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Things to do in Downtown Portland, Portland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bookstore
“Skip the libraries, and spent the day enjoying the shelves in Powell's like a Portlander. This location has very rare books. The location of Hawthorne has a cozy cafe and easier parking.”
  • 514 locals recommend
Art Museum
$$$
“Just a block away, the art museum is a bit of a maze. Make sure you travel across the underground tunnel to see the other half. ”
  • 272 locals recommend
Market
“Take public transportation or rent a bike if you can. The view is incredible, and you'll get to see the diversity the city offers. It's in the heart of the city, and you'll love the variety of vendors the locals offer.”
  • 244 locals recommend
Garden
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“This is undoubtedly one of Portland's treasures not to be missed. It occupies one city block downtown, a serene, tranquil place of utter beauty.”
  • 184 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Popular donut store with unique flavors and designs. Vegan options available too! Fun place to check out...may have a long line.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Upscale restaurant with expansive views overlooking the city. The folks in Portland aren’t picky about dress code, so dress as you like. Food is great! Some of the best Kung pao calamari you’ll ever have (and I don’t even like calamari)! Pricey and window tables can be in short supply some evenings. There’s a fantastic happy hour (4-6pm?) in the lounge where if you lurk and wait you can snatch a great view booth or table. On a rainy day you can definitely spot Voodoo donuts and the iconic Portland sign, aka, anything below the 30th floor restaurant. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
$$$
“This is a nice restaurant in the Pearl District. I would suggest getting a reservation. If you decide to wing it, sometimes you can sit in the bar area, and they often time have live Spanish guitar music there.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Lounge
$$$
“Trendy and upscale restaurant with spectacular views and outdoor patio. Window tables can be tricky but well worth the wait. They offer outdoor seating, as well. Asian fusion with signature cocktails. Can be an expensive spot but definitely some of the greatest views and a funky spot on Morrison Blvd which is a fun spot to walk and people watch at the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse Square. It is not a huge place, so groups may have a hard time getting seated together.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Park
“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“The Pearl Dist is a great walkable neighborhood in NW downtown Portland. Home to the brewery blocks, pub crawls, endless coffee shops, unique shopping, Powell’s Books, hip NW 23rd & 21st Avenues, there is a lot to see! I recommend Rogue or Deschuttes Brewing for dinner, as they are pretty good for families if you venture out in this area. Some restaurants can get expensive but Hot Lips or Pizza Schmizza is by the slice and various sushi stops if you’re in the mood for something quick and light. Rogue Pearl Public House is 45 mins on bus #9 with a 10 min walk up NW Flanders from SW 6th Ave where it disembarks. Or about a 20 min drive. Parking in downtown is paid parking and typically easy to find, too!”
  • 90 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“modern steakhouse with a fun eclectic menu served family-style to encourage sharing. You’ll want to try everything and you really can’t go wrong here - everything is amazing”
  • 89 locals recommend
Concert Hall
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“Live music happens here several days per week in a unique venue on Burnside avenue in downtown Portland.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Small local movie theater - you can enjoy dinner and drinks while relaxing in a comfy seat.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Arcade
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“an arcade wonderland for all ages. After 5pm you must be over 21 because alcohol is served. Free play with $5 cover on the 2nd Thursday and last Wednesday of every month”
  • 92 locals recommend
Night Club
“This place has amazing Vietnamese food and is a great place to go after a late night. The lines can get a little long on the weekends but they move fast. Happy Hour is 4:00pm-7:00pm also 12:00am to 4:00am”
  • 79 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great burgers and beer in a hip, lively spot in NW. Love the wood carvings depicting Pacific NW scenes. Gluten-free individuals can even get gluten-free beer and hamburger buns there. One of our favorite places for a casual meal. Be prepared to wait, though!”
  • 66 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Upscale restaurant with expansive views overlooking the city. The folks in Portland aren’t picky about dress code, so dress as you like. Food is great! Some of the best Kung pao calamari you’ll ever have (and I don’t even like calamari)! Pricey and window tables can be in short supply some evenings. There’s a fantastic happy hour (4-6pm?) in the lounge where if you lurk and wait you can snatch a great view booth or table. On a rainy day you can definitely spot Voodoo donuts and the iconic Portland sign, aka, anything below the 30th floor restaurant. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
“This is a nice restaurant in the Pearl District. I would suggest getting a reservation. If you decide to wing it, sometimes you can sit in the bar area, and they often time have live Spanish guitar music there.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Lounge
“Trendy and upscale restaurant with spectacular views and outdoor patio. Window tables can be tricky but well worth the wait. They offer outdoor seating, as well. Asian fusion with signature cocktails. Can be an expensive spot but definitely some of the greatest views and a funky spot on Morrison Blvd which is a fun spot to walk and people watch at the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse Square. It is not a huge place, so groups may have a hard time getting seated together.”
  • 111 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“modern steakhouse with a fun eclectic menu served family-style to encourage sharing. You’ll want to try everything and you really can’t go wrong here - everything is amazing”
  • 89 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Small local movie theater - you can enjoy dinner and drinks while relaxing in a comfy seat.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Night Club
“This place has amazing Vietnamese food and is a great place to go after a late night. The lines can get a little long on the weekends but they move fast. Happy Hour is 4:00pm-7:00pm also 12:00am to 4:00am”
  • 79 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great burgers and beer in a hip, lively spot in NW. Love the wood carvings depicting Pacific NW scenes. Gluten-free individuals can even get gluten-free beer and hamburger buns there. One of our favorite places for a casual meal. Be prepared to wait, though!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“If you are a whiskey person, this is an experience you don't want to miss. Biggest selection of whiskey and some of the best bartenders in town. ”
  • 73 locals recommend

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