Live like a local

Recommendations for things to see and do and places to eat and drink in PDX


Biwa - small plate Japanese fusion

Boke Bowl - handmade noodles! bao! fast! cheap! yum!

Katchka - so much food! vodka!

Le Bistro Montage or La Merde (the "back bar" of Montage, they are attached to each other but bar is way cheaper) - southern fare like crawfish etouffee and jambalaya

LucLac (downtown) - cheap, amazing happy hour, awesome cocktails. Weird ordering system, but food is super good.

Nong's Kao Man Gai - hole-in-the-wall, but amazing simple thai chicken Rontoms - great outdoor space, great for a group

Nicholas - kebab/falafel/Greek/Mediterranean fare, but sit-down dinner format. Super good fresh pita bread

Olympia Provisions - cured meats!

Pine Street Market - variety! something for everyone! communal!

Quaintrelle (Mississippi) - slightly more upscale for being Portland, but main courses no more than $25. Fantastic food, prohibition style cocktails. Not good for group larger than 4-6.

Saucebox (downtown) - great happy hour, over-priced once happy hour is over. But great food, central.


Late night drinks and munchies

Basecamp brewery - beer + cart food that you can order from inside the beer bar. Great outdoor space.

Bit House Saloon - cozy, great bar, good food

Cascade Brewing Barrel House - sour beers only, limited food options

Commons brewery - fun beers, some food

Dig A Pony - good Portland-typical bar food, good drinks, not too crowded

Loyal Legion - beer and sausage type food, pretty cheap, fresh and cozy

VooDoo Doughnuts - overestimated doughnuts, but they have a new location on the east side closer to the venue now.

Stuff to do

Powell's Books –it's the biggest book store in the world taking up an entire city block
Paxton Gate (store on Mississippi) - awesome store for science nerds, has taxidermy, fossils, minerals, science art etc.
Shanghai tunnels - guided tours offered of tunnels under old town.
Pittock Mansion –fancy old house overlooking the city skyline and outlining history of PDX
OMSI –PDX's science museum for kids and adults alike
Japanese Gardens/Washington Park/Rose Garden/ The Zoo - the Max station is the deepest underground station in North America
Walk along Tom McCall Park or the South Park blocks or the North Park blocks
Mill's End Park
- world's smallest park
Chinese Gardens