Where to Eat
Black Water (VEGAN) (3 blocks)
835 NE Broadway (503)281-0439
Newest all-vegan bar/music venue. Housemade burgers are the best in town. Breaded chicken sandwiches, chili cheese fries, Ceasar salad, cheesesteak, etc. Everything is super top notch and fresh. It’s a punk bar, and they put a lot of work and goodness in their food.
Blossoming Lotus (VEGAN) (10 minute walk)
1713 NE 15th Ave (503)228-0048
Organic vegan fusion cuisine. They also have a full bar and a huge organic wine list. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Brunch too.
Walkable, but further
Biwa (17 minute walk)
215 SE 9th Ave (503) 239-8830
Stylish underground restaurant & bar featuring small plates of Japanese fusion fare & sake.
Sudra (VEGAN) (19 minute walk)
2333 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 (971) 302-6002
This buzzy vegan restaurant known for its Indian-inspired menu has a full bar & specialty cocktails.
ChickPeaDX (20 minute walk)
2707 NE Sandy Blvd (503)741-9390
Really great falafel. Make sure to get the fried cauliflower appetizer too.
Missionary Chocolates (20 minute walk)
2712 NE Glisan St (503)206-8439
All vegan and gluten free chocolate shop. Hungry…
Recommended walking distance bars + donut shops!
VooDoo Doughnuts (14 minute walk)
1501 NE Davis St. (503) 235-2666
A Portland classic! Creative doughnuts in colorful, quirky environs! 24 hour, cash-only.
Hungry Tiger (15 minute walk)
213 SE 12th Ave. (503) 238-4321
Vegan-friendly dive bar. Vegan corn dogs & soft-serve along with pinball & outdoor patio.
Doug Fir Lounge (16 minute walk)
830 E Burnside St. (503) 231-9663
Spot with futuristic log-cabin decor hosting indie music shows, with an eclectic diner menu & bar.
Definitely need a cab or some other form of transport
Back to Eden Bakery (cab ride)
2217 NE Alberta St (503)477-5052
Really awesome vegan and gluten-free bakery. Huge selection. Also has soft serve, cookbooks, gifts, and more.
Bye and Bye (cab ride)
1011 NE Alberta St (503)281-0537
All vegan bar. Nice art. Good music. Great people. “Southern” style food.
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries (Red/Blue Max Line)
610 SW 12th (503)841-5961
All vegan and gluten free bakery downtown!
Pixie Retreat RAW’r Laboratorie and Makery (streetcar)
1670 SE 3rd Ave (971)302-7128
Take out stuff, mostly raw-ish stuff. Great kale salads and lil’ puddings and such.
Rabbits Cafe (Blue/Green Max Line)
111 SW 5th Ave (503)206-4512
From the folks that brought you Sonny Bowl and Sudra! Vegan breakfast and lunch fare downtown. Pancakes! Scrambles, bowls, salads, juices.
SweetPea Baking Co. (20 minute walk)
1205 SE Stark St (503)477-5916
All vegan bakery and coffee shop. Original gangsta and our neighbors in the Mini Mall. Get down here and eat something.
What to Do
Powell’s City of Books has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world’s great bookstores. Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books contains more than 1.5 million books, making it the largest used and new bookstore on Earth.
Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all four seasons. In Spring of 2017, the Garden opened its new Cultural Village, complete with new garden spaces, classrooms, exhibition and gallery space, and the Umami Cafe.
Portland Saturday Market is celebrating its 44th year in the historic Old Town/ Chinatown neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. This weekly market features 252 booths showcasing a variety of arts & crafts sold by local Pacific Northwest artisans. Established in 1974, the market has a thriving membership of over 350 artisans.
The Pearl District is one of Portland’s most prominent neighborhoods, with shopping and restaurants.
Portland has a proliferation of Food Carts and they seem to be growing in numbers and locations. Some might call them lunch wagons, taco trucks or even snack shacks, but whatever you call them, they are truly a phenomenon in Portland. Food Carts Portland is devoted to keeping Portland up-to-date on where to find food carts and what to eat once you do find them.
Located in the Northwest quadrant of the city, the 5,157-acre Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the U.S. An escape from the city, it boasts an extensive trail system for hiking and exploring.
Talk Like a Local
So you don’t have a cab driver looking at you sideways when you mispronounce a street name, here’s a primer to brush up on your Portland lingo.
- Oregon: Organ, like your heart. Not Ory-Gone.
- Willamette: Will-Am-Ette, not Willa-Mett.
- Couch St.: Cooch, not Cowch.
- Glisan St.: Glee-Sin, not Glih-sawn.
- Weidler St.: Wide-Lur, not Weed-Lur
- Pod: A gathering of food carts.
- Wine country: Refers to the Willamette Valley, not Sonoma, California.
- The Gorge: The scenic Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland.
- The coast: Always referred to as “the coast.” Not the beach or the shore.
- The mountain is out: Mt. Hood is visible and not blocked by clouds.
- The bridge is up: The Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, or Steel Bridge is in the up or open position to allow boats to pass under.