A Quick Guide to Portland, Oregon

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.

A Quick Guide 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

A Quick Guide to Portland


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

A Quick Guide to Portland


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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A Quick Guide to Portland, Oregon. Suggestions for where to eat, shop, hang out, and more in this PNW city. #traveldaze #portland #pnw


By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.


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