To say that Portland is a city of many offerings would be a tragic understatement.
Breweries, green living, coffee shops, community events – Portland is renowned for all of these things and more. When planning a quick trip to the city, it’s best to have a list of must-experience eateries, drinking spots, hotels and attractions. Here we’ve gathered some of Portland’s best.
LePigeon • (503) 546-8796 • 738 E Burnside St
Call ahead if you want to enjoy Portland’s best spot for fine dining and highly rated French cuisine. The restaurant is small, creating an intimate, communal feel. If you’re looking for tavern vibes, you’ll be pleased with the wooden interior and open kitchen. More boast-worthy, however, is the food: the classic dishes offer creative, exotic combinations that will make your taste buds sing. Appetizers cost about $20; be sure to try the Buffalo Sweetbread Pie ($17).
Grüner • (503) 241-7163 • 1527 SW 12th Avenue
Relish the farm-to-table, fresh eats that satisfy the most carnivorous appetites. With unique menu items like rabbit terrine with pickled rhubarb and smoked trout salad with apples and kohlrabi, guests can try combinations they’ve never before experienced. According to a study conducted by Oregon Live, which included over 100 distinct burgers, Grüner is also home to Portland’s best burger. It’s served at lunch for only $12.
RingSide Steakhouse • (503) 223-1513 • 2165 W. Burnside
Looking for a tender, perfectly cooked steak? With all steaks aged a minimum of four weeks, it’s safe to say this place is Portland’s premier steakhouse. The experience is unique, the cuts delicate, the seafood fresh and the ambience relaxed. RingSide also has an extensive, award-winning wine list, as well as happy hours throughout the week.
Tasty N Sons • (503) 621-1400 • 3808 N. Williams, Suite C
A decent option for dinner and happy hour, Tasty N Sons is praised for its outstanding breakfast and brunch choices. Brunch is served daily from 9am-2:30pm, and offers daily specials and unique combinations. Chocolate potato donuts or maple bacon wrapped dates, anyone? Tastes range from the very sweet to the cheese infused.
Multnomah Whiskey Library • (503) 954-1381 • 1124 SW Alder St.
Old leather chairs, aged, thick wooden floorboards and an immensity of exposed brick – this is the scene set before you at the Multnomah Whiskey Library. Reservations are recommended at this highly desirable, masculine hangout. Enjoy the library’s great variety of offerings: cocktails, whiskey, beer, wine, food, and tastings. Prepare to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Interurban • (503) 284-6669 • 4057 N Mississippi Ave
Some of Interurban’s spirit menu items will take you back before pre-prohibition, representing the pinnacle of class and sophistication. Ambience is not to be ignored, as this food and drink hub also offers a summertime patio and wintertime fire pits. Spirits, beers, cocktails, happy hour, and wine and cocktails for $5, beers for $2 – Interurban has it all.
Stumptown • 100 SE Salmon Street
You can find Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ products all over Portland, as well as in other areas around the country. Why? Simply put: it’s really good coffee. The list of roasts is extensive, unique and surprising. Not only are the beans from different corners of the globe, but the coffees are also infused with a robust variety of fruity, dessert and generally delicious flavors. Only Stumptown’s home location offers some of its rarer roasts for $170 for a pound.
The Heathman Hotel • 1001 SW Broadway (at Salmon)
This sexy spot played a lead role in 50 Shades of Grey for a reason: it’s youthful, spunky, bright and offers four-star comfort to its guests. Make dinner reservations because they’re required at least 48 hours in advance at The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, or check out the Heathman Tea Court Lodge.
The Jupiter Hotel • 800 E. Burnside Street
A cultural boutique hotel in Portland, the Jupiter Hotel stands alone in offering the John Lennon room and the opportunity to sleep beside a Spiderman mural. But unique artwork isn’t its only bragging point: the pointy architecture, which impresses from the inside and out, can sometimes host the seemingly rowdiest happenings in the city.
Multnomah Falls • Multnomah Falls Mt Hood National Forest
Take time to leave the city and experience Portland’s renowned luscious, green landscape. Multnomah Falls lies just forty minutes outside of the city, and the drive is certainly a beautiful one. Once there, enjoy an easy hour-long hike to soak up the natural wonder as it flows restlessly from above.
Hoyt Arboretum • (503) 865-8733 • 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
Every tree has a story to tell. With 189 acres of land and 12 miles of cleared trails, it’s the perfect place to zone out on a morning walk or jog. It could easily offer a romantic ambience, too, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston Avenue
There are five gardens in one place, making this the personalized, ideal place to find Zen during your trip. Choose from the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Tea Garden or Natural Garden. Artwork, poetry, tours and tea – and you’re just fifteen minutes outside of downtown.
Portland Sports Events
Visiting between October and April? Check out the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers just outside of downtown. They play at the Moda Center, which is within walking distance from the Oregon Convention Center.
It can also be reached via MAX light rail lines. If visiting between March and October, check out some soccer instead. The Portland Timbers (male) and Thorns (female) take the field at Providence Park, and are sure to provide an enjoyable time.
Got any suggestions?
If you live near or have been to Portland and you have travel suggestions that we missed, we’d love to hear them in the comments!