PORTLAND! My heart. My home. Such a special city. I’ve been living here since 2008, and my how it has changed, but it still remains the place I love returning to and the place I call home. I would say the most amazing part about this city to me is the people that live here. Seriously. The sense of community here is what has kept me here all these years. Of course everyone has a different list of their favorite local spots, but here are my top Portland picks right now. Of course, this list is always changing and evolving, so I will try to update it as so. This guide is divided up by neighborhood for easy navigation. Enjoy!
Tea Bar – The best tea lattes in town! I love the matcha (obviously) and the London Fog.
The Yo! Store – Super fun vintage selection and homewares and accessories.
Root Whole Body Cafe – Small menu, but very delicious!
The Yoga Space – Insanely gorgeous studio. Take a class with Michele Loew if you can.
Prasad – The OG healthy Portland spot. Delicious juices, smoothies and bowls. They have another location on the east side and their sister restaurant Harlow on SE Hawthorne.
Pine Street Market – All under one roof!
Shalom Y’all! – Cutest little spot with delicious Israeli food.
WM Goods – Such a beautiful space with lots of great clothing, gift items, ceramics and books.
Backtalk – The merchandising in this shop is insane. A lovely mix of new clothing and vintage items.
Maurice – One of the cutest restaurants in town. Attention to detail is 100%.
Alder & Co – This shop is a dream. Complete with Hilary Horvath’s Flowers inside.
Victoria Bar – Great spot for a casual drink. They have a nice patio for sunny days.
Por Que No? – No trip to Portland is complete without tacos from Por Que No? They have another location on SE Hawthorne too.
Lovely’s Fifty Fifty – Not gluten-free, but really, really amazing sourdough pizza. The chef/owner Sarah really takes seasonal pizza to the next level.
Locale – Best place for a Mizuba matcha latte.
Pistils Nursery – Lovely nursery with amazing attached greenhouse. Sell a bunch of ceramics, tonics and crystals.
Milk Glass Mrkt – Cutest neighborhood restaurant. It’s literally right around the corner from my haus, so you may see me there. I always get the eggs & greens.
Broder – One of my all-time favorite brunch spots. Everything here is amazing. They have locations in SE and SW too.
Barre3 – Work off all the tacos. They have several locations throughout Portland.
Solabee – Sweetest floral and plant shop. Serious #plantgoals and #plantladies.
Beam and Anchor – This shop is truly special. Each item is beautiful and made by hand. Really amazing selection of ceramics too.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai – Get the #1 with a side of pickles. Just do it.
Kachka – This is such a fun dining experience. Russian food and vodka. Highly recommend if you’re with a group.
Tusk – By far the prettiest restaurant in town. I basically want my haus to look like this place. Oh, and the salads/food are spectacular too.
Afuri – Japanese. The best.
Nuestra Cucina – Really amazing Mexican food.
Spartan Shop – I love this shop SO much. Amazingly curated collection of homewares, fragrances, candles, books, etc. etc.
Jacqueline – Cutest neighborhood spot. The food and drinks are delish and the vibe is just right.
Wolf and Bear’s – GF falafel is all the rage at this cute food cart. They also have a location on N Mississippi.
Canteen – Yummy bowls, juices and smoothies.
Artifact – One of my favorite vintage shops in town. And everything is SO freaking cheap.
Field Trip – This place is so special. Try walking out without buying something. I dare you.
Vivienne – Sweetest little cafe. Love the vibe here.
Proud Mary – These guys are doing it right. Such delicious and beautiful food. Great for breakfast, brunch and coffee.
Providore Fine Foods – Specialty market with an insane deli and the most beautiful produce in town.
Knot Springs – Such a luxurious place to spend the day – yoga, sauna, soak. Do it.
Angel Face – Favorite place for happy hour. Mostly a place where I like to go on girlfriend-only dates, but good for any kind of date.
Eb & Bean – Best dairy-free soft serve I’ve ever had in my life.
The People’s Yoga – Affordable yoga with amazing teachers. Take a class with Sarah Robinette or Suniti Dernovsek if you can. They have 3 locations in Portland.
Palace – This shop has it all. Cute clothing, books, housewares, body care.
Loyly – One of my favorite places for a sauna. You can get single use Dr. Hauschka face masks to use while you relax. They have 2 locations in Portland.
Ed’s House of Gems – If you’re looking to expand your gem collection, this is the place.