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Best things to do in Downtown Portland, Portland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bookshop
“Whether you are an avid reader or just enjoy browsing titles, Powells City of Books is a must see. "...the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately on million books." powells.com”
514 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The PAM is a lovely small museum with nice rotating exhibits and a great modern wing with Impressionism up to the modern era.”
274 locals recommend
Market
“Great place for souvenirs. Open seasonally. Very Portland-keep your eyes out for Elvis or the Unipiper...google it”
235 locals recommend
Garden
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“For a deep and carefully thought out expression of craftsmanship, culture, and an interactive environment where there is always an event going on to listen to or observe!”
178 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Awesome doughnuts. Featured on Diner's Drive-ins and Dives. Creativity abounds. Cash only. Always a line Must try the basic plain glazed yeast, voodoo doll, apple fritter, maple bacon bar!”
172 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Spectacular city views from the 30th floor downtown! Tasty happy hour menu, open late.”
150 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
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“Peruvian food, Pisco Sours - great location in the Pearl. A bit noisy and worth the price.”
94 locals recommend
Park
“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
103 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is our most frequented restaurant in town. We love this place! Best for brunch. ”
86 locals recommend
Lounge
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“The views from the outdoor terrace really are magnificent. Get there early, before 4:00, to grab a table before the space fills up.”
109 locals recommend
Arcade
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“Be a kid again and enjoy all the video games you played back in the day at the Ground Kontrol Bar! All ages are welcome at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade from noon-5pm daily, but we can only admit those 21+ with valid ID from 4:30pm-close. ”
90 locals recommend
Night Club
“Amazing food. You will wait in line, but the aroma from the kitchen will make you glad you waited.”
78 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“The Pearl District is Portland’s more upscale downtown with food, bars, breweries, and shops. This is where you will find Powell’s Books on 10th and Burnside. From there head up the alphabet in street names and stay working 10th to 14th to see the Pearl area.”
83 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great burgers and beer in a hip, lively spot in NW. Love the wood carvings depicting Pacific NW scenes. Gluten-free individuals can even get gluten-free beer and hamburger buns there. One of our favorite places for a casual meal. Be prepared to wait, though!”
66 locals recommend
Cinema
“Small local movie theater - you can enjoy dinner and drinks while relaxing in a comfy seat.”
100 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“This Concert Hall in Downtown Portland has great concerts. We try to visit often. The Oregon Symphony performs the soundtracks of movies--while the movie is playing! They also have many marvelous performances throughout the year.”
49 locals recommend