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Best things to do in Southeast 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.

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”
344 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Did you come with kids and need an activity for a rainy day?! This one is my kids’ favorite!”
268 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“If you want a true Portland Brunch experience: Screen Door. And if you're hardy, the fried chicken. ”
223 locals recommend
Park
“Enormous and beautiful local park with lots of beautiful spots to picnic and play. ”
216 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
Playground
“Beautiful hiking, beautiful views of the city and historic reservoirs. Less than a mile from the Cottage. Has a large off leash dog park. Great for walking your dog to let him/her run.”
194 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Okay, so it's hyped up, but still really good ice cream place that locals go to and enjoy the experience”
207 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Amazing hilltop park that's actually an extinct volcano! Beautiful woods with amazing views of downtown Portland, Mt. Hood, and surrounding areas. Catch the adult soap box derby once a year.”
242 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of the first theaters in the country to offer dining with your movie, you can order a beer and a meal to enjoy while you watch your movie here. The Bagdad is utterly unique!”
217 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Another movie theater where you can have a beer or wine and grab a slice for dinner. Popcorn, candy and tea available too! Located in another great little pocket of bars, restaurants and shops. Fifty Licks ice cream just across the street. ”
220 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Local taco place, famous for a reason. Local tip: Order ahead by calling in a take-out order, skip the line when you get there and go straight to the cashier, then bring your food to the park or back to the guest house and enjoy Por Que No without the waiting in line.”
188 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A favorite for local and touring bands. Great space, at the Jupiter Hotel. ”
156 locals recommend
Bookshop
“The East side’s highly curated version of the famous Powell’s Books, along with a fantastic gift shop. Great stop for adults and kids alike. ”
154 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Bollywood always feels fun and festive and I've never had a bad meal. It's Indian street food, casual affair. ”
167 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Historic roller rink, kiddie rides, small town feel. And a legit roller coaster too.”
102 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Apizza Scholls - $$ - Best pizza in the city (has been rated by some as the best on the west coast). In a town that was become somewhat of a pizza enclave Apizza Scholls sits as the highest apple in the tree. Thin crispy crust, the perfect ratio of sauce to cheese balanced by delicious toppings. Must Try - Apizza Amore, Amatriciana Similar - Scotties Pizza, Ken’s Artisan Pizza”
125 locals recommend