Portland has been on my United States bucket list for quiet some time. This past January I decided it was time and I booked my plane ticket, airbnb, and convinced my boyfriend to visit Portland with me. I asked a friend for advice about what area to stay in and where to go. I also had the help of some bloggers. Portland has so many things to do and I made a list of some things to do. The majority of my list is food but that because Portland has so many options. These are some places you can visit in Portland:
Places to visit
- Lan Su Chinese Garden: This place is gorgeous and a must if you come to Portland. It’s 13 dollars a ticket to visit. It was build by Chinese artisans from Suzhou. It’s the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. The garden was very relaxing and peaceful. Next time I want to try the restaurant and tea house.
- Powell’s bookstore: This bookstore takes up the whole block. You can spend all day here. Each section is color coded and made things easier to find. The bookstore also buys your books.
- Mill’s End park: It’s in the Guinness book of world records as The World’s smallest park. It is very easy to miss. It is in a middle of two streets. I had to have locals point it out to me. The park is so cute, it literally just greenery with a tree in a pot. It has a sign too.
- Kennedy school: An elementary school that is now a hotel, brewery, restaurant, theater, and a bar. It was so cool walking around an old elementary school. My boyfriend and I ate at the restaurant had cheese fries and walked around. It was amazing to see an old school turned a night life hangout.
- Gravy: Both the french toast and hasbrowns are the best. Locals recommended this place to me. I wanted to try Pine State Biscuits but they told me it would be crowded and that Gravy was delicious too. They were right because Gravy was delicious.
- Pok Pok: A Thai restaurant that is really well known. I ordered the chicken curry and my boyfriend ordered the wings. We both loved what we ordered. There is a couple locations in Portland and its also located in New York.
- Bend coffee: It was 10 minute walk from my airbnb. I had chai latte and a bagel. Both great. The place was crowded but the service was amazing.
- Stacks: First place I visited in Portland. Its a library theme coffee shop. They serve breakfast tacos and pastries. I had to come here because it was a a 5 minute walk from my airbnb and they have breakfast tacos, which is big in Austin. The coffee shop was so cute and the tacos were delicious.
- Blue Star Donuts: My favorite was the blueberry bourbon basil. It was so good that I got another at the airport before I left. When your in Portland, you need to stop here for dessert. There is more than once location in Portland.
- Salt & Straw: There was a line when I went. It was worth it though. I had two scoops one of the strawberry honey blasmic with black pepper and double fold vanilla. I fell in love with strawberry honey blasmic with black pepper. I wanted to buy a pint but it was sold out. I really hope Salt and Straw comes to Austin. If you do not like waiting in lines, I would go early for ice cream or you can visit Ruby Jewel ice cream.
I feel like the majority of my list was food. Not only because Portland has so many delicious food options but I also love food. There is also amazing parks like Tom Mcall Waterfont Park and Peninsula Park to visit. Portland was a lot fun and I had an amazing time. The city has great public transportation and many things were walking distance from my airbnb in north Portland. I want to visit next summer with my sister to explore more Portland and visit Multnomah Falls.