Luke and I often get questions about what to do in Portland; where to eat, what to see, where to stay, etc. I've compiled a list of our favorite "go-to" Portland places as well as fun things to do in and out of the city. You can usually find us at any of these places on the weekends (keep checking back - this list will update as there are always new restaurants opening up around the city).


10 Barrel | beers are best enjoyed on the rooftop in the summer
Apex | lots of beers to choose from, community picnic table style seating
Breakside Brewery | visit the NW location for the best IPA's
Coopers Hall | for the wine lovers
Century Bar | a good spot to watch a game, the food is vegan and delicious
Great Notion | Luke's favorite is the "juice jr.", holly always calls it "mister juice"
Paymaster Lounge | our favorite dive bar to eat nachos and drink beer with friends
Revolution Hall Rooftop Bar | city views and tasty sangria
The Knock Back | a fun place in the summer to have a few evening beers on the patio
The Ship | our friendly neighborhood dive bar
Wayfinder | a fun summer spot to drink beer with friends

Harlow | healthy and full of flavor brunch spot
Irving Street Kitchen | good food, good for crowds, the ambiance here is very Portland
Olympia Provisions | the most delicious meats in a beautiful place
Pine State Biscuits | a savory taste of the south, the chattfield biscuit is my jam
Tasty n Alder | food/vibe is modern American with a Portland twist, i love everything about this place, part of the tasty group known for the best restaurants around town
Trinket | cozy little brunch spot

Fire on the Mountain | the best wings in town, also the owner is a fellow Hoosier like Luke
Lardo | delicious sammies often made with local food providers
Little Big Burger | the name says it all, damn good little burgers
Lovejoy Bakers | the best bakery in town, delicious sandwiches
Luc Lac | Vietnamese love, order anything on the menu, it's all good
Pine Street Market | good if you're craving local, high-end variety
Pepinos | holly's favorite Mexican restaurant in town, get the chipotle potato burrito
Por Que No | the best tacos in town, but the Bryan's Bowl is my go-to

Ataula | best tapas around, the owners are from Spain so it's legit
Bollywood Theater | Indian street food, fun flavors
Chez Jose | a funky spot close to our house, kind of like Portland-style Mexican food
Grain & Gristle | simple, delicious, affordable - the best place to take out-of-towners looking for a no-fuss place, but doesn't sacrifice quality
Grassa | affordable fresh made pastas and meatballs
Ken's Artisan Pizza | quality pizza, wood-fire cozy atmosphere
Mediterranean Exploration Company | so fun to sit at the food counter and watch all the food come out, everything here is lemony and Greek and oh so good
OX | a very special place where everything tastes amazing
Tastebud | our neighborhood pizza spot
Toro Bravo | tastes like you're back in Spain
Tusk | such a fun spot with the decor alone, food is also wonderful

Blue Star Donuts | best donuts in town
Pip's Original Doughnuts | visit Pip's on your birthday and get a free dozen, also the best house-made chais
Nuvrei | colorful macaroons
Salt & Straw | if the line is long, here's a tip: go to the front of the line and you can purchase a pint instead of individual scoops - this has saved us a 45 minute wait
Tea Bar | i'll have a vanilla rose boba tea with oat milk please


Brewery & Distillery Tours | always a fun way to spend a few hours
Eastbank Esplanade | if you're looking for a bit of exercise with city views, this is the perfect spot for a walk/run
International Rose Test Gardens | best visited in the summer months when the roses are in bloom
McMenamins Edgefield | a fun place 10 miles east of town, mini-golf, spa, concerts, restaurants
Multnomah Falls | the most beautiful place in Oregon in my eyes, a waterfall in the gorge
PSU Farmers Market | local farms and produce, local food trucks, fresh flowers, walk around here with a coffee in hand for 45 minutes
Hike the 4T Trail | fun trail that takes you by train, trail, tram and trolley
Day Trip to Wine Country | hit up 3-4 wineries in a day
Day trip to Hood River | an hour east of town puts you in Hood River, the most adorable small town filled with an impressive amount of breweries and restaurants, oh and gorgeous views
Day trip to the Oregon Coast | a little over an hour and you're at the ocean, how can you say no to that


  1. I highly recommend trying out Ava Gene's in Portland. It's one of the best restaurants I've ever been to!

    1. It's funny that you mention this because we actually ate here for the first time the day you commented on this :)


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