Oregon, United States
Yes, they've heard all the Portlandia jokes, but Portland stands by its quirks, indie bookstores, Alberta Arts District circus performers, reclaimed Rebuilding Center decor, Downtown farmers markets, and organic food carts, even after tastings of local gin on Distillery Row.
Getting Around Portland
The best way to get around Portland is by using public transportation and walking. Portland's public transit TriMet buses and light-rail trains are accessible and efficient. You can hop on the light-rail from the Portland International Airport (PDX) and get into the city for $2.50, which is much cheaper than cab fare. Day passes work on all forms of Portland public transit and begin at $5 for adults.
Nearby Airports
  • Portland International Aiport-PDX
Airport Taxis
  • $35
Things to Do and See in Portland
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Multnomah Village is a historic village annexed by Portland in 1950. This quaint, family-friendly neighborhood is known for bookshops, toy stores, and Fat City Cafe, where quirky Mayor Bud Clark fired Police Chief Jim Davis over breakfast in 1987. Most of the action here happens during Multnomah Days, a giant street fair in August.
Belmont and Hawthorne are located in the southeast quadrant, one of the most livable parts of the city. Trendy local shops and restaurants are filled with hippies and hipsters, but are also safe and family-friendly. Neighborhood homes have vintage charm, extensive vegetable gardens and eco-friendly inventions to conserve energy and re-use rainwater. If you are staying Downtown or in the Lloyd District, detour here for an afternoon shopping trip. Street parking is available.
This neighborhood is held together by the ReBuilding Center, a funky clearinghouse for used home furnishings like cabinets, windows, tile, and light fixtures. Restaurants, food carts, coffee shops, and yoga centers cater to the center's visitors. This neighborhood is rich in color, history, and diversity, featuring Portlanders at their quirky best.
Originally its own city, Sellwood was annexed by Portland in 1893. It is linked to southwest Portland by the Sellwood Bridge, the southernmost bridge in the city. Sellwood has art galleries and antique shops alongside restaurants and coffee shops. If you are looking for antiques, head to Antique Row on SE 13th Avenue. This neighborhood is pedestrian, family-friendly and offers easy parking.
The Hollywood district is named for its historic 1920s Hollywood Theatre, where you can catch a local or independent film. Otherwise, this family-friendly neighborhood consists mostly of shops, apartment buildings, and Portland bungalows.
South Waterfront is a new residential neighborhood, with nine condominium towers built since 2004 as part of the North Macadam Urban Renewal District. There aren't many restaurants yet, but it's close to downtown and well connected by the Portland Streetcar. A ride on the Portland Aerial Tram offers scenic views as it crosses over I-5 and up to the Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Located in the northeast quadrant of the city, Alberta Arts is just what the name suggests. Once home primarily to African-Americans,this diverse, arts-rich community offers eclectic bars, shops and restaurants along its main 20-block strip. The most popular event is Last Thursday, when streets fill with artists, musicians and circus performers in a scene straight out of Portlandia.
The Lloyd District packs in visitors with the Rose Garden Arena and the Oregon Convention Center. Between work conventions and Blazer's games, there is always something happening in the Lloyd District. Here you'll find a wide array of hotel options at reasonable prices, surrounded by chain restaurants and an easy MAX ride away from Downtown.
Northwest is known to locals for fantastic food and spectacular shopping. Tucked above Downtown, Nob Hill and the Alphabet District offer sophisticated boutiques with high quality goods ranging in fashion, chocolates and luxury bath products. Sidewalks are crowded with dog bowls and sidewalk sales. Good food abounds at fabulous restaurants nearby. Residential streets surround the main strip with large Old Portland Style houses and grand old apartment buildings closely packed together on tree lined streets. Parking can be challenging, but this area is easily accessible by the Portland Streetcar. Day or night, this area is safe for walking and enjoying an evening out.
Shedding its lackluster reputation as the Northwest Industrial District, the newly renamed The Pearl brims with swanky condos, boutiques, restaurants, wine bars and microbreweries. Some locals call this dog-friendly, park-filled neighborhood the "Little Doggie District," and local shop owners hand out dog treats by the handful. There are two award-winning parks worth visiting: Jamison Square for summer fun by the water, and Tanner Springs for a tranquil setting atop a natural spring. Getting around the Pearl District is easy: all the street names are in alphabetical and numerical order.
This historic neighborhood features renovated and original cast-iron buildings, the Japanese Historical Plaza, and the Chinatown Gate. At night the clubs open, and the streets fill with single scenesters along with some homeless regulars. The weekend daytime highlight is Saturday Market, a huge outdoor art market between Skidmore Fountain and Tom McCall Waterfront Park featuring handmade gifts, clothes and jewelry. Saturday Market is open both Saturday and Sunday, March through December. Don't be fooled by the red lanterns and Chinese signs: Chinatown is not the place to find an authentic Chinese meal. Locals go to southeast Portland, where most of the local Chinese population resides.
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Raven & Rose
Most of the buzz seems reserved for Raven & Rose's upstairs cocktail bar (and indeed, it's often packed to the gills on weekends), but don't overlook the downstairs dining room, where chef David Padberg churns out simple-but-flavorful plates. Rabbit is served "two ways" with biscuits and creamed kale; mussels hit the oven with fennel sausage.
Olympic Provisions
It's best known for its meaty goodness — Olympic Provisions famously boasts Oregon’s first USDA certified meat-curing facility — but venture past the charcuterie plate into an omnivore paradise, with chef Alex Yoder's rustic takes on shaved Brussels sprouts, marinated anchovies, and roasted cod. Weekend brunch is one of the city's most underrated. [Photo]
Tasty 'N Alder
John Gorham expands his popular Tasty N Sons concept with the just-opened downtown spot Tasty N Alder. At brunch, chef Kyle Prewitt gets to explore world flavors in comforting dishes like Korean fried chicken and bibimbop with bacon and eggs. Dinner service leans toward a steakhouse vibe, with clams Casino and bacon-wrapped shrimp cocktail.
Chris Israel's Alpine-influenced Gruner ushers in the West End neighborhood (especially with the recent debut of its accompanying bar Kask, already known for its inventive cocktail list). Though Israel's expertly executed menu takes inspiration from the Black Forest to the Black Sea (complete with bratwurst, ja?), it deserves highest marks for its burger, hands-down one of the town's best (and definitely its juiciest).