Travel Guide to Portland Oregon

A couple weekends ago, Paul and I packed our things and visited Portland, Oregon as our last vacation of 2018! Portland had been on travel bucket list for the longest time - I’ve always heard amazing things about the coffee and food there so I was so excited to finally get to visit! So when I finally looked to see how cheap airfare and Airbnbs were there, I very quickly booked us a trip. This trip was especially special for us since it will probably be our last big trip together for awhile (😭) due to our school and work schedules. But we will definitely be trying to squeeze in some more local trips! So, without further adieu, here is my Portland travel guide/list of everything we did during our trip!

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Where We Stayed

Being a huge fan of Airbnb, we decided to book through there to find a cozy place that was close to a bunch of the places we wanted to visit. I was able to find a super cute place that had so much old charm and was decorated mid-century modern (my fave). And costing us less than $200 for the whole trip - it was a real deal! You can check out the listing to where we stayed here and to save $40 off your first trip with Airbnb, you can use my link to sign-up by clicking here! Would I stay in this Airbnb again? For sure! We were so close to Downtown, all the best coffee shops, and a ton of local eateries.

Where We Ate

Tasty n Alder

We stopped here as soon as we landed in Portland and it was amazing! The service was a little slow, but I would definitely not hold that against them because it was a Saturday, late morning, so it was definitely peak time for them. I got the fried egg and cheddar biscuit sandwich and Paul got the Auntie Paula’s french toast… both so good! We ate them so fast that we totally forgot to take pictures of what we ordered! Kinda wish we went there one more time, but I guess that just means we’ll have to make another trip to Portland soon!

Por Que No Taqueria

Being huge taco fans, we couldn’t visit Portland without stopping at Por Que No… twice. I tried their camarones taco, their fall veggie taco and their pollo asado and Paul got three of their carne asada tacos. I really loved the fall veggie one! It had cauliflower and squash and didn’t taste too healthy haha. And both Paul & I were huge fans of their chips and guac!

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Pip’s Original Donuts

Probably the best donuts I’ve ever had! If you’re ever in Portland, this is definitely a must visit! Paul and I shared a plate of six mini donuts, and let me tell you, they didn’t last long! And shoutout to Portland local, and one of my favorite instagrammers (@maddychurm) for the free donuts!

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Killer Burger

This place definitely served some KILLER burgers. Paul got a classic cheeseburger and I ended up getting the vegan patty, but it was still so good! And each order came with fries, which was perfect because I the world’s biggest fry lover.

Voodoo Doughnut

Even though California now has a Voodoo doughnuts, we had to make a pit stop at the original location. I ended up not getting a doughnut here, but Paul got the classic voodoo doll one and he said it was really good! Even if you’re not a big doughnut fan, stopping here just to see the cool vibes is a must.

Where We Got Coffee

We stopped at quite a few different coffee shops in Portland and honestly they all served up a great cup of coffee. I loved the tiled floor Good Coffee and the aesthetics of Presso Coffee Bar, so if you’re looking for more of a gram worthy coffee shop, those two are definitely it! But honestly all the shops listed below were great and I would definitely go back.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Heart Roasters

Prince Coffee

Good Coffee

Never Coffee

Figlia Americana

Presso Coffee Bar

Bitter Rose Coffee Bar

What We Did

Powell’s Bookstore

If you love used bookstores, then this is the place for you. This bookstore is filled with rows and rows of old books, I could’ve spent a whole day in there alone exploring!

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Located by Reed College, this garden is definitely a place for nature lovers. It was so beautiful to walk through and such a relaxing escape. With it being the end of fall, we still got a hint of those beautiful fall colors in the trees making for some beautiful pictures.

Little Axe Records

A super hip record store located in Hollywood with very decently priced records! I ended up buying a surf rock album because I love everything about surf rock music.

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Ace Hotel

I know the Ace Hotel isn’t something exclusive to Portland, but I still feel like it’s a super fun place to stop by in! Stumptown Coffee Roasters is actually also located next to the hotel so you can enjoy your coffee in the comfy, retro lobby of the Ace. And be sure to check out their vintage photo booth too! It’s $5 for a photo-strip, but worth it in my opinion.

The Wishing Tree

I had seen this on a “100 cool things to do in Portland” list and thought, why not stop by? So, it’s basically a tree in front of someone’s house with an insane amount of tags with people’s wishes on it. So cool! Paul and I found a blank tag and figured we had to write our own wish down.

Vintage Shopping

Portland has tons of vintage shops, and honestly their prices compared to the LA vintage shops that I’ve been to were amazing! I ended up buying a sweater and two blazers, all of which I know would have gone for double what I paid for if it had been sold in LA. My favorite vintage shops were Give & Take and Hollywood Lux Vintage.

Hit Up the Local Shops

Aside from hitting up the thrift stores, we loved all the little local shops we found around Portland! Some of the ones the we stopped in that we really liked were:

Boys Fort

Vintalier

Tender Loving Empire

Mantel

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And that’s my travel guide/what we did in Portland! I truly loved everything about it, the colder weather, the people, the food, the coffee, and the architecture of all the homes - I’m already thinking of when I can plan my next trip to visit again. If you’ve ever been to Portland or if you live in Portland, leave a comment below of some of your recommendations of what I should do next time!

XO,

Sara