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Best things to do in North 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.

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. ”
515 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! ”
275 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
Breakfast Spot
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“Local breakfast spot with great food. Try the jam! They can get busy on weekends so expect a wait if you come during prime time.”
204 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“They show Bollywood movies inside! Also, the food is super tasty. A lot of vegetarian options.”
215 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Por Qué No is a Portland Mexican food staple were people wait line 20-30 people deep at night, way less crowded during the day. The food is excellent and worth the wait, I think, with indoor and outdoor seating in a quirky setting. This is one of those places that everyone that visits Portland wants to visit, and while there are plenty of other Spanish / Mexican type places around, the aesthetic and quality of food of this one is why people visit and come back. Insider tip, if you're not planning on dining in, you can look at the menu online and call ahead. Your food will be ready at the counter and you skip the lines. ”
200 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Love Ice Cream so much you'd be willing to try any flavor? Well, Salt & Straw takes flavor to a whole new place. Take my word for it, and try them all!”
152 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“I personally am not fond of BBQ but this place is delicious! Tender meats and aaaamazing sauces!”
146 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Best brewery in town! Good food and the NE Dekum (the original) location has a great classic casual Portland vibe.”
148 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cool bar serving vegan food super close to the Airbnb. If you come during summer time you can grab one of their boozy slushees!”
157 locals recommend
Stadium
“This is main stadium of the city. Most likely there's something cool going on there. We are pretty active with seeing shows and sporting events. ”
102 locals recommend
Café
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“Ok. Ignore this photo. Not a good representation of their cuisine. Imagine comfort food as comforting as you've ever had. Amazing breads. Sumptuous salads. Wholesome soups. Grits. Fluffly pancakes. We don't go here often because it's hard to get into, but if you're patient and want to experience amazingly prepared just good food, go here. And check out their instagram. ”
157 locals recommend
Bakery
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“French bakery and restaurant, nice spot for breakfast and brunch. The croissants are delicious.”
145 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Really great Spanish food with a famously long wait (no reservations accepted) but worth it. And you can wait upstairs at Secret Society.”
138 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Local favorite - fish sauce wings are so delicious and they even make tofu wings for vegetarians! ”
139 locals recommend