Portlanders love to see — and show off — their city on foot. The following tours, led by knowledgeable locals, combine entertainment, education and exercise.
Portland Walking Tours
Portland Walking Tours offers the following tours daily: Best of Portland, featuring favorite city sights; Underground Portland, which takes you through — and below — the streets of historic Old Town; Beyond Bizarre tour (complete with “real ghost-hunting equipment”); and the Epicurean Excursion to restaurants, food carts, bakeries and more. The Flavor Street food cart tour, indulgent Chocolate Decadence tour and adult-beverage-focused We Got Tipsy in Portland tour are offered every weekend, year-round.
Forktown Food Tours
Focusing on Portland’s many culinary offerings, Forktown Food Tours offers neighborhood tours of restaurants, bakeries, food carts and more: Downtown and the Pearl District (Wednesdays and Fridays), Downtown and the Portland Farmers Market (Saturdays), the Northwest 23rd Avenue and the Alphabet District (Thursdays), North Mississippi Avenue (Saturdays and Sundays) and Southeast Division Street (Fridays).
Know Your City
Local nonprofit Know Your City “connects people to place” through various programs and unique walking tours. Their recurring tours offer interesting insights on A People’s History of Portland, which tours Portland’s Chinatown and explores its African American and LGBT roots, and Sing a Song of Portland, a sing-along romp through Portland’s musical history, including some of its iconic rock clubs and record labels. Know Your City also has flagship tours focused on underrepresented voices, social justice and more specific themes that are only offered once or twice; check out their calendar for more information.
Secrets of Portlandia
A free, offbeat walking tour of downtown, Old Town/Chinatown and the Pearl District, Secrets of Portlandia bills itself as stand-up comedy about Portland’s history and culture. The tour meets daily, May-September, at 11 a.m. in front of Pioneer Courthouse and covers aspects of the city like its obsession with beer, bikes and beards, its seedy history and the Voodoo Doughnut origin story, along with advice from local tour guides and plenty of photo ops. From July 1–Sept. 11, 2016, there will be an additional tour starting at 2:30 p.m.
Third Wave Coffee Tours
Find out what fuels Portland with Third Wave Coffee Tours. You’ll visit microroasters and cafes, learn brewing methods, sample shots of espresso and compare coffee varieties in a formal cupping session. Third Wave offers several neighborhood-specific tours, covering downtown, the Pearl District and the central eastside, as well as a Portland Streetcar tour exploring coffee in different districts along the streetcar line.