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Josh from Gig Harbor asked

How can I see Portland like a local?

I'm going to be in Portland for a week and a half and have a lot of free time to see the city. What is your ideal day or favorite thing to do as a local? How can I experience the city as if I lived there? I'm an adventurous person and love the outdoors, so I'm up for anything.

Portland (Oregon)

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Andrea from Portland

Josh, Josh, Josh...where to begin? A week and a half is a good amount of time to explore Portland. You already have some great suggestions from others. If you want to feel like a local, I wouldn't miss the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in the up by Portland State University. Spend an afternoon walking in the Pearl District for local shopping, greats eats and obscure cafes. Eat somewhere on SE Division St (anywhere, really). And go for a hike in Forest Park. Visit for trail heads. Good luck and you'll be back.

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  1. Downtown Farmers Market (attraction)
  2. Portland State University (restaurant)
  3. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  4. SE Division St (attraction)
  5. Forest Park (attraction)
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Jeff from Portland

Hannah did a great job of answering your question but I will add a few things on top of her.

Hood River: Check out Pfriem Family Brewers for some great beers and it is right across the water. Also, Hood River does not have an open container law, so you can walk around the city with a beer. However, validate this with a cop because I have heard even with this law some cops are not very kosher on the idea. For a hike in the area check out Punchbowl Falls and/or Angels Rest.

On your way or on your way back swing by McMenamins Edgefield where they often have a number of summer concerts, small golf courses (50-150 yards) and beer is always flowing and a ton of little pubs on the property. 

NE Portland: There is a great little corner of Restaurants and bars on NE 30th and Killingsworth. Two places I recommend to check out Expatriate and Yakuza Lounge. For a great beer selection head down two blocks to Concordia Ale House for a big bottle and tap selection.

SE Portland: Rent a Standup Paddle Board and head down the Willamette. There are  a few places to rent a board, check out Gorge Performance and Next Adventure.

Other: If you have a car and want another hike, head down to the Lake Oswego area and check out Tryon Creek State Park. Or Head out to West for a game of Frisbee golf and drinking craft beers at McMenamins Grand Lodge and eat awesome Mexican on your way at Amelia's Restaurant.

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pfriem Family Brewers (attraction)
  2. Punchbowl Falls (attraction)
  3. Angels Rest (attraction)
  4. McMenamins Edgefield (hotel)
  5. Expatriate (restaurant)
  6. Yakuza Lounge (attraction)
  7. Concordia Ale House (restaurant)
  8. Tryon Creek State Park (attraction)
  9. McMenamins Grand Lodge (restaurant)
  10. Amelia's Restaurant (restaurant)
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Hannah from Portland

Hi Josh,

My answers tend to focus on food but I'll try to throw in some outdoor adventures as well. Shall we start North and move South/East?

St Johns

St. Johns has gotten more popular in recent years. I liken it to an adorable little town you may stumble upon while on the road. It's still Portland but it's a little more quaint. 

  • Go through the bodega to Tienda Santa Cruz and order some tacos or a burrito to go
  • Head to Occidental Brewing Company, Mexican food in hand, order a pint and enjoy on their patio (they don't have a kitchen so you're allowed to bring in outside food).
  • Once you're sufficiently stuffed, head to Cathedral Park to take in the gorgeous views of the St. Johns bridge.
  • Go for a run or a bike ride along N Willamette Blvd to get beautiful views of the city and the river.

N Mississippi Ave

Mississippi is known for it's great bars and restaurants in a compact area.

  • For a more funky experience go to Liberty Glass for some Triscuit nachos and cocktail. They even have Bingo on Monday's.
  • StormBreaker Brewing has a wonderful patio and a good selection of beer brewed right in the back of the house. If the weather isn't perfect they even have a covered area.
  • Interurban is a great under the radar place for brunch and has the best Bloody Mary's in town. If you find yourself there later, treat yourself to an artisans jello shot served in a glass with a tiny silver spoon.
  • Prost! serves German beers in German style glasses. With both indoor and outdoor seating this is a great place to catch a soccer match on TV if you don't mind a crowd.

NW 21st Ave

Northwest is another area with lively bars and restaurants. On the other side I think you may enjoy it for its parks.

  • Primarily Forest Park. Forest park is the largest urban park in the united states. There are plenty of hikesthrough the forest to satiate your need for the outdoors. 
  • Another fun half adventure/half booze cruz is Brew Barge. This is a pedal powered barge that allows you to bring beer and wine onboard. It's sister experience Brew Cycle is the equivalent on land (and bar crawl).

SE Division St

Division has grown very rapidly in the last 10 years. From an ugly step sister to SE Hawthorne Blvd it is now its own destination.

  • On the Mexican + beer theme, go to Los Gorditos Restaurant for some to-go food and choose from the 20+ taps at APEX to enjoy it with.
  • Pok Pok Restaurant is now a national phenomenon with wing stops in New York. If you can get in fabulous, if not go across the street to Whiskey Soda Lounge to get the delicious wings without the wait. 
  • Before or after you indulge head up to Mt Tabor. Get a workout running "the stairs", do a few loops around the many reservoirs, or hang out at a picnic table. Don't forget your camera.

Hood River

A short 50 minute drive from Portland Hood River is a gorgeous getaway.

  • World renowned for wind surfing and kite surfing you can try your hand with the professionals.
  • The Gorge offers many incredible hikes all along the Columbia Valley.
  • For Pizza and beer head to Double Mountain Brewery.
  • If wine is more your style there are plenty of wineries a short drive away.


This is a lot to take in, I know. I hope it's helpful!



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Such a rock star! This is a great answer :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. St Johns (attraction)
  2. Tienda Santa Cruz (attraction)
  3. Occidental Brewing Company (restaurant)
  4. Cathedral Park (attraction)
  5. N Willamette Blvd (attraction)
  6. N Mississippi Ave (attraction)
  7. Liberty Glass (restaurant)
  8. StormBreaker Brewing (attraction)
  9. Interurban (restaurant)
  10. Prost! (attraction)
  11. NW 21st Ave (attraction)
  12. Forest Park (attraction)
  13. SE Division St (attraction)
  14. SE Hawthorne Blvd (attraction)
  15. Los Gorditos Restaurant (restaurant)
  16. APEX (attraction)
  17. Pok Pok Restaurant (restaurant)
  18. Whiskey Soda Lounge (attraction)
  19. Mt Tabor (attraction)
  20. Hood River (city)
  21. Double Mountain Brewery (restaurant)
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