A GUIDE TO PORTLAND OREGON
A GUIDE TO PORTLAND OREGON
So far our favorite city on our one year travel. Portland it is a cool, hipster, funky city that keeps you guessing and really embracing the weird in you. Although the things below are a MUST in Portland, I recommend just to walk around and take everything in. Specially in the south east area. Enjoy!
HIKE FOREST PARK
Without a doubt, Portland is a hiker paradise. Within a pretty short drive, or bike, you can be at amazing hikes like Forest Park. There’s no excuse when an amazing rainforest is so close to the city.
Forest Park has many trails, from quick 30 minutes one, to a whole day hike. The most famous hike is the Ridge trail. We started at Lower Macleay Park and made our way to the Pittock Mansion. On a clear day, you get pretty good views to the city, we weren’t that lucky, but still an amazing hike!
DRIVE TO THE MULTNOMAH FALLS
Another MUST if you are in Portland. Multnomah falls are simply incredible to see, and to walk through. It is pretty touristy, so I recommend going on a week day if possible to avoid the crowds.
WALK THROUGH MISSISSIPPI AVENUE
As my friend described it to me, Mississippi avenue is a cool hipster area. Really cute stores, like Made in PDX, Coffee shops, and bars. I particularly liked ¿Por Qué No?, A mexican bar, and Blue Star Donuts.
EXPLORE SOUTH EAST BURNSIDE
Another hipster-ish area. I would recommend to walk around south east burnside between 6th and 12th street, to get a bit of coffee shops, vintage shops and restaurants. If you keep walking towards Stark street on 12th, you will find a vegan “mini-mall” and a brewery, with a more “local” feel to it.
EAT, EAT AND EAT
Portland it is such a foodie city. You can find anything you want made really good! We visited a bunch of vegan spots, since we are vegan. Here it is our vegan Portland guide, but honestly, you could walk into any restaurant and have a good meal.
HAVE SOME BEER AND WINE
Capital of craft beer, Portland has some really beers! Breakside, Cascade, Culmination, just to name a few. You could also hit bars like Capitol, Victoria or Bye and Bye, for a large selection of local brews.
BIKE THE CITY LIKE A LOCAL
Portland its such a bike friendly city that you have to take advantage of it. Tilkum crossing is an only walk or bike bridge, but pretty much every street has it’s own designated bike lane. So wether you are a bike expert or just getting started, you will be safe. Plus, it is a great way to see the city whilst staying active.
CHECK OUT POWELLS BOOKS
The world’s largest indecent book store, selling used, new and rare books. Powell’s is not only for the book worm, I swear. It is a pretty cool building to walk around (10,000 square feet store!) has a coffee shop perfect for a touristy break, and free wifi.
GO THRIFT SHOPPING
Shopping is great an everything, but have you tried thrift shopping? Scoring cool vintage, and sometimes pretty new, and great price its amazing. Portland has many vintage and thrift shops. I recommend Buffalo Exchange in downtown, a cross the street from Powells, but SE Burnside has some cool store as well.
DANCE LIKE NOBODY IS WATCHING AT ECSTATIC DANCE
If you want to experience Portland, like weird cool Portland, you gotta attend ecstatic dance on Sundays. It is $12 per person, which is use to cover the building expenses, funky clothes are encourage, and an open mind.
Basically a big room full of people dancing however they want. It is a safe space, so please don’t join to make of fun of people, record or take photos. You go there to have fun, forget about the world and literally dance like nobody is watching. For privacy purposes, I won’t add the address in this blog post (I do think is a unique experience), so if you are REALLY interested, message on Instagram or email, and I will send you the deets.
I hope you enjoy Portland as much as we did. Portland it is one of a kind and we can’t to be back! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or DM on Instagram.