For Vancouverites, Portland has always been a hip destination to visit. Being about a five hour drive from Vancouver, endless options for foodies and a rich “made local” culture make it an enticing road trip south of the border.
Despite only spending an afternoon and some in the city, it charmed me enough to want to return. The mix of architectural styles and picturesque streets were what I enjoyed about downtown, along with the sprinkling of local stores to check out.
Powell Books – the store was packed when we went – so many books, so much selection.
Made in Oregon Sign – (or Historic White Stag Sign) the sign is not so easily spotted from the street. Located on one of the buildings on the corner of NW Naito Parkway and W Burnside St, it’s best seen from across the street at the park.
Portland Saturday Market – located right by the water, the open air market occupies a large section, showcasing local artisans and food stalls.
Explore – Walk around town, get to know the city and take it all in! Downtown Portland is a very walkable city and you can find so many cool spots along the way.
Mural hunting – Portland is also known for their street art and there are tons of blog posts on where to find murals around the city. I didn’t have time to walk around as much as I had liked to see the art, but it is definitely on my to do list!
Grassa – fresh and delicious handmade pasta, we saw a walking food tour stop in while we were there, so you know its noteworthy! The restaurant is cafeteria style and very casual, so no reservations are accepted.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters – the infamous coffee shop has its roots in Portland, so we made sure to stop in. The downtown location on SW 3rd Ave was spacious and nicely tucked away from the general weekend bustle.
Pok Pok PDX – we had originally intended to have dinner here, but found the lineup to be insanely long, attesting to how popular the restaurant is! The community on SE Division St. where the restaurant is located was a lively neighborhood block with plenty of other choices and was a great place to have dinner and just hang out.