Know Before You Go
This section was produced in collaboration with El Hispanic News, a monthly bilingual newspaper that is the oldest Hispanic publication in the Pacific Northwest and a leading source of information for the Hispanic community.
Latinx culture is alive and well in Portland. These markets, arts, attractions and restaurants display the best of the local Latinx community.
Latinx Attractions in Portland
Painted in vibrant shades of pink, yellow and turquoise, the Portland Mercado shines brightly as an innovative cultural hub for Portland. Opened in April 2015, the complex provides affordable launch space for local Latino-owned businesses. With more than a dozen enterprises — including a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop and food cart pod — in place, the Mercado has also become one of the city’s most delicious destinations.
Alberta Arts District
The Alberta Arts District is a multicultural neighborhood with numerous Mexican groceries and taquerías, as well as galleries, boutiques and restaurants. The Last Thursday art walk turns the street into a spirited open-air party on the last Thursday evening of each month.
You’ll find good examples of muralists’ art at Northeast 20th Avenue and Alberta Street, where attractive paintings grace the interior and exterior of the grocery store and the two taquerías. The Diego Rivera-inspired mural of a reclining woman in La Bonita Taquería is especially beautiful.
The Grotto, The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
A peaceful oasis in the midst of the city, The Grotto is set among 62 acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues and shrines are nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs. Gardens and gift shop are open daily; group tours and daily Mass are also offered.
Miracle Theatre Group
The Miracle Theatre Group, which deservedly dubs itself “the Northwest’s premier Latino arts and culture organization,” is the heart of Oregon’s Hispanic arts scene. In addition to offering Spanish, English and bilingual plays, festivals and musical performances, Miracle also features a community space for art exhibits and other events. Among their yearly seasonal offerings are the Día de los Muertos festival and Posada Milagro.
Portland Art Museum
The permanent collections at the Portland Art Museum include pre-Columbian art from Meso and South America, modern Mexican drawings and Latin American art.
Latinx Cuisine in Portland
Portland’s many food carts and taquerías offer plentiful casual opportunities to sample Latin foods, but also not to be missed are the city’s innovative and acclaimed fine Latin restaurants. Here’s a sampling of Portland’s many wonderful Latinx-influenced restaurants:
- Andina – Peruvian
- La Calaca Comelona – Mexican
- Nuestra Cocina – Mexican
- Pambiche – Cuban
- Verde Cocina – Mexican
- La Bonita – Mexican
Revolución Coffee House owner and community activist Maria Garcia pairs traditional Mexican recipes with social justice in downtown Portland.
Local diners can order up a wealth of delicious taco variations, from meaty morsels to vegetarian creations made with mushrooms, cactus and scrambled egg.
Portland is home to plenty of authentic eateries from every corner of Latin America. Read on for some of the best Latinx-owned restaurants and food carts in Portland.
Latinx Dance and Entertainment in Portland
Portland has a lively Flamenco scene (visit Experience Flamenco’s list of classes to find the right one for you). Other dance and entertainment venues include the annual Valen Tango festival (which returns every February), along with:
Aztec Willies is a restaurant and bar hosts salsa dancing every Saturday, as well as other culture-specific evenings such as Colombian Night, Brazilian Night and One Night in Cuba.
Santa Fe Taquería
Northwest Portland’s Santa Fe Taquería is a taquería and cantina that hosts salsa dancing every Thursday night.
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Shop for handmade crafts, snack on traditional recipes and enjoy entertainment straight from Guadalajara at this popular Cinco de Mayo festival.
Enjoy Portland's Hispanic and Latinx culture year-round.
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