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Best things to do in Portland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“A great place to try tons of different beers from near and far with a fun outdoor deck with corn hole. ”
53 locals recommend
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“Close by, groceries and produce comparable to Whole Foods. Great wine and cheese selection too! 5 Minute Walk ”
49 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Awesome space. Super chill with duck fat now. Get the farmhouse ale. That’s the one”
36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular marina mainstay in a huge former car ferry offers seafood, nautical decor & harbor views. They do have their own parking lot and validate your parking, while you dine with them.”
37 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“most photographed lighthouse ever - very picturesque with a rock climbing wall - serious rockclimbers right next to it and a nice park with spectacular ocean views. Also has one of the top 10 spots to buy a lobster roll at the food cart there ”
38 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Hunt and Alpine Club is my favorite cocktail bar in Portland. It features scandinavian small plates & clever cocktails in a minimalist space with a bar & communal tables. Everything there is expertly prepared and worth trying. Tip: The green chile/parmesan popcorn from the late night menu is delicious.”
38 locals recommend
Museum
“Plenty of Maine history in Longfellow's original home. Downtown on Congress St. Nice gardens are maintained.”
28 locals recommend
Bakery
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“NOTE! The location on this recommendation is not correct. Rosemont opened their Falmouth location in February, 2019 at 231 US Route 1. If you turn left out of our driveway and walk/drive up to the traffic light at Route 1. Rosemont Market is on the left side. Fabulous breads, bakery treats, takeout food, great wine selection. Rosemont Markets are a local favorite, and we LOVE having them here in Falmouth now!”
39 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pan-Asian vegetarian fare, from tempeh curry to noodles with vegan duck. We really like it here and never a miss! No reservations, so plan accordingly to arrive at the start of service.”
43 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“OK disclaimer: I've worked here for 23 years. But there's a REASON I worked here 23 years - I love this place. The food is phenomenal - the haddock sandwich is a MUST TRY, as is the lobster stew. It's a great place to go on your own, too. Sit at the bar and you'll likely make friends pretty quickly. We have tables inside and outside, our drinks are strong and our food delicious. ”
40 locals recommend
Brewery
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“If you are a hops-addict, Bissell Brothers, one of Portland's most renowned breweries, is the place for you. They are located on Thompson's point, which is a little out of the way, so plan transportation accordingly.”
36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Named best beer bar in Maine in 2018, Great Lost Bear features 80+ taps, with lots of local selections available. Check their website for an up to date draught menu.”
37 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“This just reopened this spring as Blue Spoon Cafe. I haven't experienced it yet, but I hear the coffee is great and the atmosphere is very sweet for a quick bite/coffee. ”
47 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a nice venue to take in some jazz or world music. I'm not the one to chase a night scene, so I prefer week nights. ”
41 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Take them out to a Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field. Our minor league team affiliated with the Red Sox. Tickets $8-13, or $30 for the all-can-eat section.”
28 locals recommend
Cafe
“Good for a boost if you've wandered up Munjoy Hill into Portland's east end”
27 locals recommend