LOM’s Guide To Portland

Portland is by far one of the most underrated culinary cities in the United States. R & I had little expectations when we first arrived, but quickly we fell in love with it. Portlanders are very friendly, the food scene is top notch and the whole city vibe is unbeatable. I put together this guide to Portland with our recommendations of the best places in the city!

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Where to stay?

Anywhere in DT Portland is fine as the city is easy to navigate and very safe even at night. The Marc Spencer hotel though, was in a prime location. It’s a short walk from a number of restaurants and bars and has some of the best food on the same block. The room was nice, the bed comfortable and the staff friendly. I highly recommend it.

What to wear?

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Portland is a very laid back and “weird” city. You won’t see anyone with heels here, but you’ll see many REAL hipsters (just don’t call them that to their faces!). Dress comfortably!

What to eat?

When you come to Portland expect to gain weight because everything is delicious!

You gotta start your morning with coffee. Stumptown coffee is the best damn coffee you’ll ever taste (read here), with many locations spread out the city. Blackrock coffee has great speciality drinks and very chic decor.

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Blue Star donuts are a must! The Pina Colada and PB&J were my personal favorite.

For lunch, stop by Pine St. market and slurp some Marukin Ramen or pass by the many street food carts for a delicious and quick bite!

Salt & Straw Ice cream will always have long lines, but it’s the perfect afternoon treat. I’ve talked all about it here.

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As for dinner, there’s so many options to choose from. I think I’ve convinced you to try Bamboo sushi in this post here. Another great restaurant is the Mediterranean Exploration Co.. The food is created by culinary genius chef Kasey Mills. It’s the prefect place for a tapas style feast. Come in numbers because you will want to try everything on the menu. The raw “Kibbeh”, grilled peach, grilled octopus and halva semifreddo will take you right to flavor heaven! Try their amazing cocktails and wines!

The Multnomah Whiskey Library is a must visit whether you’re whisky drinker or prefer cocktails. Come early since the wait list can fill up quickly. While you’re waiting, have a drink at the Green Room downstairs. The Whiskey Library is made to feel exclusive, almost like a treasure that only a select few are lucky enough to explore. The decor, all made of wood and leather, makes your experience memorable. The walls are completely covered with bottles, so the bartender will have to climb a ladder to get to the right one. So just sit back in your comfy leather sofa and wait for you private bartender to come with his cart and pour/mix the drinks for you… It’s a one of a kind experience.

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What to do?

Powell’s bookstore is the largest independent bookstore in the world! You could easily lose an entire day here if you’re a book lover! Nob Hill is a good shopping destination with a lot of great restaurants.

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For the best views of the city head over to the Pittock Mansion. Overlooking the city, this historic mansion will take your breath away!

This is my guide to Portland for now. R & I will probably be visiting this city again sometime soon and we will be adding more spots to this guide. Until then, we will keep dreaming of the unforgettable time we had in this lovely city!

Don’t forget to follow my adventures on Snapchat: @loveofmode and Instagram stories: @loveofmode_

XoXo,

Tamara

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73 Comments

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Isn’t it?! I just loved it!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      It’s usually rainy there, but we got so lucky with the beautiful weather!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  1. Wendee
    September 9, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Beautiful photos

    Wendee//theglossychic.com

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks Wendee!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  2. Hannah Will
    September 9, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Portland OR! It looks like such a fun city. Great suggestions, if I even get the chance to visit I will for sure be taking your suggestions!

    The Daily Delicacy

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      It’s a fun and lovely city, if you get the chance you should def. visit it!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      It is indeed! I hope your weekend is going great!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  3. Daniella Dias
    September 9, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Essa cidade me lembra muito o livro “Cinquenta Tons de Cinza” que tem partes ai.
    Gostaria muito de poder conhecer!

    Belo post!

    Bom fim de semana!

    Dany
    http://www.brechodanylins.com.br

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Dany!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  4. Gabrielle
    September 9, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I agree Portland seems underrated; I’ve always been keen to visit after seeing a friend’s photos – and yet other than that occasion, have very rarely hear/read about the place! Your images in this post are amazing (so clean!); I love the patterned trousers and oh my gosh, that doughnut…

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I think you’ll love it! It’s a fun and “delicious” city!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  5. September 9, 2016 / 10:50 am

    I’m officially hungry now, and want all that delish food! Comfy clothes + amazing food = a must see city <3

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:49 pm

      A must see city for sure! I hope you’re having a great weekend Kate!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      It’s amazing, you’ll love it for sure!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks Vanessa!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Those donuts are soooo good! Worth the fly to portland just to have them!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  6. September 9, 2016 / 11:48 am

    What a gorgeous post! I’ve never been to Portland, but your photographs make me really want to visit. It sounds lovely. (And the food? Yes please.)

    alicered.co.uk

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      It’s such a lovely city!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  7. September 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I have never been to Portland, but would love to visit! I love those patterned pants!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • September 10, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks Carrie!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  8. September 9, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Great! 🙂 I’ll be visiting Portland soon and I can’t wait to see a few of these places. Salt & straw is going to be a definite visit! Thanks for sharing.

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Ohh you gonna have a great time in Portland for sure!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      It is indeed unique. Thanks for stopping by Ruth!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Powell’s bookstore is just amazing! You can find, used and new books!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  9. September 9, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I was just there for the first time in July and that whiskey bar would have been great to try! It really does have such a friendly easy-going vibe!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      The whiskey bar was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. You should check it out on your next visit!

      XoXo,

      Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      Thank you so much Luci!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  10. September 9, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Tamara, girlie, you are such a BEAUTY! Honestly. Loving that second shot of you! You’re so right, Portland is super underrated. In fact, if it were not for reading blogs, I would’ve never had known how awesome the food is there. Though I’ve personally never been, every single blog I read raves about the food scene. I’ll have to reference your posts whenever I plan on visiting, which I hope is soon because I LOVE some good food, haha! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • September 10, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      You’re the sweetest Jalisa! The food scene is indeed amazing there, as a foodie you shouldn’t miss it!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  11. sister tales
    September 9, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I went to Portland for the first time ever this past July 4th and loved it. Wish I had your blog to read before then so I could have explored more, ugh now you make me want to go again!
    xoxo, simona and indre

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  12. September 9, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I honestly never heard of Portland. Which isn’t strange maybe, since I’m not from the States myself. But it looks oh-so lovely to visit! Gonna tell my boyfriend this weekend about it. When we’re moving to the States, we need to visit as much nice places here as possible. This might be a city to think about visiting as well!
    x Frederique
    http://fablefrique.com

  13. September 9, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Wow, that whisky library looks amazing! I’m not a whisky drinker, but my fiance would absolutely adore going there!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  14. Jenn
    September 10, 2016 / 1:44 am

    This is a very helpful post! Will bookmark this for the day that I visit Portland! I have seen shows in the lifestyle channel that feature restaurants in Portland. The diversity in food makes it a very interesting place to visit. 🙂

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
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  15. September 10, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I haven’t been to Portland in years, but I had to laugh at your descriptions!!
    I’m not sure I’d really enjoy it if I couldn’t wear my heels…:)
    As for the food…that’s the whole reason we go travelling—gotta try new and different things!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  16. September 10, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Okay this is obviously a city I need to add to my travel list. That food looks delicious and being from Louisiana, it’s an absolute must to be a fan of great food. Thanks for sharing your travels 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  17. September 10, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Portland looks like a fun city. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  18. Lola
    September 11, 2016 / 12:17 am

    great photos 🙂

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  19. September 11, 2016 / 7:57 am

    This place sounds so awesome, would love to visit one day 🙂

  20. September 15, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Ah!! This post makes me miss Oregon!! I have family up there and loved taking road trips up to Portland with my mom…. And getting Dutch Brothers, of course ; )

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