I knew nothing about Portland until a couple of months ago, but the more I learned, the more I wanted to go. The first thing that you need to know about Portland is that it’s weird. Embrace and appreciate the weirdness. Portland is authentic & quirky. The culinary scene is unpretentious, and there is not a shortage of great options.
Where to Stay in Portland
There are a lot of beautiful hotels in Portland, but none seem to capture the essence of the city, quite like the Duniway. The decor is vibrant, quirky, and unexpected in the very best way. The location is central, but what I loved most of all were the beds. A comfortable hotel bed is shockingly rare to find, and the Duniway has some of the most comfortable beds I’ve come across in my travels.
Bonus - if you ever travel for business and are looking to earn or spend points, the Duniway is a Hilton property.
Things you must see in Portland
Portland has a little for everyone - from food to charming neighborhoods to incredible hikes there is no shortage of things to do. One of my favorite things about the city is how accessible hiking trails are from the city center so you can easily hike in the morning and explore a new neighborhood in the afternoon.
Multnomah Falls is a quick 30-minute bus ride from Portland. The falls is arguably one of Portland’s most popular attractions and for a good reason. The surrounding area is beautiful, and there are many waterfalls and scenic hiking trails.
3229 NW Pittock Dr
One of my regrets from my trip to Portland is that I didn’t make it to Pittock Mansion. Pittock Mansion is perched above the city and has one of the best views of the skyline and surrounding mountains.
The Pearl District is the “Soho” of Portland. This neighborhood has no shortage of great restaurants, local shops, or charm. I recommend spending half a day exploring this area. Quick tip - there is no sales tax in Portland, so many people wait to buy big ticket items until they visit.
Portland is known for having a lot of creatives and hippies. One of the coolest areas in town is Hawthorne Street. This area is a favorite for local creatives and has plenty of great vintage shops, and even a double-decker bus turned coffee shop.
2206 N Skidmore Street
Mocks Crest is a popular spot to watch the sunset on a beautiful day. This area is known to attract a lot of hippies, and if you are lucky, you may stumble upon a drum circle.
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland may be known for it’s Roses, but the Japanese Garden is a site worth seeing. The garden encompasses a little over five acres and puts on different cultural demonstrations weekly.
Where to Eat & Drink in Portland
Now to the best part….the food. Every meal that I had in Portland was exceptional, but what stood out the most to me was that regardless of price point, there was no shortage of great dining options.
3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Tov is arguably one of the most Instagram worthy coffee shops in Portland. Tov is a double-decker bus that has been converted into a coffee shop off of Hawthorne street. Stop by relax & enjoy a Turkish coffee.
701 NW 13th Ave
Irving Street Kitchen is spacious with ample indoor and outdoor seating. We loved their specialty cocktails, generous portion sizes, and varied brunch menu. My one piece of advice -try the biscuits.
1981 W Burnside St
We went to HunnyMilk by accident, and it ended up being one of the best decisions of our trip. We were searching for a juice bar but saw HunnyMilk’s brunch menu and decided to stop for a hearty breakfast instead. The prix fixe brunch is only $23 and includes a nonalcoholic beverage, and two generous brunch entrees - I opted for the Dutch baby and the french toast, and both were incredible.
1605 NE Killingsworth St
Hai Yai was my first meal in Portland and set the bar high for Portland food. I knew I could not miss dining here when I saw that their specialty combined two things that I love: Thai food & fried chicken. Can you imagine a better combo? I recommend ordering the combo that includes fried chicken and curry.
838 NW 23rd Ave
Did you even go to Portland if you did not go to Salt & Straw? Salt & Straw is an ice cream chain renowned for it’s innovative and unique flavors. I love their blue cheese and pear ice cream (don’t knock it until you try it). Stop here before dinner, after dinner, or maybe both.
609 SE Ankeny St C, Portland
When I was researching Portland Nong’s Khao Man Gai was somewhere that I knew I could not miss. One of my favorite “food” trips ever was to Singapore in college & my favorite dish was Chicken and Rice from the food stands in the Hawker Markets. Nong’s Khao Man Gai specializes in chicken and rice, and I was not disappointed - it’s as close to Singapore as you can get.
835 SW 2nd Ave
I cannot say enough great things about Luc Lac, but the line around the block to get in speaks for its self. Do yourself a favor and order the Pho. The portion sizes are generous, so I recommend splitting if you plan on ordering appetizers.
1719 NE Alberta St
Looking for a fun neighborhood bar? Look no further than Les Caves. This eclectic bar specializes in natural wines. The atmosphere is unpretentious & relaxed making it the perfect place to grab a post-dinner drink. One thing that I loved about this bar was seeing Georgian wines on the menu!
210 NW 11th Ave, Portland
Looking for a lively place to grab a beer? Look no further than Deschutes Brewery. The space is a converted auto shop and there is plenty of room to come here with a group of friends.
Getting Around Portland
Portland has an excellent public transportation system, so it’s easy to get around. My favorite way to see a city is to walk, so I walked to as many places as possible. Uber is also available in the city.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay at The Duniway in return for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own and are not influenced by The Duniway or their affiliates in anyway.