Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Top Five: Coziest places in Portland

Posted on March 02, 2015 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

Tandem Cafe on Anderson Street

Nothing beats the frigid winter blues like a big mug of steaming coffee. With numerous places in Portland to help fix your coffee cravings, the best place to go is somewhere cozy and warm. Head over to Tandem Cafe and Roastery, located at Anderson Street in East Bayside. The roasting space was designed to be open and transparent so you can witness the sample roasting and cupping of brand new coffees. This wonderful, warm and cozy space was designed to make customers feel like they are stepping into a home, a place where strangers easily become close friends.

Snow Squall on Ocean Street

Over on Ocean Street in South Portland, a restaurant called Snow Squall is serving elevated American fare, unique cocktails and draft beer. Snow Squall is a relaxed, casual space that not only has a cozy feel, but also features a wide selection of delicious comfort foods made from the best of local Maine ingredients. If you are looking for a cozy place to grab something to eat, Snow Squall is a popular watering hole for Portland residents and is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more, stomach warming brews.

Longfellow Books on Monument Way

When one thinks of a “cozy environment”, often the idea of snuggling up with a good book comes to mind. Longfellow Books, located on Monument Way in Portland, is a beloved institution for the city’s literary community. Come in and peruse the wide selection of genres, and feel comfortable with the knowledgeable and friendly staff that are happy to assist and give feedback on a novel you have been eyeing.

Kamasouptra on Monument Way

What better way to warm the heart and soul than with a large bowl of steaming soup? At 28 Monument Way, Kamasouptra is the perfect place to provide warmth and coziness in every bite of soup. Come by and pick from a choice of 9+ soups daily, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Served with a side of freshly-baked bread, you can never go wrong with making a stop in at Kamasouptra during one of Maine’s chilliest winters.

Two Fat Cats on India Street

Over on India Street, historically the oldest street in the Eastern Old Port, a cute, cozy bakery is serving up the highest-quality, homey desserts. The name of this restaurant, called Two Fat Cats,  has a goal to modernize and bring back home-baked favorites to share memories of the past with customers. The building itself is tucked away off of the street, with picnic tables outside to enjoy your delicious treats on warmer days. With a wide selection of treats to choose from, many customers rave about the bakery’s pumpkin whoopee pies and home-style blueberry pie. If you are stuck in the winter blues and looking for a cozy, nearby shop to satisfy your sweet tooth, make the short trip over to Two Fat Cats; you will not be disappointed.


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