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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
“Whether you are an avid reader or just enjoy browsing titles, Powells City of Books is a must see. "...the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately on million books." powells.com”
  • 515 locals recommend
Garden
“A staple of any Portland trip, the Japanese Gardens are an oasis of serenity in the city, a series of gardens and walkways lined with streams and a traditional Japanese tea house, all with a beautiful view of Mount Hood. The former Japanese ambassador to the US reportedly called it “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” The garden even got a recent buildout from famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, currently designing the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Tickets to the gardens are around $17 for adults and well worth it.”
  • 369 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads.”
  • 518 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Art Museum
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“Portland may not be the art mecca as cities like New York or Chicago are, but it does have a modestly sized museum that offers some classic and contemporary art pieces, as well as local and Native American art. It’s actually one of the oldest museums in the country and it’s worth the trip for any art lover. Tickets are $20 for adults, and free for kids under 17, making it a great place to visit for families.”
  • 275 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Pok Pok is known for their fish sauce wings - they have multiple locations in Portland and all of them serve wings”
  • 348 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to get an amazing view of Portland. We rarely go in the historic mansion but you can certainly do that too for a fee :)”
  • 284 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Science Museum
“We’re a city full of nerds, so of course one of our most prevalent museums is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It’s really damn cool though and features numerous exhibits demonstrating everything from physics to chemistry, biology to astronomy. It’s a great place to take kids if you’re visiting with the family, unless you’re stopping by for the booze-fueled OMSI After Dark experience, which is 21+. Tickets go from around $10 to $20.”
  • 275 locals recommend
Bar
“You can catch a movie in the gym while you enjoy a meal and drinks! The school is amazingly restored and has several bars and restaurants in it as well as a swimming pool. ”
  • 355 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Usually best from April to October. This garden is why Portland is called the Rose City.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great animals and music shows in summer. Christmas lights and train rides in December.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Amazing Brunch. As seen on TV. They open at 9am on the weekends, get there at 8:45 am or else you will be waiting an hour or more! The food is so yummy!”
  • 226 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Famous local ice cream, crazy flavors. Don’t be surprised to find a line out the door, even in the winter!”
  • 281 locals recommend
Playground
“"Hike" Mount Tabor Free Mount Tabor OK, so this really can’t be considered a hike, especially since so much of it is paved and there are staircases, but Mount Tabor, rising lazily from the center of Southeast Portland, offers an exceptional view of the city at its peak. It’s a lovely place for a picnic or early morning jog, or just to sit and watch the city lights below from a park bench.”
  • 201 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“Best place to see multiple waterfalls in the state. Try to Trail of 10 Falls for a 7 to 9 mile challenge (no dogs), or a 4 mile out-and-back on the Rim Trail which is pooch friendly. Best visited on weekdays, as this is the most popular state park in Oregon. $5 day pass unless you have a state parks pass. Large pavilion with snack concession including beer and wine.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Garden
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“One of Portland's coolest and most beautiful spots in a sketchy area. The Chinese Gardens are a full block radius oasis in Chinatown and so worth the visit. They have the Tao of Tea teahouse inside and you can easily spend a couple of hours relaxing and wandering and taking photos and having tea. Just be aware that Chinatown is not a nice area. It's an intriguing contrast. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Great, eclectic music venue. You'll see a wide variety of musicians here and probably have a pretty great time!”
  • 268 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“Pok Pok is known for their fish sauce wings - they have multiple locations in Portland and all of them serve wings”
  • 348 locals recommend
Bar
“You can catch a movie in the gym while you enjoy a meal and drinks! The school is amazingly restored and has several bars and restaurants in it as well as a swimming pool. ”
  • 355 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Amazing Brunch. As seen on TV. They open at 9am on the weekends, get there at 8:45 am or else you will be waiting an hour or more! The food is so yummy!”
  • 226 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Great, eclectic music venue. You'll see a wide variety of musicians here and probably have a pretty great time!”
  • 268 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Solid brunch spot for any time of day. Dog friendly outdoor and attached indoor covered area.”
  • 207 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the first theaters in the country to offer dining with your movie, you can order a beer and a meal to enjoy while you watch your movie here. The Bagdad is utterly unique!”
  • 218 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“The chai tea is authentic and the food is wonderful. Order first, then take your seat and your food will find you. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly service. ”
  • 216 locals recommend

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