Last month, I flew out to Portland to meet up with my best friends who now live on the west coast! I actually told my friend Katie that our other friend Mariana wasn’t coming on the trip anymore so the first night we were in Portland she was shocked when Mariana flew in and surprised her! I always have the best time with them and it’s great to be reunited with friends who know the true you and who have been by your side for so many years (7 to be exact 🙂 )! I wanted to write out everything we enjoyed about Portland as well as some other recommendations I received from folks that we didn’t get to. Let me know your favorite spots too!
Where we stayed:
Airbnb linked here. (FYI the bathroom & shower don’t have a door so I’d recommend booking this only if you’re by yourself or w/ travel partners you’re close with lol. It was a cozy Airbnb though with cafes in walking distance & everything just a short drive away!)
What we ate/ drank:
Voodoo Donuts– below- Really popular donut spot with super photogenic donuts (some have cereal toppings, some are huge etc.) I recommend the cake donuts here!
Blue Star Donuts– below- Fave donut spot we went to! We got these flavors: apple brandy, chocolate, pumpkin, & lemon! (We loved all of them minus the pumpkin one.)
(Pip’s Original Donuts & Chai– recommended to us but we didn’t get a chance to go)
Gravy– This spot was recommended to us by locals & was awesome! We had to wait around 30 minutes but the food was worth it! Recommend trying the biscuits in veggie gravy & the corned beef hash dish (add the brown sauce that’s on the table on to it)
Canteen– This was a cute healthy spot & if you go, get the Portland Bowl!
Grassa– Fast casual pasta spot that was delicious. Pesto pastas were great and make sure to order the garlic bread with your meal.
Pine Street Market– Food hall with ramen, burgers, pizza, etc. We were recommended Bless Your Heart Burgers. I ended up ordering a pulled pork bao at Kim Jong Smokehouse and it was great!
(Le Pigeon– was recommended to us (a $$$ French restaurant) but we didn’t have a chance to go. Heard the chef’s tasting is amazing though!)
Pix Patisserie– Delicious French dessert spot with an award winning champagne & sparkling wine list! (They have over 400 types of champagne!) It’s a perfect late-night spot!
Salt & Straw– I didn’t get to go here but my bestie loves the ice cream here!
Saint Simon Coffee Company
Townshend’s Mississippi Ave Teahouse
Brewey/ Bar (ranked with #1 being my favorite):
5) Ecliptic Brewing- Chill brewery with booths, outdoor seating, and flights!
4) 10 Barrel Brewing Co– Pumpkin beer here was great!
3) Burnside Brewing– Staff was super nice here and we really enjoyed drinking our beers outside on the patio! We also ordered yummy fries to snack on!
2) Deschutes Brewery– The interior of this brewery was my favorite! We ordered a flight here and enjoyed being surrounded by many other beer enthusiast!
1) Game Knight Lounge– This is the only one on this list that isn’t is a brewery but I loved this bar (we went twice)! They had a huge variety of games and the bartenders were so nice and recommended games for us to play. Order the galaxy spritzer when you go- soo good!
What we did:
Portland Japanese Garden– $13-$17 fee to get in to this beautiful and large garden!
Portland Saturday Market (also open on Sunday’s)- Large market that was great to walk around! We enjoyed looking at all the local vendors and picking up some souvenirs!
Powell’s Book Store– Largest independent book store in the country with multiple floors including a rare book room (great to explore on a rainy day!)
Nob Hill- Cute neighborhood of shops, restaurants, and colorful houses to walk through
Living Room Theater– Intimate movie theater (we bought our tickets online and you can choose your seats- would recommend not getting the first row since the other rows have comfier seats)
Other ideas on what to do in the city that we didn’t get to:
(Bike through the city or Washington Park)
What we did outside of the city:
Multnomah Falls– 35 min drive from the city and was beautiful! This was one of the most recommended “things to do” that I received from friends.
Cannon Beach– 1.5 hour drive from Portland. Super foggy when we went but it was still impressive to see how massive the rocks were!
Cannon Beach’s town– Went to Pelican Brewing (have beer flights and they make their own delicious root beer), shops, and Wayfarer (restaurant with a view of the beach and great chowder)
Had such a fun time on this trip with my besties! Would definitely recommend Portland if you’re looking for an adventure and awesome food/ brews in the Pacific Northwest! Hope y’all enjoyed this post!