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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.

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
Park
“At 5,200 acres, this is the largest park within any U.S. city. It gets very popular in summer, especially on week- ends, so if you want to check it out be prepared to embrace the crowds. See Witch's Castle under Hikes. ”
  • 516 locals recommend
Garden
“This place is absolutely STUNNING. Koi ponds, gorgeous sculptures, rock garden, and cultural experiences. Worth the entry ticket.”
  • 362 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
Thai Restaurant
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“Pok Pok, back in 2005, started as a little take out space. We thought, oh, I wonder if that will make it. Now, some 14 years later, Pok Pok is it's own little Thai food kingdom, with four Portland restaurants and one in Los Angeles. The food shines, the waits can be long, and it's the kind of place that's made Portland become what people know it to be today. Pok Pok located on SE Division is the original Pok Pok serving SE Asia street and pub food, mostly centered on North and NE Thailand. If you are on the waitlist, you can enjoy appetizers and beverages at their across the street location, Whiskey Soda Lounge, located kitty-corner from Pok Pok. Their hosts happily coordinate between the two locations. Hours 11:30am-10pm”
  • 345 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Did you come with kids and need an activity for a rainy day?! This one is my kids’ favorite!”
  • 269 locals recommend
Museum
“The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance-style château. But if you are in the mood for a beautiful view of Portland with Mt. Hood in the backdrop, on a non cloudy day :), then this is a must. There are two way to get there. First is by car which will take you to the parking lot of the Mansion. After you are done sightseeing, can you quickly drive to the Washington Park International Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. The other way to get to Pittock Mansion is by hiking through Forest Park. To do this, you will have to drive to Lower Macleay Park. Take the hike until you reach the abandoned Stone House. You will continue hiking past and the trail will bring you to the Pittock Mansion. The hike is about 40 min, depending on your pace. It is worth it! ”
  • 279 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a cool space, it was an elementary school and was transformed into a campus of restaurants, bars, soaking pool, movie theater. Good rain or shine activity.”
  • 351 locals recommend
Waterfall
“About an hour drive from Portland, this is a beautiful location to hike up to the top, or take in the views from the pedestrian bridge near the base. See the scenic Columbia River Gorge on your way to the falls. Check out the town of Hood River, just a five minute drive from the falls for a bite to eat after your hike, and explore the Hood River Fruit Loop. ”
  • 284 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“We are known as the rose city and this is a pretty incredible rose garden with a pretty incredible view. Definitely best taken advantage of in June during the rose festival season. ”
  • 244 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Debatably the best ice cream in town. My favorite is the Almond Brittle and Salted Ganache. Don't be afraid to try their creative flavors! ”
  • 276 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great zoo but not great until the summer of 2020. Lots of construction right now. ”
  • 171 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“If you like fried chicken and waffles this is the place. Expect to wait a while for a table but most don’t regret it. ”
  • 224 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“American fast-food style burger in a bar/restaurant with a nice outdoor patio. Most pubs in the neighborhood offer good, hefty burgers with plenty of dressings, this is a simpler, slightly smaller one, but solid and satisfying. This restaurant is attached to the lovely Mississippi Studios music venue.”
  • 268 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 264 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Our favorite geothermal, extinct volcano, right in the heart of Portland. Start at the bottom, at the SE 60th and Lincoln entrance (go past the community garden), and walk all the way up to the top. Stunning city views await!”
  • 245 locals recommend