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Things to do in Portland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bookstore
“Powell’s is one of the great bookstores of the world. Spend an afternoon here if you get the chance.”
  • 518 locals recommend
Park
“Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads.”
  • 518 locals recommend
Garden
“Travelers favorite and treasured local gem, this zen garden is a beautiful and close in delight worthy of your day trip!”
  • 371 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Portland may not be the art mecca as cities like New York or Chicago are, but it does have a modestly sized museum that offers some classic and contemporary art pieces, as well as local and Native American art. It’s actually one of the oldest museums in the country and it’s worth the trip for any art lover. Tickets are $20 for adults, and free for kids under 17, making it a great place to visit for families.”
  • 275 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“If you like big flavor and venturing into new flavors, this is a great place to go. Make a reservation if it's the weekend. Families welcome!”
  • 349 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to get an amazing view of Portland. We rarely go in the historic mansion but you can certainly do that too for a fee :)”
  • 286 locals recommend
Bar
“We love going to the soaking pool at Kennedy School on NE 33rd. The only downside is sometimes there’s a bit of a wait.”
  • 358 locals recommend
Science Museum
“In the summertime, do bring a swimsuit and swimming sandals or shoes. The docks outside OMSI (just a little north of the building) by Alder Creek Kayak are a great place to live like a local and get a little urban swimming in. ”
  • 277 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“This spot consistently books excellent acts. Great sound, not too big and just a quick bike or Lyft ride away.”
  • 270 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Usually best from April to October. This garden is why Portland is called the Rose City.”
  • 251 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great animals and music shows in summer. Christmas lights and train rides in December.”
  • 175 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Salt and Straw is a Portland ice cream institution. They always have lines around the block. If you decided to buy a pint, instead of a cone, you can skip the line. The closest location is on Alberta”
  • 284 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely local park. Walking trails, duck pond, playground, geocaching. Check it out!”
  • 218 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Many good: restaurants, brew pubs, coffee shops, etc. in the area of the home. Walkable good shopping for groceries. Excellent mass transit options. Great bicycle routes to anywhere in the city. Easy parking. ”
  • 246 locals recommend
Market
“Wonderful local artisans and food delights abound here, a little slice of Portland heaven!”
  • 244 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 261 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“If you like big flavor and venturing into new flavors, this is a great place to go. Make a reservation if it's the weekend. Families welcome!”
  • 349 locals recommend
Bar
“We love going to the soaking pool at Kennedy School on NE 33rd. The only downside is sometimes there’s a bit of a wait.”
  • 358 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This spot consistently books excellent acts. Great sound, not too big and just a quick bike or Lyft ride away.”
  • 270 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Amazing Brunch. As seen on TV. They open at 9am on the weekends, get there at 8:45 am or else you will be waiting an hour or more! The food is so yummy!”
  • 226 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Always a long wait, but worth it. Great food, especially for breakfast. They have house infused spirits and even a doggie menu!”
  • 208 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“The chai tea is authentic and the food is wonderful. Order first, then take your seat and your food will find you. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly service. ”
  • 216 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“A sustainably-oriented tiny taqueria, Por Que No is filled to the brim with festive decorations, Day of the Dead wall hangings, and our Lady of Guadalupe iconography. The counter is crowded with jugs of house-made agua fresca in seasonal fruit flavors, which can be drunk by themselves or mixed into pint glasses of their famous margaritas. Don’t miss the banana-leaf barbacoa tacos.”
  • 200 locals recommend

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