Portland has so much to offer – and this isn’t even all – but we thought we’d start a list of some of our fav’s. Enjoy friends.
- Powell’s Books | 1005 W Burnside St
World famous bookstore is a book lover’s paradise. Open 365 days a year and occupies an entire city block. Powell’s stocks more than 1 million new and used books.
- McMenamin’s Kennedy School | 5736 NE 33rd Ave
A historic elementary school renovated into an iconic Portland fixture. Enjoy great eats, drinks, a hotel, spa, a movie theater and more. Grab a beer, a slice of pizza and a movie.
- Portland Japanese Gardens | 611 SW Kingston Ave
Ranking in the top in the nation for the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Over 5 acres, with distinctive garden styles. Influenced by Shinto, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Not to be missed.
10 minutes from downtown Portland. Forest Park flanks Portland’s west hills. Stretching for 8 miles, it is the country’s largest urban forest reserve.
- Oregon Zoo | 4001 SW Canyon Rd
An amazing zoo, well-maintained and clearly puts animals first. A great spot to visit all year around. Oregon Zoo is a rescue, research and preservation based organization. Be a kid again, or take the kids and see the wonder through their eyes.
Portland Food Scene
- Pok Pok | 3226 SE Division.
The World Famous Thai street joint. Prepare for a wait, but it will be worth it. You can skip the lines and taste many of the same eats at their sister restaurant – Whiskey Soda Lounge.
- Tasty n Sons | 3808 N Williams Ave
Insanely popular hotspot in North Portland. Great for any meal, but brunch is where it all began. Worth the wait.
- Salt & Straw | Several PDX locations
Famous ice cream parlor with out of this world flavors you couldn’t have even dreamed up. Pear & blue cheese? Balsamic Vinegar? Honey & Lavender? Known for its small batch “Farm to Cone” style, there is always a line out the door – for good reason.
- Tin Shed Garden Café | 1438 NE Alberta St
Called the best breakfast on Alberta St, this funky Portland café is a great spot for dog owners with their mini menu for pooches. Enjoy a fabulous cup o’ joe in the garden area.
- Por Que No | 3524 N Mississippi Ave
One of the best eateries on Mississippi. This popular taqueria aims to support local using line caught fish, local meats and remodeling with recycled materials.
- Screen Door | 2337 E Burnside St
Chicken and waffles? Comfort food with an epic brunch. Regularly voted a top restaurant, this Southern style food warms the belly.
- Podnah’s Pit BBQ | 1625 NE Killingsworth
Ranked as one of the best BBQ joint’s in the country. Texas style BBQ in good ol’ PDX.
- Pine State Biscuits | 2204 NE Alberta
Biscuits to die for channels old school Southern comfort food. Portlanders love the popular Buttermilk biscuits. Homemade poptarts? Cornmeal pancakes? Bring them on.
- Voodoo Doughnuts | 22 SE 3rd Ave
A Portland legend. Some of the wackiest doughnut designs you will find on Earth. Lively doughnuts topped with bacon, oreo’s or maybe even Captain Crunch cereal. The pink boxes are famous too.
- Ava Gene’s | 3377 SE Division St
A polished Italian Portland favorite. Is on many Top 10 lists for best in the US and named #5 on the best Restaurant list by Bon Appetite.
- Apizza scholls | 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Hands down, a favorite among Portlanders for their Neopolitan pies. Masterful crusts. Prepare to wait in line.
- Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar | 3939 N Mississippi Ave
Often called the best music venue to town for its great sound. Owned and operated by musicians, the venue features incredible acoustics, a fantastic beer garden and the attached bar Bar is tons of fun.
- McMenamin’s Bagdad Theater & Pub | 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
A NW institution. Pizza, locally made brews, first run movies in a lovingly renovated vintage theater. Filled with charm and character offering a full menu with tables in the theater to imbibe while you enjoy your flick.
- Breakside Brewery | 820 NE Dekum St
Excellent craft brews, and a menu that prides itself on its organic produce and ingredients. Not your typical pub food. This industrial style brewpub has a vast beer list and was awarded the Gold Medal for American style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival.