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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 City of Books is the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books. Located in downtown Portland’s Pearl District, the City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Dozens of acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers visit each month to read in the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room), and a one-of-a-kind Rare Book Room draws bibliophiles from near and far to browse an impressive collection of autographed first editions and other collectible volumes. ”
  • 524 locals recommend
Park
“The biggest and best park in Portland. So many trailhead entrances. Maps found online. Connects to Washington park, Oregon Zoo, and Hwy 30 area. So worth hopping on.”
  • 517 locals recommend
Garden
“"Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe." - from their website”
  • 382 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Portland Art Museum was founded in 1892 and is the seventh oldest museum in the country. The museum has become famous around the world because of its permanent collection that has more than 42,000 pieces in it. For history buffs there are plenty of historic art pieces on display. There are many pieces that have been collected from the native people of North America as well as a large collection of English silver. The campus that the museum sits on also has the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art which is well worth taking a look at.”
  • 274 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“We know this is on every tourist's list, but as locals who eat there regularly, we can assure you - it's worth the wait in line. Unaltered recipes from Thailand.”
  • 349 locals recommend
Museum
“While I’ve never been drawn to go in for a tour, the walk up to this mansion is a fun uphill work out, and the views from the lawn of the city and Mt. Hood are beautiful!”
  • 295 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the MANY McMenamins locations in the area. This one located in NE Portland. Many are in historic buildings or with stunning renovations. Some good sites are: Edgefield, M Crystal Hotel and Ballroom, Grand Lodge, Kalama lodge (30 miles north in WA). Many more smaller historic pubs all around Portland. ”
  • 357 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science centers and a featured attraction located in Portland, OR.”
  • 286 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Excellent small venue to see shows and also grab a bite or drink. Great bands comes through here!”
  • 266 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“This park is free to enter, and you can wander around breathing in the lovely aromas of roses in bloom. ”
  • 258 locals recommend
Zoo
“Sixty-four acres in the West hills of Portland. This nonprofit zoo enhances community involvement with the zoo through member-based support. The zoo focusses on sustainable conservation of natural resources.”
  • 186 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Can’t miss this local ice cream favorite place. Go prepared for the long lines and a wait that’s worth it.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Park
“A historic park established in 1909. Laurelhurst Park has an asphalt path bordering the interior of the park and multiple tables for the perfect picnic. The duck pond used to host the Queen’s Coronation at the annual Portland Rose Festival. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“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. ”
  • 243 locals recommend
Market
“Check if it’s open before going- this is a HUGE market with lots of local crafts and foods. Local favorite. ”
  • 248 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“long lines, but worth the wait.....or if you want more of a local vibe, hit sckavones on your way up division.....”
  • 239 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“We know this is on every tourist's list, but as locals who eat there regularly, we can assure you - it's worth the wait in line. Unaltered recipes from Thailand.”
  • 349 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the MANY McMenamins locations in the area. This one located in NE Portland. Many are in historic buildings or with stunning renovations. Some good sites are: Edgefield, M Crystal Hotel and Ballroom, Grand Lodge, Kalama lodge (30 miles north in WA). Many more smaller historic pubs all around Portland. ”
  • 357 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Excellent small venue to see shows and also grab a bite or drink. Great bands comes through here!”
  • 266 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“long lines, but worth the wait.....or if you want more of a local vibe, hit sckavones on your way up division.....”
  • 239 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“One of the most popular brunch spots in Portland! Expect great food, and long lines...”
  • 230 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Hip and friendly with great food. We love this place because it’s dog friendly and on one of the coolest streets in Portland. Make reservations before you go because it’s popular and they’ve restricted seating to respect social distancing and to stick to open air seating. ”
  • 208 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“One of my favorite Indian places in Portland. Casual, order at counter, fast service.”
  • 222 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Line-caught fish and local meats for dishes that celebrate the flavor and essence of Mexico.”
  • 206 locals recommend

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