Portland is famous for its ubiquitous rainy days, and there are certainly plenty of cozy bookstores and coffee shops where you can curl up with an artisan latte and a good book and ride out the weather. But hidden inside Portland’s quirky bookworm shell is a social butterfly secret; in and around the energetic downtown core are myriad award-winning eateries, brewpubs and distilleries, cafes and shops. And all those rainy days mean spectacularly floral and verdant springs and summers, so the urban hiking in Portland is unparalleled. Follow our guide below on things to do around the city — we can’t guarantee you’ll have time to catch up on your reading.
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You don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the vibrant culinary creativity and rich local flavors of the Pacific Northwest. James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley’s seafood-focused and farm-sourced Headwaters is just downstairs, and offers in-room dining to guests.
If Chef Paley’s Russian-inspired flavors have captivated your palate, the incredibly popular Kachka is just across the river, with takeout and curbside pickup available. Dishes such as the Herring Under a Fur Coat and the Baltic Sprat Buterbrodi demonstrate a devoted fondness for a distinctive and delicious heritage.
Across the river from downtown in the charming Westmoreland neighborhood, The Bible Club serves masterful cocktails in antique crystal glassware in a darkly diverting pre-Prohibition interior. The speakeasy’s back patio bar, Revival, offers fresh air, live music and room to stretch your legs on endless summer days.
With a staggering 99 taps, all pouring craft beers brewed in the great state of Oregon, Loyal Legion offers any beer enthusiast a grand selection. With luxe, high-backed booths, or growlers to go, so you can imbibe in the solitude of your hotel room, Loyal Legion offers a chance to learn which types of Oregon craft beer you enjoy, from hop varietals to brewing styles.
Forest Park is the largest urban wilderness park in the U.S., sprawling 5,000 acres within Portland’s city limits. A quick drive from the hotel, Forest Park has 70 miles of trails winding through its dense, lush woodlands, and is home to elk, flying squirrels, bobcats, hairy woodpeckers, owls and newts. Take an evening walk on the Dogwood Loop, a three-mile loop covered by a canopy of Douglas fir and bigleaf maples, with yellow woodland violets and trilliums coming out to play in spring, and fairy bells and candy flowers popping up in the summer.
Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the iconic Portland International Rose Test Garden features over 10,000 gorgeous, sweet-smelling roses, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year, for peaceful meandering, top-notch skyline views, and unbeatable floral selfies. Free public tours are offered daily at 1PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Stop to smell the roses with a nice picnic lunch.
Address: 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
James Beard-Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley created Headwaters to pay homage to all the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Located right inside the Heathman, Headwaters uses all local, seasonal and farm-sourced ingredients. Dishes are sophisticated but unfussy, focused on the freshness of the seafood and produce. Headwaters also hosts an acclaimed weekend Russian Tea Service in the Heathman Hotel Library, with traditional Russian dishes passed down from Chef Paley’s own grandmother — which is a very special midday treat, indeed.
Address: 1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Chef Vitaly Paley’s first restaurant, opened in 1995 in a converted house in the Nob Hill neighborhood, Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar celebrates the heritage cuisines of France and Russia, as well as the seasonal and sustainable ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. With Chef Paley at the helm, known for his impeccable mastery of flavors and culinary techniques, even simple dishes like charcuterie boards are elevated to heavenly heights and have extreme foodie followings.
Address: 960 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
In Southeast Portland, Kachka is serving not only what is considered by many to be the best Russian food in the city, but in the country. With a beautifully cozy interior and wonderfully kind and informative waitstaff, if Kachka is your introduction to Russian cuisine, you won’t be led astray, and it might become your new favorite. Kachka has an extensive menu of small and sharing plates, cocktails and vodkas, and reservations are strongly recommended.
Address: 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
The James Beard Award-winning chef of Kachka, Bonnie Morales, opened Kachinka so guests could have a late-night, homey place nearby to inexpensively drink cocktails and enjoy her incredible Russian dumplings. It certainly offers that, but there are plenty of drinking snacks to choose from, like pumpernickel hot dogs or a Russian-inspired poutine. These might be the most satisfying bar snacks you’ve ever tasted.
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.
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.
Address: 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
A favorite Portland brewery located in the Pearl District,10 Barrel is known for pizzas, indulgent brewpub eats and a huge selection of locally brewed beers, Check out the huge rooftop patio to catch some summer sun while you sample the ten-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, using fresh fruits, herbs and spices, and 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!
Greenleaf Juicing Co.
Address: 617 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
With two pounds of fruits and veggies going into a glass of juice, sipping on one of Greenleaf’s concoctions will likely make you feel like you’ve been behaving and eating healthy for a week. In addition to creative and fresh juice blends, Greenleaf serves delicious smoothies, breakfast bowls, salads and steamed soups.
The Bible Club
Address: 6716 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
If you’re looking for the surreptitious-speakeasy vibe, hop across the river to the Westmoreland neighborhood. The Bible Club, with its cheeky, contradictory name, is full of charming, pre-Prohibition-era décor and music, transporting you to a time of secret passwords and glamorous gatherings. The cocktails, however, are decidedly modern, imaginative and tasty.
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.
Multnomah Whiskey Library
Address:1124 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.
Address:710 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Loyal Legion, in Southeast Portland, is certainly loyal to the breweries of our wide-ranging home state. With 99 Oregon-brewed beers on tap, visitors and locals alike can taste all the flavor variations, brewing styles and hop varieties that the generous and diverse region has to offer.
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.
Address: 65 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214
Just across the river in what’s known as Distillery Row, where a veritable treasure trove of local distilleries set up shop in Inner Southeast Portland, you’ll find Westward Whiskey. Started over 15 years ago on the foundations of minimalism and the pursuit of perfection, Westward now distills single-malt whiskey, aquavit, vodka and other spirits. Distillery tours, classes and tastings are available — check the schedule online.
Case Study Coffee Roasters
Address:802 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
If you’re looking for the perfect place to hunker down with your laptop so you can finally get some chapters done on your novel, look no further than Case Study Coffee Roasters. With enormous picture windows that bring a bright and inviting light to the tables inside, and warm wooden paneling that makes it feel a bit like a library, you’ll feel relaxed and ready to write. Case Study roasts their own beans in small batches, and it’s a smooth and balanced brew.
Address: 408 NW Couch St Suite 408, Portland, OR 97209
Part coffee shop, part shoe gallery, Deadstock Coffee is a stylish haven where sneaker heads 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 look at some pretty sweet (and sometimes rare) kicks.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Tabor Park
Mount Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone in Southeast Portland (don’t worry, unlike its brethren in the nearby Cascade range, it’s long extinct), and there is a beloved 191-acre public park built atop it — offering fresh air and respite from the city, only steps away from urban comforts. At 636 feet high, the summit of Mount Tabor provides breathtaking views of Portland, especially on a clear summer day, and you can reach it by one of three official trails, winding through heavily forested paths, up steep stairs and along the scenic reservoir, or meandering around while enjoying the mountain views. Bikes are allowed on paved roads and marked trails, and dogs are allowed off-leash in the fenced dog 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.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Address: 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Known locally as “The Schnitz,” Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is on the same block as the Heathman Hotel, and is a Portland institution. Built as a vaudeville venue in 1928, the historic theater now hosts big-name concerts, lectures, plays, symphonies and dance performances. It holds nearly 2,776 seats in its two levels, and the scrolled, green “Portland” marquis is a favorite photo-op for visitors.
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Stationed along the eastern banks of the Willamette River, OMSI (as locals call it) is a sprawling museum with five vast halls full of over 200 interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Attend a Maker Workshop and learn how to make your own cider or sauerkraut, as well as the science behind the craft, or attend an OMSI After Dark event, and talk science while you nosh on gourmet snacks and adult beverages and enjoy the sparkling riverfront views.
Portland Art Museum
Address: 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Housed in a collection of modernist-style buildings along downtown Portland’s South Park Blocks, Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. Among a rotating collection of progressively minded and forward-thinking exhibitions, it boasts a permanent collection of more than 42,000 objects, including a preeminent Pacific Northwest Native American art exhibit, and prominent works by Warhol, Renoir, Monet and Kehinde Wiley.
Address: 426 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Next Adventure is a locally owned and operated outdoor supply store that sells or rents absolutely everything you could ever need for your river, mountain, beach or desert adventure, whether you’re camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, climbing or exploring the outdoors in any imaginable way — they’ve got the gear to outfit you. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about both sports and local conditions, and can answer any questions you may have about venturing out to Mt. Hood for a day of snowboarding or to Pacific City for Oregon-style surfing. Head downstairs to check out the Bargain Basement, a vast selection of lightly used name-brand clothing and equipment at — you guessed it — bargain prices.Hea
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.
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.
Address: 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Tucked in among some of Portland’s best restaurants and boutique shopping in the Nob Hill neighborhood is the Mission Theater, a spacious single-screen cinema with a wraparound balcony and comfortable seating. Once an evangelical mission, this McMenamins property boasts a full bar downstairs, first-run showings, and enormous slices of gourmet pizza. In addition to the opportunity to see a popular new movie in a historic space, the Mission features live and interactive events such as Drag Queen Bingo.
Powell’s City of Books
Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Powell’s needs no introduction; an entire city block of books — three stories, nine rooms, 68,000 square feet — getting lost in the pages takes on a whole new meaning at Portland’s most famous and fervently adored bookstore. Start at the Southeast corner and see if you can make it through Fiction without stopping for lunch. Make sure you stop by the Rare Book Room upstairs, home to some 9,000 fascinating antique volumes.
Address: 1313 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Used record store Everyday Music was started 35 years ago, in the heyday of Portland’s Grunge scene. As you wander the aisles, you might be able to picture legendary Portland rockers like Elliott Smith or Carrie Brownstein rifling through the CDs for the find of a lifetime, looking for inspiration for what would become some of our favorite songs. Since they only buy and sell used music and movies, Everyday Music is all about the search — the treasure hunt. Just like a library, give yourself some time to scour the stacks, and enjoy the hunt.
Address: 1136 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
IGWT sells handmade apparel and jewelry ethically produced in New York and Los Angeles, all designed by owner and Portlander, Shana Tabor. The fashions are bold and colorful, with strong lines and whimsical details, but restrained enough to wear to work. The jewelry is constructed with premium materials, and ranges from striking and irreverent to delicate and minimalist.
Frances May is an Indigenous woman-owned boutique that features independent designers, with a focus on local Portland BIPoC creative voices. You can find timeless, well-crafted men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing pieces that you (or your family) will wear for many years to come, as well as divinely scented bath and body products and smart and stylish housewares. The shop is always cleverly curated and the stock is updated often, but the helpful staff is their greatest asset — knowledgeable about each and every designer and with a keen eye for style, they can assist you in selecting the perfect piece or pieces to elevate your wardrobe.
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 turned 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..
Address: 404 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
WILDFANG is a whole mood. A female- founded, women- run clothing and lifestyle shop, – Wildfang set out to create a space for badass womxn everywhere.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!
Address: 916 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
A scent development lab MAAK Lab is a local brand that combine experimental scents with unconventional equipment and machinery to achieve imaginative result 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.
If you are having a medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately.
Address: 622 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
A full service pharmacy and convenience store.
Address: 202 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Make an appointment online or walk-in.