Best Places to Live

Portland, ME

Population: 66,490
Photo Courtesy of Tandem Coffee/Greta Rybus

The “other” Portland is becoming quite a hotspot for caffeinated beverages. Known for its awesome restaurants, a growing need for quality coffee has prompted several indie coffee joints to join the local food scene. And the price is right: the average cappuccino in Portland, ME, will only set you back $3.60. Folks are doing coffee a little differently here, and The Speckled Ax in the Arts District utilizes the unique process of wood roasting its organic beans for exceptional flavor profiles. Yordprom Coffee Co. is your go-to place for some really good Vietnamese coffee or Thai iced tea in a cozy environment.

Foodies, take note: Portland boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation. Along with its safe neighborhoods, year-round recreation and sweeping ocean views, Portland is a family-friendly city and top place to live.

Coolest Coffee Shop: Tandem Coffee gets our cool points as one of the first in-house roasters to open up shop in 2012. Since then, they have served up fantastic, no-frills, artisan coffee.