Travel Guide: Portland Oregon
Portland was one of those places that I never thought of going to but was so glad I did. From the gorgeous weather to the outrageous food and even more beautiful scenery it is a must see.
I’m so glad my best friend Kate suggested we go. There is so much to do in Portland. But if you’re only there for short time here is my guide.
Trimet pass will be your best friend. Getting around downtown Portland is fairly easy. There is a bus or a light rail that can take you just about anywhere downtown.
When traveling outside the city I highly recommend using a zip car. A cheaper alternative to renting a car. The ride-sharing app Lyft came in handy because we were able to split are rides right on our phones.
What to eat:
Brunch: Mother’s Bistro
If you go on a Sunday there might be a bit of a wait but well worth it. I devoured salmon hash and stayed full until dinner. One of my favorite aspects of this restaurant is that despite its crazy popularity their prices are still extremely reasonable.
As a self-proclaimed donut connoisseur, I could not miss the chance to try out VooDoo donuts. Worth every calorie.
Salt & Straw
Named one of the top 5 ice creams in America by the Foodnetwork Salt & Straw is mouth-watering delicious. With flavors like Honey Lavender, Pear & Blue Cheese and waffle cones made minutes before you eat them. You cannot go wrong.
The American Local
The most hipster-inspired restaurant I have ever been to. With yummy small plates and delicious desserts, it is a must while you're in Portland.
What to do:
Powell's Books Flagship Store.
This place is a goldmine for book lovers. Around every corner, there are sky high bookshelves with new booked waiting to be discovered. I even found a book I was in - Brooklyn Street Style: The No Rules Guide to Fashion.
Japanese Garden and & Rose Garden
The Gardens were a beautiful tranquil escape from the city. The Japanese garden featured beautiful bridges, coy ponds, and even a waterfall. On our way out we stopped by the Rose Garden. We could have been there for hours surrounded by every color rose you can imagine we could not stop taking pictures.
Multnomah Falls is just a short 30-minute drive just outside the city. Though I'm not “hiking inclined” even I enjoyed this. The Falls are breathtaking definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Cannon Beach is about an hour drive from downtown Portland but well worth it. Beautiful mountains cascade over the beach and with a massive Instagram-worthy rock you're bound to have an amazing time.