POSIES BAKERY & CAFE Take your almond croissant to a table by the giant front windows, or opt for a full-on breakfast or lunch (try the Parisian Sandwich). TILT You know you’ll get a serious (and seriously wonderful) meal here when you see the industrial Swan Island location, so bring your appetite. You’ll need it to tackle a sandwich, the Blue Collar Biscuits, a big salad, or a signature burger—they have ingredient lists that read like drool–worthy novels. SWIFT AND UNION Though they’re open for brunch through dinner, don’t miss the happy hour deals. Union Burger for $6? Yes! BRODER NORD Satisfy your Swedish tooth while taking in the warm Scandinavian atmosphere. Highly recommended: the seasonal ricotta fritters with cardamom-roasted apples, which come with maple syrup, sour cream, pork apple sausage, and two baked eggs.
THE OLD GOLD The Old Gold’s drink menu is the kind that makes you want to try one of each—think herbal syrups, fresh juices, odd bitters, and top-notch booze. Luckily, delicious bar food will accompany you on your quest.
THE FIXIN’ TO Start by sipping a bourbon-laden St. Johns Sweet Tea, and then, while your guard is down, let yourself completely buy into the southern theme by ordering the Frito Pie.
OCCIDENTAL BREWING COMPANY TAP ROOM Try all the beer samplers (you’ll love the Kölsch), play all the shuffleboard, and leave with a growler. A great place to spend an hour. Just remember: they don’t serve food.
SMITH AND BYBEE WETLANDS NATURAL AREA At 2,000 acres, Smith and Bybee measures up as one of the largest urban freshwater wetlands in the US. Follow the paved Interlakes Trail to two wildlife viewing platforms and try to spot osprey, beavers, otters, and painted turtles.
DISJECTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER Disjecta has become a standout in the city’s art scene, fostering new work and collaboration from regional and international artists. Stop by during their open hours to see their visual art exhibitions for free, or check the events page on their website for performance and event listings. PAUL BUNYAN STATUE 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyan is the Kenton neighborhood’s claim to fame. Originally constructed in 1959 to commemorate Oregon’s 100th birthday, Paul’s true calling is holding still for photo ops. Take your own pictures with Mr. Bunyan at the intersection of North Interstate and North Denver Avenues.
SALVAGE WORKS Is “lumberyard boutique” a thing? It is now. Salvage Works employs craftsmen to create unique furniture and fixtures, plus every shelf and drawer displays plants or antiques.
BEAM & ANCHOR When you set foot in Beam & Anchor’s warmed-up-industrial space, be prepared for your artisanal/bespoke/well-crafted/ small-batch/high-design heart to skip a beat. You’ll want to stock up on everything from vintage Navajo rugs to leather wallets to ceramic pitchers.
REVOLVER BIKES Hey, did you hear? People are really into bikes in Portland. Whether you want to swoon over a top selection of commuter bikes, try on a cycling jersey, or shop for a frame bag, you’ll receive excellent service from the staff at Revolver Bikes. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect cycling accessory souvenir to pack in your luggage.
PORTLAND MEADOWS Feel your adrenaline rise as the jockeys and their ponies fidget, waiting for the gate to fly open; then jump and scream for your favorite horse as the pack takes off. Gloat when your pick wins by a length (or not). At Portlandâ€™s only horseracing track, entry is free (!), but you may want to bring a few betting bucks. Check the calendar for Live Racing days or come down to the track any day for off-track betting. Either way, you may want to grab lunch and a mint julep to do it right.
ANNIE’S DONUTS Every doughnut shop says they’re the best in town, and we’re not going to settle that debate, but ALL the sources say Annie’s has the best buttermilk doughnuts in Portland. OLD COUNTRY SAUSAGE Sit down, tuck into some authentic German potato salad, sauerkraut, and a sausage (of course), and then grab a bar of European chocolate for the road or you’ll be kicking yourself later. SALTY’S ON THE COLUMBIA Even if you go to Salty’s for the Columbia River views, you’ll be pleased with the quality seafood. Aim for happy hour to take advantage of the reasonable pricing.
NEW DEAL CAFE‘ While it comes across as the quintessential neighborhood joint, the New Deal Cafe‘ puts its own spin on their daily breakfast and lunch specials (Black Forest ham and Dutch Gouda pancakes, anyone?).
FAIRLEY’S PHARMACY Not only can you fill your prescription at Fairley’s, but you can get one heck of a chocolate malt (or coffee, or egg cream, or sundae, or float) at the vintage soda fountain. TANNERY BAR When you see how tiny this bar is, remember the diminutive size is a virtue because you’ll have a good view of a skilled bartender assembling your beautiful cocktail. Yes, you may wait a while for your transcendent Monte Cristo if the place is packed, but that’ll give you a chance to plan your next drink order. SEVEN VIRTUES COFFEE ROASTERS (GLISAN LOCATION) They roast their own coffee and serve bagelwiches. Breakfast: done. PIP’S ORIGINAL DOUGHNUTS Why is a doughnut shop in the drink listings? Because what other doughnut shop also touts really respectable chai? Opt for a tea (or coffee) and a dozen of their gobble-able mini doughnuts in creative flavors. EXTRACTO COFFEE ROASTERS (KILLINGSWORTH LOCATION) You’ll wish this neighborhood spot were in your neighborhood when the barista behind the formidable-yet-gorgeous La Marzocco espresso machine hands over your house-roasted coffee.
ROSEWAY THEATER Catch a first-run movie at the beautiful, historic Roseway Theater for an admirable price: $9 general admission.. While you’re patting yourself on the back for saving some dough, note that the vintage theater’s digital picture and sound are anything but dated.
THE GROTTO Though the Grotto is a Catholic shrine, people of all walks of life come to the botanical gardens. On the Plaza level, you can visit some of the gardens and Our Lady’s Grotto, which is a cave carved out of a rocky cliff. While that level is free, it is worth paying for the $5 elevator ride to the Upper Level Gardens to wander the 60+ acres and take in the Columbia River Valley views. Bonus: the Grotto is lit up for Christmas each year. ROCKY BUTTE As long as you’re already parked at the Grotto (above), take the time to hike up Rocky Butte for more natural scenery and views of Mount Hood. Search oregonhikers.org for the Rocky Butte Hike, and you’ll find instructions for the 3.2-mile, out-and-back, easy trek.
AMENITY SHOES When you try on shoes at Amenity, you’ll realize a trend: they are all really comfortable without actually looking like it. The shop carries a variety of unique styles, as well as a curated selection of accessories.
PITCH DARK CHOCOLATE Looking for souvenirs? Go here. Need a chocolatey pick-me-up? Go here. Want to talk with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff about high-end chocolate? You got it. Pitch Dark carries chocolate bars, truffles, and drinking chocolate, all in exquisite packaging.
DANNER FACTORY STORE If you’re looking for a shortcut to feeling like a Portlander, head to the Danner Factory Store. You’ll appreciate the rustic-modern interior design while you scope out your new kicks. They carry a wide selection of work boots (that double as hipster boots) that will keep your feet warm, safe, and comfortable through your travels.
LIVE MUSIC AT BIDDY MCGRAW’S Biddy McGraw’s presents live music every Thursday through Sunday from local and touring bands, so you’re sure to find a crowd of locals having a rollicking time there all weekend long. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can bring the under-21-ers to a happy hour show or stay up into the night for a late show. Plan to kick back and enjoy a meal, whether you go for an Irish classic, a sandwich, or some late-night bar snacks. If you’d prefer to test your knowledge and skill, drop in on Tuesday for a trivia quiz or Wednesday for game night.
SKYLINE TAVERN New owners brought new life to this Northwest Portland mainstay. Fuss-free grub, good beer and wine, and a forested locale make the Skyline Tavern a nice reward after a hike. (Or skip the hike and work up an appetite playing horseshoes and Ping-Pong on the patio!)
LE VIEUX You know a place is on trend in the best way possible when their seasonal menu gives you reason to rejoice even when the rain begins. Le Vieux occupies the upper end of the price scale for Portland outskirts, but you probably won’t mind while you’re digging into your cassoulet. BREKEN KITCHEN At Breken Kitchen, you’ll feel like you’re in the know when you order a breakfast sandwich or a Bizbaz Salad because you’ll rub elbows with locals on their lunch breaks (or sneaking out for breakfast).
LE COOKIE MONKEY The general public won big when this fancy catering bakery opened a retail shop where they offer classic cookies as well as decorated versions.
CLEAR CREEK DISTILLERY You’ll know whether you’re more of a grappa person, a brandy person, or a liqueur person by the end of a tasting at Clear Creek Distillery, and that’s a good thing because you’ll know which bottle to take home as a souvenir. RAE’S LAKEVIEW LOUNGE Rae’s has the feel of a classic neighborhood bar, but better. Slide into a cozy booth and peruse their worthy spirit list, but remember to come back for $4 biscuits and gravy during weekend brunch. STEVEN SMITH TEAMAKER TASTING ROOM (THURMAN LOCATION) People make pilgrimages to this tasting room, paying their respects to the work of Steven Smith. If you aren’t already a devotee, consider the flight of four or eight teas and you’ll understand why their teas are different. RISTRETTO ROASTERS (NICOLAI LOCATION) You’d want to hang out in Ristretto’s warm, repurposed industrial space even if the coffee were mediocre. Lucky for you, it’s great.
PITTOCK MANSION Wander the halls of this elegant chateau and imagine yourself taking up residence in one of Henry and Georgiana Pittock’s many bedrooms. Rest assured, it is lovely. Admission is $10 for adults. HIKE IN FOREST PARK Since it is the largest urban forest in the US, you ought to at least dip your toes in Forest Park. For a short jaunt, search oregonhikers.org for the Dogwood-Wild Cherry Loop Hike (an easy, but potentially muddy, 2.6-mile loop) or delve in at the Lower Macleay Park entrance. If you do the latter and aren’t familiar with the area, just go as far as you want and return the way you came.
THE PECULIARIUM Northwest Portland is home to the world’s only Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum, which translates into a bizarre museum and a shop that sells everything from art to ephemera to gag gifts to obscure candy. Entrance to the Peculiarium is free, but you’ll probably have to pay to join the Insectatarian Club by polishing off the Bug Eater’s Delight sundae.
BETSY & IYA Everything feels specially chosen at this little shop. Betsy & Iya carries their own handcrafted jewelry, as well as the work of other makers (apparel, gifts, etc.).
SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC What started as a local, vintage-style lighting shop has become a home design mainstay. Whether you need a sconce for your Victorian, a couch for your cabin, or a throw pillow for your Airstream, you’ll want to walk through the entire flagship store to make sure you don’t miss any hidden gems (hedgehog shoe cleaner?).
ODDBALL SHOE COMPANY Not only do they offer a wide range of stylish shoes, Oddball Shoe Company specializes in men’s large shoe sizes. If this is your Holy Grail because you usually can’t find your size, you’re doubly lucky because you can plop your bored friend/significant other/ child down in front of the arcade games while you try on shoes.
SAUVIE ISLAND Up where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers come together—-that’s where Sauvie Island is. Because most of the island is farmland and wildlife refuge, it makes an idyllic and nearby getaway from the city. Families pick berries and get lost in corn mazes at local farms (Kruger’s, Sauvie Island Farms, Columbia Farms, the Pumpkin Patch, Bella Organic), cyclists ride laps around the island, birdwatchers hike at Wapato Access Greenway State Park (birds are especially plentiful during winter!), and “long walks on the beach” types stroll along the island’s beaches (know before you go: part of Collins Beach is clothing optional). Something for everyone, right?
PORTLAND MERCADO The Portland Mercado isn’t just a cart pod; it’s a destination. Mix and match your favorite Latin food with a beverage (beer, wine, smoothies, or coffee) before browsing the shops.
ARLETA LIBRARY BAKERY & CAFE Neighborhood residents don’t even tell other Portlanders about this place because they want to keep it for themselves. The menu doesn’t lie when it claims Portland’s best biscuits and gravy, so it won’t stay secret for long. AN XUYEN BAKERY Here’s the thing. You want the sweet and the savory at An Xuyen. DEFINITELY get a deli sandwich, but plan to be wooed by the beautiful pastries. OTTO’S SAUSAGE KITCHEN Order a sausage hot off the grill outside (or get a deli sandwich if you must), pair it with a bottle of wine or a beer, and make a picnic of it. Otto and his descendants have run this deli/meat market for over 90 years, so they know what’s what. TANUKI If you think you’re in the wrong place, you’re at Tanuki. The Japanese-bar-food restaurant acts like it doesn’t want to be found, so ignore the “This is not a Japanese restaurant” sign on the door and delve into the dark dining room. Give up all control by naming your dollar amount in lieu of the menu. The mid-range price will get you plenty of inventive, I’ll-finish-that-plate-pleasepass-it-over-here-right-now fare. You’ll leave with a flavor hangover from the experience.
KENILWORTH COFFEEHOUSE Cute and homey Kenilworth Coffeehouse pours Courier Coffee (a local favorite) in a residential neighborhood location. SLINGSHOT LOUNGE A cool dive bar with actual “I’d order that even if I weren’t drunk” food? Yes, thanks. TEA CHAI TE (SELLWOOD LOCATION) After selecting your high-end obscure tea with help from the friendly employee, take your teapot to a comfy seat in the caboose (seriously).
BIPARTISAN CAFE Get your latte here, but do not skip the pie. To clarify, you are actually here for the pie, and you can have a coffee with it if you want.
LEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN This estate, which flanks Johnson Creek, is the legacy of Lilla and John Leach, and is currently maintained by Leach Garden Friends. With a focus on plants native to Oregon, these enchanting gardens can be as relaxing or educational as you want. ANTIQUING IN SELLWOOD Browsing for stuff you need and stuff you don’t need can easily (and happily) consume half a rainy day. Park near the three Stars Antique Malls and traipse through them and Vintage Design Collective, and then walk or drive a few blocks to Rusted Rooster Antiques and Unique Antique. MT. TABOR PARK A (ahem, dormant) volcano in the city??!!! Yep, come take a stroll on the paved or unpaved trails and look out over the city and water reservoirs. You’ll pass neighborhood folks walking their dogs, and you’ll be passed by cyclists riding laps.
PENDLETON WOOLEN MILL STORE The front of the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store offers beautifully patterned blankets and housewares, sometimes at deep discounts. The real reason to pay a visit is in the back, where you’ll find fabric, remnants, and notions so you can fulfill your crafty and stylish aspirations.
FUBONN Fubonn is a large Asian supermarket, so grab a grocery basket and load up on specialty ingredients, fun candies, cheap-butgood produce, and snack foods. Don’t skip the kitchenware and dish aisles— you may come home with a new favorite set of bowls.
SOCK DREAMS This is the sock shop to end all sock shops. They have an over-thetop selection of socks (duh), knee-highs, tights, and leggings, plus they’re in an adorable little Sellwood house.
COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR OUTLET STORE (TACOMA ST. LOCATION) Whether you need some rain gear to make it through your Portland visit or you just want to stock up on Columbia’s high-quality sportswear, the outlet store has you covered. You’ll find deals on everything from base layers to outerwear to shoes.
OAKS PARK ROLLER RINK Skip the amusement park offerings and beeline for the 100-year-old roller rink at Oaks Park. The wooden rink and live Wurlitzer pipe organ music set the scene for an unconventional afternoon or date night. Check the parkâ€™s website and click on each session to see whether the Wurlitzer, whose pipes are suspended over the floor, will be featured. Lace up your rented skates and practice your best moves, even if those moves include the Hokey Pokey.
BAKER & SPICE How does a place all the way out in Hillsdale get a reputation as one of the best bakeries in town? It probably has something to do with their small-batch process and high-quality ingredients, but who cares when the Katie Bun is so good? Note: there’s no law against eating here for breakfast and lunch on the same day. BAMBOO GROVE Looking to escape the rain? Bamboo Grove’s live music (Thursdays– Saturdays) will brainwash you into thinking you’re on a sunny island. Bonus: you’ll actually have a tropical drink in your hand and a massive plate of grilled meat in front of you. RAUL’S MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT Putting the “awe” in authentic, Raul’s serves up generous plates of tasty classics and legit margaritas in a cozy dining room, and you can’t argue with that. CIDER MILL/FRYER TUCK CHICKEN Order anything chicken at this throwback to the Portland of yore, and make sure you get a side of spuds and dip. If the pub scene isn’t for you, take-out is your friend.
JOLA CAFE Johns Landing residents are fortunate to have this local coffee joint, and even luckier that they can stop in for breakfast or lunch and beer/wine/cocktails as well. COFFEE DROP If you pop by this cheery yellow wedge-shaped cafe to pick up a coffee or smoothie, this is your fair warning that you’ll probably also leave with a waffle. Maybe even a pizza waffle. MEDLEY TEA HOUSE CAFE‘ While you could go to Medley for breakfast or lunch, the real draw is the afternoon tea. Order one of their Tea Time Platters or mix and match your own finger sandwiches and scones to accompany the tea you choose from their extensive selection. SASQUATCH BREWERY What’s better than local beers? Local beers in a charming brew pub with an impressive menu of carefully sourced quality foods.
ELK ROCK GARDEN OF THE BISHOP’S CLOSE The Elk Rock Garden property was Peter Kerr’s labor of love, and his daughters gave it to the Episcopal Bishop with directions that it should be open to the public. Take advantage of the Kerr family’s generosity and tour the grounds for free. You’ll enjoy the plantings throughout all four seasons, as well as the Willamette River view.
OREGON ZOO Even on a rainy day, there’s plenty to see at the Oregon Zoo. It’ll feel like you’re continent-hopping as you watch the otter feeding, spy on giraffes in the Africa Savanna exhibit, and glimpse the penguins underwater in the Penguinarium. As if that weren’t enough, the new Elephant Lands opens to the public in winter 2015.
SWITCH UNIQUE SHOES AND CLOTHING This Multnomah Village store is chock-full of women’s shoes and clothing from independent designers. Let the friendly salespeople help you find your size or pick a style. Most of their goods can’t be found anywhere else in town.
WORLD FOODS (BARBUR LOCATION) While unassuming from the outside, Barbur World Foods is picnic central on the inside. They specialize in Middle Eastern products but carry an impressive array of meats, cheeses, beer, wine, and grocery items from around the world. You can easily make a meal from the deli offerings, and make sure you add a few packaged foods to enjoy later. JOHN’S MARKET Don’t be deterred by the humble exterior; the interior of John’s Market is filled like a clown car with an incredibly huge selection of beer and wine. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for, but if you don’t know what you want, ask their resident experts.
PORTLAND KAYAK COMPANY Give Portland Kayak Company a call to schedule your Ross Island Kayak Tour on the Willamette River. The outing, for newbies as well as experienced kayakers, lasts from 2 1/2 to 3 hours and costs $45. You’ll paddle near Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and osprey) and your river-based perspective will offer a postcard view of Portland’s skyline.
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