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Portland Explorer's Oasis Guidebook

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Portland Explorer's Oasis Guidebook

Food Scene
This brewery is beautiful, has amazing food and beer options, and great service! Not to mention it's a short walk from the apartment.
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Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave
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This brewery is beautiful, has amazing food and beer options, and great service! Not to mention it's a short walk from the apartment.
Tasty has a few locations around the city. They are all incredible. The restaurant serves family style so food comes out as it is prepared, and sharing is encouraged.
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Tasty n Alder
580 Southwest 12th Avenue
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Tasty has a few locations around the city. They are all incredible. The restaurant serves family style so food comes out as it is prepared, and sharing is encouraged.
This is the closest of many McMenamin's establishments, and a great place for food and drinks. It's family/group friendly, and the tots are awesome! I always order the "Rubinator," which is not on the menu. It is a combination of their Terminator Stout and the Ruby ale. It's terrific!
McMenamins Ringlers Pub
1332 W Burnside St
This is the closest of many McMenamin's establishments, and a great place for food and drinks. It's family/group friendly, and the tots are awesome! I always order the "Rubinator," which is not on the menu. It is a combination of their Terminator Stout and the Ruby ale. It's terrific!
DONUTS! go nuts folks, it's a city favorite for the donuts.
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Blue Star Donuts
1155 Southwest Washington Street
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DONUTS! go nuts folks, it's a city favorite for the donuts.
If you're into NY-style slices, this is the pizza place for you!
Straight From New York Pizza
2241 West Burnside Street
If you're into NY-style slices, this is the pizza place for you!
Sushi here is very good, and reliable at all their locations. Go for the Ahi poke! and the scale rolls! Yum!
Mio Sushi
1317 Northwest Hoyt Street
Sushi here is very good, and reliable at all their locations. Go for the Ahi poke! and the scale rolls! Yum!
This spot is highly recommended on yelp!
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Jake's Famous Crawfish
401 Southwest 12th Avenue
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This spot is highly recommended on yelp!
Amazing steaks and seafood. If they have the lobster mash, get it!! They also have great happy-hour and late night menus to enjoy, but it is a popular place, so make reservations!
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RingSide Steakhouse
2165 West Burnside Street
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Amazing steaks and seafood. If they have the lobster mash, get it!! They also have great happy-hour and late night menus to enjoy, but it is a popular place, so make reservations!
This brewery has some great reviews, food is excellent, and beer is tasty!
Backwoods Brewing - Portland
231 NW 11th Ave
This brewery has some great reviews, food is excellent, and beer is tasty!
Ok, so if you are paleo, gluten free, vegan, veggie, or a burger lover, you should try this spot. Something for everyone, and amazingly healthy and simple foods. Ask them for the binder that tells you where everything comes from, you won't be sorry. A great place to eat lunch, dinner, or have a drink with friends while sharing an appetizer.
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Dick's Kitchen NW
704 Northwest 21st Avenue
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Ok, so if you are paleo, gluten free, vegan, veggie, or a burger lover, you should try this spot. Something for everyone, and amazingly healthy and simple foods. Ask them for the binder that tells you where everything comes from, you won't be sorry. A great place to eat lunch, dinner, or have a drink with friends while sharing an appetizer.
One of my personal favorites for a romantic date night or special event. This steak and seafood menu is awesome, and they have an outrageous happy hour. What makes this place so amazing is it's on the 30th floor and has spectacular views of the city, rivers, and mountains on a clear day.
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Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave
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One of my personal favorites for a romantic date night or special event. This steak and seafood menu is awesome, and they have an outrageous happy hour. What makes this place so amazing is it's on the 30th floor and has spectacular views of the city, rivers, and mountains on a clear day.
This is one of the nicest restaurants in town. Their menu changes often, and the food is five-star! Great for a romantic evening without the children. The restaurant is located in an old Portland Victorian home and is on our iconic 21st Ave, a very trendy area for shopping and other fun stuff.
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Paley's Place Bistro & Bar
1204 Northwest 21st Avenue
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This is one of the nicest restaurants in town. Their menu changes often, and the food is five-star! Great for a romantic evening without the children. The restaurant is located in an old Portland Victorian home and is on our iconic 21st Ave, a very trendy area for shopping and other fun stuff.
The famous doughnuts that bring tourists in to stand and wait for over an hour to get delicious hand made doughnuts. They are good, but it's mostly about the big pink boxes!
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Voodoo Doughnut
22 Southwest 3rd Avenue
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The famous doughnuts that bring tourists in to stand and wait for over an hour to get delicious hand made doughnuts. They are good, but it's mostly about the big pink boxes!
Amazing all sustainably fished sushi! You must try the sunset roll! They have many gluten free options too.
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Bamboo Sushi
404 SW 12th Avenue
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Amazing all sustainably fished sushi! You must try the sunset roll! They have many gluten free options too.
Excellent Thai food, good service, and it's just a few blocks away from the apartment.
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Thai Peacock Restaurant
219 Southwest 9th Avenue
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Excellent Thai food, good service, and it's just a few blocks away from the apartment.
What an awesome dinning experience this is! Seating is floor pillows and small cushioned seats low to the ground. You should eat with your hands the way tradition calls for moroccan food. Don't worry, they wash your hands at the end of your meal. Make sure you're there to enjoy live belly dancing table side. Definitely go for the honey-braised pork shank, yum!
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Marrakesh Restaurant
1201 Northwest 21st Avenue
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What an awesome dinning experience this is! Seating is floor pillows and small cushioned seats low to the ground. You should eat with your hands the way tradition calls for moroccan food. Don't worry, they wash your hands at the end of your meal. Make sure you're there to enjoy live belly dancing table side. Definitely go for the honey-braised pork shank, yum!
This is the best wing place in Portland. They have several locations, but this one is probably the closest to the apartment. Try their "soon to be famous" peanut sauce on the wings, you won't be sorry unless you're allergic to nuts! Also, their cilantro sauce is really good too, and not as spicy.
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Fire On the Mountain Buffalo Wings | Interstate
4225 North Interstate Avenue
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This is the best wing place in Portland. They have several locations, but this one is probably the closest to the apartment. Try their "soon to be famous" peanut sauce on the wings, you won't be sorry unless you're allergic to nuts! Also, their cilantro sauce is really good too, and not as spicy.
You can't go wrong with the Reggie Delux - fried chicken biscuit sandwich with cheddar cheese, bacon, gravy, and fried egg. This little local chain is awesome! They serve souther style breakfasts, excellent biscuits and gravy, but you should also try their fried green tomatoes.
Pine State Biscuit
1717 NW 23rd Ave
You can't go wrong with the Reggie Delux - fried chicken biscuit sandwich with cheddar cheese, bacon, gravy, and fried egg. This little local chain is awesome! They serve souther style breakfasts, excellent biscuits and gravy, but you should also try their fried green tomatoes.
This well know local favorite really is a must eat destination, but it's up to you!
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Pok Pok NW
1639 NW Marshall St
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This well know local favorite really is a must eat destination, but it's up to you!
Love Ice Cream so much you'd be willing to try any flavor? Well, Salt & Straw takes flavor to a whole new place. Take my word for it, and try them all!
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Salt & Straw
838 Northwest 23rd Avenue
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Love Ice Cream so much you'd be willing to try any flavor? Well, Salt & Straw takes flavor to a whole new place. Take my word for it, and try them all!
This restaurant has a game night twist you might enjoy!
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Game Knight Lounge
3037 N Williams Ave
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This restaurant has a game night twist you might enjoy!
Conveniently located in the center of the city near Powell's Bookstore, this is one of the largest pods in the city. But beware, many of these food trucks are only open for lunch, and some are closed on weekends. When we arrived in off-peak hours, there weren't many stands to choose from. Also, you should note this cert pod may be replaced by a skyscraper some day soon. If that happens, try Cartopia across the river.
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Alder St. Food Cart Pod
639 SW 10th Ave
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Conveniently located in the center of the city near Powell's Bookstore, this is one of the largest pods in the city. But beware, many of these food trucks are only open for lunch, and some are closed on weekends. When we arrived in off-peak hours, there weren't many stands to choose from. Also, you should note this cert pod may be replaced by a skyscraper some day soon. If that happens, try Cartopia across the river.
This local chain has some of the best sandwiches you'll ever try.
Bunk Sandwiches
211 Southwest 6th Avenue
This local chain has some of the best sandwiches you'll ever try.
Shopping
The world's largest book store is as amazing as you might expect. Make sure you check out the revolving art gallery on the top flour. My favorite aisles of this monster store are food, travel, and art.
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Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside Street
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The world's largest book store is as amazing as you might expect. Make sure you check out the revolving art gallery on the top flour. My favorite aisles of this monster store are food, travel, and art.
Whatever music you're into, they probably have it. Vinyl records, cases tapes, used and new CDs, and a whole lot more!
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Everyday Music
1313 West Burnside Street
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Whatever music you're into, they probably have it. Vinyl records, cases tapes, used and new CDs, and a whole lot more!
Shemanski Park Farmers Market is one of many Portland outdoor markets nearby. They are open on Wednesdays at SW Park Ave and Salmon Street. Others nearby are Portland State University Farmers Market on Saturdays and at the Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers Market on Mondays in the summer.
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Portland Farmers Market - Shemanski Park
1010 Southwest Park Avenue
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Shemanski Park Farmers Market is one of many Portland outdoor markets nearby. They are open on Wednesdays at SW Park Ave and Salmon Street. Others nearby are Portland State University Farmers Market on Saturdays and at the Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers Market on Mondays in the summer.
Into graffiti art culture, you must stop in and find wearables featuring some of the best artists in the world, but with a Portland flair.
Upper Playground & Fifty24PDX Gallery
23 Northwest 5th Avenue
Into graffiti art culture, you must stop in and find wearables featuring some of the best artists in the world, but with a Portland flair.
Entertainment & Activities
GO TIMBERS! If you're visiting the city during Timbers Soccer season, get tickets and go!! Walking distance from the apartment. The Timber's Army is so impressive to watch.
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Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison St
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GO TIMBERS! If you're visiting the city during Timbers Soccer season, get tickets and go!! Walking distance from the apartment. The Timber's Army is so impressive to watch.
This is one of the city's most iconic music and concert venues. The McMenamins family of entertainment is eclectic, and well designed. the performers that comes here inspire people to move and dance. The building's unique isolating hard wood floors make dancing a must. Go experience this place.
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McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St
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This is one of the city's most iconic music and concert venues. The McMenamins family of entertainment is eclectic, and well designed. the performers that comes here inspire people to move and dance. The building's unique isolating hard wood floors make dancing a must. Go experience this place.
This is Portland's Zoo! Great place to go for concerts, learning about animals, and fun for the whole family!
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Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road
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This is Portland's Zoo! Great place to go for concerts, learning about animals, and fun for the whole family!
Looking for something to do on a rainy day, or just for fun? Head to ground Control with your quarters and play some of the city's best arcade games.
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Ground Kontrol
115 Northwest 5th Avenue
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Looking for something to do on a rainy day, or just for fun? Head to ground Control with your quarters and play some of the city's best arcade games.
If you're visiting the 1st Thursday of the month, be sure to explore this area of the city for an open-air art experience and nightlife abundance.
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Pearl District
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If you're visiting the 1st Thursday of the month, be sure to explore this area of the city for an open-air art experience and nightlife abundance.
Yep, Portland has it's very own amusement park. I'd say it's fun for everyone, but not really a huge fancy park. Go to enjoy the scenery, people watching, and mini golf!
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Oaks Amusement Park
7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way
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Yep, Portland has it's very own amusement park. I'd say it's fun for everyone, but not really a huge fancy park. Go to enjoy the scenery, people watching, and mini golf!
The Southeast section of Division from about 33rd to 45th is a great area to explore for food, shopping, and Portland local culture.
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Southeast Division Street
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The Southeast section of Division from about 33rd to 45th is a great area to explore for food, shopping, and Portland local culture.
This area is eclectic, artsy, some good restaurants, and easy to wander the little town. It's just north of Portland proper. Head across the North Portland iconic bridge to this area for the day.
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Saint Johns
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This area is eclectic, artsy, some good restaurants, and easy to wander the little town. It's just north of Portland proper. Head across the North Portland iconic bridge to this area for the day.
Bringing the kiddos to town with you? Check out the children's museum!
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Portland Children's Museum
4015 Southwest Canyon Road
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Bringing the kiddos to town with you? Check out the children's museum!
Looking for some fund (day or night) in Portland's underground? Check out this glow in the dark mini golf course. Light up your teeth and try to beet your friend at put put. Great for all ages, as long as you're not scared of the dark.
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Glowing Greens
509 Southwest Taylor Street
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Looking for some fund (day or night) in Portland's underground? Check out this glow in the dark mini golf course. Light up your teeth and try to beet your friend at put put. Great for all ages, as long as you're not scared of the dark.
Old China town has a few gems, interesting architecture, and some fun after hours nightlife. It has a seedy side, but can be enjoyable.
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Old Town Chinatown
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Old China town has a few gems, interesting architecture, and some fun after hours nightlife. It has a seedy side, but can be enjoyable.
Just across the river under Burside Bridge is one of the city's most historic and largest skate parks. Some amazing riders skate here.
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Burnside Skatepark
Southeast 2nd Avenue
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Just across the river under Burside Bridge is one of the city's most historic and largest skate parks. Some amazing riders skate here.
Essentials
This is the closets Grocery to the apartment! Has a great selection of healthy foods, grab-and-go meal options and deli counter. If you need to shop, do it here.
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Whole Foods Market
1210 Northwest Couch Street
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This is the closets Grocery to the apartment! Has a great selection of healthy foods, grab-and-go meal options and deli counter. If you need to shop, do it here.
Trader Joes is a favorite for many. This is the closest one for our guests to shop.
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Trader Joe's
2122 Northwest Glisan Street
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Trader Joes is a favorite for many. This is the closest one for our guests to shop.
This is a large city everything store. It's the Target of the NW. Get clothes, household items, groceries, electronics, and much more!
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Fred Meyer
100 Northwest 20th Place
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This is a large city everything store. It's the Target of the NW. Get clothes, household items, groceries, electronics, and much more!
Parks & Nature
This city park is one of the best I've ever been in. over 50 miles of trails just outside the city proper, many trailheads, and hikes to explore from downtown. Map marker is not where the closest trails begin.
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Forest Park
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This city park is one of the best I've ever been in. over 50 miles of trails just outside the city proper, many trailheads, and hikes to explore from downtown. Map marker is not where the closest trails begin.
This beautiful example of Japanese gardens is a must see!
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Jardín Japonés de Portland
611 Southwest Kingston Avenue
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This beautiful example of Japanese gardens is a must see!
This is one of my favorite city parks. It's located along the Portland waterfront of the Willamette River. Paved paths, bridges, and floating docks circle the river and show off this beautiful park. There are dozens of restaurants and shops along the southern end of the West side of the river (Downtown), and you can walk a 6.5 mile loop from Tilikum Crossing (pedestrian/public transportation bridge) to the Steel bridge. There are obvious paths and places of interest along the entire route!
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Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy
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This is one of my favorite city parks. It's located along the Portland waterfront of the Willamette River. Paved paths, bridges, and floating docks circle the river and show off this beautiful park. There are dozens of restaurants and shops along the southern end of the West side of the river (Downtown), and you can walk a 6.5 mile loop from Tilikum Crossing (pedestrian/public transportation bridge) to the Steel bridge. There are obvious paths and places of interest along the entire route!
A beautiful garden with many species of rose and iris, as well as a gift shop, sculpture garden, and some views of the city from high on the hill.
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Washington Park International Rose Test Garden
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A beautiful garden with many species of rose and iris, as well as a gift shop, sculpture garden, and some views of the city from high on the hill.
If you're visiting in the spring when rhododendrons, azaleas, and bulb flowers are blooming, you must see this garden! It's beautiful year round, but magical in the Spring.
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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
5801 SE 28th Ave
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If you're visiting in the spring when rhododendrons, azaleas, and bulb flowers are blooming, you must see this garden! It's beautiful year round, but magical in the Spring.
Historic area with 180-degree city view Hilltop park since 1937 offering panoramic city views, hiking paths, & dog-off-leash & picnic areas.
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Council Crest Park
1120 Southwest Council Crest Drive
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Historic area with 180-degree city view Hilltop park since 1937 offering panoramic city views, hiking paths, & dog-off-leash & picnic areas.
Enjoy hiking Portland Forest Park, but make sure this is one of your destinations!
Witch's Castle
Enjoy hiking Portland Forest Park, but make sure this is one of your destinations!
Not only is Mill Ends Park the smallest park in Portland, but it is the smallest in the world! This 452-square inch "park" was dedicated in as a colony for leprechauns, serving as an example of Portland's famous weirdness.
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Mill Ends Park
56 SW Taylor St
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Not only is Mill Ends Park the smallest park in Portland, but it is the smallest in the world! This 452-square inch "park" was dedicated in as a colony for leprechauns, serving as an example of Portland's famous weirdness.
Arts & Culture
This is our largest art museum in the city, and it always has amazing works from incredible artists. Perfect on a rainy day!
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Portland Art Museum
1219 Southwest Park Avenue
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This is our largest art museum in the city, and it always has amazing works from incredible artists. Perfect on a rainy day!
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I have had annual passes to this place for as long as I've lived in the area. It's a terrific place to get lost for a day, and is good for all ages!
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OMSI
1945 Southeast Water Avenue
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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I have had annual passes to this place for as long as I've lived in the area. It's a terrific place to get lost for a day, and is good for all ages!
The Saturday Market is open on Sundays too! It's a great place to find unique hand made crafts, street food, entertainers, and much more. It also located on the edge of Waterfront park, and in a historic district of Portland under the Portland Oregon sign.
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Portland Saturday Market
2 Southwest Naito Parkway
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The Saturday Market is open on Sundays too! It's a great place to find unique hand made crafts, street food, entertainers, and much more. It also located on the edge of Waterfront park, and in a historic district of Portland under the Portland Oregon sign.
I love this neighborhood. It's changed a lot over the last ten years, but it's still artsy, loaded with awesome local food options, and a great area to explore Portland's Weird culture, coffee, food, and nightlife and entertainment. Also, if you happen to be in town for the Third Thursday of every month, make sure you plan to get here for the art and entertainment
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Alberta Arts District
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I love this neighborhood. It's changed a lot over the last ten years, but it's still artsy, loaded with awesome local food options, and a great area to explore Portland's Weird culture, coffee, food, and nightlife and entertainment. Also, if you happen to be in town for the Third Thursday of every month, make sure you plan to get here for the art and entertainment
Drinks & Nightlife
Rogue is one of Oregon's brewery jewels. They have great happy hour options and their beers are world renowned.
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Rogue Pearl Public House
1339 NW Flanders St
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Rogue is one of Oregon's brewery jewels. They have great happy hour options and their beers are world renowned.
This is a well reviewed night spot. Some describe it as having a "Speakeasy feeling" but it is pretty swanky and the prices are not cheep. A very nice place for a date evening.
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Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 Southwest Alder Street
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This is a well reviewed night spot. Some describe it as having a "Speakeasy feeling" but it is pretty swanky and the prices are not cheep. A very nice place for a date evening.
This is one of many McMenamins establishments in the city! Great beer, good food, and live entertainment often.
Ringlers
1342 W Burnside St
This is one of many McMenamins establishments in the city! Great beer, good food, and live entertainment often.
Ok, I know what you might think when I include this on our guide, but Mary's Club is the oldest and longest standing strip club in Portland, and it's exactly as you might think. A bit of a dive, but if you're open to seeing Portland's seedier side, check it out.
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Mary's Club
129 Southwest Broadway
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Ok, I know what you might think when I include this on our guide, but Mary's Club is the oldest and longest standing strip club in Portland, and it's exactly as you might think. A bit of a dive, but if you're open to seeing Portland's seedier side, check it out.
Want to experience Oregon's wine country, try Blizzard Winery just West of the city in the North end of the willamette valley.
Blizzard Wines & Vineyard
29495 SW Burkhalter Rd
Want to experience Oregon's wine country, try Blizzard Winery just West of the city in the North end of the willamette valley.