If any of you follow my page on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve recently made the move to Portland, Oregon. My wife and I visited for the first time two years ago and instantly fell in love with the culture and scenery. We knew this was where we wanted to start our lives together so once we graduated college, off we went. It’s been a crazy and exciting experience to say the least but I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it.
I feel that when searching for ‘cool shops in Portland’ or ‘places to eat in Portland’ you’re stuck with the typical tourist attractions and tacky restaurant recommendations. While I have only lived here just over a month, I know the area fairly well and have explored a lot of great spots which I will be sharing with you. I’m hoping this guide will give you some insight into the places I feel make Portland truly special.
This is modern design at its finest. You can find pieces from well-known designers such as Carl Hansen & Søn, Artek, and of course the infamous Charles & Ray Eames. Little known fact is that the Portland showroom is their largest in the country making it well worth your time to visit.www.dwr.com
By far my favorite restaurant – period. They are located on the 15th floor of The Nines and offer a beautiful modern Asian cuisine. After dinner (I recommend the steamed tempeh buns) venture out to the rooftop bar for exquisite views of the city and one of the best old fashioned cocktails you'll ever have.www.departureportland.com
If you’re not in the mood for classic ice cream from Salt & Straw, I’d recommend Little Chickpea. All of their ice cream is made of chickpeas (wait what?) but tastes pretty similar to regular ice cream. My go-to flavor is definitely Cold Brew Coffee.www.littlechickpea.com
This is the only place on this list I have yet to visit, but I already know it’s going to be a favorite. The bar is named after a song by The National (such a Portland thing to do) and gives off such a cool eclectic vibe with its colorful interior and artsy decor.www.pinkrabbitpdx.com