Simplified Guide to Portland
Planning a trip to Portland, Oregon?
Looking for a simplified itinerary, with all the best restaurants, shops, and activities the city of roses has to offered?
I’ve gotcha covered!
Read on for the best coffee, brunch, shops, restaurants and drinks in Portland, Oregon,
I’ve added plenty of healthy, gluten-free, paleo and plant-based places to eat, to the list, too.
Simplified Portland Travel Guide
Best Coffee + Tea Shops in Portland
Café, roaster & beautiful design.
Gorgeous spaces, matcha, boba tea, and tea-inspired soft serve.
Matcha lattes and seriously good coffee.
Add a toasted marshmallow and you’re good to go. Simple breakfast and lunch offerings, too.
The best lattes and hot chocolate. Major Portland vibe.
Check out the beautiful tasting rooms in SE or NW. The sparkling tea on tap at the SE location is my personal fav.
Best Brunch + Lunch Places in Portland
Go for brunch. Thank me later.
Quintessential Portland brunch. Total comfort food + long wait times. Go early.
Spanish and Mediterranean style, clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest, highlighting locally-sourced meats and seasonal vegetables. Make a reservation, if you can.
Portland plant-based vibe. All the gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Totally gluten-free kitchen. Yes to the guacamole (go for half chips, half sliced veggies), vegan options, and the paleo plate with slab bacon (but really, though). Great brunch menu, too.
Plant-based bowls, smoothies, and specialty drinks. Lots of gluten-free options.
Plant-based, dairy-free, organic, gluten-free, soy-free, super fresh.
Best Places for Dinner + Drinks in Portland
Gorgeous space, vegetable forward, mediterranean-ish. Vegan + omnivore options. Reservations recommended.
Best tacos in Portland.
Locally sourced and seasonal. Go for the pasta.
Good beer, one cider on tap, and casual Portland-style fare. Rooftop bar is a must in the summer.
Farm to table for dinner or brunch.
Cafe by day, wine restaurant with cocktails by night.
If you like whiskey. Obviously.
Year round rooftop views. Fun for drinks and a light bite.
Best Sweets, Treats & Bakeries in Portland
An hour wait for ice cream? Just kidding (kind of). It’s usually worth it.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-based pastries and treats.
Wiz Bang Bar
From the brilliant minds behind Salt & Straw. Soft serve dessert bar and more.
Grand Central Bakery
The real deal. Breads, pastries, and sandwiches, multiple locations.
Full bakery, breads, bagels, sandwiches, completely gluten-free and totally delish!
Raw, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free sweets and snacks.
Go for the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, or Valrhona Chocolate Crunch.
Donuts, fritters, beignets—try the s’mores donut, it’s crazy and so good.
Locally made handcrafted jewelry.
Fresh, independent design, apparel, jewelry, shoes, handbags + natural skincare.
A practice in the art of minimalism.
Eclectic mix of apparel, jewelry, paper goods, apothecary, and more.
Salt, chocolate, bitters, flowers.
Records, gifts, Portlandy things.
Get Outside & Fun Activities to do with Kids in Portland
Pedestrian and public transportation only. Stunning views of the river and Portland skyline.
Hop from bridge to bridge with views of the water. Check out the market on Sunday.
Walk around the Pearl, then duck into the biggest independent bookstore anywhere.
Miles of hiking trails, right into the city. Walk to the Leif Erikson trail from NW Portland to add onto the mileage.
Home to the Portland Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Zoo, Washington Park houses all kinds of treasures.
You gotta go. Take the streetcar or walk. Go early, it’s packed in the summer.
Kids are free!
Go early, especially in the summer, to avoid the crowds.
Something for all ages, plus a pretty darn good cafe, too.
Where to Stay
New, clean, modern, good location.
Old school Portland, recently renovated, downtown.
Hipster vibe, very Portland, super central location.
Upscale, great onsite restaurants, heart of downtown.
Did you use this guide for your Portland travels? Let me know what you loved and new discoveries in the comments, below!