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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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