Public Domain

Coffee Shop and Café · Downtown Portland
603 SW Broadway (at SW Alder St.), Portland, OR 97205, United States
Hours:
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 AM–5:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.2/10

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    Ernest K.
    "Fantastic espresso and pour over coffees."(4 Tips)
    Colin A.
    "Their espresso is freshly roasted locally and always great."(27 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.
    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.
    Andie Stolecka · July 6, 2012
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  • Ernest K.
    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.
    Ernest Kim · August 21, 2011
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  • CITY GRIT
    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.
    CITY GRIT · August 1, 2014
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  • Colin A.
    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.
    Colin Adams · April 20, 2015
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  • Marshall K.
    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.
    Marshall Kirkpatrick · December 31, 2011
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  • Angie H.
    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.
    Angie Hartlove · November 23, 2013
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  • Erik G.
    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.
    Erik Granlund · April 13, 2013
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  • Soxinly
    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.
    Soxinly · September 7, 2010
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  • Lisa B.
    One of the best coffees in town. Really like their home made Granola. Expect a long line in the morning.
    Lisa B. · August 5, 2013
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  • Kekai C.
    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.
    Kekai C · February 3, 2013
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  • Matt M.
    Vanilla lattes are from another world. Consistently great coffee - I always bring the family here when they're in town. They agree.
    Matt Mickey · May 27, 2012
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  • Katy
    I always get a macchiato in house and sit with my latest book in the afternoons. Best part? The cookie on the side!
    Katy · July 15, 2015
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  • Sir Dawn vB
    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.
    Sir Dawn vB · October 28, 2010
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  • Meah B.
    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.
    Meah B · February 11, 2015
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  • Saleena M.
    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.
    Saleena Manoha · November 29, 2015
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  • Ekkapong T.
    Fantastic coffee. My friend, coffee newbie, took a while to decide what to order that seems to upset the grumpy barista.
    Ekkapong T. · August 17, 2014
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  • Celena C.
    Good alternative to stumptown in downtown Portland. Designed for short stays with lots of bar seating and standing space.
    Celena Carr · October 18, 2010
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  • Rajesh M.
    The house blend coffee is a mix of beans selected and tasted by the baristas at Public. Highly recommend.
    Rajesh Midha · February 4, 2015
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  • Hotel L.
    Great coffee & just steps from our front door. Public Cuppings (coffee tasting) are Saturday and Sunday at 2pm!
    Hotel Lucia · April 27, 2011
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  • Dave B.
    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
    Dave Briggs · January 14, 2011
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  • Sir Dawn vB
    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!
    Sir Dawn vB · January 17, 2011
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  • Jack H.
    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.
    Jack Heimbigner · May 30, 2012
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  • Pinky G.
    Outstanding service, music selection and coffee expertise. The newest employee could pass for the owner. Bravo!
    Pinky Gonzales · January 3, 2011
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  • Kelly E.
    Great coffee and atmosphere. Free refills and WiFi. Good place to work or study.
    Kelly Elander · October 22, 2014
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  • David R.
    Great coffee and friendly staff that helped us find more spots to check out when we visited Portland.
    David Ramalho · July 19, 2015
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  • Mike P.
    Superlative pastries in all varieties. The brioche and croissants are unreasonably good.
    Mike Podwal · May 19, 2012
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  • Eric B.
    They do not provide sugar for coffee. They make their own simple syrup mixture. So bring your own or use their syrup mix.
    Eric Barnes · September 9, 2013
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  • Nick B.
    This is the best coffee in Portland....seriously! No need to add flavors, just pure coffee goodness Read more
    Nick Bell · July 3, 2010
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  • Stuart C.
    One of the better downtown coffee shops only blocks from the Square.
    Stuart Coates · August 25, 2015
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  • Whitney R.
    Don't let em catch you putting cream in your pour over.
    Whitney Reed · June 29, 2013
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  • Mike W.
    Their spiced chai is pretty good, the iced coffee/cold brew was okay.
    Mike Waleke · 3 weeks ago
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  • Zack S.
    Good free wifi, super friendly staff, great spot but no power outlets.
    Zack Sheppard · November 15, 2015
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  • Jacob R.
    Great espresso. Good pastries. Nice space. Good people.
    Jacob Rosenberg · June 15, 2015
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  • Patricia S.
    Coldest hot drinks ever! Coldest mochiato I have ever drank. Not recommended.
    Patricia Solomon · November 30, 2013
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  • Chava B.
    Great tea selection. Well-lit, uncluttered and clean.
    Chava Boyett · November 30, 2010
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  • Douglass R.
    They always have an extensive list of pour over coffee.
    Douglass Ruth · December 2, 2010
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  • Scott M.
    Not good for working: only stools to sit on, no power outlets.
    Scott Mainwaring · July 15, 2014
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  • Scott M.
    Terrific Coffee, make sure to try something new!
    Scott Mitchell · August 5, 2011
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  • Laurissa
    Lovely almond croissant and almond milk latte.
    Laurissa · September 16, 2015
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  • Ryan L.
    Solid coffee and one of the earliest shops open downtown.
    Ryan Leggett · September 21, 2015
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  • Josh R.
    Great look and feel here. Love the house blend.
    Josh Rhodes · November 30, 2011
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  • Adam S.
    They don't have any outlets, so don't bring your laptop unless it has a good battery!
    Adam Sharne · June 15, 2010
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  • Launa G.
    Such good treats! Get a muffin if you have room.
    Launa Gray · July 10, 2013
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  • Lisa R.
    They offer soy, almond and rice milk!
    Lisa R · July 17, 2013
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  • Bruno Z.
    The espresso is spectacular. Give it a shot. Or two.
    Bruno Zalum · March 16, 2015
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  • Josh R.
    Love their lattes. And they have chocolate syrup!
    Josh Rhodes · December 13, 2011
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  • Lisa
    Good espresso drinks, I prefer this to Stumptown
    Lisa · August 6, 2014
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  • Eunice C.
    one of the best latte! perfectly balanced.
    Eunice C · May 25, 2012
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  • Jeff B.
    Slow brew is definitely worth the wait.
    Jeff Buckley · February 2, 2014
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  • Jolene E.
    Latte I had here is a game changer. Eat your heart out Starbucks
    Jolene Edwards · June 3, 2013
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  • Ed P.
    Coffee is alright. Had a pour over, would could back for a latte
    Ed Podojil · October 10, 2014
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  • Lisa H.
    Wonderful coffee and helpful staff
    Lisa Hinchliffe · May 10, 2015
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  • Olof E.
    Fantastic coffee, cool cafe.
    Olof Ekstrom · October 24, 2011
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  • Genki U.
    Espresso is blah. Space is somehow worse than a Starbucks. Why am I here?
    Genki U. · August 23, 2015
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  • Mark Y.
    One of the best coffees I've had, ever. Really.
    Mark Yolton · July 6, 2014
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  • Matthew Riley M.
    Probably my favourite coffee in Portland.
    Matthew Riley MacPherson · December 6, 2014
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  • Kimberly W.
    The slow drip takes 5 minutes but worth it!
    Kimberly Waterloo · July 22, 2013
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  • Wesley V.
    Great staff, great location
    Wesley V · November 6, 2014
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  • Elizabeth F.
    Best coffee ever! Jon was such a great barista!
    Elizabeth F. · April 4, 2013
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  • Brooks K.
    Pure coffee heaven. Best in Portland. Boom
    Brooks K. · October 1, 2011
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  • Nauman N.
    Love the lattes and cappuccinos
    Nauman Noor · June 8, 2015
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  • Shu U.
    Quiet. Not many seats.
    Shu Uesugi · October 4, 2014
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  • Mark J.
    Great coffee. Great place.
    Mark Jansen · December 15, 2012
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  • Deborah A.
    Bacon scone is to die for
    Deborah Au-Yeung · May 16, 2012
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  • Crystal S.
    Some of the best coffee I've ever had!
    Crystal Star🌟✨ · October 6, 2013
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  • WhyGo Travel
    One of the best lattes in Portland. Read more
    WhyGo Travel · December 8, 2011
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  • Sandra F.
    Acoustics, staff, and coffee... Duh.
    Sandra Ferree · July 31, 2015
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  • Larry W.
    The iced coffee is delicious.
    Larry Williams · January 31, 2012
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  • Taylor R.
    Great coffee but I miss my white mocha's! :-(
    Taylor Roberts · June 2, 2010
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  • Leanna
    Vanilla latte is fantastic!
    Leanna · January 24, 2013
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  • Daniel P.
    They've got pastry from Nuvrei!
    Daniel Pollack-Pelzner · May 3, 2012
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  • Vera
    best latte and marionberry tart!
    Vera · July 31, 2012
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  • Lynn H.
    Free cuppings on the weekends at 2.
    Lynn Harritt · March 19, 2011
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  • Scott B.
    Great coffee and people watching.
    Scott B · July 20, 2011
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  • Teresa D.
    Best latte of my life!
    Teresa Dietrich · June 23, 2012
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  • Trevor L.
    The coffee was pretty good!
    Trevor Lee · September 7, 2013
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  • Mark Y.
    Best coffee ever; lifetime highlight
    Mark Yolton · July 12, 2014
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  • Eli T.
    No surcharge for soy.
    Eli Tucker · October 19, 2012
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  • Joseph L.
    Had tanzania peaberry. Pretty good stuff!
    Joseph Lin · April 27, 2012
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  • Nandini B.
    Granola with almond milk
    Nandini Bhattacharya · May 29, 2015
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  • ezoehunt
    Try the pumpkin puff.
    ezoehunt · December 6, 2014
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  • Joshua S.
    Best americano in portland
    Joshua Siler · September 1, 2010
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  • AD N.
    Iced coffee. Don't come here to work.
    AD Nys · October 31, 2015
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  • carmen h.
    Hurray! You can now get a cappuccino to go!
    carmen hill · June 21, 2013
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  • Najlaa M.
    Quiet beautiful place 
    Najlaa Mj · October 3, 2013
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  • Kevin F.
    Best Lattes!!!
    Kevin Fuchs · April 3, 2013
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  • Henry K.
    Try affogato.
    Henry Kim · September 3, 2015
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  • アケダ 須.
    It's a trendy Starbucks (-_-)
    アケダ 須田 · March 5, 2013
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  • Drew T.
    Very austere.
    Drew Tyson · January 6, 2014
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  • Diana
    Friendly. (:
    Diana · May 31, 2012
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  • Tricia S.
    Great Cappuccino!
    Tricia Saunders · October 30, 2012
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  • Miguelita L.
    Great coffee!
    Miguelita L · April 1, 2013
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  • David S.
    Great coffee
    David Smith · August 8, 2014
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