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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1. Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
391local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “Powell's Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. We've grown to emp...” ·
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2. Pok Pok
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
Tambre
Tambre says “High end ice cream...expect a longer wait and a bit pricier bill than other ice cream shops but wort...” ·
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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
Jason
Jason says “Such good brunch! A blurb from Eater 38 Portland: "John Gorham's insanely popular second spot reinve...” ·
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7. Mississippi Studios and Bar
3939 N Mississippi Ave
202local recommendations
Christopher
Christopher says “A renovated church houses this intimate live music spot. Great shows come through here regularly. T...” ·
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8. Forest Park
345local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “Native American settlement of the area now known as Forest Park is believed to date back 10,000 year...” ·
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9. McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
183local recommendations
Pasha
Pasha says “Has a classic McMenamins pub and a gorgeous movie theater. You can drink beer and eat while watching...” ·
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10. Bollywood Theater
2039 NE Alberta St
172local recommendations
Mikalina
Mikalina says “Tapas style / Street Food Indian restaurant. Very different fare from your average American Indian r...” ·
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11. Salt & Straw
3345 SE Division St
164local recommendations
Tara And Laurel
Tara And Laurel says “Another super popular, touristy, must not miss spot. If you wait in the really long line, you get th...” ·
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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
Steve
Steve 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
Tara
Tara says “Best Mexican food in Portland and great outdoor seating. I bring all my visitors here. Five kinds...” ·
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15. ¿Por Qué No?
3524 N Mississippi Ave
145local recommendations
Riley
Riley says “A stone's throw from the house and possibly one of the best eateries on Mississippi. There is usuall...” ·
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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
Jade
Jade says “Chez Panisse alum Troy MacLarty has a blockbuster on his hands with Bollywood Theater, his take on I...” ·
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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
Pasha
Pasha says “Cheap movies, great pizza & pitchers of beer ! Tables in the theater. About a mile from us.” ·
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21. Breakside Brewery - DEKUM
820 NE Dekum St
125local recommendations
Chris & Shuree
Chris & Shuree says “My favorite local brewer hands down. Their flagship IPA is probably the best IPA I've ever had.........” ·
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22. Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd Ave
124local recommendations
Alex
Alex says “Everyone wants a Voodoo Doughnut as it is a Portland signature. Be prepared for a huge line all day...” ·
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23. Bye and Bye
1011 NE Alberta St
123local recommendations
Anthony
Anthony says “This is a Portland vegan institution. Portland's first "vegan bar" - the menu is mildly Southern inf...” ·
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24. Pok Pok Noi
1469 NE Prescott St
116local recommendations
Alison
Alison says “Warning: You will crave this long after you have left Portland. The thai iced tea, drinking soms, Po...” ·
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25. Sweedeedee
5202 N Albina Ave
118local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “Sweedeedee pies are made with an all butter crust using Bob’s Red Mill flour. Each pie is baked in a...” ·
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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
Michael And Jodi
Michael And Jodi says “Described as the German pub version of Cheers; great selection of German beers plus they allow you t...” ·
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29. Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St
110local recommendations
Joe
Joe says “This is a mid-century motel refurbished in 2004 with updated and iconic NW architecture, outdoor are...” ·
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30. Mount Tabor
216local recommendations
Phil
Phil says “Portland's Mt Tabor, a volcanic cinder cone, was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer...” ·