Portland, Oregon is a town that resonates with cool. It has music clubs, pubs, a farm-to-table foodie scene, and a coffee culture to rival anywhere. Here’s the guide with a bohemian vibe:
1. Powell’s City of Books
When you visit the world’s largest independent bookstore chain in the world, you get a map to navigate! They have new and used books, and host cultural events. Hang out, grab a coffee and cruise the shelves.
2. Crystal Ballroom
The Crystal Ballroom is more than a century old now. The renovated complex features a restaurant, a brewery and floating dance floor!
3. Brew Pubs
Known as Beervana, Portland is home to over 30 microbreweries! There’s even a brew-pub-meets-movie-theater concept with comfy couches, films and mugs of suds!
4. Bike Trails
There are endless bike trails in Portland, whether you want a short/flat ride or a longer challenge. Take a bike tour of Portland neighborhoods or cycle through the parks.
5. Coffee Culture
With over 30 coffee roasters in town, Portland’s cafe scene is brewing. You’ll find a range of specialty shops to hole-in-the-wall dives that pour a mean cup of joe.
6. Theater Scene
Keeping with the artsy vibe, Portland has a theater scene that includes avant-garde performances to mainstream musicals and plays. The Performing Arts Center has multiple venues to catch a music, theater or dance performance whenever you’re in town.
7. Mt. Tabor Park
Mt. Tabor Park is a great space to hang out. It features an off-the-leash dog park, picnic spots, and even a horseshoe pit. Hipsters can chill at the park and enjoy the great outdoors!
8. Voodoo Doughnut
Come get a treat from the avant-garde Voodoo Doughnuts, one of the city’s most famous sweet shops. With innovative flavors like Bacon maple and Portland cream, its namesake pastry is shaped like a voodoo doll that oozes red jelly blood.
9. Oaks Park Roller Rink
Roller skating is back! Portland’s classic 110 year old roller rink features a wooden floor and a grand old pipe organ to keep the crowds entertained.
10. Farmer’s Markets
There are over 50 markets to tap into that local bounty of produce every day. Hundreds of vendors sell fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, dairy and more. Portland was one of the first cities to embrace the concept of eating regional farm-to-table foods, which you can enjoy in many local restaurants.
11. Wine Bars
The local hipsters are also into wine. You’ll find a range of venues that offer high-end bottles, affordable wines by the glass and local vintages. Some offer a full menu, light tapas or dessert bites too.
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