I’ve been to Portland, Oregon a couple of times now, so it feels familiar whenever I return. If I’m being honest, though, Portland isn’t exactly my favorite city. I have my reasons, which I might elaborate on in the future, but I will start this post by clarifying something: my lack of infatuation for Portland is not for the lack of cool places.
During my brief visits to Portland, I spent a lot of time wandering around, both with friends and on my own. I’ve come across a lot of great shops, cafes, and restaurants that I would definitely recommend. Portland is best-described as a city of neighborhoods, and taking the time to explore a new one is always fun. You never know what gems you’ll find!
I’d like to create a more organized and detailed guide to Portland in the future, but for now I really wanted to share some favorites with you guys. Consider this a quick resource for your next trip to Portland.
Vita Cafe // 3023 NE Alberta St. // Vegan & Vegetarian Comfort Food
Blue Star Donuts // Multiple Locations // DONUTS
Riyadh’s // 1318 SE Hawthorne Blvd // Inexpensive Lebanese Food
Bella Faccia Pizzeria // 2934 NE Alberta St // When You Need a Slice of Pizza
Heart Coffee Roasters // 537 SW 12th Ave // Get a Spicy Chai
Barista // Multiple Locations // Beautifully-designed Cafes & Good Coffee
Stumptown Coffee Roasters // Multiple Locations // Stumptown is a Necessary Stop in Portland
The Clearing Cafe // 2772 NW Thurman St // Laidback Neighborhood Cafe
Powell’s City of Books // 1005 W Burnside // A Book-lover’s Heaven
Reading Frenzy // 3628 N Mississippi Ave // Super Cool Zine Shop
Hippo Hardware & Trading Co. // 1040 E Burnside // Awesome Vintage Hardware Store
Rock & Rose // 616 E Burnside // Vintage & New Clothing, Apothecary & Home
Ritual Adornments // 524 NW 23rd Ave // BEAUTIFUL Jewelry, Beads, & Art Objects
Portland Outdoor Store // 304 SW 3rd Ave // Outdoor & Western Wear, Fun to Browse
Forest Park // Northwest Portland // Best Hiking Spot in the City
Mount Tabor // SE 60th & Salmon St // Drive to the Top for Great Views
Museum of Contemporary Craft // 724 NW Davis St // Crafts are Cool
Columbia River Scenic Highway // East of Portland // So Many Waterfalls
Washington Park // Southwest Portland // Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, & More
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