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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. ”
  • 515 locals recommend
Park
“One of the best parks with little elevation gain. It's beautiful, quiet, relaxing, and big. Greenery as far as the eyes can see. ”
  • 514 locals recommend
Garden
“The Japanese Garden is a great place to visit during most of the year. Since some of the design elements are specifically made to incorporate rain, going there in the winter/spring when it’s wet is still a good experience. ”
  • 376 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Just a block away, the art museum is a bit of a maze. Make sure you travel across the underground tunnel to see the other half. ”
  • 272 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
“This is a great museum and day trip! Pack a lunch and wander the grounds admiring the views after touring. Or skip the tour and hike the area. It is a wonderful museum, well preserved and the historic shower is my favorite!”
  • 288 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
“Excellent place for spending day with kids. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is one of my kids favorite places to spend hours”
  • 279 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! ”
  • 253 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. ”
  • 244 locals recommend
Market
“Take public transportation or rent a bike if you can. The view is incredible, and you'll get to see the diversity the city offers. It's in the heart of the city, and you'll love the variety of vendors the locals offer.”
  • 244 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!”
  • 226 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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