Coffee Stop Spotlight: Rivertrails Cafe -Portland Bicycling Club

Coffee Stop Spotlight: Rivertrails Cafe

Troutdale’s decorative arch over the Historic Columbia River Parkway announces the quaint town in southeast Multnomah County as the “Gateway to the Gorge.” The main street is flanked on both sides by a mix of restaurants, art galleries, home decor and gift stores, city offices, and coffee shops. Inside Celebrate Me Home is Rivertrails Cafe. The home furnishings store and cafe have been in existence for 27 years; and they were the first development on the north side of the street. Most club cyclists know it by the fine home furnishing store’s name.  ✎  The cafe recently has its own name so that soon internet search engines can find the coffee shop. Same cafe, just easier to find via the web! They still provide the same excellent selection of coffee, drinks, pastries, and lunch specials. The cafe name is an homage to the adjacent confluence of the Columbia and Sandy rivers. The cafe style outdoor seating is clearly visible from the street, so it’s hard to miss. Rivertrails Cafe is so popular with PBC members and other cyclists that you most likely will meet cyclists you know enjoying the same friendly rest stop on Troutdale’s main street. Don’t be surprised!

The street cafe atmosphere is even usable during winter months as the front of the shop has large projected awnings to cover the seating area. Inside seating is an option for those unbelievably bad days. The cafe staff are always smiling and taking orders as if they like our being there. When sitting outside, your orders that require a little prep are brought out to you like an authentic cafe. The food is delivered on porcelain plates with metal utensils. The edible garnish is a nice touch. Covered bike racks are provided, so please use them. Please be a good PBC representative; and don’t block the door to city offices or the next-door art gallery’s windows. Since many PBC members regularly visit the shop on their way to Vista House or Multnomah Falls, join their coffee club. They’ll keep your card on file, so you don’t need to carry it or have your phone. If you’ve stopped at Rivertrails Cafe before, you already know you should make it a destination on any ride in east county.

Richard Higgins, Member at Large

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