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Portland Travel Guide

   

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

Never Coffee 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.

Coava In a city overflowing with good coffee, this is a gem.

Courier Coffee 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.

T Project 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.

FOOD

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.

Food Front 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.

Sudra Vegan Indian food on the East Side. Think exotic bowls loaded with nuanced and beautiful spices. You get the picture.

MEC 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.

Kure 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.

Navarre 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.

Luce 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.

Angelface If a bar were the prettiest, nicest girl in school, this would be her. Also, created by John of Luce and Navarre fame.

Tusk 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.

Ava Gene’s 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.

Canteen 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.

Ringside 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.

Prasad 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

Mandala 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.

Yoga Pearl 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.

CLOTHING

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.

Una 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.

OBJECTS

Kiriko Made 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!

Palace 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.

Powell’s First stop. Second stop. Third stop. This might be our favorite place in Portland. Seriously.

Spartan 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

Casa Diablo 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.


2 comments

  • Discovering this article has MADE MY DAY! I just moved from NYC to Portland, please suggest more wonderful things to do here! And please bring CAP to Portland, I miss it!

    C.
  • WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO STAY IN PORTLAND? ANY HOTEL RECS?

    KRISTINA

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