Portland, which has always taken great pride in its eccentricities and refusal to adhere to the norm, is known for inspiring some of the greatest minds on the map — musicians, designers, chefs and revolutionaries — which is why so many exceptional creatives choose to call this extraordinary city home. Visitors are therefore fortunate enough to have access to some of the most cutting-edge cuisine, tipples, fashion and art in the region and beyond. And if you’re looking for the kind of inspiration that fresh air and fir trees offer, Portland has it in spades, with sprawling urban green spaces only steps from downtown. Check out our guide below for our best recommendations for the city that sparks invention.

As you plan future trips, please double check with the featured business’s websites as, given safety measures in place and state regulations, hours and operations may be affected.  

Jackknife at Sentinel in downtown Portland hotel

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With only 24 seats tucked behind a bookcase inside of Thai restaurant Paadee, reservations at the intimate Langbaan are notoriously hard to come by — that’s because just about everyone wants a taste of Chef Earl Ninsom’s bold flavors. Ninsom’s inventive tasting menu focuses on regional Issan Thai cuisine, and is a testament to Portland’s rise as a global food destination. Langbaan offers a prix fixe takeout menu in sizes that feed two to four, for pickup Friday through Sunday. Or choose the first-ever “reverse steakhouse,” G-Love in Northwest Portland features a menu that showcases locally grown, farm-sourced vegetables picked at peak flavor. With deliciously imaginative vegetarian and vegan dishes (plus a couple of meat selections if you can’t imagine a meal without legs), the freshness and creativity of the Pacific Northwest will be evident in every bite. The entire menu is available for takeout and delivery. 

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Drink

Angel Face wows bar patrons with a delightfully feminine, floral interior, featuring a large oval-shaped bar as centerpiece. Instead of offering a drinks menu, bartenders at this boozy French drinkery craft cocktails matched to the mood, flavor preferences and eccentricities of the one doing the ordering. The success of this charming little bar hinges partly on its clientele knowing their own tastes and having faith in the experts behind the bar. You can pick up Angel Face’s fantastic French-Mediterranean-Italian cuisine to go from either Navarre, in Northeast Portland, or Luce, on East Burnside St., Wednesday through Sunday. For coffee, choose Deadstock Coffee, located in Chinatown is the brainchild of former Nike shoe designer Ian Williams. With fancy footwear on display and lattes sporting carefully stenciled sneakers on the foam, Deadstock is a place that celebrates both sneakerhead culture and the excellent craft coffee that Portland is known for. 

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Japanese Gardens easily accessible from the Sentinel Hotel in Portland Oregon

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Head to Washington Park to snap photos of the infamous flora and fauna at the Hoyt Arboretum, covering 190 ridge-top acres and 12 miles of hiking trails, just minutes from downtownThe conservation area was founded in 1928 to protect endangered species, which today fosters 2,300 species of trees and shrubs from six continents. Or find a moment of zen at the famed Japanese Garden; meander through eight separate meticulously landscaped designs and finish with a traditional service at the Tea House on site. Cathedral Park is both a park and a neighborhood in North Portland bordering the eastern bank of the Willamette River, with the park itself located just underneath the iconic green St. John’s Bridge. Earning its name because of the appearance of its Gothic arches, it’s a popular location for weddings, walks and Instagram selfies. 

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Jackknife

Address: 614 SW 11th Ave. Portland, OR, 97205

With stylish, artistic touches added to the historic architecture, Jackknife has an enchanting atmosphere that draws you in and beckons you to stay a while. Their specialty is innovative, fun cocktails, but their selection of beers and bar nibbles is equally as appealing.

Jake’s Grill

Address: 614 SW 11th Ave. Portland, OR, 97205

Known for serving some of the best steak and seafood in the city, Jake’s Grill is also an outstanding spot for grabbing a craft beer or a cocktail (they have quite an extensive selection of whiskies). They serve happy hour all day on Sundays, and the happy hour menu includes some of their most popular dishes. Jake’s also serves an enticing full brunch.

Andina

Address: 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Serving “novo-Peruvian” cuisine, Andina’s dishes are unparalleled. Most of the menu is friendly to the gluten intolerant, but you’d never miss the ingredient, as the flavors are so intoxicating and rich and the textures so engaging. Half of the menu is tapas and half is entrees, and you can certainly make a dinner out of an exploration of their fascinating tapas plates — but don’t neglect their excellent cocktail menu.

Mediterranean Exploration Co.

Address: 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

With a unique and innovative menu featuring cuisine from Greece, Turkey and Israel, Mediterranean Exploration Co. pays homage to the explorers of yesterday who traversed the beautiful Mediterranean region. Expect unexpected dishes that are perfectly seasoned and stunningly presented. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is a superb deal if you don’t mind letting the chef choose your dishes.

Enoteca Nostrana

Address: 1401 SE Morrison St #105, Portland, OR 97214

Next door to the wildly popular Southeast Portland Italian restaurant, Nostrana, Enoteca Nostrana has one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, with a focus on Italian reds. Sidle up to the bar for happy hour (4-6pm) and you can indulge in their very authentic pizzas. Their regular menu features traditional small plates and comforting pasta dishes.

Tasty n Alder

Address: 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

With huge, flavorful portions meant to be shared, and hearty dishes that take a unique and daring spin on Southern and steakhouse fare, Tasty n Alder ensures you definitely won’t leave hungry. While their steak dinners and fried chicken have their passionate followings, it’s their brunches that are the real delight, with sky-high breakfast sandwiches made with fluffy biscuits and spicy Bloody Marys.

Hat Yai

Address: 605 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214

If you’re a fan of crispy fried chicken (and who isn’t), you must try Hat Yai’s Thai-style bird. Marinaded in a garlicky sauce, with a light-as-air rice flour breading, it’s then double fried and served with a sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce — it’s an irresistible version of the favorite dish that might make you forgo all others. In addition to their famous chicken, Hat Yai also serves a number of fantastic traditional Thai dishes, along with beer and wine.

Langbaan

Address: 6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

A meal at the intimate, 24-seat Langbaan is one of the best experiences you can have in Portland. Chef Earl Ninsom’s Issan Thai menu is like nothing you’ve ever tasted — medleys of imaginative flavors and textures and explosions of spices and fresh ingredients. The restaurant is generally booked out a few months in advance, so make your reservation as soon as you’ve booked your trip to Portland — your foresight will be handsomely rewarded.

G-Love

Address: 1615 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Touting themselves as Portland’s first ever “Reverse Steakhouse,” G-Love’s mainly vegetarian menu puts the spotlight on locally grown and farm-sourced produce, with the cooks putting in shifts at a partner farm in Silverton. Carnivores won’t miss the meat here, with filling, creative dishes with a focus on freshness. G-Love also serves craft beer, cider and wine.

Le Pigeon

Address:  738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Le Pigeon is a beloved Portland fine-dining favorite, first opened in 2006 by James Beard Award-winner Gabriel Rucker. Serving cheerful French dishes in a tiny space, Le Pigeon is still at the top of most critics’ best restaurants lists. Try their five- or seven-course tasting menus, and if you’re lucky, sit at the chef’s counter and watch the magic happen.

OX

Address: 2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Led by James Beard Award-winning duo, Chefs Greg and Gabrielle Denton, OX brings exciting and carefully crafted Argentinian wood-fired grilling traditions to Portland, while showcasing local and seasonal ingredients. The menu may be upscale and scrupulously presented, but Ox is full of friendly, welcoming energy, and you’ll find yourself feeling at home — and immediately uplifted.

Pine Street Market

Address: 126 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Pine Street Market, the city’s first food hall, feels a bit like a refined and grown-up school cafeteria, full of gourmet offerings and communal tables. The Market features nine of Portland’s best chefs and purveyors gathered under one roof — perfect for groups of travelers who can’t agree on what to eat.

10 Barrel

Address: 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

A Portland favorite known for pizzas, indulgent brewpub eats and a huge selection of locally brewed beers, 10 Barrel is a brewery located in the Pearl District. Check out the huge rooftop patio to catch some rays while you sample some brews with a 10-beer flight, or catch the Blazers game inside.

Blue Star Donuts

Address: 3325 SE Division St., Suite 1, Portland, OR 97202

Blue Star is a gourmet donut shop that makes incredible yeasted and cake donuts from scratch, with fresh fruits, herbs and spices, even liqueurs. You must try the Cointreau Crème Brûlée donut, a signature brioche shell filled with fresh custard, hand torched for that bruléed sugar crust that we all adore so much — with a pipette of Cointreau inserted into the top. Give it a squeeze to make it extra special!

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Bars

Multnomah Whiskey Library

Address: 1122 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Situated in the heart of downtown, Multnomah Whiskey Library has a head-spinning inventory of spirits, with rare bottles that would make Raymond Chandler’s knees weak. Sit and sip from a Lagavulin neat or a cocktail, and watch as the expert bartenders slide along the floor-to-ceiling shelves on ladders, plucking up glinting bottles like treasure.

Green Room

Address: 1122 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Located beneath the Multnomah Whiskey Library, The Green Room provides the same impeccable experience, delivered in a bright and relaxed atmosphere.

Pepe Le Moko

Address: 407 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Underneath the famous Clyde Common restaurant, you’ll find the tiny (only 42 seats) speakeasy helmed by acclaimed barman Jeffery Morgenthaler, Pepe Le Moko. The tunnel-like design feels like a cross between a subway car and a cozy diner, but it’s Jeffery’s cocktails that are the true star of this spot. Try his version of the Long Island Iced Tea, made with top-shelf liquors and Cointreau.

Sweet Hereafter

Address: 3326 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Sweet Hereafter just might be heaven for vegans looking for a trendy spot to enjoy a cocktail and a snack. With an entire menu of hearty vegan dishes and an inventive list of cocktails, as well as an inviting atmosphere with a touch of a lumberjack vibe, vegans and omnivores alike will feel at home. Check out the large back patio, which is ideal for happy hour in the summer sun.

Angel Face

Address: 14 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

When you walk up to the large, oval bar inside the charmingly floral Angel Face, you won’t see a drink menu. Instead, the bartender might ask you how you’re feeling today, or what sort of things bring you joy. They will ask you what your favorite flavors are, your favorite types of liquor. And then you will be presented with a cocktail tailor made for you by your expert mixologist, and it — of course — will be perfect.

Deadshot

Address: 2133 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

With some of the most uniquely delicious craft cocktails we’ve ever tasted, Deadshot is a must-visit if you’re imbibing on the east side. The Who is Jack Nance? Cocktail contains whiskey, sesame and mustard, and is fantastic, and the Double Feature has smoked cola and popcorn. Sophisticated palates must not miss out.

Bailey’s Taproom

Address: 213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

For a laid-back vibe, a huge rotating tap list displayed on an electronic board, and board games galore, Bailey’s Taproom is your hangout. There’s no food served here, but sample a 5-beer tasting flight and settle down for a rowdy round of checkers with your crew.

Wine & Liquor Stores

Park Avenue Wines

Address: 626 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

A lovely wine shop located downtown, Park Avenue Wines has a curated selection of locally and internationally sourced bottles to take home, as well as an in-store bar for tastings and wines by the glass. In partnership with Spätzle & Speck, they also offer a fantastic full menu. Have no fears about snobby sommeliers here — you’ll only find kind, helpful wine lovers who only want to pair you with flavors you’ll love.

Proof Wines & Spirits

Address: 550 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204

A wine, beer, spirits purveyor located downtown, Proof has a vast selection with a number of unique and locally sourced items, and super friendly, always helpful staff.

Distilleries

Freeland

Address: 2671 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97209

Freeland Free Spirits is a locally run, women-owned and -run distillery — one of very few women-owned and -run distilleries in the world. With gorgeous jewel-toned bottles of gin and bourbon, and cans of lovingly formulated cocktails created with locally sourced herbs and ingredients, any spirits connoisseur needs a Freeland creation in their suitcase.

Coffee Shops

Barista

Address: 529 SW 3rd Ave #110, Portland, OR 97204

Barista is named for the people who are most important to the café — the extremely talented makers who train to become experts in their craft. You can see the baristas’ dedication to their work in the meticulously poured cortados and lattes, taste it in the perfectly pulled shots of espresso; Barista is serious about coffee. They roast their own beans in small batches, and you can buy a pound to take home with you.

Deadstock Coffee

Address: 408 NW Couch St Suite 408, Portland, OR 97209

Part coffee shop, part shoe gallery, Deadstock Coffee is a stylish haven where sneakerheads and coffee enthusiasts converge. Like the latte you’re sipping (with the sneaker stenciled on the foam)? Buy some freshly roasted Deadstock beans to take home. And thanks to the fact that Nike and Adidas HQs are in Portland’s own backyard, you can find some pretty sweet (and sometimes rare) kicks.

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Outdoors

Cathedral Park

Address: N Edison Street and N Pittsburg Avenue, Portland, OR 97203

In North Portland, nestled under the Instagram-worthy St. Johns Bridge, you’ll find Cathedral Park. Named for the Gothic bridge supports that create the soaring cathedral-like arches, and situated on a Willamette River beach and across from the tree-lined hills of Forest Park, it’s arguably the most serene of all of Portland’s parks. Bring a picnic and sit on the grass, take a walk along the path, or catch the family-friendly Cathedral Park Jazz Festival every July.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Address: 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Easily accessible to downtown, Tom McCall Waterfront Park runs adjacent to the Willamette River and is often bustling with joggers, cyclists, picnickers, and others who want to enjoy the fresh air and the water. You definitely do not want to miss it in the spring, when the park’s numerous cherry trees absolutely explode with blossoms — it’s a sight to behold.

Hoyt Arboretum

Address: 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221

With twelve miles of both relaxing and challenging hiking trails winding through 189 acres, Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum provides access to a globally diverse landscape, from stands of stately redwoods to groves of flowering dogwoods and cherries, exhibiting many rare and threatened species along the way.

International Rose Test Garden

Address: 400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Located in Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden is home to over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. Visit between April and October to see the blooms, with the peak happening around June. Take a peaceful and fragrant stroll through the rows and forget your cares, enjoy the unbeatable skyline view, or snap some amazing floral selfies.

Forest Park

At 5,200 acres, Forest Park is the largest urban park in the country, and is a gorgeous, forested oasis alongside the city. Forest Park’s extensive system of trails, fire lanes and gravel roads provide excellent accessible opportunities for hiking, walking, running, and simply escaping the urban atmosphere. You’ll be amazed at the lush canopy of deep forest and ferns, wildlife and birdsong, just minutes from downtown.

Laurelhurst Park

Address: SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Laurelhurst Park is a peaceful, wooded, 26.81-acre city park in Southeast Portland’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. A paved walk runs around the perimeter of the park, perfect for walkers and joggers, and a large, grassy expanse is ideal for picnics and kids. Arguably the park’s most popular feature is the duck pond, with a resident cast of ducks, geese, fish and turtles.

Washington Park

Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

Washington Park is an urban park that includes the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children’s Museum, Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, amphitheater, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of tranquil wild forest with miles of trails for hiking. It’s easily accessible via either car or Max from downtown.

Activities

Cycle Portland

Address: 117 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204

A full-service bike shop that also offers rentals, repairs, and awesome themed tours of the city, Cycle Portland is a must if you’re inclined to push the pedals in PDX. Show up hungry and take the Foodie Field Trip tour, which spans 7-8 miles and hits a number of local hotspots, or rent a set of wheels and set out on your own path — they have everything from easy-going e-bikes to uber-hip single speeds.

BurnCycle

Address: 910 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

BurnCycle is a local fitness favorite — a signature 45-minute indoor cycling workout that incorporates drills to target your entire body. They’re all about community and positivity, so show up for this low-impact, high-intensity workout with a smile on your face, and you’ll be met with endless words of encouragement, and you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks — body and soul.

Ground Kontrol

Address: 115 NW 5th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

Welcome to the West Coast’s premier retro arcade, with two stories of classic video games, pinball machines, a full bar, yummy eats, and live music. Play Atari and Nintendo Classic games from your youth while you snack on Frito pie and sip Montucky Cold Snacks. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to take part in a pinball tournament with some serious paddle pros.

Shops

Serra Cannabis

Address: 220 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204

With a clean, light-filled, and modern design, Serra Cannabis is easy and comfortable to navigate, and makes it easy for newbies to cannabis to shop. Just fill out a Feelings card to help you express what kind of experience you’d like to have with your cannabis (relaxed, focused, creative, happy, energetic, or relief), and a guide will help you choose the appropriate strain to suit your needs.

House of Vintage

Address: 3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

House of Vintage is like no other vintage shop or thrift store you’ve ever visited. Rather than a house, it’s more like a small city full of quirky vintage clothes, housewares, furniture, and knick-knacks — some new items, as well. A collective of over 60 dealers within the 13,000 square feet, you can easily spend an entire day simply getting lost in the various rooms, just playing dress-up — and doing so just might be the perfect rainy day activity.

Music Millenium

Address: 3158 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Founded in 1969 and the oldest record store in the Pacific Northwest, Music Millennium specializes in mostly underground music and homegrown Portland talents. Aside from hard-to-find vinyl and the latest new releases, you can also catch in-store performances at the shop from time to time.

Portland Gear

Address: 627 SW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Originally stemming from a Portland-pride Instagram page, Portland Gear grew from the founder’s desire to wear his pride for his city on his sleeve. The logo, featuring a “P” with the outline of the state of Oregon, has since become synonymous with hometown pride in the City of Roses. Their store sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and accessories with trendy, Portland-centric designs you won’t find in any tourist shop.

Bridge & Burn

Address: 1029 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205

Bridge & Burn’s clothing is inspired by Portland and the Pacific Northwest, with deep, earthy colors you might find on a hike through the Columbia River Gorge. The appealing, utilitarian designs are well made in small runs, and the flagship downtown Portland store offers a selection of local brands of the same stripe, such as Pendleton Woolen Mills and Kiriko.

Jacobson Salt Co.

Address: 602 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

Artisan salt can elevate your food to a next-level flavor experience, the subtle bite and mineral differences are similar to those in wine. Explore all the varieties of this extraordinary seasoning at Jacobsen Salt Co. They harvest and process their salt in Netarts Bay, and their Southeast Portland tasting room is also a production warehouse doubles as their company’s production warehouse. You can taste and shop for salts, single-origin honey, spice blends, and incredible salted caramels.

Steven Smith Teamaker

Address: 110 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

If you’ve tried Steven Smith Teamaker teas at Provenance Hotels and loved the uniquely marvelous blends like Meadow and Portland Breakfast, you definitely need to visit the Smith Headquarters Southeast Portland Tasting Room. Take a factory tour, where you’ll learn all about sourcing, blending and producing their divine-smelling teas and tisanes, then take your newfound tea knowledge and enjoy a tea flight or a fancy tea mocktail.

Tender Loving Empire

Address: 412 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

A local record label that’s also a local handmade goods shop — how very Portland! We dare you to walk into the boutique without uttering the word “cute” at least once; full of handmade jewelry, baby items and stuffies adorned with cheerful faces, intricately illustrated prints, apparel, candles and other housewares — we also dare you to leave without buying anything.

Wildfang

Address: 404 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

WILDFANG is a whole mood. A female-founded, women-run clothing and lifestyle shop, Wildfang makes undeniably stylish clothes for gender-non-conforming womxn and tomboys. The Portland flagship store has a wall where you can carve your name and permanently make your mark, like the boss that you are!

MAAK Lab

Address: 916 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

A scent development lab that dispenses their experimental scents into high-quality candles, lotions, soaps, and more, MAAK Lab is hard to describe — apothecary, workshop, fragrance developer — all we know is that their signature soaps smell AMAZING. We like waking up and showering with the Coffee Bar, which is actually made with coffee and espresso beans.