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Best things to do in Portland

Art Museum
“A wonderful small museum in the center of the city with a fabulous collection.”
144local recommendations
Seafood Restaurant
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“Pristine oysters and shellfish, the famed Brown Butter Lobster Roll, and a James Beard Award-winning take on classic New England fare. Andrew Zimmern loves this place!”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Hot Suppa is a breakfast/brunch institution in Portland, that you should absolutely visit if you can. Waits for a table quickly get up to 45 minutes for breakfast on the weekends, so go extra early or on a weekday if you don't want to wait.”
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Bar
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“An excellent combination of fine local dining with a larger than average layout and a more relaxed vibe. We often take groups here. It's a bit easier to get in, but it's probably worth calling ahead if you're inclined.”
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Japanese Restaurant
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“Go for the steamed buns (with either tofu or pork belly), stay for the ramen, sushi, and local beers and cocktails. It can get a little smoky inside the restaurant, so sit outside if possible.”
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Museum
“Great views of Hussey Sound and Portland. Offers information on Portland’s history. ”
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Breakfast Spot
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“One of our favorite restaurants! Same owners as The Corner Room, The Grill Room and Boone's. ”
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Bar
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“My neighborhood bar. It's cozy and funky (gets a little loud and wild on Friday and Saturday nights, otherwise it's pretty tame and good for conversing over a drink or playing cribbage). ”
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Art Gallery
“"Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas. From our versatile home at 534-538 Congress Street, we: ● Curate visual art exhibitions ● Showcase music ● Present film screenings ● Facilitate lectures and discussions ● Foster a platform for contemporary experimental performance ● Rent below-market studios to artists with active practices ● Oversee a statewide granting program for artist-led initiatives and projects ● Invite national artists to stay in Portland through our residency program ● Encourage conversations about issues of social justice ● Engage the public in community events and open forums ● Collaborate with other nonprofits, artist-run projects, and performing arts organizations"”
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Museum
“Make a day and visit this amazing city; the children's museum is a special treat.”
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American Restaurant
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“This is our date night restaurant. Its quiet and cozy and the food is just what you want on date night. ”
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Bar
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“A thoughtfully assembled eclectic atmosphere and creative, high quality cocktails. The Jewel Box is a great place to start or end the night.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“One of the classic seafood places in Portland. You'll need a reservation. If you go right at 5 you might have luck getting one.”
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American Restaurant
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“Upscale-casual neighborhood gathering spot serves inspired American fare & wine in snug quarters. They do take online reservations for dinner and recently added brunch service.”
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Cafe
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“Guy Fieri and DDD put this diner on the must visit at least once bucket list stop.”
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Pizza Place
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“Fabulous pizzas. Grab a slice or dine in. Mashed potato bacon scallion is a must try.”
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