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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.
Art Museum
“A lovely, well curated museum:) A half hour walk or 10 minute drive on Congress Street to High Street.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“You've probably already heard of Eventide because it's the most highly rated place in Portland, in this case believe the hype. There will most likely be a long wait, so prepare for that before you go, it's worth it. If you're visiting in the off season and visit at unusual hours you may get lucky enough to be seated immediately (it's happened to us a couple of times). You must try the brown butter lobster roll, you won't regret it. They also have a killer late night happy hour if you need a bite after drinking in the Old Port.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“The most photographed lighthouse in America. If you miss this, you didn't visit Portland.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Pool Hall
“Great little section of Portland filled with chopping and terrific restaurants. 20 minute drive from our location”
  • 90 locals recommend
Park
“Home of Portland Headlight, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Many walking trails, and old forts to go through with a small beach area and photo ops aplenty as this is on a rocky coastline with Portland Headlight as the main attraction. This park offers sledding in the winter time, concerts and a childrens garden. Open sunrise to sunset.”
  • 83 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Sit-down sandwich shop & cafe in the Old Port known for its Belgian-style fries & delicious milkshakes. Very trendy & guaranteed to be busy in the summertime.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great place for bagels. People literally drop from all over and buy them by the trash bag to throw in their freezer.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Modern cafe in a converted 1960s gas station serving house-roasted coffees, pastries & sandwiches.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Definitely try to get the Waffle Plate. I would suggest avoiding coming here on a weekend as the wait tends to be one hour or longer. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Late-night eatery & bar specializes in Thai street food, including meat & veggie skewers.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Baseball Field
“Great place for a day trip. Take the ferry over and walk around and enjoy the day.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Go here if you're looking for ramen. They have a small menu, but it's all delicious! Also, of course, a large selection of local beers. This place is a great option for an affordable and filling dinner!”
  • 70 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“More traditional lobster and seafood, mostly outdoor seating and live music. Setting is on the dock can't beat it. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local scene with a Spanish tilt. Always new things on the menu. Tapas and good drinks.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Beach
“An easily accessible beach with great views and within walking distance to Scratch Baking in South Portland for the best bagel you'll ever eat.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Museum
“A cool lighthouse looking structure on Munjoy Hill. Cool history and great views.”
  • 56 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“You've probably already heard of Eventide because it's the most highly rated place in Portland, in this case believe the hype. There will most likely be a long wait, so prepare for that before you go, it's worth it. If you're visiting in the off season and visit at unusual hours you may get lucky enough to be seated immediately (it's happened to us a couple of times). You must try the brown butter lobster roll, you won't regret it. They also have a killer late night happy hour if you need a bite after drinking in the Old Port.”
  • 109 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Sit-down sandwich shop & cafe in the Old Port known for its Belgian-style fries & delicious milkshakes. Very trendy & guaranteed to be busy in the summertime.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Definitely try to get the Waffle Plate. I would suggest avoiding coming here on a weekend as the wait tends to be one hour or longer. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Late-night eatery & bar specializes in Thai street food, including meat & veggie skewers.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Go here if you're looking for ramen. They have a small menu, but it's all delicious! Also, of course, a large selection of local beers. This place is a great option for an affordable and filling dinner!”
  • 70 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More traditional lobster and seafood, mostly outdoor seating and live music. Setting is on the dock can't beat it. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bar
“Local scene with a Spanish tilt. Always new things on the menu. Tapas and good drinks.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Eclectic restaurant serving small plates & cocktails in a rustic, brick-walled setting. One of my top 5 favorites. If you stay with us, do ask for a little seating tip that almost guarantees a table.”
  • 60 locals recommend

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