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Simplified Guide to Portland

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Planning a trip to Portland, Oregon?

Looking for a simplified iteanrry, with all the best restaurants, shops, and activities the city of roses has to offered?

I’ve gottcha covered!

Read on for the best coffee, brunch, shops, restaurants and drinks in Portland, Oregon,

I’ve added plenty of healthy, gluten-free, paleo and plant-based places to eat, to the list, too.

Simplified Portland Travel Guide

Planning a trip to the City of Roses? Here is a collection of the best coffee, brunch, shops, restaurants and drinks in Portland, plus plenty of healthy and gluten-free offerings, too. #portland #portlandoregon #travelportland #healthytravel #glutenfreetravel #traveloregon

Best Coffee + Tea Shops in Portland

Heart Coffee Roasters

Café, roaster & beautiful design.

Tea Bar

Gorgeous spaces, matcha, boba tea, and tea-inspired soft serve.

Good | A Coffee Company

Matcha lattes and seriously good coffee.

Water Ave Coffee

Add a toasted marshmallow and you’re good to go. Simple breakfast and lunch offerings, too.

Barista Coffee

The best lattes and hot chocolate. Major Portland vibe.

Steven Smith

Check out the beautiful tasting rooms in SE or NW. The sparkling tea on tap at the SE location is my personal fav.


Best Brunch + Lunch Places in Portland

Proud Mary Coffee + Cafe

Go for brunch. Thank me later.

Mother’s Bistro Cafe

Quintessential Portland brunch. Total comfort food + long wait times. Go early.

Olympia Provisions

Spanish and Mediterranean style, clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest, highlighting locally-sourced meats and seasonal vegetables. Make a reservation, if you can.

Garden Bar PDX

Quick, easy, and customizable. Paleo, gluten-free, plant-based, it’s all good.

Harlow

Portland plant-based vibe. All the gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Verde Cocina

Totally gluten-free kitchen. Yes to the guacamole (go for half chips, half sliced veggies), vegan options, and the paleo plate with slab bacon (but really, though). Great brunch menu, too.

Prasad Cafe at Yoga Pearl

Plant-based bowls, smoothies, and specialty drinks. Lots of gluten-free options.

Holiday PDX

Plant-based, dairy-free, organic, gluten-free, soy-free, super fresh.


Best Places for Dinner + Drinks in Portland

Tasty n Alder

Yes, please.

Tusk

Gorgeous space, vegetable forward, mediterranean-ish. Vegan + omnivore options. Reservations recommended.

Por Que No? Taqueria

Best tacos in Portland.

Ava Gene’s

Locally sourced and seasonal. Go for the pasta.

Ten Barrel Brewing

Good beer, one cider on tap, and casual Portland-style fare. Rooftop bar is a must in the summer.

Urban Farmer

Farm to table for dinner or brunch.

Canard

Cafe by day, wine restaurant with cocktails by night.

Multnomah Whiskey Library

If you like whiskey. Obviously.

Xport Bar & Lounge

Year round rooftop views. Fun for drinks and a light bite.

Planning a trip to the City of Roses? Here is a collection of the best coffee, brunch, shops, restaurants and drinks in Portland, plus plenty of healthy and gluten-free offerings, too. #portland #portlandoregon #travelportland #healthytravel #glutenfreetravel #traveloregon

Best Sweets, Treats & Bakeries in Portland

Salt and Straw

An hour wait for ice cream? Just kidding (kind of). It’s usually worth it.

Petunia's Pies & Pastries

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-based pastries and treats.

Wiz Bang Bar

From the brilliant minds behind Salt & Straw. Soft serve dessert bar and more.

Grand Central Bakery

The real deal. Breads, pastries, and sandwiches, multiple locations.

New Cascadia

Full bakery, breads, bagels, sandwiches, completely gluten-free and totally delish!

Pixie Retreat

Raw, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free sweets and snacks.

Blue Star Donuts

Go for the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, or Valrhona Chocolate Crunch.

Nola Donuts

Donuts, fritters, beignets—try the s’mores donut, it’s crazy and so good.


Portland Shop

Besty & Iya

Locally made handcrafted jewelry.

WM Goods

Fresh, independent design, apparel, jewelry, shoes, handbags + natural skincare.

Spartan Shop

A practice in the art of minimalism.

Alder & CO

Eclectic mix of apparel, jewelry, paper goods, apothecary, and more.

The Meadow

Salt, chocolate, bitters, flowers.

Tender Loving Empire

Records, gifts, Portlandy things.


Get Outside & Fun Activities to do with Kids in Portland

Tilikum Bridge Crossing

Pedestrian and public transportation only. Stunning views of the river and Portland skyline.

Willamette Riverfront Walk

Hop from bridge to bridge with views of the water. Check out the market on Sunday.

Powell's

Walk around the Pearl, then duck into the biggest independent bookstore anywhere.

Forest Park

Miles of hiking trails, right into the city. Walk to the Leif Erikson trail from NW Portland to add onto the mileage.

Washington Park

Home to the Portland Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Zoo, Washington Park houses all kinds of treasures.

PSU Farmers Market

You gotta go. Take the streetcar or walk. Go early, it’s packed in the summer.

Portland Art Museum

Kids are free!

Oregon Zoo

Go early, especially in the summer, to avoid the crowds.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Something for all ages, plus a pretty darn good cafe, too.


Where to Stay

Porter Portland Hotel by Hilton

New, clean, modern, good location.

The Heathman

Old school Portland, recently renovated, downtown.

Ace Hotel

Hipster vibe, very Portland, super central location.

The Nines

Upscale, great onsite restaurants, heart of downtown.

Did you use this guide for your Portland travels? Let me know what you loved and new discoveries in the comments, below!