What Should I Do In Portland?

Tomorrow morning I’m leaving for a long weekend in Portland, Oregon with my sister! I’ve never been before and I can not contain my excitement. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about this city, from the beautiful sights and delicious food to the friendly people and laid-back vibe. To make this trip the best it can possibly be, I thought I’d reach out to you guys and ask for your recommendations! If you know Portland, please help me fill in these blanks:

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Lauren
9 years ago

Portland MAINE next plz???

meg
9 years ago

It seems everyone is moving to Portland lately.
There must be lots to do. ;)

http://happinessiscreating.com/

9 years ago

You must go to VooDoo donuts for a sweet tooth craving and Stumptown coffee co is some of the best in the West. Also Powells bookstore in downtown Portland is such a neat bookstore. Have fun girl! I look forward to your posts to come ; )

– Jordan

9 years ago

Go to Poler Stuff’s shop in Portland! Absolutely love their stuff.

Joe
9 years ago

I love Portland’s natural beauty.
Eat @ Pine State Biscuits and order the Reggie.
During the day hang out in Washington Park. There you’ll find the zoo, Hoyt arboretum (great hiking trails), the Japanese garden (my favorite place to just be) and International Rosé Test Garden.
At night hang out on NW 21st & Glisan. There is a slew of great bars and restaurants. I love the Pope House bourbon lounge, Muu muu’s and 23rd Ave has cute shops & Red Onion for Thai . The east side has a ton of great restaurants and bars. I’m just not well versed in the area quite yet. Venture out. Check out Dig A Pony, Sapphire Hotel (great food & drinks) Rontoms, Kir for drinks or for food Screen Door, Ave Genes, Tasty & Sons and the food carts.

As for cute boys. They’re everywhere! Go for a nice walk along the river, down Hawthorne St., Division St., or Belmont St. You’ll see.

I hope this help. Have a great time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Natalie
9 years ago

check out Ray’s Ragtime for cute vintage

9 years ago

Hubs and I spent some time in Portland last summer, and I loooved it! We found an amazing little restaurant on Mississippi Avenue with swings and hammocks and personal bonfires in the back. I seriously wish I could remember the name. It was AMAZING.

Also, the shop Paxton Gate is absolutely incredible: http://www.paxtongate.com/seestores_Portland_lg.aspx

M.

9 years ago

I’ve not been much to Portland but I definitely recommend walking all over the place. Alder St, Burnside St, Stark St. Don’t stay on 5th avenue and whatnot seeing as most cool places are around 11th-15th ave. Walk, walk walk! Lots of awesome places to eat like Clyde Common, Voodoo Doughnuts (if you’re cool with lines), Stumptown Coffee roasters. PLaces like Yo! Vintage which are near Alder (I think), Canoe, Tanner Goods, Poler Stuff, Alder & Co (of course on Alder Street and like…12th? 14th? WALK!). A place called Petunia’s next to Alder & Co. Lotssss of food pods EVERYWHERE and they’re delicious. I cannot street it enough — you gotta walk! 12hrs.net has a 12 hour on Portland guide which is also fantastic. Have fun!

Lu
9 years ago

HOUSE OF VINTAGE

Rosy
9 years ago

Joe has some really good suggestions, if you can you should visit multnomah falls is only like 40 min drive from portportland, Columbia river hwy will be good way to get there or I-84 I love shopping on 23th free people is there!!!!!! Hope you enjoy your time here!! You are my favorite free people Girl

Zoe
9 years ago

Welcome to the wonderful Pacific Northwest! Portland is such a wonderful city, I’ve lived here almost my whole life and it never ceases to amaze me. No matter how you spend your weekend you’ll have an incredible time, but here’s a couple suggestions….
For breakfast or lunch, check out Harlow on SE Hawthorne (http://www.harlowpdx.com). It opened about a month ago and has the most delicious all vegetarian and gluten free menu you will find anywhere. And their extensive smoothie and juice menu speaks for itself. It’s still a bit of a hidden gem, so you won’t have to deal with the huge lines you would find elsewhere. Plus, Hawthorne is a fun area to wander around for shopping and people watching.
You also can’t visit the Rose City without hitting up a couple food carts. Mississippi Ave has a couple great food car pods, as well as a number of local boutiques to fill your afternoon. As far as food goes, check out Wolf & Bears, Koi Fusion, and Native Bowl all on Mississippi. There’s also a number of great restaurants and bars if you want to hang around for the evening.
And a few of my favorite local retailers that you can’t miss: local jewelry designer Betsy & Iya (possibly my favorite shop in the world, you can’t leave Portland without one of her pieces), Yo Vintage! (she has an amazing handpicked vintage collection as well as a number of locally made goods, her pieces are affordable and so wearable), Lille (ad adorable little specialty lingerie stop full of beautiful things), and Halo (shoes, shoes, shoes. enough said).
A word of caution: places like the Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnuts, Salt & Straw Ice Cream (so so delicious) and the Farmers Market are all very ‘Portland’ – and certainly loads of fun – but are swamped with people. If you go, go early! Otherwise check out some lesser-known but just as awesome locations.
Finally, if you want to get out of the city – go for a hike in the Gorge. Hit up the market early, pack a lunch, and drive 30 minutes east for little trails with breathtaking views. And be back in time for some pdx nightlife.
Have such a wonderful stay in Portland! Hope I could be of a little help. It’s a beautiful city, I guarantee you’ll fall in love

jane
9 years ago

Skip VooDoo and head over to Blue Star Donuts and amaze your taste buds with their blueberry-basil-bourbon doughnut. Rent a bike and tour the city… there’s something wonderful around every corner.

9 years ago

Ah I live in Portland right now! I agree with the person above skip Voodoo if theres a massive line (not worth a 45 minute wait!), Blue Star Donuts is amazing the smore donut is a dream. Definitely check out NW 23rd, Mississippi ave and Hawthorn! And if you don’t mind going a little ways out of the city a hike at the multnomah falls Is gorgeous! Oh and the rose garden is just gorgeous too!

Kirsten
9 years ago

East side representing!
Meat Cheese Bread for lunch and the attached bar, Beer for drinks.
Screen Door for brunch, but beware the wait!
Shop at a cute textile and vintage spot nearby called Appetite and coffee at Heart Coffee.
Also if you do get to Mississippi St. check out Beam & Anchor for a curated local collection of pretty things.

Don’t miss Salt & Straw or What’s the Scoop for Icecream!

Have fun.

Minali
9 years ago

I just got back from Portland, where I spent the summer doing an internship! I’ll fill out the form, hopefully you’ll leave Portland as happy and inspired as I did!

What I love about Portland is how genuinely kind and open the people are.

When you’re there, you must eat at The Farm Cafe (best vegan/vegetarian options I have ever had) and you must order their famous “Farmhouse Veggie Burger”.

During the day, you should relax in the International Rose Test Garden, where you can take gorgeous pictures in the midst of hundreds of different types of fragrant roses.
Come night time, you’ll have the most fun at Doug Fir Lounge, a small but wonderful music venue and bar. Make sure you look up to see what shows they have while you’re there!

Oh, and make sure you swing by the Northeast side of Portland (Alberta area), it’s where all the cute boys hang out :)))

Amber
9 years ago

Have you seen Portlandia…?

9 years ago

Don’t go to Voodoo! Wait in line for god knows how long just for a donut with cereal thrown on top of it.

Tonalli’s Donuts and Cream on Alberta St. has amazing donuts. They are open until 1AM.

Jessica S
9 years ago

I live in Portland and wouldn’t have it any other way. You are seriously coming at the most perfect time.

You should visit the DOUG FIR LOUNGE for some great live music (plus cute boys.) Located at,830 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214.

The PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET is a must for all sorts of food vendors and arts / crafts galore! But be forewarned it gets super crowded (try to hit it up early in the day.)

If you enjoy Lebanese food try NICHOLAS RESTAURANT located 318 SE Grand Ave Portland, OR 97214, order the VEGAN METZA! It’s very inexpensive ($9 bucks) and enough food for two people.

SKIP Voodoo Dougnuts, the wait is far too long and not worth it.

For some outdoorsy-ness try MULTNOMAH FALLS; you cannot take a bad picture anywhere at this place. It’s about 30 – 40 min east of Portland. I recommend going during the day on a week day, less tourists. Located at, 50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Bridal Veil, OR 97010.

Go to HOUSE OF VINTAGE, located at, 3315 B SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214. This is a great thrift shop that has an old school photo booth in working order. I always find a gem or two at this place.

Hope this helps have fun!!

Kate
9 years ago

Eat at Chaing Mai and get Khao Soi (I crave this all the time) or eat at Kurata Sushi!
Also, do some hikes in the Multnomah falls area!

Lola
9 years ago

I currently live in portland, or and all i can say is i wish you were staying for longer than a weekend !

hawthorne, division, clinton are all cute SE streets, but NE / North portland is where it’s at !
take a stroll down Alberta. Definitely check out Mississippi for cute shops, bars, venues, etc.

eat at Pok Pok or Grain & Gristle. check out liberty glass. rontoms. dig a pony.the bye and bye.

there are honestly too many places to even make this a cohesive comment !!
but enjoy !

9 years ago

I’m so excited you are coming to see my city!! Depending on when you arrive, there’s a great event from 11-1 on NW23rd – where there is already a FP shop. I don’t know if you want to simply relax or still network! :)
Food? Salt N Straw on 23rd – best exotic ice cream!!
Por Que No? – Killer Mexican food on Mississippi St. and SE Hawthorn :)
Fireside on 23rd…Great Food and Bar
Tea Chai Te – tea on 23rd
For Night cocktails? The Sapphire Hotel on Hawthorn …
For Manly Eye Candy? … Hm… The Hereafter on Belmont – all vegan fare and bar
Every trip to portland needs to include a trip to Powell’s books… go browse and get lost inside :)
Friday night, I’d say don’t miss a great show. Portland is known for musical talent! The band THANKS will be playing at the Union Pine on SE 6th and Pine. They play at about 9-9:30. Jimi, the lead singer will blow you away!

So happy to share our city with you!! hit me up for coffee and let’s chat!!

AlexFP
9 years ago

What I love about Portland is the Waterfront!! When you are here you must find and eat at the Koi Fusion food truck and I recommend ordering their monthly special. During the day you should berry/flower pick on Sauvies Island. Come night time grab happy hour or dinner at Departure and take in the beautiful views. Cute boys are everywhere but Alberta St. and the Saturday Market are good places to start!

Kayla
9 years ago

Pizzicato, Salt & Straw, Pioneer Place, The Nines, Portland Saturday Market, Willamette Jet Boats & Mother’s are some of my favorites.

Laura
9 years ago

Voodoo Donuts for sure!!

Victoria
9 years ago

Ice Crea – Salt and Straw
Sushi – Saburu
Good Food – Tasty and Sons
Skip – Voodo Donuts