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What to Do in Portland

Places to Eat

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BIPOC Owned

  • Asmara
    • Eritrean cuisine.
    • BIPOC owned
    • Vegetarian friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Papi
    • Puerto Rican restaurant and bar in the heart of the Old Port
    • BIPOC & woman owned
    • GF and vegan friendly
  • Yardie Ting
    • Jamaican booth on the top floor of the Public Market House.
    • BIPOC & Woman owned
    • Counter service with tables available

    • 15 min walk

Women Owned

  • Papi
    • Puerto Rican restaurant and bar in the heart of the Old Port
    • BIPOC & woman owned
    • GF and vegan friendly
  • Ugly Duckling
    • Luncheonette of your dreams
    • Woman owned
    • GF friendly (House made GF English muffins & GF sweets!)
    • 10 min walk
  • Yardie Ting
    • Jamaican booth on the top floor of the Public Market House.
    • BIPOC & Woman owned
    • Counter service with tables available

    • 15 min walk

Gluten Free Friendly

  • Boda
    • Thai restaurant with a focus on street vendor specialties and home-style cooking
    • GF/Vegetarian/Vegan friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room
    • Since 1898, a landmark seafood restaurant right on Portland Harbor
    • Home of the original baked stuffed lobster
    • GF friendly
    • 20 min walk
  • Green Elephant
    • Pan-Asian inspired vegetarian restaurant
    • Vegetarian/Vegan & GF friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Mi Sen Noodle Bar
    • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Papi
    • Puerto Rican restaurant and bar in the heart of the Old Port
    • BIPOC & woman owned
    • GF and vegan friendly
  • Sisters Gourmet Deli
    • Breakfast & lunch. Sandwiches and salads. Willing to adjust ingredients to accommodate all preferences and allergies.
    • GF/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Ugly Duckling
    • Luncheonette of your dreams
    • Woman owned
    • GF friendly (House made GF English muffins & GF sweets!)
    • 10 min walk

Vegetarian Friendly

  • Asmara
    • Eritrean cuisine.
    • BIPOC owned
    • Vegetarian friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Boda
    • Thai restaurant with a focus on street vendor specialties and home-style cooking
    • GF/Vegetarian/Vegan friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Flatbread Pizza
    • Flour from organic and Maine grown grains, baked in a wood fired oven
    • Right on Portland Harbor
    • Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 20 min walk
  • Green Elephant
    • Pan-Asian inspired vegetarian restaurant
    • Vegetarian/Vegan & GF friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Mi Sen Noodle Bar
    • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Pai Men Miyake
    • Ramen, sushi, and small plates.
    • Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Sisters Gourmet Deli
    • Breakfast & lunch. Sandwiches and salads. Willing to adjust ingredients to accommodate all preferences and allergies.
    • GF/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk

Vegan Friendly

  • Boda
    • Thai restaurant with a focus on street vendor specialties and home-style cooking
    • GF/Vegetarian/Vegan friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Flatbread Pizza
    • Flour from organic and Maine grown grains, baked in a wood fired oven
    • Right on Portland Harbor
    • Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 20 min walk
  • Gorgeous Gelato

    • Mariagrazia Zanardi and her husband, Donato Giovine, moved to Portland from Milan in 2010 and have been serving up true Italian gelato ever since

    • Located in the heart of the Old Port. Open until 9pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on weekends

    • PFC carries their gelato

    • Vegan friendly

    • 10 min walk

  • Green Elephant
    • Pan-Asian inspired vegetarian restaurant
    • Vegetarian/Vegan & GF friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Mi Sen Noodle Bar
    • GF/Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Papi
    • Puerto Rican restaurant and bar in the heart of the Old Port
    • BIPOC & woman owned
    • GF and vegan friendly

All

  • Asmara
    • Eritrean cuisine.
    • BIPOC owned
    • Vegetarian friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • Bar Futo
    • Japanese pub-style restaurant and bar with its extensive list of sake, Japanese whisky, and hand-crafted cocktails
    • Located in the heart of the Old Port
    • Food & Wine magazine recommended
    • 15 min walk
  • Boda
    • Thai restaurant with a focus on street vendor specialties and home-style cooking
    • GF/Vegetarian/Vegan friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room
    • Since 1898, a landmark seafood restaurant right on Portland Harbor
    • Home of the original baked stuffed lobster
    • GF friendly
    • 20 min walk
  • Bread & Friends
    • Bakery that serves house made breads, pastries, and espresso drinks. Also open for brunch
    • PFC sells their bread
    • 5 min walk
  • Central Provisions
    • Condé Nast recommended small plate restaurant
    • Located in the heart of the Old Port
    • 15 min walk
  • Flatbread Pizza
    • Flour from organic and Maine grown grains, baked in a wood fired oven
    • Right on Portland Harbor
    • Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
    • 20 min walk
  • Gorgeous Gelato

    • Mariagrazia Zanardi and her husband, Donato Giovine, moved to Portland from Milan in 2010 and have been serving up true Italian gelato ever since

    • Located in the heart of the Old Port. Open until 9pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on weekends

    • PFC carries their gelato

    • Vegan friendly

    • 10 min walk

  • Green Elephant
    • Pan-Asian inspired vegetarian restaurant
    • Vegetarian/Vegan & GF friendly
    • 5 min walk
  • High Roller Lobster Co.
    • Popular spot for lobster rolls with lots of customization options
    • Burgers and other comfort foods also available
    • 15 min walk
  • Pai Men Miyake
    • Ramen, sushi, and small plates.
    • Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Papi
    • Puerto Rican restaurant and bar in the heart of the Old Port
    • BIPOC & woman owned
    • GF and vegan friendly
  • Porthole Restaurant and Pub
    • Wharf side hang-out for seafood and drinks.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Picnic table service on the working waterfront.
    • 20 min walk
  • Portland Lobster Company
    • Iconic lobster shack on the waterfront. Take-out window with picnic tables
    • Live music most evenings
    • 20 min walk
  • Sisters Gourmet Deli
    • Breakfast & lunch. Sandwiches and salads. Willing to adjust ingredients to accommodate all preferences and allergies.
    • GF/Vegetarian friendly
    • 10 min walk
  • Street and Co.
    • Mediterranean, bistro style, all-seafood restaurant
    • Located in the heart of Portland’s Old Port on a cobble stone street
    • One of our most popular restaurants
    • Advanced reservations (a week or more) are required to get a table
    • 15 min walk
  • Ugly Duckling
    • Luncheonette of your dreams
    • Woman owned
    • GF friendly (House made GF English muffins & GF sweets!)
    • 10 min walk
  • Yosaku
    • Long standing and highly reviewed Japanese food and Sushi restaurant.
    • 10 min walk

Places to Go

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Coffee and Tea

  • Bard Coffee
    • Airy coffeehouse specializing in single-origin brews made from beans roasted in-house
    • PFC sells their coffee
    • 10 min walk
  • Holy Donut
    • A local favorite. Donuts are made from Maine potatoes.
    • GF and Vegan options are available
    • 10 min walk
  • Nov·el
    • Book bar and café.
    • 5 min walk
  • Speckled Ax
    • Single-cup brewing is the focus at this choice espresso shop, which uses wood-roasted organic beans
    • PFC sells their coffee
    • 5 min walk
  • Uncharted Tea
    • Bubble tea, hot tea, chai, nitro coffee, toast, and mochi ice cream
    • 5 min walk

Nightlife

  • Arcadia Bar
    • Arcade bar with lots of local beer options and fun mixed drinks
    • Pinball, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pacman, skeeball, and so much more
    • 10 min walk
  • Congress Bar and Grill
    • Popular neighborhood watering hole
    • Down-to-earth bar & grill furnishing comfort food with a twist in unpretentious surroundings.
    • 5 min walk
  • Independent Ice Co.
    • “An honest-to-goodness whiskey experience for honest-to-goodness people.”
    • Specializing in fine whiskey but also has a large selection of local craft beer and small bites.
    • Located on a cobble stone street in the Old Port
    • 10 min walk
  • Nosh Kitchen Bar
    • Upscale pub serving creative, jumbo-size burgers, sandwiches & other comfort eats
    • Serving drinks and creative comfort food “till late.
    • 5 min walk
  • Taco Escobarr
    • Funky, colorful tavern with creative cocktails, outdoor seating & a Mexican menu.
    • 5 min walk
  • Three Dollar Deweys
    • Located on the waterfront, this is one of Portland’s oldest seafarers’ pubs.
    • Rustic vibe, cheap drinks, but not scary
    • Their pub menu actually has a many vegan options. They embrace the modern world
    • 15 min walk

Things to Do

  • Congress Square

    • This urban square was created in the 1980’s to add vitality to the area by creating an open space within the bustling Arts District. Congress Square hosts seasonal special events series featuring live music, dances, and movies in the park. The park features seating, children’s play area, stage, and shade trees.

    • Events in the park are managed by the nonprofit Friends of Congress Square Park

    • Visit the Square on Friday night for a free and open to the public concert by local jazz band, the Ragtime Destroyers.  Swing dancing is encouraged but also fun to just watch.

    • 5 min walk

  • Eastern Promenade
    • Portland’s largest developed park at 78 acres, provides sweeping views of Casco Bay and direct access to the waterfront. The park features an Olmsted-designed landscape, Eastern Prom Multi-Use Trail, Will’s Playground, public boating ramp, hand-launch boat ramp, East End Beach, community garden, and world-class sledding in the winter months. Many picnic areas and benches dot the property, and the park is home to the annual 4th of July celebration, concerts, and events
    • 30 min walk
  • Old Port
    • Any trip to Portland has to include a walk through the Old Port. Wharf Street is a cobblestone street that dates back to the 1700s.  This is classic old New England
    • 10 min walk
  • Peaks Island
    • If you are extending your stay, consider a trip to Peaks Island
    • Portland is located on Casco Bay, which has seven inhabited islands. The Casco Bay Ferry runs ferry services to each of these islands every day.   The closest and largest island is Peaks Island.  Peaks Island is a popular day trip for Portland folks.  A round trip ticket costs $15 and boats run at least every couple of hours.   A walk around Peaks takes close to an hour and includes stunning views of the ocean.  Peaks also has a couple of restaurants, a general store, and an ice cream shop.
  • Portland Discovery Tours
    • Locals do this
    • If you are extending your stay and want to explore the area, Portland Discovery Tours offer trolley and boat tours that we locals do and recommend
    • Their headquarters are a 15 min walk
  • Portland Headlight
    • The most photographed lighthouse on the east coast, and for a reason. Stunning views of the rocky New England Coast along with an iconic lighthouse.
    • This is five miles from Portland so you will need to either take a Portland Discovery Tour or get an Uber or Lyft.
  • Portland Museum of Art
    • Founded as the Portland Society of Art in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art, or PMA, is the largest and oldest public art institution in Maine

    • The back of the museum connects to the McLellan-Sweat Mansion, which is across the street from Holiday Inn by the Bay

    • Admission is free on Fridays from 4pm-8pm

    • 5 min walk

  • Portland Paddle

    • Extending your stay and want to kayak or paddle board on the ocean? Casco Bay is sheltered from the open ocean by several islands which makes saltwater paddling accessible to more people.

    • Located at the boat ramp on the Eastern Prom (see above)

    • Rentals, classes, and guided tours

    • Reservations recommended

  • Victoria Mansion

    • Known for its exquisite architecture and its extraordinary original interiors, visiting Victoria Mansion is a unique Portland experience

    • Tours available daily

    • 5 min walk