Portland

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If you've been reading my blog for awhile or follow me on Instagram or talk to me for five minutes, you'll know that I absolutely LOVE living in Portland! Although I didn't grow up here, I've definitely fallen hard for my adopted home city. It has so much to offer, while still being a very manageable size. And while it does rain, each season here is really beautiful in it's own way and the weather is fairly mild. Plus, you have the mountains, waterfalls, the ocean, and wine country all within 90 minutes of the city itself. (Also, the Portland airport is my favorite) What more could you want?!

My goal with this page is to showcase some of my favorite things about Portland in hopes that it might be a helpful resource, both to people that live here as well as those who may be visiting from out of town. I do get emails from time to time asking where to go in Portland and so having all this information in one place is much easier and more thorough. This page will be a constant work in progress as I continue to experience more of Portland, so check back often for updates!
{To see my most recent posts about Portland, click here}

Where To Eat and Drink
I've included Website / Vibe / Neighborhood / Link to my post if I've done one
A * means this is somewhere I'd recommend checking out if you're visiting
Also, this is not a list of everywhere I've been in Portland, these are just a few of my favorites!

Breakfast/Brunch
Broder Broder Nord / Hipster Swedish / SE & N / Post
Veritable Quandry / Classy Traditional Downtown / Post 
Bowery Bagels / New York-style bagels (with great breakfast sandwiches!) / Old Town
Pine State Biscuits Hipster Southern-style biscuits & breakfast / NE & SE / Post 
Sweedeedee / Hipster bakery & cafe / N / Post 
Mother's Bistro / Cute, feminine, relaxed / Downtown / Post 
Slappy Cakes Super-family friendly / SE / Post 
Raven & Rose / Upscale Modern English (also good for lunch/dinner/ Downtown / Post 

Lunch
Portland is quite famous for it's vibrant food cart scene and so if you're looking to check them out, I'd definitely suggest doing it at lunch during the week as this is when the majority of them will be open. (Some are open at night/on the weekends but it really varies from cart to cart so hitting them up at lunch during the week is likely your best bet!)

Here are some of my favorite food carts:
Whole Bowl Vegetarian Deliciousness / Downtown Alder Pod
Kargi Gogo Georgian / Downtown Alder Pod / Post 
Grilled Cheese Grill Grilled Cheese / 3 Carts (Downtown Alder Pod/NE/SE) / Post 
Cultured Caveman / Paleo Deliciousness / 3 Carts (NE, SE, & Downtown)
Khao Man Gai / Famous Chicken & Rice / 2 Carts (Downtown Alder Pod/PSU)

Other lunch spots to check out (many are also good dinner spots as well!):
Lardo / Trendy Sandwiches (with lots of pork on the menu!) / Downtown/SE Hawthorne / Post 
Boke Bowl / Modern Ramen / SE Industrial / Post
Laughing Planet / Fast Casual with Paleo-friendly options / Multiple Locations

Happy Hour
(These are places that offer a good discount on food/drinks during HH, but are great for dinner too!)
Life of Pie / Woodfired Pizza / N Williams / Post
Little Bird Bistro / Classy Casual French Inspired / Downtown
Luc Lac Modern Hipster Vietnamese / Downtown / Post 
Davis Street Tavern / Trendy Classic Casual / Old Town
Clyde Common / Classy Hipster Trendy / Downtown / Post 
Bluehour / Swanky Upscale / Pearl District

Dinner
Piazza Italia / Authentic Italian Pasta / Pearl District
Urban Farmer / Upscale Modern Steakhouse / Downtown / Post
Laurelhurst Market / Steak-heavy Understated Upscale / Laurelhurst
Xico / Modern Upscale Mexican / Southeast Division / Post 
Irving Street Kitchen / Modern American Upscale Trendy / Pearl District / Post 
Old Salt Marketplace / Seasonal American Casual Hipster / Northeast / Post 
¿Por Que No? / Hipster Divey Tacos / N Mississippi & SE Hawthorne / Post
Bar Avignon Classy Hipster Trendy / SE Division
Gruner / Modern Upscale Hipster European / Downtown / Post 
Imperial / Modern Upscale Trendy American / Downtown / Post 
Sen Yai Hipster Casual Authentic Thai Noodles / SE Division 
The Matador / Trendy Southwestern / NW 23rd / Post 
Oven & Shaker / Gourmet Woodfired Pizza / Pearl District / Post 

Dessert/Sweets
Salt & Straw / Imaginative Ice Cream with long lines (worth it!) / (NW/NE/SE) / Post
Blue Star Donuts / Creative Artisan Donuts / Downtown / Post
Quin / Lovely Artisan Candy / Downtown (inside Union Way)
Pip's Original / Tiny Delicious Donuts / Northeast / Post 
Ruby Jewel Traditional but Great Ice Cream / Multiple Locations (Downtown/Mississippi) / Post
Voodoo Donut Donuts / Downtown / Post
Nuvrei Cute Modern Bakery (with an amazing macaron counter!) / Pearl District
St. Honore Boulangerie / Adorable French Bakery with drinks! / Alphabet District & SE Division

Breweries/Bars
Cascade Brewing Barrel House / Pioneers of the Sour Beer Movement - so good! / SE Buckman
Remedy Wine Bar / Cute Wine Bar / Pearl District / Post
Multnomah Whiskey Library / Great Gatsby-esque Whiskey Bar / Downtown / Post 
Bailey's Taproom / Beer Bar with a constantly changing selection of drafts / Downtown
The Rookery (upstairs in Raven & Rose) / Chill Cocktails / Downtown
Pepe Le Moko / Classy Secretive Hidden Gem (with awesome espresso martinis!) / Downtown
Base Camp Brewing / Brewery with a S'mores Stout w/ toasted marshmallow! / SE Buckman
The Commons Brewery / Small but fantastic, farmhouse-style brewery / Inner SE

Coffee Shops
If you're visiting, Stumptown is definitely the most well-known coffee here in Portland that most out-of-towners have heard of. They have multiple locations around Portland, and their coffee is served all over the place. But if you're wanting to try something a little different, here are some of my personal favorites...
Barista / Multiple Locations
Ristretto Roasters / NE (2 locations) & NW
Good Coffee / SE PDX (2 locations)
Heart / Downtown & E. Burnside
Case Study / Downtown & NE

What To Do
While food is definitely a main focus here in Portland, there are lots of other things to do as well! 
There are so many fun activities taking place thoughout the year, and I'm working on compiling a list of some of my favorites which I'll be adding to this page in the near future. Check back soon!

Other Resources
Eater Portland is my go-to website for info on the every changing restaurant scene here in Portland; I'd highly suggest checking it out for the most up to date information about where to eat now. Portland Monthly Magazine is another awesome place to get updates on exciting things happening around town, and I get a lot of my information about what's happening here in PDX through their Facebook page.

Portland Bloggers is group that's been really helpful since moving here. They've compiled a list of a ton of great Portland blogs and put on cool events throughout the year. I have met SO many people through this organization, so if you're a blogger and you're local, I'd recommend checking it out!

Last but not least...a question I get asked a lot since moving to Portland by people who don't live here is whether it's really like the show Portlandia...

And my answer is YES.
Most definitely.

While the show is definitely supposed to be a funny exaggeration, there are so many different sketches that are frighteningly realistic. But life here is definitely better than the show makes it seem ;)

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