Barbara's Guidebook

I am a long time Portlander, since 1968. I love the people, the food, the recreation, the art and music, the nearby mountains and beaches. I have traveled the world as a professional photographer... read more
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Things to do in Portland

391 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A must see for every Portland visitor. The biggest and BEST independent bookstore ANYWHERE, bar none. Long hours, amazing selection and coffee shop on site. A book lover's Mecca.

236 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Quiet and peaceful and beautiful, no matter what season it is. If you go, take in the Rose Garden as well, it's close by.


¿Por Qué No?

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$· 3524 N Mississippi Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best fish tacos around, but go with patience; there is often a line here. Check out their margaritas, too. About a 30-35 minute walk.


Pok Pok Noi

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$$· 1469 NE Prescott St·Map·Hours·Website·

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A smaller, closer version of the original Pok Pok. Walking distance: about 20 min. Fantastic Thai street food.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the best breakfast/brunch spots in Portland. After you eat, check out the vinyl record store next door, or Cherry Sprout Grocery right across the street.


Podnah's BBQ

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$$· 1625 NE Killingsworth St·Map·Hours·Website·

119 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great BBQ, though it's pretty noisy (you've been warned.)

190 local Airbnb hosts recommend

On the small side but always interesting. There are two buildings; the original one and now a second one next door which specializes in contemporary art.


Grain & Gristle

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$$· 1473 NE Prescott St·Map·Hours·Website·

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good affordable healthy interesting food (in spite of the name.) Walking distance: 20 min. No wait on Sunday morning for brunch (unlike most Portland brunch spots.) Also open for lunch and dinner.

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge complex that is home to the Portland Trailblazer basketball team as well as host to many concerts by nationally and internationally known musicians. 15 minutes walk away.

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yummy baked goods plus real breakfast and lunch. Sit in or outside. Walking distance: 30 min.


OX Restaurant

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2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

84 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gourmet NW dining awaits you here; a bit of a splurge dollar-wise. Make a reservation for sure.

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of the infamous "must have" pink box, if you are into ultra sweet doughnuts, that is.

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best art and foreign films in town, plus dinner and a full bar; you can even dine while watching your film. Live jazz on Fri and Sat nights. Theaters are small; book online to be sure to get ... read more

152 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Art, crafts, street food, music, jugglers, and more right on the river downtown in the Historic District. Open March through Christmas Eve, all day on Saturday and Sunday. Walk there from Bamboo ... read more

44 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a vegan and vegetarian's dream restaurant. Food is delicious and beautiful and very healthy. A short walk up Broadway.

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Live music most nights. Good affordable pub food and lots of local brews to choose from.

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is my all time favorite bakery for snacks, breakfast or lunch. Yummy pastries and coffee as well as soups, sandwiches and salads. Great variety of breads, too. About a 25-30 minute walk.



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$$· 1303 NE Fremont St·Map·Hours·Website·

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A New Orleans style bistro with unique menu choices. 15 minutes walking distance away.


Bridges Café & Catering

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$$· 2716 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Many organic and local ingredients will be used to make you a delicious and filling breakfast here. A 15 minute walk away.

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wide menu of tasty and affordable Middle Eastern food. Walking distance away: 15 min.

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really good Asian noodle house, with reasonable prices. Walking distance away; very popular.

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Strong coffee, good pastries, nice place to start or end the day.

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Local brews and affordable good solid dining fare in a welcoming and comfortable pub atmosphere.


Milo's City Cafe

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$$· 1325 NE Broadway St·Map·Hours·Website·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very close by and great for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A casual cafe just a short walk away. Coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch, desserts and more. Sit inside on a rainy day; outside on a sunny one!

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best grocery store anywhere...with strong emphasis on locally grown, sustainable and organic food. Great cafe, too, for lunch or dinner. And you can ask to taste ANYTHING in the store, really!... read more



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1465 NE Prescott St·Map·

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Get the fried chicken if they have it! Walking distance: 20 min. Great Sunday brunch place.

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Many flavors of organic frozen yogurt await you here, just four blocks away.


Queen of Sheba Restaurant

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$$· 2413 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yummy and affordable Ethiopian food. About 15-20 minutes walk time away.


Cadillac Cafe

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$$· 1801 NE Broadway St·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good for breakfast and lunch; just a short walk away.