City Guide

Portland

Poa Cafe | Photo via Valerie FidanPoa Cafe | Photo via Valerie Fidan
Poa Cafe | Photo via Valerie FidanPoa Cafe | Photo via Valerie Fidan
Poa Cafe | Photo via Valerie FidanPoa Cafe | Photo via Valerie Fidan
Poa Cafe | Photo via Valerie FidanPoa Cafe | Photo via Valerie Fidan

When I became a foodie…wait, is that even a thing? Or are you like born with it? IDK…Nevertheless, Portland was at the top of my list of places I wanted to #TravelToEat. When I got there, we hit the ground running trying every restaurant, ice cream shop (shocker), and coffee bar I could find. This place truly is a foodie’s palace. Most every restaurant we went to accommodated all dietary needs without making a fuss about it. It’s just completely the norm here. There’s so much to see in this quirky city, and I hope this guide helps you navigate your way through all the restaurants, things to do, and places to stay   :)!

xx, Kait♡

 

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Canteen | Photo via Valerie FidanCanteen | Photo via Valerie Fidan
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Eats:

Canteen: The menu has smoothies, juices, and sweet or savory bowls and is created using local and organic ingredients. The walnut taco salad is where it’s at! If there’s no room inside the restaurant, they have a heated patio to keep you toasty and warm.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Closes at 8 pm.

Poa Cafe: My friend and fellow food blogger, Valerie Fidan, is always at Poa! She’s a local and it’s one of her favorite spots. Poa’s menu keeps it simple while offering plenty of options for all lifestyles. They have delicious smoothies and wholesome foods like waffles, paninis, yogurt bowls, toast, and egg dishes.
Open for breakfast & lunch.

Dick’s Kitchen: This spot sources humanely-raised and grass-fed beef and supports local farmers. Although the restaurant primarily caters to carnivores and the paleo crowd, there’s room at the table for everyone. They have several vegan items, like the bbq tempeh burger as well as salads. The burgers here aren’t the best, but it’s still a great option, especially for a big group or family outing.
Open for lunch & dinner.

Harlow: If you can get past the long line at the door, you are in for one amazing meal! A completely organic and vegetarian restaurant that tastes good…yes, even to carnivores. The way they prepare their jackfruit creates a flavor that so perfectly resembles pulled BBQ. Breakfast here is my fave. The menu features walnut flapjacks, scrambles, soups, smoothies, lattes, and anything your heart desires.
Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. 

Prasad: Prasad is like a quicker version of their sister restaurant Harlow. The menu is simple but full of flavor. Their oatmeal is pure comfort in a bowl, but what’s even better is the granola bowl! It’s made with homemade granola and walnut milk and is out-of-this-world good! They also have savory rice bowls and yummy smoothies. There’s two locations in PDX: Prasad & Prasad East.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Closes at 8 pm.

Verde Cocina: Farm to fork, sustainable, locally sourced, and absolutely delicious Mexican food. They do such an amazing job catering to dietary needs. Every dish is made to order, so they don’t make you feel like an inconvenience when you completely change the menu. The carne asada was INSANE, so tender and juicy. For dessert, they have gluten-free & vegan local mini cheesecakes that are pretty yummy.
Open for lunch & dinner. Various locations, check hours. 

Bamboo Sushi: The first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world and it shows not only in quality and taste, but in everything else they do. My go-to’s here are The Local and the spicy tuna roll.
Open for dinner. SW location is open for lunch. Various locations, check hours. 

Quaintrelle: After tons of recommendations to go to Quaintrelle, we made New Years Eve reservations. What I love about this place is that seasonal and local ingredients shine in every plate made. Their menu is unique and full of taste & color. Quaintrelle is a must, especially for date night!
Open for dinner. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Cultured Caveman: A gourmet version of fast food. Our food came out made-to-order, but took no time at all. It’s a paleo-centered restaurant with items like grass-fed chili, chicken tenders breaded in coconut flour, and zoodles + meatballs. The food is diverse, flavorful, and made with simple ingredients.
Open for lunch & dinner.

Teote House Cafe: A lively restaurant with Latin American street food like gluten-free arepas and fried plantains. The best part of Teote was the atmosphere, patio seating, and the fried plantains. Jered got the Teote bowl and it was super good! Inexpensive and delicious food.
Open for lunch & dinner.

Carioca Bowls: A cure to your açaí bowl cravings. They use organic açaí and top it off with granola, banana, and your choice of two other toppings. Other menu items include Brazilian cheese bread, toast with your choice of nut butter, and savory kitchari bowls. They also have organic coffee and tea.
Open for breakfast & lunch.

¿Por Qué No? Taqueria: This place is a MUST. It’s bright, lively, and fun, plus the food is amazing. They use line caught fish, local meats, and organic greens for their dishes. But even better, they support the community through social justice initiatives. The tacos here are everything!
Open for lunch & dinner.

Roman Candle: A great selection of soups, artisan breads, sandwiches, and mouthwatering pizzas. The cheese toast and tomato soup is a must! They also have gf options like sprouted grain “Flax Jacks”.
Open for breakfast & lunch.

Food Trucks: There are so many great food trucks in Portland! There’s an entire square of them downtown but they tend to pop up every, so be on the look out.

 

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Sweets:

Eb & Bean: Organic froyo with dairy & non-dairy flavors. There’s no artificial anything, no corn syrup, and no preservatives. This frozen yogurt is super thick, creamy, and unlike any dairy-free froyo I’ve ever had. The toppings are a dream come true and include peanut butter magic shell, Honey Mama’s, coconut milk caramel, and mashmallow sauce. DON’T leave without getting one of the TOMBUMBLE candy bars.

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries: A vegan and gluten-free bakery. I seriously don’t know how they do it, but they do it so right. You can’t go wrong with the Banana Carrot Zucchini Spice cake with cream cheese frosting. They also feature Salt & Straw Ice Cream, which is super good! In addition to their bakery items, they offer vegan & gluten-free sandwiches and soups plus cocktails!

Blue Star Donuts: Blue Star is a food-conscious-donut-lover’s dream. Woah, say that 3x fast. They use organic flour and local/sustainable ingredients, and there’s absolutely no artificial flavorings, sugars, oils, or preservatives in their donuts. Sooo in that case, go ahead and get a dozen!

Salt & Straw: Ice cream done the right way. They always have one or two vegan options that are truly incredible. As far as their rich and creamy dairy options go, stick with the classics. The Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate are out-of-this-world.

Wiz Bang Bar: A innovative soft-serve ice cream bar by Salt & Straw that offers unique flavors and toppings. It’s like Salt & Straw on steroids. They also have a non-dairy roasted strawberry coconut soft serve that is delicious!

 

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Coffee & Drinks:

Tea Bar: A cute modern-tea shop using organic teas to create delicious tea lattes. The Golden Milk Latte and Cocoa Cinnamon Boba are two of the best things on the menu! They also have soft serve (dairy & non-dairy options) with rotating flavors like Golden Milk, Matcha, Cardamom Chai, & Pumpkin Pie Spice. It’s a great spot to relax, hang out with friends, and sip really good tea.

Kure Juice Bar: If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, Kure is the cure, no pun intended. All of their juices, acai bowls, and smoothies are spot on. The oatmeal bowl, called the Hot Mess isn’t so pretty to look at, but it’s a great tasty option if you’re wanting something besides a smoothie or an acai bowl for breakfast.

Townshend’s Teahouse: This spot is far more than just the kombucha you see on the shelf at Whole Foods. They are a full functioning tea bar with the most extensive chai menu I’ve ever seen. They also have other specialities include boba tea and loose leaf teas.

Heart Coffee Roasters: Love this place! When you walk in, the first thing you see is a glass full of sweet and savory pastries to be enjoyed along side their simple, yet delicious coffee menu. Their housemade cashew-almond milk lattes are yummy!

Groundwork Coffee: A California-born organic coffee shop! Not only are their drinks fantastic, but the food is next-level. Seriously, don’t leave without trying something.

Case Study Coffee: A coffee shop that focuses on their relationship with the farmers that grown their coffee.They have creative seasonal lattes and fabulous classics. The downtown shop is my favorite location because it’s so bright and airy with large glass windows.

Stumptown Coffee: Tons of locations in PDX. Their coffee is house-roasted and direct-trade. They have a selection of pastries from Roman Candle Baking Co (SO GOOD). As a Portland staple, it’s always pretty busy here.

Broth Bar by Salt, Fire, & Time: A bar dedicated to all things bone broth. Every ingredient is carefully sourced, grass-fed, and pasture raised, so you can rest assured that no antibiotics or hormones are in their broth.

Deschutes Brewery: Jered and I popped in here for for a little while to ditch the rain and we were so glad we did. There’s 18 beers on tap and much of the food is organic and locally sourced. Happy hour is Monday – Friday from 4 to 6pm.

Breakside Brewery: Super fun atmosphere! It’s got an industrial vibe with large patios and doors that give the entire space an indoor/outdoor concept. The Passionfruit Sour is my favorite! It’s refreshing and crisp with a nice sour punch at the end.

Clyde Common: The best place for cocktails in Portland. It’s right next to Ace hotel, so if you’re staying there, this is an added bonus. They have a daily happy hour from 3-6 pm and then 10pm – close. Cocktails and wine are $6 and beer is $4, plus they have tasty small bites to go along with it.

 

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Things to Do:

Powell’s Books: World’s largest independent book store with new, used, and rare books. Definitely worth it to take a peak.

Mississippi Avenue: Famous for the local shops and restaurants like Blue Star Donuts, Townshend’s Tea, Verde Cocina, Quaintrelle, and so much more. Definitely one of my favorite places we visited.

Districts & Neighborhoods: There’s so many places to explore. Downtown, Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, Alberta Arts District, NOB Hill, Hawthorne, and Belmont. Each district is unique and has cute shops, delicious restaurants, and fun things to do.

Wine Tastings: If you’re down to make the hour drive from Portland to wine country, you’ll be in a wine-haven. The tastings do get a little pricey, so I recommend checking it out before making the trip.

Portland Japanese Garden: One of the most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens in the world outside of Japan (according to critics…I’m just passing along the info haha). It costs around $10-15 to get in.

Sports: You’ve got the Portland Timbers, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Winterhawks, and even horse racing.

Parks: There are a TON of parks in the city limits. I’m talking more than 200 of them, all of which are lush and green and everything you expect of Oregon. Definitely head to Forest Park and hike to the Witch’s Castle. You’ll definitely want a picture of this.

Museums: World Forestry CenterPortland Art Museum, Pittock Mansion, and much more.

Silver Falls State Park: Located 60 miles from Portland, this park has a 10 waterfalls, one of which is 177 feet. The scenery and lush forested landscape is stunning!

Cannon Beach: An absolutely beautiful beach about 90 minutes from Portland. If you’re wanting to catch a glimpse of Oregon’s coastline and the iconic Haystack Rock, it’s worth the trip. The sunsets are absolutely breathtaking!

Multnomah Falls: One of Oregon’s most visited attractions and just a 30-40 minute drive from Portland. You’ll get a chance to see a 611 foot roaring waterfall that’ll leave you awestruck. Parking is free, but try to get there early if you want to find a spot.

Photo courtesy of Hotel MonacoPhoto courtesy of Hotel Monaco
Photo courtesy of Hotel MonacoPhoto courtesy of Hotel Monaco
Photo courtesy of Hotel MonacoPhoto courtesy of Hotel Monaco
Photo courtesy of Hotel MonacoPhoto courtesy of Hotel Monaco

Places To Stay:

Kimpton Hotel Monaco: This is where we stayed! It amazes me how cheap Portland hotels are compared to other places, especially a hotel like this. The rooms are quirky and unique and very comfortable- definitely has that Portland vibe going on. They have a happy hour in the lobby every night with local wine and snacks. The Hotel also has a restaurant called, Red Star Tavern that serves Northwest-inspired American dishes with lots of local, organic ingredients. It’s a beautiful hotel in a great location. Highly, highly recommend!

Hotel Rose: We stayed at a “StayPineapple” hotel in Seattle and really liked it. They all have the same vibe no matter where the location is and it’s super inexpensive! It’s fun, modern, dog-friendly, and there’s lots of accommodations…even a bike-share system. The people at the front desk are super helpful in answering any questions. Bonus- they always have cupcakes in the lobby!

Ace Hotel: A close walk to the famous Powell’s Books and the Pearl District. We’ve always liked staying at Ace Hotels. This one has a Stumptown coffee in the lobby where you can socialize or read a good book. They’re adjacent to a fantastic restaurant & bar, Clyde Common, and they have their own breakfast room on the second floor that serves locally sourced, homemade food. Dog-friendly, great location, cocktails, and coffee…now that’s a good hotel.

Airbnb: We’ve had several family members and friends use Airbnb in Portland and loved it. I did find that hotels were inexpensive here, so we didn’t really look into.

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