10 Things You Need To Try In Portland, Oregon

1. Grab Lunch At A Food Cart

Portland has food cart pods all over the city. No matter what you’re craving, there’s plenty to choose from! Portland Food Cart Tours is right on SW Washington with a great selection and good vibes. Try a fresh gyro, falafel, even dim sum, or grilled cheese! You won’t be disappointed.

Portland Food Cart
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2. Watch A Movie With A Brew  

Bet you’ve never seen prices like these at a movie theatre. Laurelhurst Theatre, in the Kerns neighborhood in northeast Portland is known for its modern, independent, art, and classic films- along with great food and beers. You can get a huge slice of cheese pizza for just $3,75 and a micro brew for $5.50. They also serve mimosas….. what?!

Movie Beer
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3. Buy A Floral Bouquet At The Saturday Market

From fresh floral bouquets to cider and ales, there is something for everyone here. Located at Southwest Naito Parkway on the waterfront, the Portland Saturday Market is open from March to Christmas Eve, and offers food, beverages, jewelry, apparel, and much much more. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on a bench with the river view, and then take a stroll and check out the local art.

Portland Saturday Market
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Portland Saturday Market
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4. Take A Dinner Cruise On The Portland Spirit 

The Portland Spirit offers gorgeous, romantic lunch and dinner cruises along the Willamette river. Board at the waterfront park in downtown Portland and cruise to the Milwaukie basin/ Lake Oswego area. With live music, the fresh breeze, and the wind in your hair you won’t want to miss this.

The Portland Spirit Cruise
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5. Check Out OMSI 

OMSI offers awesome scientific exhibits the whole family will enjoy! With tons of hands on activities for the kids (and adults!) there is tons to see and do.

OMSI Portland
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6. Wind Down At A Rooftop Bar With A Microbrew 

Portland is known for its breezy rooftop bars (and beer of course). Watch the sun rise with an avocado toast at the Roof Deck at Revolution Hall. Or check out the city lights with some friends and the “Beerlandia” with 24 rotating drafts.

Rooftop Bar Portland
Image from Revolution Hall

7. Smell The Roses At The Rose Garden

There are about 650 varieties of roses at the Portland Rose Garden, and over 10,000 rose bushes! Visit the Rose Garden between April and October to see them bloom, with June being the peak season.

Rose Garden Portland Travel
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8. Enjoy Some Live Music 

The northwest is famous for its music scene, Portland is no exception. Catch a live show at McMenamins at the Crystal Ballroom, Mississippi Studios and Bar, or the 1920’s Aladdin Theater. You can find live music in Portland anytime.

Live Music Portland Travel
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9. Grab A Crazy Donut From Voodoo Donuts

If you want a crazy dessert, you have to check out the famous Voodoo Donuts in Portland. OK where else can you get a donut wearing sunglasses? You can choose from raised yeast donuts, cake donuts, or vegan donuts. This hotspot deserves at least one visit!

Portland Voodoo Donuts
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10. Dine At A Bonkers Food Joint 

Portland is a foodie city with TONS of unique eateries. Kachka is a lively spot with food inspired by former Soviet Union dishes. With an award winning chef, incredibly witty menu, and 50 (YES 50) different vodka selections, I can’t think of any reason not to check this place out!

Kachka Food Portland
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