It’s a well-established fact: Portland is one of the world’s great food cities. Hearing this, someone might plan a trip to Portland, visit a few restaurants and head for home. But a Portland trip that only involves restaurants is missing out on so much of the excellent food Portland has to offer.
Because here are a few other important facts: Portland has incredible food carts. And farmers’ markets. And dessert spots and brewery food and burger chains (and more). So should a trip to the City of Roses involve a meal (or three) in a restaurant? Absolutely. But dig a little deeper into the Portland food scene and you’ll find all the many forms delicious Portland food can take.
Learn More About Portland Food
What kind of food is Portland known for?
What are some of the best Portland restaurants?
Is Portland a foodie city?
How can I find good food nearby in Portland?
Whether atop the city's tallest buildings or nestled next to a river, these Portland restaurants with a view offer a feast for the eyes (as well as the appetite).
Made like nowhere else in Portland, these often sold-out specialty dishes center heritage recipes and East and Southeast Asian cultural experiences.
Enjoy flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire and beyond at these African restaurants in Portland.
The food truck craze has swept the national food scene, and there are great options all across the country. But it’s hard to deny that Portland is America’s honorary food truck capitol (and the best of the food truck cities), for all kinds of reasons:
(1.) We’ve got our own cool name for them (because Portland always has to be a little bit different): food carts!
(2.) It’s the most food-cart friendly city — that means up-and-coming chefs can thrive, and there’s always an abundance of options.
(3.) Most Portland food carts are organized into food cart pods, so you can sample all kinds of cuisines in a single stop.
(4.) The simplest, most important reason of all: Portland food carts are delicious.
Portland is one of the world’s great street food cities — explore international flavors and unique new food concepts (without the wait of a sit-down restaurant) at Portland’s many food cart pods.
Portland for Foodies
There’s a reason foodies flock to Portland restaurants and bars — follow our three-day tour de fork for an ample taste of the best food city in America.
Popular Food Carts
Portland has hundreds of food carts serving countless cuisines — eat your way through breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at some of Portland’s award-winning, popular food carts.
Portland Indian Food Carts and Takeout
From comforting aloo gobi to softball-sized samosas, explore our non-comprehensive local’s guide to excellent Portland Indian food trucks and takeout.
Meet the family behind beloved eateries Nicholas, Ya Hala and World Foods Market, and discover how they helped build Portland's Lebanese food scene.
For three generations, Black-owned and family-run Portland trattoria Amalfi’s has been serving classic, old-school Italian recipes in a warm, casual setting.
Owner and chef Jenny Nguyen reflects on creating an inclusive community for women and LGBTQ+ sports lovers at The Sports Bra, the first and only U.S. sports bar highlighting women athletes.
Let’s say you can’t make up your mind about what to do for lunch — do you want to eat out, or make something at home? Why not head to a market, where both options are at your fingertips?
Peruse preposterously fresh produce and delectable meats (plus gifts, snacks, beverages and more), so you can get everything you need to whip up a feast. Or, if the delicious smells prove too tempting, swing by a market food cart and let someone else do the cooking after all. What’s more, there are markets all over the city, in all different styles: farmers’ markets, food halls, neighborhood markets and more.
Enjoy fresh, local produce, meals and treats at every Portland Farmers Market location.
With a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop, food cart pod and more, the Mercado is one of the city’s most delicious destinations.
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Portland is the craft beer capital and home to 70+ breweries. (No wonder we call it “Beervana!”)
With wine country in its backyard, Portland overflows with wine bars and urban wineries, offering special varietals from around the world.
Powered by a collective of artisanal spirit makers, Portland's craft distilling era has come of age.
Portland's passion for fine ingredients and careful craft extends into coffee cups — our guide to the Portland coffee scene will help you find must-try independent roasters and cozy, locally owned coffee shops.
Tea drinkers can enjoy a favorite cuppa or sample exotic varietals in Portland's teahouses. Chai tea, bubble tea and classic green tea are just a few of the many teas brewed in and around Portland.
Portland is home to expert mixologists and one of America’s most vibrant craft cocktail scenes — sip your way through the city’s signature drinks.
Sometimes you’ve just got to have something sweet, whether it’s the cherry on top of an excellent meal or a stand-alone “just because” treat. Fortunately, Portland is flush with top-notch bakeries, ice cream spots and doughnut shops (plus less common indulgences like s’mores and pies). And no matter where you find yourself in the city, a great dessert is sure to be nearby — treat yourself to the sweeter side of the Portland food scene today.
Ice Cream in Portland
Savor culinary creativity by the scoop at Portland's top ice cream spots, including regional chains, frozen yogurt shops and vegan options.
Amazing S’Mores Spots in Portland
These Portland spots are making delicious and creative gourmet variations on classic campfire s’mores.
Doughnut Shops in Portland
Voodoo is just one of many doughnut purveyors in Portland serving zany creations, gourmet flavors and gluten-free goodies.
Portland’s Best Pies
Every season is pie season in Portland! Sit down to a delicious slice made with Oregon-grown seasonal fillings at these favorite local pie spots.
Portland’s Best Bakeries
Nibble a Danish or slice of rustic bread with our expert guide to Portland’s best bakeries, including gluten-free and dairy-free options, plus award-winners galore.
Soft Serve Ice Cream in Portland
Portland’s devotion to ice cream has produced some of the nation’s top scoop shops, featuring both traditional and dairy-free options.
Portland Candy Makers and Chocolatiers
These Portland candy artisans craft unique sweets, be they creamy cacao confections, rainbow-colored candies or salty-sweet treats.
Since 2003, Portland's Voodoo Doughnut has sold millions of wacky, sugary snacks — and the downtown landmark still attracts lines at all hours of the day.
Get your comfort food fix — whether you’re hankering for mac and cheese, fries topped with gravy or a steaming bowl of pho, these local dishes don't disappoint.
Sample the city’s tastiest slow-cooked meats (and more!) at these local gems — savor brisket, ribs and even vegetarian options at Portland's best barbecue spots.
Eat your way through Portland to find soul food dishes that taste like they were flown in from the Mississippi Delta.
Anyone with a dietary restriction or a dietary preference has experienced the frustration of investigating a package, a label or a menu and failing to find the info they need. This is one area where Portland really shines: chefs and servers tend to be highly informed on the food they serve, meaning they’re well-equipped to help you navigate your options. Portland is also home to an abundance of restaurateurs who specialize in specific diets, and there are a variety of spots that are perfect fits for diners who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto and more.
As the demand for gluten-free options has grown, Portland’s forward-thinking chefs have set their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
Vegetarian Guide to Portland
Nearly every Portland menu features vegetarian options made from fresh, local ingredients, and many restaurants serve vegetarian food exclusively — experience the Portland vegetarian scene that foodies of all stripes have come to love.
Vegan Guide to Portland
From ice cream to comfort food to fine dining, Portland’s vegan restaurants and businesses make the city a herbivore haven.
Healthy Food in Portland
Portland may be known for its ice cream, doughnuts, cured meats and fish sauce chicken wings, but it’s also a heavenly spot for healthy eats.
Downtown Portland restaurants run the gamut — you'll find everything from budget lunch options at a multitude of food carts to delicious fine dining at acclaimed dinner spots in central city.
Lloyd offers a full menu of dining options, whether you're spending the day at the Oregon Convention Center or an exciting night at The Moda Center.
Where to eat after last call? These Portland bars and restaurants keep their kitchens open late, serving high-quality food into the night.
And the options don’t stop there. “Food” in Portland can mean so many things, and there’s always more delicious exploring to be done — from the Alberta Arts District to the Pearl District, from Northwest Portland to Southeast Portland, from ramen restaurants to taquerias to sushi spots.
Portland’s Top Taquerias
Follow our guide to Portland's top taquerias and find a wide variety of tasty tacos — from meaty morsels to vegetarian creations — in every part of town.
Portland Ramen Restaurants
The Portland ramen scene has exploded in recent years, spurred by the arrival of two authentic eateries straight from Tokyo.
Portland’s Best Dumplings
From Polish pierogi to Japanese gyoza, nothing says comfort food like these doughy pockets of goodness — no matter when you visit Portland, enjoy a variety of dumplings at these terrific eateries.
Eight Great Sushi Spots Around Portland
Portland is only an hour away from the Pacific Ocean, so it should come as no surprise that the city’s sushi options are both delicious and expansive.
Middle Eastern Eateries in Portland
Portland’s Middle Eastern restaurants promise rich Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian flavors, warming spices and authentic cultural traditions.
Thai Food in Portland
Thai food in Portland is some of the city's best cuisine with options that are cheap or pricey, sweet or savory, authentic or Americanized, vegan or meaty.
Portland Soup Spots
Whether you’re craving ramen, Mexican pozole or classic chicken noodle, these local soup spots will warm you from the inside out.
Chef Carlo Lamagna Brings Filipino Food to the Forefront in Portland
Chef Carlo Lamagna's Magna explores the wide world of Filipino cuisine.
You can do good while sipping delicious twists on a classic cocktail during Portland's Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
Head to Oaks Amusement Park for their annual Oktoberfest, where you can expect several beers on tap, delicious German food, live bands and performances by dance groups. "Willkommen" back to Oktoberfest, the first one since 2019. This fall family festival returns with three days of authentic German food and beer, polka music, dancing, kids' activities,…
Dust off the Lederhosen and Dirndls…. Oktoberfest is here. Priost! has Commemorative Bier steins and a bunch of fest bier coming to put on tap and will do some new food specials. They will be playing some of your favorite German drinking songs, decorating the pub, and being geared up for a good time. Capacity…
Lents International Farmers Market opens on Sunday, June 4, 2023, and is open every Sunday through November 19, 2023. The Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by…
The Portland Flea + Food is a gathering place for the creators, curators and collectors held the last weekend of the month from April to October in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally sourced goods in town. Saturdays at Ecotrust: 721 NW 9TH…
With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market at Shemanski Park is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner — or supplies for an alfresco picnic. (Wednesdays 10…
The popular Woodstock Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, fresh juices, sweets, cheese, meat and more from 30+ vendors, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.
The Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University will be open every Saturday, year-round. April through October hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. November through March hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market at PSU is located in Downtown Portland in the South Park Blocks between SW College & Montgomery Streets.
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