Portland has my heart. The food is inspired, the lifestyle is dreamy and the summers are magical. If you find yourself heading out West anytime soon (lucky you!) check out any and all of these spots. They’re all special in their own way. Just like Portland.
COFFEE & TEA
When LA goes to Portland this is what it looks like. Light, bright and airy, you’ll want to spend the afternoon in this charming spot.
In a city overflowing with good coffee, this is a gem.
If you’ve lost focus and are overwhelmed by the book selection at Powell’s, (it happens!) head across the street for one of the best espressos. And that is a serious declaration in this town.
Teri is an alchemist at heart and brings her exquisite palate to her tea blends. She’s not always in the shop, so it’s worth a quick phone call to make sure you’ll leave with your new favorite. Mine is Smoke On The Water.
Hillsdale Farmer’s Market
Open on Sundays and the spot to replenish your vegetables for the week. There’s also a delicious vegan Japanese prepared food stand that makes you feel like you’re in the heart of Tokyo. Oisshi!
New Seasons Market
Portland’s answer to Whole Foods.
Hit this place up after a hike in Forest Park. Loaded with gorgeous produce and bulk items, this co-op is one of the reasons Portland is celebrated for its food.
Vegan Indian food on the East Side. Think exotic bowls loaded with nuanced and beautiful spices. You get the picture.
A Mediterranean favorite, this spot has some delicious plant based options as well as meatier items. Always crowded and bustling, it’s a fun spot for a Friday night date.
A juice bar chain that is a welcome respite from the constant stream of food in Portland. I love the Golden Mushroom Elixir and John loves the Green Elemonator.
Small plates as imagined by John of Angelface and Luce. This is the first restaurant in his empire and one of my favorites. Order a lot and expect to try it all. I recommend going with friends and sharing all the deliciousness.
Another in the John empire, this is his love song to Italy. Come for the food and stay for the vibe. There’s a reason Bon Appetit declared this one of the best restaurants in the country.
If a bar were the prettiest, nicest girl in school, this would be her. Also, created by John of Luce and Navarre fame.
We know Josh from his days cooking at our local, franny’s. Now he’s taken over the food scene in Portland and has become the unofficial mayor of good taste with his mini empire including Ava Gene’s. His modern and inventive take on Mediterranean cuisine utilizes the finest ingredients you’ll find in Portland in the prettiest (all pink!) spot. Late night at the bar is the time to go.
Another spot from Josh, this Italian trattoria sources the best ingredients, references classic dishes and then gives them his modern treatment. The perfect spot for a special occasion dinner.
Bowls, juices and smoothies are all that’s on menu at this charming little spot. It’s a perfect and delicious way to hit the reset button when Portland’s legendary drinks and food catch up with you.
As old school as it gets, I was basically raised in this institution. If you’re of the meat eating, martini drinking, Mad Men appreciation society you’ve found your spot.
Vegan, mostly gluten free and bowl heavy. Our idea of the perfect lunch.
The People’s Cooperative
Rumor has it this is one of the best co-ops in the country. See for yourself.
WORKING IT OUT
Get your Kundalini on at this small and sacred studio on the East Side. Sat Nam.
Forest Park Hike
The largest park in a city, Forest Park is a treasure. Miles and miles of trails that make you feel like you’re miles and miles away. If you have time, stop in at the Pittock Mansion for a tour and see what the good life at the turn of the century looked like in the Northwest.
Old school yoga that shares a space with Prasad. Hot yoga followed by a cool smoothie is my favorite way to start the day in Portland.
Stand Up Comedy
Avant yet accessible, this clothing store is a favorite. Obscure designers sit next to more well known ones (think Maryam Nassir Zadeh) and they also have a perfectly curated natural beauty corner. Which of course makes us love them all the more.
Giovanna and John (of Navarre, Luce and Angelface fame) have curated a beautiful life in Portland. One that includes this spot. Plus they’re a blast to hang out with. Swing by here for a new and inspired piece of clothing.
I’ll head into any store that highlights products from Japan and this is one of the best. With beautiful products made from repurposed vintage Japanese textiles, their items are unbelievably beautiful. They also have an exquisite selection of ceramics. Konichiwa!
A high vibrational gift shop that has something for everyone. Herbs, clothing, candles and books. Really, there is something here for all.
Alder & Co.
Elegant, tasteful and inspired. This gift shop shares space with Hilary Horvath Flowers making it the perfect spot to indulge in a little something for yourself and a friend.
First stop. Second stop. Third stop. This might be our favorite place in Portland. Seriously.
Our friend, Currie, is the master of curation. If you’re looking for a hostess gift or the perfect piece of pottery, she’s got you covered.
OTHER GOOD STUFF
Only in Portland, people.
Portland Art Museum
You wouldn’t necessarily think that Portland has one of the best museums in the country but it does. The permanent collection rewards repeated viewings.
Golden Hour Acupuncture
Our friend Janet Jay, of Pearl + fame, is a master curator and her latest project brings wellness and aesthetics to life. A modern day sanctuary of TCM and acupuncture, this spot is a testament to a life well lived.
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