like at home? Head to Public Domain for some of the best coffee you'll have in the states
  • Kelly E.
    Kelly ElanderOctober 22, 2014
    Great coffee and atmosphere. Free refills and WiFi. Good place to work or study.
  • Hotel L.
    Hotel LuciaApril 27, 2011
    Great coffee & just steps from our front door. Public Cuppings (coffee tasting) are Saturday and Sunday at 2pm!
  • Sir Dawn vB
    Sir Dawn vBOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the gibraltor, it's rare it can be made to such a level of perfection it's sweet without bitterness or extra sugar. A+ gem.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HartloveNovember 23, 2013
    Wow! I felt like I was in the way at a little after 5 pm, all employees cleaning up and shutting down around me... Even though they don't even close until 6! Not the greatest first impression.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PodwalMay 19, 2012
    Superlative pastries in all varieties. The brioche and croissants are unreasonably good.
  • Celena C.
    Celena CarrOctober 18, 2010
    Good alternative to stumptown in downtown Portland. Designed for short stays with lots of bar seating and standing space.
  • Paul A.
    Paul AllenJune 3, 2016
    Best espresso drinks I've had in this town of amazing coffee.
  • Whitney R.
    Whitney ReedJune 29, 2013
    Don't let em catch you putting cream in your pour over.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardNovember 15, 2015
    Good free wifi, super friendly staff, great spot but no power outlets.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CoatesAugust 25, 2015
    One of the better downtown coffee shops only blocks from the Square.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RosenbergJune 15, 2015
    Great espresso. Good pastries. Nice space. Good people.
  • Sir Dawn vB
    Sir Dawn vBJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a gibraltor and give your mouth a hug. Always remember to tip kindly, especially if you have a Groupon; don't be a dick!
  • Pinky G.
    Pinky GonzalesJanuary 3, 2011
    Outstanding service, music selection and coffee expertise. The newest employee could pass for the owner. Bravo!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BarnesSeptember 9, 2013
    They do not provide sugar for coffee. They make their own simple syrup mixture. So bring your own or use their syrup mix.
  • Laurissa
    LaurissaSeptember 16, 2015
    Lovely almond croissant and almond milk latte.
  • Kekai C.
    Kekai CFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The workers here noticeably take pride in what they serve. As someone who values quality over quantity I'll go here over a big chain coffeehouse anytime.
  • Bruno Z.
    Bruno ZalumMarch 16, 2015
    The espresso is spectacular. Give it a shot. Or two.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettSeptember 21, 2015
    Solid coffee and one of the earliest shops open downtown.
  • Launa G.
    Launa GrayJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Such good treats! Get a muffin if you have room.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HeimbignerMay 30, 2012
    If your coming to work on A computer or sit for a while, you might want to go elsewhere. No outlets, and only bar stools.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RhodesNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great look and feel here. Love the house blend.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BellJuly 3, 2010
    This is the best coffee in Portland....seriously! No need to add flavors, just pure coffee goodness Read more
  • Scott M.
    Scott MitchellAugust 5, 2011
    Terrific Coffee, make sure to try something new!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeMay 10, 2015
    Wonderful coffee and helpful staff
  • Eunice C.
    Eunice CMay 25, 2012
    one of the best latte! perfectly balanced.
  • Mark Y.
    Mark YoltonJuly 6, 2014
    One of the best coffees I've had, ever. Really.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RhodesDecember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their lattes. And they have chocolate syrup!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RJuly 17, 2013
    They offer soy, almond and rice milk!
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VNovember 6, 2014
    Great staff, great location
  • Lisa
    LisaAugust 6, 2014
    Good espresso drinks, I prefer this to Stumptown
  • Chava B.
    Chava BoyettNovember 30, 2010
    Great tea selection. Well-lit, uncluttered and clean.
  • Jolene E.
    Jolene EdwardsJune 3, 2013
    Latte I had here is a game changer. Eat your heart out Starbucks
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BuckleyFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Slow brew is definitely worth the wait.
  • Matthew Riley M.
    Matthew Riley MacPhersonDecember 6, 2014
    Probably my favourite coffee in Portland.
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth F.April 4, 2013
    Best coffee ever! Jon was such a great barista!
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WaterlooJuly 22, 2013
    The slow drip takes 5 minutes but worth it!
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorJune 8, 2015
    Love the lattes and cappuccinos
  • Olof E.
    Olof EkstromOctober 24, 2011
    Fantastic coffee, cool cafe.
  • Mark Y.
    Mark YoltonJuly 12, 2014
    Best coffee ever; lifetime highlight
  • Douglass R.
    Douglass RuthDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They always have an extensive list of pour over coffee.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalekeMay 8, 2016
    Their spiced chai is pretty good, the iced coffee/cold brew was okay.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenDecember 15, 2012
    Great coffee. Great place.
  • Ed P.
    Ed PodojilOctober 10, 2014
    Coffee is alright. Had a pour over, would could back for a latte
  • Brooks K.
    Brooks K.October 1, 2011
    Pure coffee heaven. Best in Portland. Boom
  • Saleena M.
    Saleena ManohaNovember 29, 2015
    Not confirmed but it seems like even tho there is a "bar" at the barista counter.... You don't order there.. Because we just got ignored for the first 5 mins.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Au-YeungMay 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bacon scone is to die for
  • Crystal S.
    Crystal Star🌟✨October 6, 2013
    Some of the best coffee I've ever had!
  • Teresa D.
    Teresa DietrichJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best latte of my life!
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FerreeJuly 31, 2015
    Acoustics, staff, and coffee... Duh.
  • Leanna
    LeannaJanuary 24, 2013
    Vanilla latte is fantastic!
  • WhyGo Travel
    WhyGo TravelDecember 8, 2011
    One of the best lattes in Portland. Read more
  • Vera
    VeraJuly 31, 2012
    best latte and marionberry tart!
  • Paris B.
    Paris Buttfield-AddisonJune 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good coffee, friendly staff.
  • Shu U.
    Shu UesugiOctober 4, 2014
    Quiet. Not many seats.
  • carmen h.
    carmen hillJune 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hurray! You can now get a cappuccino to go!
  • Najlaa M.
    Najlaa MjOctober 3, 2013
    Quiet beautiful place 
  • Larry W.
    Larry WilliamsJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The iced coffee is delicious.
  • ezoehunt
    ezoehuntDecember 6, 2014
    Try the pumpkin puff.
  • Daniel P.
    They've got pastry from Nuvrei!
  • Nandini B.
    Granola with almond milk
  • Scott B.
    Scott BJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee and people watching.
  • Trevor L.
    Trevor LeeSeptember 7, 2013
    The coffee was pretty good!
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FuchsApril 3, 2013
    Best Lattes!!!
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LinApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Had tanzania peaberry. Pretty good stuff!
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 8, 2014
    Great coffee
  • Henry K.
    Henry KimSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try affogato.
  • Miguelita L.
    Miguelita L 🐢April 1, 2013
    Great coffee!
  • Tricia S.
    Tricia SaundersOctober 30, 2012
    Great Cappuccino!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromOctober 31, 2015
    Iced coffee. Don't come here to work.
  • Anton G.
    Anton GoncharovOctober 22, 2016
    Good coffee
    Upvoted Apr 4
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SolomonNovember 30, 2013
    Coldest hot drinks ever! Coldest mochiato I have ever drank. Not recommended.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SharneJune 15, 2010
    They don't have any outlets, so don't bring your laptop unless it has a good battery!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MainwaringJuly 15, 2014
    Not good for working: only stools to sit on, no power outlets.
  • Diana
    DianaMay 31, 2012
    Friendly. (:
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.August 23, 2015
    Espresso is blah. Space is somehow worse than a Starbucks. Why am I here?
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonJanuary 6, 2014
    Very austere.
  • アケダ 須.
    アケダ 須田March 5, 2013
    It's a trendy Starbucks (-_-)
  • Eli T.
    Eli TuckerOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    No surcharge for soy.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RobertsJune 2, 2010
    Great coffee but I miss my white mocha's! :-(
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SilerSeptember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best americano in portland
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HarrittMarch 19, 2011
    Free cuppings on the weekends at 2.
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