Oh haaaay Portland. xo. On my most recent trip to this glorious city, the woman at bag check in Minneapolis side-eyed my ticket and asked, “I mean. What’s in Portland??” Ohhhhh friend. Only the greatest coffee, food, wine, and adventures.
Below is a magical guide/list of the city’s greatest places (organized by coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner/drinks, other Portland-y things, and things to do if it’s raining and you’re not sure what to do). Nothing on this list is mediocre —- I promise it’s the best of the best!! Now if you would prefer a personal tour guide you just go ahead and let me know. I’ll get on the next flight. 😉 Hope you have a fantastic trip!
Coffee + Food + Fitness Guide To Portland, OR
- Barista. Check out their website (pretty sweet, huh?). Their location on 13th street is my favorite.
- Ken’s Artisan Bakery. Stumptown Coffee and other delights. Get the Oregon Croissant and hang out and read your phone (or the paper…).
- St. Honore. Cute french cafe/bakery. Convenient stop for coffee on your way to hike in Forest Park.
- Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel. Get the nitro cold brew. So good. This is location is right across from a cute shopping alley-thing call Union Way (worth checking out) and Powell’s.
- Kure. Get the Utopian Hot Chocolate. It’s not coffee, it’s heaven. It’s their house made almond milk with maca, cacao, cinnamon, mesquite, and vanilla. I ordered mine without the coconut syrup and it was amazing.
- Roman Candle. Stumptown coffee and an toast menu with two different kinds of avocado toast. Need I say more. Coffee shop/cafe.
- Tasty N Alder. Bomb atmosphere for a sit down brunch. This place appears later on this list because they also have fab dinner (meat heavy) + drinks.
- Canteen. A little cafe. Take one look at their menu and you’ll know they get us. 😉 Almond butter maca smoothie? Yes please.
- Pine State Biscuits. If you like delicious biscuits.
- Harlow for quinoa bowls, fresh juice cocktails, the best tempeh I’ve ever had, and other delights. If you’re not in this neighborhood their sister restaurant, Prasad, with a very similar menu is in the Pearl District. Get everything. If you’re having trouble deciding, go with the “Pride of Portland” (and choose the jalapeno cashew sauce) for breakfast. It’s a quinoa bowl with a side of green juice. Perf.
- Moberi. Superfood/smoothie food cart with acai and pitaya bowls (yes). Get the Yoda Bowl and add cacao nibs because YUM.
- Boke Bowl for Portland style ramen. Order at the counter style place that’s casual and really great. Order the warm brussels sprout and cauliflower salad, the caramelized fennel ramen bowl (even if you’re a meat eater, trust me this is the best thing on the menu), and the pickle plate.
- Por Que No. TACOS. Taqueria-type place on Mississippi Ave. It’s been around forever and there’s still a line when they open for lunch (it moves quickly). I love the Brian’s Bowl and their seasonal tacos. And their salsa bar. This is probably a 10 min drive/cab ride away from downtown. Mississippi also has fun shops, a brewery, and food carts with a brewery attached.
- Garden Bar if you want a quick grab and go lunch that’s also healthy and delicious. This is a build-your-own-salad salad bar.
- Let’s talk about dessert. 😉 Stop by New Seasons, Whole Foods, or a Co-op for a L’IL PUDDIN for dessert. World’s best treat of all time ever. Also happens to be paleo-friendly and it will blow your mind. Get the salted carmel puddin.
- Friday night wine flights at VINO. This is a wine shop and on Friday nights they set up tables for wine tastings. Bring some food (there’s a food cart pod right next door) and grab a seat for 5 generous pours of wine ($10 for the basic tasting).
- Pok Pok – Watch this documentary, and then go there.
- Mediterranean Exploration Company for wine or cocktails. It’s cozy and bustling. Open seating at the bar or make a reservation (there was an hour wait for a table at 9pm on Friday night).
- Tasty and Alder – Meat heavy menu but bomb atmosphere. Apparently the cedar planked salmon is pretty exciting(?). This is the same Tasty and Alder from the brunch list.
- Ken’s Artisan Pizza. The seasonal oven roasted vegetable plate is always amazing, as is the wood fired pizza. Usually a little bit of a wait but put your name in and grab a glass of wine while you wait.
- This pizza place on Mississippi is also fabulous, and they have really great gelato.
- Oven and Shaker – pizza and craft cocktails, cool vibe. Sit at the bar and order the crispy chickpeas before even looking at the rest of the menu.
- Bollywood theater for a fun Indian street food/tapas dinner.
- Salt and Straw Ice Cream – so hot right now. It’s seriously all the rage.
- Blue Star Donuts – not sure why this place is all the rage, but it is ha. Voodoo is definitely not worth the wait….in my opinion. This place isn’t really either, but it is a thing and there are multiple locations.
- Hike in Forest Park. Start at the Thurman entrance of the Leif Erikson trail.
- Portland Farmer’s Market at Portland State University on Saturday mornings.
- New Deal Distillery – Do the distillery tasting ($5 – $10 depending on how much you want to try)
If it’s raining and/or if you’re tired and not in the mood to want to walk around:
- Road trip to this winery, Sokol Blosser, that makes Evolution wine. It’s about an hour drive.
- See a movie at Living Room Theaters. Great full food menu (arugula salads, etc.), local beers, and bottles of wine.
- Sit in the sauna at Root. Spa-like showers, a tea room, and yoga are included in the $17 drop-in fee. I like to just sit in the sauna until I can’t stand it anymore and then shower.
HOPE YOU HAVE THE MOST AMAZING TRIP!