A Weekend in Portland Oregon
Portland is one of those places that easily charms visitors. Despite its chilly and dreary demeanor, there's plenty to love, eat, explore and drink in PDX! The purpose for this past weekend's trip to Portland was for a lovely wedding, but of course, I did what I do best and extended my trip to enjoy a little extra adventuring! Here's a mix of some of my favorite stops to make in Portland, Oregon!
Stumptown is arguably the most famous coffee shop in PDX and while they certainly know how to make a latte, I'd recommend skipping the line to one of Portland's many other fabulous coffee shops. My favorites are Good Coffee (SE), Heart Coffee Roasters (SW location), and my brand new favorite (which just recently opened) is Never Coffee (SE). It's a small shop but packs a ton of personality with a colorful mural and amazing house-made syrups. Be sure to try one of their unique specialty lattes on the menu -- ya won't regret it! Still on my list: Barista and Courier.
You literally cannot go wrong with Deschutes Brewery in Portland! Grab a craft beer sampler and a burger on a pretzel bun with truffle fries and thank me later! Seriously. So. Good. I'm not a fan of super hoppy beers, so I asked the server to pair some milder samplings and they were all deliciously smooth and tasty.
There are plenty of neighborhoods to wander around in Portland whether you're looking for upscale hipster or downtown funk, there's a little something for every mood. I recommend strolling through the Portland Saturday Market, which is next to a serene amount of trees, water and grass - perfect for walking around with a hot latte to warm up. Next, head up the hill to the Burnside Bridge, a 20th century arched bascule bridge to catch a view of the famous White Stag sign and the Williamette River. Bonus: There's cheap two-hour parking along the side of the bridge. Another favorite wandering activity is shopping in the Peal District -- it's a perfect mix of contemporary and local shops with dreamy displays.
Shopping in the Pearl District
My stay this weekend was at The Inn at Northrup Station in the Pearl District! It's been my favorite stay experience in Portland so far because of the great location, funky colorful decor, and cozy convience. I'll be doing a whole blog post on this soon so stay tuned!
My favorite place to get Phở in the city is Pho Van Fresh in the NorthWest neighborhood. Their Phở is prepared in Northern Vietnamese style and the broth is insanely flavorful. They also make a pickled ginger limeade (known as Chanh Muoi in Vietnam) that's super refreshing and tangy! Equally delightful: the Green Papaya Salad and Crazy Noodles with Tofu.
Portland is home to some damn fine donut shops. Sorry to all the Voodoo donut lovers, but Blue Star Donuts easily earns my top pick. With flavors like Blueberry Burbon Basil, their donuts are constantly fresh and warm out of the oven with the most uniquely delicious flavors. Just say yes. #treatyourself
Also noteworthy: Jam on Hawthorne (tastiest brunch!), Tusk (Middle Eastern influenced dishes and the prettiest cocktails), Pine State Biscuits (comfort food paradise) and last but absolutely not least, FOOD CARTS! There are hundreds, so be sure to go with friends hungry so you can sample a few different things! Here's a quick map of the food carts in PDX: http://bit.ly/1lvNNOt
- Northwest: Pearl District, Downtown, Nob Hill / Northwest, and Old Town / Chinatown
- Southeast: Belmont St., Hawthorne Blvd., and Division/Clinton
On my next Portland Itinerary: Portland Japanese Garden, Pine Street Market (seems super similar to the Chelsea Market in NYC!) and plenty of outdoors time!
Have you been to Portland, Oregon? What are your favorite things to do there?