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Nikhil & Kristine's Guidebook

Kristine & Nikhil
Kristine & Nikhil
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Kristine & Nikhil

Nikhil & Kristine's Guidebook

Sightseeing
Great place to hike and explore with amazing views of downtown. Walk about 15 mins from the apt to Division St and cross in front of the Astro convenient store, straight up into Warner Pacific Univ. Pass the univ. church and access the dog park where you ascend into and explore Mt. Tabor Park for an afternoon with a packed picnic. Reaching the visitor center on foot is a climb so definitely take water. It can be steep and slick if it’s rained recently, but is a wonderful and wooded park to enjoy all year round. You can also drive into the park on SE 62nd Ave, either by the community garden or by following signs. The visitor center is about 5-8 mins drive from the apt.
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Mt Tabor Park
6220 SE Salmon St
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Great place to hike and explore with amazing views of downtown. Walk about 15 mins from the apt to Division St and cross in front of the Astro convenient store, straight up into Warner Pacific Univ. Pass the univ. church and access the dog park where you ascend into and explore Mt. Tabor Park for an afternoon with a packed picnic. Reaching the visitor center on foot is a climb so definitely take water. It can be steep and slick if it’s rained recently, but is a wonderful and wooded park to enjoy all year round. You can also drive into the park on SE 62nd Ave, either by the community garden or by following signs. The visitor center is about 5-8 mins drive from the apt.
Looking for adventure? Def try this roller rink! My fav days are Sunday and Thurs when they have live organ on the historic Wurlitzer organ. Closed Mondays and times vary so check online for a schedule. It is one of the oldest original oak roller skating rinks in the US, over 100 years old! No experience required and wander into the amusement park or nearby park if you want to make an evening out of it. The Sellwood neighborhood hosts food and antique stores and has several walkable blocks. I’d suggest Russell’s BBQ. If you skate, remember to bring water and your patience. Sometimes there are many kids, but it’s still really fun! There’s a snack bar and costs about $12 each with skate rental.
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Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
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Looking for adventure? Def try this roller rink! My fav days are Sunday and Thurs when they have live organ on the historic Wurlitzer organ. Closed Mondays and times vary so check online for a schedule. It is one of the oldest original oak roller skating rinks in the US, over 100 years old! No experience required and wander into the amusement park or nearby park if you want to make an evening out of it. The Sellwood neighborhood hosts food and antique stores and has several walkable blocks. I’d suggest Russell’s BBQ. If you skate, remember to bring water and your patience. Sometimes there are many kids, but it’s still really fun! There’s a snack bar and costs about $12 each with skate rental.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's living room, is a public space occupying a full 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) city block in the center of downtown Portland. About 20 mins by car from the apt or 35 mins on bus 9 drops you right there on SW 6th Ave & Alder. Opened in 1984, the square is bounded by Southwest Morrison Street on the north, Southwest 6th Avenue on the east, Southwest Yamhill Street on the south, and Southwest Broadway on the west. This was formerly the site of the center of downtown and dates back to 1856. An original archway and gatework from the Portland Hotel were made part of the square's design and are found today on the east side of the square.
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先锋法院广场
701 Southwest 6th Avenue
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Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's living room, is a public space occupying a full 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) city block in the center of downtown Portland. About 20 mins by car from the apt or 35 mins on bus 9 drops you right there on SW 6th Ave & Alder. Opened in 1984, the square is bounded by Southwest Morrison Street on the north, Southwest 6th Avenue on the east, Southwest Yamhill Street on the south, and Southwest Broadway on the west. This was formerly the site of the center of downtown and dates back to 1856. An original archway and gatework from the Portland Hotel were made part of the square's design and are found today on the east side of the square.
Pedestrian friendly with options to rent bikes and take in the entire waterfront of Portland. You can easily bike across bridges and discover additional trails into all neighborhoods SE is easiest and most flat, NW is uphill away from the Willamette River, SW is also uphill and NE does not extend as easily as the River widens. Options are endless, expanding and offer lots of places too park and coffee/hydrate or snack and people watch. Go to biketownpdx or Kerr Bikes, albertinakerr.org (Kerr Bikes is a nonprofit that supports Kerr’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.)
Waterfront Park Trail
Pedestrian friendly with options to rent bikes and take in the entire waterfront of Portland. You can easily bike across bridges and discover additional trails into all neighborhoods SE is easiest and most flat, NW is uphill away from the Willamette River, SW is also uphill and NE does not extend as easily as the River widens. Options are endless, expanding and offer lots of places too park and coffee/hydrate or snack and people watch. Go to biketownpdx or Kerr Bikes, albertinakerr.org (Kerr Bikes is a nonprofit that supports Kerr’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.)
Fun quick trip above SW Portland overlooking the river and city. For $5.10 round trip, you can enjoy a breathtaking view for a quick ride above it all. Then wander the neighborhood nearby and walking paths taking you onto the waterfront area. The tram operates load-n-go. Including travel and boarding time, cabins typically depart every 5 minutes. A trip is 4 minutes each way. Visit the upper terminal and nearby patios and cafes for as long as you wish. The tram is typically crowded weekdays 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm. We recommend visiting any time we're open on weekends. Weekdays, a great time to beat the crowds is 10am to 3pm or 6pm to 9pm.
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South Waterfront Lower Tram Terminal
3303 Southwest Bond Avenue
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Fun quick trip above SW Portland overlooking the river and city. For $5.10 round trip, you can enjoy a breathtaking view for a quick ride above it all. Then wander the neighborhood nearby and walking paths taking you onto the waterfront area. The tram operates load-n-go. Including travel and boarding time, cabins typically depart every 5 minutes. A trip is 4 minutes each way. Visit the upper terminal and nearby patios and cafes for as long as you wish. The tram is typically crowded weekdays 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm. We recommend visiting any time we're open on weekends. Weekdays, a great time to beat the crowds is 10am to 3pm or 6pm to 9pm.
This is a great museum and day trip! Pack a lunch and wander the grounds admiring the views after touring. Or skip the tour and hike the area. It is a wonderful museum, well preserved and the historic shower is my favorite! This is about 25 mins drive from the apt across town to SW Portland and the Pittock Mansion.
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皮托克大厦
3229 Northwest Pittock Drive
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This is a great museum and day trip! Pack a lunch and wander the grounds admiring the views after touring. Or skip the tour and hike the area. It is a wonderful museum, well preserved and the historic shower is my favorite! This is about 25 mins drive from the apt across town to SW Portland and the Pittock Mansion.
Great views with paths, picnic tables and view point. Easy to access but limited parking. Opens at 5am and closes at midnight. Catch sunrise if you can for a private and hopefully clear view of Mt. Hood and the city. Sunset can get a little busy weekends and nice weather nights.
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议会皇冠公园
1120 Southwest Council Crest Drive
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Great views with paths, picnic tables and view point. Easy to access but limited parking. Opens at 5am and closes at midnight. Catch sunrise if you can for a private and hopefully clear view of Mt. Hood and the city. Sunset can get a little busy weekends and nice weather nights.
This is a perfect spot to spend a morning or afternoon! Drive time is about 30 mins from the apt and takes you to the gorge and the beautiful Multnomah Falls. Pack a lunch or snacks or grab lunch, coffee or a souvenir there at the visitor center. This place can get busy so take your time and enjoy the people watching if you go on a great summer day. Open year-round you can also link up with a hike or make a stop at the Vista House (the crown of the Columbia River Gorge, a museum at Crown Point) on your way to or from. Parking is typically ample but hikes and falls in Oregon can sometimes fill all parking spots by mid to late day in summer months, on weekends especially.
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马特诺玛瀑布
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This is a perfect spot to spend a morning or afternoon! Drive time is about 30 mins from the apt and takes you to the gorge and the beautiful Multnomah Falls. Pack a lunch or snacks or grab lunch, coffee or a souvenir there at the visitor center. This place can get busy so take your time and enjoy the people watching if you go on a great summer day. Open year-round you can also link up with a hike or make a stop at the Vista House (the crown of the Columbia River Gorge, a museum at Crown Point) on your way to or from. Parking is typically ample but hikes and falls in Oregon can sometimes fill all parking spots by mid to late day in summer months, on weekends especially.
About 30 mins from the apt, this is an octagonal rest stop and observation point overlooking the Columbia River and Cascade mountains, built in the early 1900s. Restrooms, gift shop and coffee are found here. Take historic Route 30 for a drive that winds through the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest for a day trip. Add a hike or a stop at Multnomah Falls.
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Vista House
40700 Historic Columbia River Highway
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About 30 mins from the apt, this is an octagonal rest stop and observation point overlooking the Columbia River and Cascade mountains, built in the early 1900s. Restrooms, gift shop and coffee are found here. Take historic Route 30 for a drive that winds through the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest for a day trip. Add a hike or a stop at Multnomah Falls.
Shopping/Stores
Places to shop in Portland
This is an awesome little store packed with homemade authentic Mexican items. Mexican pastries, tamales, homemade chips, salsa, tortillas, hot carnitas; lots of marinated meats, wide variety of fruits and veggies, and of course with lots of groceries to choose from.
EL CAMPESINO PDX
6611 Southeast Powell Boulevard
This is an awesome little store packed with homemade authentic Mexican items. Mexican pastries, tamales, homemade chips, salsa, tortillas, hot carnitas; lots of marinated meats, wide variety of fruits and veggies, and of course with lots of groceries to choose from.
Mall in downtown. Some stores are a bit upscale and expensive, but a good place to rest your feet over tea or coffee. They also have restrooms you can stop into when visiting downtown.
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Pioneer Place
700 Southwest 5th Avenue
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Mall in downtown. Some stores are a bit upscale and expensive, but a good place to rest your feet over tea or coffee. They also have restrooms you can stop into when visiting downtown.
Located at 4035 SE Division St, this place is referred to as the Village Merchants and is home to antiques and treasures ripe for finding. Drop by and dig around in this funky 2nd hand boutique. About 15 mins drive from the apt.
vintage market
4035 Southeast Division Street
Located at 4035 SE Division St, this place is referred to as the Village Merchants and is home to antiques and treasures ripe for finding. Drop by and dig around in this funky 2nd hand boutique. About 15 mins drive from the apt.
This is an eclectic store to browse for buried treasure. Some items are definitely overpriced, but if you enjoy antique-ing and want to explore in the Hollywood dist, give this spot a go.
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Hollywood Vintage
2757 Northeast Pacific Street
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This is an eclectic store to browse for buried treasure. Some items are definitely overpriced, but if you enjoy antique-ing and want to explore in the Hollywood dist, give this spot a go.
This a perfect spot to rent a bike and explore Portlands Waterfront! Kerr Bikes is a nonprofit that supports Kerr’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
Kerr Bikes Omsi
This a perfect spot to rent a bike and explore Portlands Waterfront! Kerr Bikes is a nonprofit that supports Kerr’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
Large mall located off I-205, about 15 mins drive from the apt. Standard mall with lots of options and a dry place to wander when the weather is particularly cold and rainy. Parking can be a challenge, so keep calm and shop on.
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Clackamas Town Center
12000 Southeast 82nd Avenue
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Large mall located off I-205, about 15 mins drive from the apt. Standard mall with lots of options and a dry place to wander when the weather is particularly cold and rainy. Parking can be a challenge, so keep calm and shop on.
Neighborhoods
This street is home to Portland’s #1 food neighborhood. It is also home to good people watching and is ever-expanding. Great eats, coffee, pastries/donuts/ice cream and unique boutiques and shopping span this street. Here are some of the best restaurants on SE Division St: Pine State Biscuits Scottie's Pizza Parlor Nuestra Cocina Bollywood Theater Pok Pok Ava Gene's (Italian) SE Wine Collective Victory Bar The Woodsman Tavern (throw on a flannel and feel like a local!) Pinolo Gelato Kim Jong Grillin And so much more!
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Southeast Division Street
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This street is home to Portland’s #1 food neighborhood. It is also home to good people watching and is ever-expanding. Great eats, coffee, pastries/donuts/ice cream and unique boutiques and shopping span this street. Here are some of the best restaurants on SE Division St: Pine State Biscuits Scottie's Pizza Parlor Nuestra Cocina Bollywood Theater Pok Pok Ava Gene's (Italian) SE Wine Collective Victory Bar The Woodsman Tavern (throw on a flannel and feel like a local!) Pinolo Gelato Kim Jong Grillin And so much more!
Trendy, quirky neighborhood with eclectic shopping, eateries, brews and home to the Bagdad and Hawthorne Theater.
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Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
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Trendy, quirky neighborhood with eclectic shopping, eateries, brews and home to the Bagdad and Hawthorne Theater.
The Pearl Dist is a great walkable neighborhood in NW downtown Portland. Home to the brewery blocks, pub crawls, endless coffee shops, unique shopping, Powell’s Books, hip NW 23rd & 21st Avenues, there is a lot to see! I recommend Rogue or Deschuttes Brewing for dinner, as they are pretty good for families if you venture out in this area. Some restaurants can get expensive but Hot Lips or Pizza Schmizza is by the slice and various sushi stops if you’re in the mood for something quick and light. Rogue Pearl Public House is 45 mins on bus #9 with a 10 min walk up NW Flanders from SW 6th Ave where it disembarks. Or about a 20 min drive. Parking in downtown is paid parking and typically easy to find, too!
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Pearl District
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The Pearl Dist is a great walkable neighborhood in NW downtown Portland. Home to the brewery blocks, pub crawls, endless coffee shops, unique shopping, Powell’s Books, hip NW 23rd & 21st Avenues, there is a lot to see! I recommend Rogue or Deschuttes Brewing for dinner, as they are pretty good for families if you venture out in this area. Some restaurants can get expensive but Hot Lips or Pizza Schmizza is by the slice and various sushi stops if you’re in the mood for something quick and light. Rogue Pearl Public House is 45 mins on bus #9 with a 10 min walk up NW Flanders from SW 6th Ave where it disembarks. Or about a 20 min drive. Parking in downtown is paid parking and typically easy to find, too!
With its many boutiques, galleries and indie shops, Alberta Street is made for leisurely shopping strolls. About 25 mins drive from the apt, this neighborhood is a fun spot for an afternoon or evening. Lots of pubs and food accompany this artist dist of Portland. Our favorite brews in Portland can be found here at Great Nation Brewing, the food is not the highlight (in my opinion, but certainly the beer). Definitely a local hangout at night with good people watching.
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Alberta Arts District
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With its many boutiques, galleries and indie shops, Alberta Street is made for leisurely shopping strolls. About 25 mins drive from the apt, this neighborhood is a fun spot for an afternoon or evening. Lots of pubs and food accompany this artist dist of Portland. Our favorite brews in Portland can be found here at Great Nation Brewing, the food is not the highlight (in my opinion, but certainly the beer). Definitely a local hangout at night with good people watching.
A bike- and pedestrian-friendly Southeast Portland neighborhood with character all its own. Unique eateries, it is home to the Mercado (food cart pod, grocery, meat market and coffee shop), and funky vintage shopping.
Southeast Foster Road
A bike- and pedestrian-friendly Southeast Portland neighborhood with character all its own. Unique eateries, it is home to the Mercado (food cart pod, grocery, meat market and coffee shop), and funky vintage shopping.
Funky expansive neighborhood, the Hollywood District is a fun place filled with vintage shopping, restaurants, brews and craft cocktails. Also home to the famed Hollywood Theater - a beautiful and historic theater with character and charming old cameras and reels on display, serving beers, pizza slices and ample seating.
Hollywood
Funky expansive neighborhood, the Hollywood District is a fun place filled with vintage shopping, restaurants, brews and craft cocktails. Also home to the famed Hollywood Theater - a beautiful and historic theater with character and charming old cameras and reels on display, serving beers, pizza slices and ample seating.
Food scene
A unique and amazing burger joint! Endless fries accompany all burgers and my personal fav is the Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon 🥓 an absolute must try!! Best burger in Portland.
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Killer Burger
510 Southwest 3rd Avenue
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A unique and amazing burger joint! Endless fries accompany all burgers and my personal fav is the Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon 🥓 an absolute must try!! Best burger in Portland.
Local pub around the corner from the apt. Late night eats and a variety of people to watch, chat with and a large outdoor patio that allows smoking. Carries about 10 brews on tap with full bar, craft cocktails and many brews by bottle.
The Lodge Bar and Grill
6605 SE Powell Blvd
Local pub around the corner from the apt. Late night eats and a variety of people to watch, chat with and a large outdoor patio that allows smoking. Carries about 10 brews on tap with full bar, craft cocktails and many brews by bottle.
Authentic Chinese and a popular spot for the locals. This restaurant offers a simple soup to start and encourages sharing entrees. Live lobsters on sight and prides itself on its fresh seafood and vegetable dishes. Funky and unique as its clientele. This is adjacent to the apt.
Powell's Seafood Restaurant
6633 SE Powell Blvd
Authentic Chinese and a popular spot for the locals. This restaurant offers a simple soup to start and encourages sharing entrees. Live lobsters on sight and prides itself on its fresh seafood and vegetable dishes. Funky and unique as its clientele. This is adjacent to the apt.
Great little coffee shop about a mile from the apt. About 18 mins walk with great pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Limited parking and some weekends can fill up quickly.
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Rain or Shine Coffee House
5941 Southeast Division Street
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Great little coffee shop about a mile from the apt. About 18 mins walk with great pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Limited parking and some weekends can fill up quickly.
Funky dive bar that is walking distance from apt. This is about an 8-10 min walk, about 3 blocks. Often have live music or dj, lots of beers on tap, cocktails and late night food with a hipster vibe and nostalgic decor.
Lay Low
6015 SE Powell Blvd
Funky dive bar that is walking distance from apt. This is about an 8-10 min walk, about 3 blocks. Often have live music or dj, lots of beers on tap, cocktails and late night food with a hipster vibe and nostalgic decor.
Local bar and pool hall across the street from the apt. Good burgers, full menu and late night eats. Several local beers on tap, bottles, cocktails and many pool tables. Careful crossing Powell Blvd when on foot - be patient and cross only when you know it’s safe to do so!
Local 66 Bar and Grill
6618 SE Powell Blvd
Local bar and pool hall across the street from the apt. Good burgers, full menu and late night eats. Several local beers on tap, bottles, cocktails and many pool tables. Careful crossing Powell Blvd when on foot - be patient and cross only when you know it’s safe to do so!
If you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, this place is a great stop! Hummus is fantastic, entrees never disappoint and hot bread hits your table shortly after you are seated with sesame oil. We are big fans of this spot and this location (there’s another location closer to downtown but it is smaller and often busier). Neighborhood parking requires a little effort and street parking is free.
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Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine
318 Southeast Grand Avenue
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If you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, this place is a great stop! Hummus is fantastic, entrees never disappoint and hot bread hits your table shortly after you are seated with sesame oil. We are big fans of this spot and this location (there’s another location closer to downtown but it is smaller and often busier). Neighborhood parking requires a little effort and street parking is free.
Upscale restaurant with expansive views overlooking the city. The folks in Portland aren’t picky about dress code, so dress as you like. Food is great! Some of the best Kung pao calamari you’ll ever have (and I don’t even like calamari)! Pricey and window tables can be in short supply some evenings. There’s a fantastic happy hour (4-6pm?) in the lounge where if you lurk and wait you can snatch a great view booth or table. On a rainy day you can definitely spot Voodoo donuts and the iconic Portland sign, aka, anything below the 30th floor restaurant.
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Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave
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Upscale restaurant with expansive views overlooking the city. The folks in Portland aren’t picky about dress code, so dress as you like. Food is great! Some of the best Kung pao calamari you’ll ever have (and I don’t even like calamari)! Pricey and window tables can be in short supply some evenings. There’s a fantastic happy hour (4-6pm?) in the lounge where if you lurk and wait you can snatch a great view booth or table. On a rainy day you can definitely spot Voodoo donuts and the iconic Portland sign, aka, anything below the 30th floor restaurant.
Trendy and upscale restaurant with spectacular views and outdoor patio. Window tables can be tricky but well worth the wait. They offer outdoor seating, as well. Asian fusion with signature cocktails. Can be an expensive spot but definitely some of the greatest views and a funky spot on Morrison Blvd which is a fun spot to walk and people watch at the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse Square. It is not a huge place, so groups may have a hard time getting seated together.
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Departure Restaurant + Lounge
525 Southwest Morrison Street
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Trendy and upscale restaurant with spectacular views and outdoor patio. Window tables can be tricky but well worth the wait. They offer outdoor seating, as well. Asian fusion with signature cocktails. Can be an expensive spot but definitely some of the greatest views and a funky spot on Morrison Blvd which is a fun spot to walk and people watch at the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse Square. It is not a huge place, so groups may have a hard time getting seated together.
Best beers in Portland, in my opinion! With beers like Juice Jr., blueberry muffin, cloud hands, Segway dance party, and many more, this place is great! They offer nice IPAs, fruity brews like guava coconut mochi, and sours. I’m not a big fan of their food, the waffle fries and simple items are ok and the burger is pretty good. But I’m convinced most people go for the beer and add food only to keep the pours in check.
Great Notion Brewing NW
2444 Northwest 28th Avenue
Best beers in Portland, in my opinion! With beers like Juice Jr., blueberry muffin, cloud hands, Segway dance party, and many more, this place is great! They offer nice IPAs, fruity brews like guava coconut mochi, and sours. I’m not a big fan of their food, the waffle fries and simple items are ok and the burger is pretty good. But I’m convinced most people go for the beer and add food only to keep the pours in check.
This is a delightful spot that offers authentic Indian street food and cuisine. Funky vibe with Bollywood hits playing in the background. Def try the Thumbs Up cola in the bottle!
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Bollywood Theater
3010 Southeast Division Street
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This is a delightful spot that offers authentic Indian street food and cuisine. Funky vibe with Bollywood hits playing in the background. Def try the Thumbs Up cola in the bottle!

城市游览建议

携带物品
Light Raincoat
If you have a light waterproof jacket - pack any time of year! Rain in the winter can be around 45 degrees F and in summer around 65 or 70. Climate change has affected our seasons, but you can generally expect light rain followed by sun, followed by light rain, by sun and again, any time of year. It is typically not a really heavy rain and most Oregonians do not carry umbrellas, but rather wear light raincoats. Our rain is generally not constant during the day but fluctuates.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
Great people watching, easy strolls in downtown and sometimes free concerts or events happen here. If you go by bus, it’s a convenient option for an afternoon or morning. This spot is locally referred to as “Portland’s Living Room”. About 18 mins drive from the apt.