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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.
Bookstore
“Powell’s is one of the great bookstores of the world. Spend an afternoon here if you get the chance.”
  • 518 locals recommend
Garden
“Travelers favorite and treasured local gem, this zen garden is a beautiful and close in delight worthy of your day trip!”
  • 371 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Portland may not be the art mecca as cities like New York or Chicago are, but it does have a modestly sized museum that offers some classic and contemporary art pieces, as well as local and Native American art. It’s actually one of the oldest museums in the country and it’s worth the trip for any art lover. Tickets are $20 for adults, and free for kids under 17, making it a great place to visit for families.”
  • 275 locals recommend
Science Museum
“In the summertime, do bring a swimsuit and swimming sandals or shoes. The docks outside OMSI (just a little north of the building) by Alder Creek Kayak are a great place to live like a local and get a little urban swimming in. ”
  • 277 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Usually best from April to October. This garden is why Portland is called the Rose City.”
  • 251 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great animals and music shows in summer. Christmas lights and train rides in December.”
  • 175 locals recommend
Market
“Wonderful local artisans and food delights abound here, a little slice of Portland heaven!”
  • 244 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“This is a hugely popular donut shop. During the summer expect long lines out the door. It is right next to the famous wall that is painted "Keep Portland Weird".”
  • 180 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Great food, and an even better atmosphere and spectacular views. Upscale spot with prices to match. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Roller skating rink, amusement park rides, go carts,..... just small amusement park for a fun time with the kids, or a outing with a romantic interest.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Feels like Vegas or LA in Portland but good food, good drinks, quite a scene and great views.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Park
“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
  • 103 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Modern steakhouse with an eclectic menu served family-style. Everything they make is fantastic!”
  • 88 locals recommend
Concert Hall
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“Live music happens here several days per week in a unique venue on Burnside avenue in downtown Portland.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Small local movie theater - you can enjoy dinner and drinks while relaxing in a comfy seat.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“Catch a soccer game $$-$$$$ Goose Hollow The Timbers Army is one of the most rabid, dedicated group of fans for a Major League Soccer team in the country. Each game sees them singing out rehearsed songs and chants to bolster the friendly players and intimidate guest teams -- no matter the outcome, it’s a singular experience. No less relevant is the women's team, the Portland Thorns, currently the reigning champions of the National Women's Soccer League, with two championships and a shield to their name. Tickets for the Timbers priced at $30 to $250, while Thorns tickets are between $15 and $70 for single games.”
  • 87 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Great food, and an even better atmosphere and spectacular views. Upscale spot with prices to match. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Lounge
“Feels like Vegas or LA in Portland but good food, good drinks, quite a scene and great views.”
  • 113 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Modern steakhouse with an eclectic menu served family-style. Everything they make is fantastic!”
  • 88 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Small local movie theater - you can enjoy dinner and drinks while relaxing in a comfy seat.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Night Club
“Less than a mile away, trendy, great food and atmosphere. Great Pho. Can be crowded but line goes fast. Lunch or Dinner and open really late. like to 5am. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“If you are a whiskey person, this is an experience you don't want to miss. Biggest selection of whiskey and some of the best bartenders in town. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Food Court
“Indoor Market in downtown Portland features nine of Portland's best chefs and purveyors, all under one roof. Something for everyone here! ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Hands down delicious in a cool setting. If you must, it's close to Voodoo Donuts”
  • 59 locals recommend

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