Why Portland?

Welcome to the Mecca of Independent Coffee 

Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, home to bikes, beer, flannel, and more independent coffee shops & roasteries per capita than anywhere else. 

The cherry on the top of visiting Bellissimo is getting to see the best coffee scene in the United States up close and personal. 

Learn from the best, taking ideas & inspiration home with you. 

Browse through a number of boutique hotels in the heart of Downtown Portland. Mention Bellissimo and the American Barista and Coffee Workshops for exclusive discounts

Portland’s public transit can get you within walking distance of anywhere you’d want in the city.

There’s never a dull day in this bustling city and there’s a sight to see for just about everyone here.

Fuel for your time in PDX with these iconic eateries.

Explore the specialty coffee scene and tour the roasters that make all the magic happen. 

Trendy spots for the 21+ crowd to hit when the city goes dark…or does it ever?

Hotels

Bellissimo Coffee Advisors has formed partnerships with local boutique hotels to ensure that our guests enjoy the best experience possible in their time here in Portland. 

Clients of ours can enjoy discounted rates at the following hotels chosen for their proximity to the school and their connection to coffee culture. Make sure to mention the American Barista Coffee Workshops to take advantage of our discounted rates.  

Duniway Hotel

“Inspired by the bold spirit of American pioneer Abigail Scott Duniway, our boutique hotel embraces the artistic, creative, and independent nature of Portland. Located in the center of one of the country’s most creative cities and complemented by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino’s inventive cuisine at Jackrabbit PDX, the Duniway creates memorable and authentically Portland experiences.”

AC Hotel

The AC Hotel Portland Downtown is a modern, lifestyle branded hotel that has taken the best from the upscale hotels to create an exceptional experience that comes at an affordable price. Guests will ‘feel the city’ through the AC Lounge activations and entertainment, crafted cocktails featuring local ingredients, AC Store’s local offerings and purposefully chosen Portland inspired artwork.”

The Hotel Lucia

Situated in the heart of downtown Portland, the Hotel Lucia has the modern, luxurious amenities and high-tech accessories to provide you with a connected, yet calm, oasis. Hotel guests enjoy easy access to all Portland has to offer, including shopping, sports, business, restaurants, art galleries and theater.”

Hotel DeLuxe

Hotel DeLuxe began as the Hotel Mallory, commissioned in 1912 by Rufus Mallory. Even then it was a luxurious retreat. Free Wifi is included in your reservation, and the hotel is also pet friendly. Runner Up for the 2015 Willamette Week’s Readers Poll for Best Hotel!”

Jupiter Hotel

The Jupiter Hotel is a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of Portland, Oregon.  Only minutes away from Downtown Portland, the Oregon Convention Center, the Pearl District, the Moda Center and all three public transit systems within a five minute radius – you can easily commute to anywhere your time in PDX takes you.”

Inn at Northrup Station

“Ranked one of the top hotels in Portland, Oregon, the Inn at Northrup Station promises to be one of the most unique hotel experiences you’ve ever had. Conveniently located along Portland’s celebrated streetcar line, this boutique hotel is where to stay in Portland, Oregon!”

  • 503.224.0543
  • reservations@northrupstation.com
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Getting Around

Portland’s TriMet system (Bus, MAX, & Streetcar) is great for those who enjoy exploring the city without the stress and hassle of finding a place to park. 

Easy, affordable, and convenient for making your way to any destination within the city and even to our surrounding areas of Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, and Tigard.

Bus

More than 84 bus lines run in the Portland metro area and connect you to other TriMet modes of transportation.

MAX Light Rail

The Metropolitan Area Express connects you to cities further outside of the immediate Portland downtown area and even the Portland International Airport.

Portland Streetcar

The Portland Streetcar is great for a quick trip around Portland with frequent stops all across downtown Portland.

Fares

Adult

Ages 18-64
$ 2.50 for 2.5 hours of riding
  • Day pass for $5

Honored Citizen

low income, 65+, Medicare, or disability
$ 1.25 for 2.5 hours of riding
  • Day pass for $2.50

Youth

Ages 7-17, High School/GED
$ 1.25 for 2.5 hours of riding
  • Day Pass for $2.50

Attractions

There’s never a dull day here in Portland. From sports, to nature, concerts and sights to see, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this lively city. 

This three-story independent bookstore is full of thousands of both new and used books.  Grab a book and be there for hours, you won’t be the only one. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you read as well.

Up to 40,000 other soccer fans from all over may join you to watch one of these games.  Both teams, Timbers and Thorns, play at the stadium March through November. The Portland Thorns, with five national team players, are especially worth a watch.

Some may consider this the most beautiful overlook of the city and it just so happens to be alongside the stunning Pittock Mansion, built in 1914.  Not only can you see five different mountains on a clear day at Pittock, but on a clear night, it makes for excellent star gazing.

With over 10,000 rose bushes, April through October is the best time of year to wander the flowering paths of the rose garden.  It is free entry and can always promise beautiful photos any time the flowers are in bloom.

A 620ft tall waterfall, that just so happens to be the second tallest waterfall in the United States, after Yosemite falls.  With a beautiful bridge stretching across the feeding river down below, this may be the most picturesque waterfall…in the world! (45 minute drive)

From small, free music festivals under bridges, to a movie in the park, or even floating down the river in an inner-tube alongside hundreds of other people.  There are many options a day, so being bored in Portland really isn’t an option.

eateries

While you’re enjoying your time in the city, you’re not going to want to miss out on the countless food options Portland has to offer. 

Being a diverse city, Portland prides itself on having a wide array of options for every eater. Vegan, vegetarian, ethnic cuisine…we got it! 

Grassa

Bowls of house-made, fresh pasta, paired with traditional & seasonal salads, appetizers and tasty cocktails.

Bunk Sandwiches

One of Portland’s very best “all things sandwich” shops. 

Pine Street Market

Portland’s first food hall with a wide array of gourmet vendors, plus a mix of counter & communal seating. Options for everyone!

Life of Pie

Industrial-chic pizzeria with a wood-fired pizza oven, the perfect crust recipe, and fresh & seasonal toppings. 

Lúc Lác

Serving some of Portland’s finest Vietnamese dishes and cocktails.  

DarSalam

Serving up fire-grilled meats and traditional Iraqi dishes, along with many exciting vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Kure Juice Bar

Vegan bowls, salads, soup, hot cereal, & hot drinks + açai bowls, smoothies, tonic shots, and organic juice.

Salt & Straw

Small-batch, chef-driven ice cream made by hand with local ingredients.

Voodoo Doughnut

With 50 different types of doughnuts, Voodoo never fails to keep visitors on their toes with their unique flavors.

PDX Food Cart Pods

At any given time there are over 500 food carts in Portland and these are usually organized into “pods” or groups of carts. With a number of food cart pods to choose from, you can’t go wrong. With outdoor communal seating (tents available for rainy days, of course!), food carts are perfect for the indecisive group.

Coffee

Of course, when you come to Portland you can’t not check out the massive coffee scene that we have here. With a coffee shop on almost every corner, you can try out as many as you’d like…you won’t be disappointed! 

There are also a number of local Portland coffee shops that have their roasters right here in the city. We highly recommend touring these to see where the magic in your cup comes from. 

Coffee Shops Near Us

When attending the American Barista Coffee School, we encourage our attendees to spend some time around the Portland coffee scene. We love our local coffee neighbors and believe there’s something valuable to learn from each and every coffee shop you try out. Of course we are a little biased towards Water Avenue Coffee!

PDX Roasters

With the sheer number of coffee shops within the Portland metro area, there’s just as many behind the scenes workers who make it all happen. Scattered all around Portland are more than 40 craft coffee roasters making this city’s coffee dreams come true.

We highly recommend taking a tour of some of these roasters to learn more about the coffee process and to see how much work truly goes into each and every cup o’ joe you drink. 

nightlife

While Portland is hustling and bustling during the day with activities galore, the festivities don’t stop when the day comes to an end. 

The 21+ crowd can enjoy a number of trendy hotspots with great atmospheres and even better drinks to go along with it. 

Bailey's Taproom

With a solid list of draft beers and ciders, Bailey’s is the place to go for the Portland beer scene. With 24 rotating taps, their selection nods its cap to local Oregon breweries. 

Multnomah Whiskey Library

Located within a library, this upstairs lounge allows you to enjoy your specialty cocktails and mixed drinks in this unique space. Curled up with a book or with friends this place is a must try!

Ground Kontrol

A quirky take on a bar, Ground Kontrol is set in a classic game arcade. Serving a wide array of beer, wine, cider, and mixed drinks, there’s something for everyone in your group here. 

Le bistro montage

An intimate, low-lit rustic bar with exposed brick walls sits next to its sister restaurant. It has great seasonal drinks and tasty bites to go along with them.  

Slow Bar

Cozy, low-lit spot for unique mixed drinks and a large selection of wines from Willamette to Portugal to Argentina. Big booths for your larger groups. 

Barlow

Located in the Broadway District, Barlow provides a jazz-inspired space with a full cocktail bar and small plates.