Hello! Time for a round up of places I love in Portland! My sister in law and her boyfriend just recently came to visit and had a couple of days to themselves while Dan and I were stuck at work. I decided to come up with a pretty comprehensive list of my favorite things to do if you are new to Portland. Obviously you can't do all of them (unless you had at least a full week out here), but I figured I'd put different options in case the weather was bad one day or if you just weren't feeling a certain type of food.
Things to do
- Powell’s Book store: Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209. Free (if you don't find a book, which is very unlikely since it's the 2nd largest bookstore in the world).
- Japanese Garden: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205.
- International Rose Test Garden: 400 SW Rose Park Rd, Portland, OR 97205. Free.
- Farmers Market (at Portland State University). Saturday 9am - 2pm. Free.
- Saturday Craft Market (by the waterfront). 2 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204. Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4:30pm. Free.
- Brew Cycle- by appointment only. $$
- Pittock Mansion- a great view of the city. Free to tour the grounds, $ to go inside (which isn't necessary in my opinion).
- Pioneer Courthouse Square- center of downtown, shopping and places to hang out. Free.
- OMSI- Oregon museum of science and industry. $
- Wine Tasting- Willamette Valley (Ardiri, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willa Kenzie, Penner Ash, Sokol Blosser Winery, and many more) $.
- Riding bikes- around the waterfront loop. Rent bikes through Biketown $.
Places to eat
- Bamboo Sushi- a bit pricey, but very tasty and high quality.
- Serratto- Upscale Mediterranean (I love the ambiance and food here).
- Salt & Straw Ice Cream- usually a long line after dinner when its warm but so very worth it. They let you sample the flavors so you get to try lots of different kinds.
- 23 Hoyt- Pacific NW Food (try the donuts with caramel sauce!)
- Tasty & Alder- Long wait but delicious. One tip- the bar is seat yourself, so if you wait around by the bar you can sometimes get a spot faster than putting your name in.
- Jam on Hawthorne- Brunch wait less than Tasty and it has an extensive menu. A great place to people watch.
- Pine State Biscuits (can get these at farmers market).
- Blue Star Donuts-- there may be a line, but I think they are better than Voodoo.
- Ken’s Artisan Bakery- for lunch or a coffee and pastry.
- Hot Lips- casual pizza place with cool toppings.
- Pok Pok- thai food that has a long wait but you can put your name in and wait at the whiskey lounge across the street or get it to go. Get their fish sauce wings!
- Irving Street Kitchen- comfort food. Great for brunch or dinner.
- Verdigris- great for brunch, small, in North Portland.
- St Honore Bakery- fast and delicious brunch.
- Screen door- Fried chicken!
Places to drink
- Heart Coffee
- Courier Coffee
- Coava Coffee
- Coffeehouse Northwest
- Kure- smoothies
- Green leaf- smoothies
- 10 Barrel- Brew Pub
- Deschutes- Brew Pub
- The Commons Brewery
- Old Town Brewery (MLK)
- Portland Cider Company
- Cascade Brewing- Sour Beers
- Green Dragon- has board games
- Ground Kontrol- Arcade Bar
- Lucky Lab
- Vault Martini (love the drinks here!)
- Barlow/ Picnic house (restaurant attached)
Places to hang out
- Pine Street Market- has multiple food vendors
- Any of the gardens I listed above
- Coffee shops!
- The Fields Park (on NW Overton and NW 11th Avenue)- stop by Ovation Coffee & Tea and get a pistachio latte)
- Walk Division St
- Walk Hawthorne St
- Food Carts (multiple pods- alder & 10th, 32nd & Hawthorne, etc)
Hopefully this can be useful to anyone who will be traveling to Portland soon! There are tons of amazing places here, but I figured have some of my favorites listed out could help guide those who want to brainstorm and plan ahead a bit.