Mixing fresh, local ingredients with a colorful community of inventive chefs, Portland’s food and drink scene is a recipe that can’t be recreated anyplace else — the City of Roses has been called the “foodie (and drinkie) capital of America” by The Telegraph, the “Best Food City in America” by The Washington Post and the nation’s best beer city by Thrillist. But don’t take their word for it — taste for yourself at these can’t-miss culinary stops serving up some of the best sips and nibbles in Portland.
There’s no getting around the calories on this trip, so burn them early by walking to Mother’s Bistro, located in Portland’s easy-to-traverse downtown. Reservations are recommended, but it’s worth waiting in line for their Pacific Northwest take on traditional dishes, like the wild salmon hash or the portabella scramble.
After breakfast, explore downtown by foot. From Portland Saturday Market to Pioneer Courthouse Square (Portland’s “living room”) and Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, you’ll find plenty of places to see the sights, shop for souvenirs or just sit and admire the city. Consider Teardrop Lounge in the nearby Pearl District for elevated small plates and some truly tempting cocktails (it’s been called one of the best bars in the country).
Your light lunch, and a stroll through the Pearl District to Northwest Portland, should leave you hungry for dinner at G-Love. This “reverse steakhouse” flips the script on an American restaurant institution, with vegetables harvested at their peak taking center stage, while proteins play a supporting role as side dishes. Order “The Works” for a special family-style tasting menu.
Try to save a little room for one of Portland’s favorite late-night treats at Voodoo Doughnut. From their bacon maple bar to their purple-licious “grape ape” doughnut, these sweet treats aren’t just for breakfast. And that’s a good thing, since this raucous flagship location is open 24 hours a day.
You’ll spend your second day on the east side, so say goodbye to downtown for now. Start your morning with a freshly brewed pot of artisanal tea at Steven Smith Teamaker, or sample from a flight of four or eight blends at their tasting room, located inside a century-old former blacksmith shop. You may have heard of popular Central Eastside spot Kachka, whose elevated Russian fare has won rave reviews. Kachka Lavka, their upstairs market and deli counter, is a treat for those in the know. Pay them a visit for a delicious breakfast or brunch — on your way out, peruse frozen dumplings, Russian pantry staples and picnic-ready deli items like charcuterie, fish and fresh-baked bread.
Your next stop? Outer Southeast Portland, where you’ll find the Portland Mercado, the city’s first Latino public market and an awesome spot for lunch. They offer eight rainbow-hued food carts, several indoor markets and a coffee shop, all of which are owned by Latinx entrepreneurs. Travel through South and Central American cuisine from cart to cart (then hop inside to stock up on hard-to-find imports from Guatemala, Colombia and beyond).
For dinner, take your pick of two nearby Chinese spots offering top-notch dumplings, noodles and more: at Master Kong you’ll find delicious food, house-made sauces and friendly service in a no-frills diner setting. HK Café is a beloved, sprawling spot with an expansive menu in the heart of the Jade District. If you’ve got time to kill after dinner, spend a little while exploring the vibrant Jade District further — wander the bustling Fubonn Shopping Center, or stop into Bliss Lounge for karaoke and a stiff drink.
With such a highly praised and delicious food scene, it comes as no surprise that Portland chefs have racked up a few James Beard Awards over the years.
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Start your last day with a local legend, The Original Pancake House. Located in Southwest Portland, and beloved by Portland native James Beard, this is the historic 1953 home of the national chain. Their Dutch Baby is a massive, air-filled apple pancake that’s more than big enough to share (though you won’t want to). After cashing out (and we do mean cash — this old-school eatery doesn’t take plastic), spend the rest of your morning exploring nearby Multnomah Village, home to quaint boutiques and toy and book shops.
Portland is home to breweries galore and some of the finest beer on Earth. Combine this robust brewery scene with the many bustling brewpubs and the abundance of beer-themed events, and you have a true must-visit beer destination.
Urban Wineries in Portland
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Portland’s Signature Cocktails
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Tea: Portland’s Other Hot Brewing Scene
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Portland’s Craft Distilleries
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Head back to the east side for lunch, where Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard’s Por Qué No serves up street tacos and bowls that are big on ingredients but reasonable on the wallet. Beat the lines by timing your trip before or after peak meal times. If you need a drink before dinner, small-batch urban winery Teutonic Wine Company specializes in German-style wines, offering daily, wallet-friendly tasting flights while bartender-chosen vinyl pipes through the stereo. For a more personal touch, schedule a private wine tasting (along with a complimentary cheese plate) with Teutonic’s winemaker, Barnaby Tuttle.
For your last big meal, head to minimalist-chic Tusk for Israeli- and Moroccan-inspired cuisine with fresh twists. The menu boasts salads bursting with colors (including those of edible flowers), house-made pita, innovative cocktails and surprises like soft-serve sundaes — a sweet final touch to a long day of dining.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care and…
Year-round on Saturdays, the Hollywood Farmers Markets hosts 50+ vendors, bringing you the best of the region’s agricultural bounty. In addition to amazingly fresh, local food, you’ll find live music, children’s activities, and fun events throughout the season. April through September, every Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM,October and November, every Saturday 9 AM to…
Oregon’s booming distillery industry is on fire. Celebrate the best of what Oregon offers in whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, aquavit and much more. Find your new favorite distilled spirit, get tips on making cocktails, find the best mixers and enjoy some great food. Oregon Distilled features 30+ distillers, 120+ different spirits, five impeccable chefs, fine…
It’s the triumphant return of the Portland Mercury’s HIGHBALL. That’s correct: Get ready for an ENTIRE WEEK (February 20-26) of specially crafted, original cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town… and get this; they’re only $8 each. The Mercury teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland — along with our cocktail-lovin’…
Enjoy fresh Oregon seafood (at the peak of Dungeness Crab season) as well as wine, craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits as you browse the myriad of exhibitors. Over 60 of Oregon’s finest wineries offer you tastings. This is a family-friendly event. You are encouraged to bring the whole family to enjoy face painters, balloon…
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at the annual Ho’ike show, featuring traditional Polynesian dancing, accompanied by live music from a halau band. Enjoy Lu’au: Ohana (family) style dining and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and sponsors.
Hop aboard the Portland Spirit for an Easter brunch to remember. Your family and friends will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Willamette River, a delicious Northwest brunch buffet, “bottomless” mimosas or sparkling cider, live piano music, an appearance from Cinnabunny and ever-changing river views. What’s Included: 2-hour cruise on the Willamette RiverViews of the…
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