City Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Portland

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Portland, OregonBecause a lot of you have asked about my recommendations for what to do in Portland, I thought it would be fun to do a city guide! These are the places I came to love over the three years I lived there, so although It’s a bit lengthy, I guarantee that you’ll have a great time at any of the following:


– Skip the hype of Voodoo and head to Blue Star or Pip’s for a delicious donut.

Screen Door is the spot for southern food and the best mac and cheese.

Pix won for the best champagne menu IN THE WORLD, but their macarons and french desserts are also to die for.

– The family style dishes at Tasty N Sons are great for either brunch or dinner.

– For really cheap (but really delcious) Thai food, go to Pad Thai Kitchen.

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty has wood fired pizza AND homemade ice cream.

Rimskey-Korsakoffee for dessert in a cute house. Live music (piano), wacky bathroom.

Lardo for tasty sandwiches.

– The best fried chicken is at Cackalack’s food truck. Hands down.

– Head to Bollywood Theater if you like Indian food.

– Food carts (pod) on SE 28th and Ankeny and SE 28th and Division are also great.


Sweet Hereafter for exceptional cocktails, vegetarian food, and an outdoor fire pit.

Bar Bar has mini burgers and a great outdoor patio. Also next to Mississippi studios if you want to catch a show.

– For karaoke and tiki drinks, head to The Alibi.

White Owl Social Club for an outdoor patio and photo booth.

The Knockback also has a photo booth, outdoor fire pit, and boozy marshmallows.

Angel Face is stunning bar with Instagram worthy hand painted walls.

The Whiskey Library for all things whiskey.

Dig a Pony for great cocktails in a restored pharmacy building (the floors!).


– Darling Distraction for stationery, gifts, and the best wallpaper.

– Betsy and Iya a lifestyle boutique where they make the jewelry on site.

Noun has a collection of items perfect for gifting and shares the space with Saint Cupcake.

– For all things plant based, stop by Pistils Nursery (there are chickens out back!)

The Meadow has specially salts, chocolates and cocktail bitters.

– If you want something for your home, head to Woonwinkel.

Tender Loving Empire is a local record label that also sells handmade goods.

Alder & Co is a cute boutique with items from around the world.

Beam and Anchor has highly curated goods for your home/life.

Grand Marketplace for vintage shopping at vendor booths.

Collage for crafty goodness (and awesome washi selection).

Smut vintage goodies and treasures.


Have you ever been to Portland before? What were some of your favorite spots?


  • Zandra

    Awesome! Wish I had known you when I was on our honeymoon PNW…I could have used this guide!

    • Oh what a fun honeymoon! Maybe this list is reason to take a second trip? :)

  • Cyd

    Yesssss! I can’t wait to use this guide when I’m in Portland in October for The Hello Sessions!

    • Oh man! Now I wish I didn’t move! How fun that you’ll be there Cyd!

  • Carrie Waller

    Sounds like SUCH a cool place! Can’t wait to make my way out west one of these days to try out your recommendations :)

  • Rachel

    Cool cottons for fabric for sure!

  • Anna

    I’m falling in love with my city all over again reading this list! Hashtag blessed Portlander ;-)
    Too soon for a visit back? <3

    • haha awww! It made me miss Portland for sure. I’ll be back one day, even if it’s just for pad thai kitchen :)

  • Purrington’s Cat cafe!

    • yessss! that opened just before I left so I only got to go once. Which is probably for the best because I’d probably adopt all the cats.

  • Alyson

    This is so perfect! We’re having a Galentine’s Day trip to Portland this weekend! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • sounds great, excited to visit portland for the first time this month!