From tattoo studios and donut shops to mountains and beaches, does Portland really have it all?
Often hailed as the quirky little city of the Pacific Northwest, Portland is a place of simple pleasures. With an abundance of microbreweries, vegan brunch spots and signs urging you to “Keep Portland Weird,” it’s easy to see the character and charm this city proudly displays. Oregon’s largest city is the next destination of 5×5: A series where local Free People employees offer up one of their city’s coolest hangs, tastiest bites or best kept secrets. Take a peek into PDX by checking out these recommendations, straight from the locals who know.
Kaitlin Henderson: Visual Manager-In-Training
Cannon Beach – Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Growing up in Southern California means that I’m no stranger to the beach, but there is something so magical about the Oregon Coast – nothing compares to it. One of my favorite places to visit is the lovely little resort town of Cannon Beach. Its main street is lined with coffee shops, antique stores and small breweries. But the best part is that it’s just an hour and-a-half outside of Portland! Fun Fact: The opening scene of the Goonies was filmed there!
Megan Kutter: Manager-In-Training
Donut Byte Labs – 12 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
This hidden food cart gem is located right next to Dante’s off Burnside. Voodoo Doughnut line too long? This is the BEST alternative! Their menu rotates daily with bite-sized pieces of heaven.
Jocelyn Bourlier: Stylist
Dog Mountain – State Rte 14, White Salmon, WA 98672
A tough 7-mile spring hike uphill through the Gorge is well worth the trek, if you’re willing to walk on pure sunshine. Over thousands of wildflowers grow each year here and throughout Portland. No rain, no flowers!
Donzelle Richardson: Store Brand Creative Experience Leader based in PDX
Backtalk – 421 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
My favorite boutique can be found in Northwest Portland, not far from our local Free People store. Backtalk is the coolest and most beautiful shop, offering both vintage and designer clothing. It’s also great for stocking up on unique jewelry and art by local designers. I pop in here pretty regularly for visual inspiration as well!
Brianna Sas-Ciampoli: Stylist
Icon Tattoo Studio – 813 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
Located in the historic David Block building on N Russell St., Icon is home to some of the most talented tattoo artists in PDX. Walk-ins are available most days so, if you are in Portland and want to adorn yourself with some beautiful art, this is the place!
Have Portland secrets to add? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, if you’re local be sure to stop by our Portland Free People stores and say hello!
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