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Things to do in Portland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bookstore
“Possibly the most interesting bookstore you’ve ever visited. The world’s largest independent bookstore. New, used and rare selections. ”
  • 516 locals recommend
Park
“Huge urban park in west hills, includes the Zoo, Rose Garden, play grounds, trails, Hoyt Arboretum, ”
  • 515 locals recommend
Garden
“four-season beauty and a must-visit for nature lovers. It’s located in Washington Park near the Oregon Zoo and Rose Garden”
  • 377 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“located downtown offers rotating exhibits and loads of special offerings. Check out their events calendar for more information”
  • 271 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Don’t be fooled by the other locations. This is the real one and worth the wait! World famous chef Andy Ricker’s first place. The spicy wings are so addictive you want to order more. And the spicy boar collar , (just ask them) is the best thing on the menu. This is my favorite place to eat in Portland. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
Museum
“historic mansion built in the early 1900s by early Portland pioneers with breathtaking views of the city”
  • 287 locals recommend
Bar
“My personal favorite McMenamins ever. What could be better than an old school turned into a maze of restaurants, bars and a movie theater? Detention was never so much fun. ”
  • 352 locals recommend
Science Museum
“With a planetarium, a giant-screen theater, the retired USS Blueback navy submarine, traveling exhibits and “After Dark” events, OMSI is the attraction for all ages.”
  • 278 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Small venue that hosts some great live shows. The sound is amazing. Also theres a chill bar and restaurant attached if you just want to hang on a cool patio.”
  • 266 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“located in Washington Park near the Oregon Zoo and Portland Japanese Garden. This is not a spot to be missed in the spring or summer! ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Zoo
“is set in beautiful, rolling hills above Portland with loads of fun for the whole family. The Max train goes right there!”
  • 180 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Alberta Location - Seriously- this place will ruin you for any other ice cream. Seasonal menu changes monthly. Several locations. Not to be missed while you are in Portland. The Alberta location is closest to Vancouver. Snickerdoodle is the bomb and always on the menu. ”
  • 283 locals recommend
Park
“Laurelhurst Park is a classic city park, with a little of something for everyone. Playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and on the other side of a quiet road a wide park in the midst of tall trees with a duck pond and fountains. The walking paths are paved and suitable for those of all abilities, and the park has an off-leash area for dogs. There are numerous benches and picnic spots including a few barbecues, so it is easy to spend a whole day there enjoying the people and the park.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Many good: restaurants, brew pubs, coffee shops, etc. in the area of the home. Walkable good shopping for groceries. Excellent mass transit options. Great bicycle routes to anywhere in the city. Easy parking. ”
  • 245 locals recommend
Market
“Wonderful local artisans and food delights abound here, a little slice of Portland heaven!”
  • 243 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 243 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“Don’t be fooled by the other locations. This is the real one and worth the wait! World famous chef Andy Ricker’s first place. The spicy wings are so addictive you want to order more. And the spicy boar collar , (just ask them) is the best thing on the menu. This is my favorite place to eat in Portland. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
Bar
“My personal favorite McMenamins ever. What could be better than an old school turned into a maze of restaurants, bars and a movie theater? Detention was never so much fun. ”
  • 352 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Small venue that hosts some great live shows. The sound is amazing. Also theres a chill bar and restaurant attached if you just want to hang on a cool patio.”
  • 266 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 243 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Well worth the drive and into Portland. Great atmosphere and service with big portions and great drinks. We love going there for breakfast!”
  • 225 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“one of the neighborhood’s favorite eateries, but that’s for a reason and it’s not a secret, so expect a wait. They have a wide variety of menu items so you’re sure to find something for every palate”
  • 206 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Very unique place to eat at and a good variety of dishes to choose from. One of a kind!”
  • 217 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Arguably, some of the best Mexican food around. 2 locations. The line out the door at times tells no lie. The pork carnitas are where it's at. ”
  • 201 locals recommend

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