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.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
391local recommendations
John
John says “A book lover's paradise & the largest used and new bookstore in the world! Open 365 days a year. Occ...” ·
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2. Pok Pok PDX
3226 SE Division St
291local recommendations
John
John says “World famous Thai street food joint. There are often long lines, but they recently changed their ho...” ·
3. McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
266local recommendations
Wojtek & Trey
Wojtek & Trey says “Since its 1915 opening, this historic elementary school has been a beloved fixture of its Northeast ...” ·
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4. Salt & Straw
2035 NE Alberta St
217local recommendations
Jennifer
Jennifer says “This famous ice cream parlor specializes in flavors you never would have thought of, like pear and b...” ·
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5. Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
236local recommendations
Joe
Joe says “This is the closest you'll get to an authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. Includes five garde...” ·
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6. Tasty n Sons
3808 N Williams Ave
220local recommendations
Riley
Riley says “A popular breakfast/brunch spot on the weekends. Go early before you’re hungry, put your name in and...” ·
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7. Mississippi Studios and Bar
3939 N Mississippi Ave
202local recommendations
Naomi
Naomi says “Best music venue in town for sound. Great shows come through regularly. The attached bar, Barr Bar, ...” ·
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8. Forest Park
345local recommendations
Marguerite
Marguerite says “Forest Park flanks the hills on the west side of the city, just 10 minutes by car from downtown, and...” ·
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9. McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
183local recommendations
John
John says “A Northwest institution, McMenamins has a dozen or so locations in and around Portland, even one in ...” ·
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10. Bollywood Theater
2039 NE Alberta St
172local recommendations
Jess, Steve, And Clem
Jess, Steve, And Clem says “Great "Indian Street Food" served tapas style. Be sure to order the 'Bhel Puri'... it's a fantastic...” ·
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11. Salt & Straw
3345 SE Division St
164local recommendations
Erica
Erica says “There's a line down the block for a reason. There's ice cream, and then there's salt and straw. They...” ·
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12. Tin Shed Garden Cafe
1438 NE Alberta St
156local recommendations
Shane
Shane says “The best breakfast on Alberta St. Started as a small shed decades ago..expect long waits on weekends...” ·
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13. Screen Door
2337 E Burnside St
147local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “Screen Door presents a celebration of Southern cuisine from the quintessential hearty fare to the ev...” ·
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14. ¿Por Qué No?
4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
146local recommendations
Scott
Scott says “Excellent tacos, ceviche, margaritas, and a the feel of a small-town Mexico taqueria. There's usuall...” ·
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15. ¿Por Qué No?
3524 N Mississippi Ave
145local recommendations
Joe & Kelda
Joe & Kelda says “My favorite Mexican restaurant in Portland. Order a large margarita with chile salt. The tacos are o...” ·
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16. Salt & Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave
121local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “It's hard to not get a little nostalgic around soft serve. For many, a fluted cone brings back memor...” ·
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17. Bollywood Theater
3010 SE Division St
123local recommendations
Phil
Phil says ““For me, [my first trip to India] was less about food and more about culture — how it smelled when y...” ·
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18. Pine State Biscuits | Alberta
2204 NE Alberta St
120local recommendations
Lucas
Lucas says “Biscuits to die for. Order the Reggie (biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, sausage or mushro...” ·
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19. Ava Gene's
3377 SE Division St
117local recommendations
Jade
Jade says “No opening in recent memory has created a fervor quite like Ava Gene's, the polished Italian restaur...” ·
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20. Laurelhurst Theater
2735 E Burnside St
158local recommendations
Peter
Peter says “$4 second-run movies in this great little cinema with a vintage neon marquee. Have your Pizzicato pi...” ·
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21. Breakside Brewery - DEKUM
820 NE Dekum St
125local recommendations
Trisha
Trisha says “Industrial-style brewpub with a patio serves a vast list of craft beers & elevated American eats. W...” ·
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22. Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd Ave
124local recommendations
Susanne
Susanne says “It's on the "what to see in Portland" list because of it's unusually flavored dougnuts. But if you a...” ·
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23. Bye and Bye
1011 NE Alberta St
123local recommendations
Mary
Mary says “The Bye and Bye is a bar with vegan southern food. Good for a drink with friends, or a casual dinner...” ·
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24. Pok Pok Noi
1469 NE Prescott St
116local recommendations
Naomi
Naomi says “You could wait two hours for Pok Pok on Division Street, or don't wait at all at this smaller locati...” ·
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25. Sweedeedee
5202 N Albina Ave
118local recommendations
Duston & Genevieve
Duston & Genevieve says “Our favorite breakfast spot and worth the wait! This cozy cafe offers southern inspired breakfast & ...” ·
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26. Podnah's BBQ
1625 NE Killingsworth St
119local recommendations
Tyler
Tyler says “Ranked as one of the best BBQ joints in the country and by far the best Texas-style BBQ that you can...” ·
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27. Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
106local recommendations
Michele
Michele says “Hands down our favorite Pizza in Portland! Neapolitan pies with a New Haven twist. Brian Spangler is...” ·
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28. Prost!
4237 N Mississippi Ave
102local recommendations
Linda
Linda says “Co-located with a great group of food carts. Great German beer on tap. Spacious outdoor seating. ...” ·
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29. Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St
110local recommendations
Reatha
Reatha says “Doug Fir was the first place I visited when checking out Portland 8 years ago....it is still a favor...” ·
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30. Mount Tabor
216local recommendations
Pasha
Pasha says “Great inner city hiking trails. Gorgeous views of the city and of Mt. Hood. Lovely playground too. V...” ·