Citybop has the coolest things to do in Portland
Portland Oregon is in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the USA. It's a quirky, ultra-liberal town famous for its coffee, restaurants, microbreweries, and hipster hotels.
There are an abundance of lush gardens and green spaces around the city, home to the largest urban park in the U.S. Each neighborhood has its own distinctive vibe, with popular shopping strips like Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts and NW 23rd. Find the best things to do in Portland.
Portland's exquisite gardens
Portland's temperate climate and fertile soil is perfect for gardens. These gorgeous gardens are some of the best things to do in Portland.
Washington Park in the southwest hills has two world-class gardens; the popular Portland Japanese Garden, and enchanting Rose Garden. Across the river in North Portland, Peninsula Park is home to an early 1900's sunken rose garden. The Grotto in North-East Portland is a 62-acre sanctuary that attracts visitors from around the world. The tranquil Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is in southwest Portland, and has abundant birdlife on a picturesque lake.
Old Town Portland
Step into the heart of Portland's oldest neighborhood. The atmospheric Pine Street Market in Old Town is full of delicious food vendors. Don't forget to stop at Voodoo Donuts along the way for one of their quirky creations. Take a photo at the Keep Portland Weird sign, across the road from Voodoo.
Wander the grounds of the stunning Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland's China Town, and stop for refreshments at the traditional Tea House. The calendar is full of popular events like the magical Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing Festival.
Portland's downtown museums
The excellent Portland Art Museum is in the heart of downtown. It has gallery space encompassing 112,000 square feet. Just across the road is the Oregon Historical Society Museum with fascinating exhibits documenting the history of this region. Learn about the mass migration of people from the midwest across the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail, in search of a better life.
The exquisite Pittock Mansion is a must-see, built by Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock. It's one of the most stunning things to do in Portland. The Pittock Mansion is in the West Hills of Portland with magnificent views of the city. There's also a lovely hike up to Pittock Mansion that starts at the Lower MacLeay Trail.
Powells Books is the world's largest, independent bookstore with an incredible selection of 2 million titles. It's just north of downtown.
The Portland Center Stage at the Armory is a renowned theater group housed in a magnificent, historic building in the Pearl District. Each season they present an average of 10-12 shows.
The leafy South Park Blocks is in the old theater district of Portland, with the striking Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and adjacent Antoinette Hatfield Hall. The Keller Auditorium is closer to the waterfront.
Trendy Pearl District
The Pearl District is famous for its blend of modern architecture, historic buildings, and unique public spaces. Visit sophisticated restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and the world's largest independent bookstore, Powells Books.
Stop for dinner at upscale restaurants like Le Pigeon, Blue Hour, or Andina, or hip restaurants like Oven and Shaker (pizza). Choose from fun brewpubs like Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing or Von Ebert Brewing. Grab a coffee at Barista, or watch a live performance at the Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
European inspired Nob Hill
Nob Hill is one of Portland's most popular shopping areas. It's located on the West Side of Portland just a few blocks from the Pearl District. Stroll along tree-lined NW 23rd for a great selection of clothing stores, gift shops and restaurants. This is one of Portland's prettiest streets with a distinctively European vibe. Some of the best picks for brunch include Besaws or Papa Haydn. Enjoy a coffee at trendy Barista on 23rd.
Cool Mississippi Ave
Historic Mississippi Ave is located on the East Side of Portland across the Fremont Bridge. Start at the intersection of North Mississippi Avenue and Fremont to explore this trendy shopping district. Stop for a sweet treat at Ruby Jewel Scoops, or indulge at the decadent Meadow Chocolate and Wine.
North Mississippi is also a great destination for dinner, including the atmospheric Interurban Publican's Table, and Por Que No Mexican restaurant. North Mississippi is on everyone's list of fun things to do in Portland.
Alberta Arts District
The Alberta Arts District has a wonderfully eclectic street along NE Alberta. Experience popular restaurants like Pine State Biscuits and the Tin Shed Garden Cafe with comfort food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Get a feel for an authentic Portland neighborhood.
The sleek and sophisticated West End
The West End in downtown Portland has Portland's hippest restaurants with gorgeous styling, like Tasty n Alder, Bamboo Sushi, and Cheryls on 12th.
Best shopping in downtown Portland
Best things to do with kids in Portland
Cross the river to visit OMSI in southwest Portland. It has a planetarium, laser light shows and motion simulator ride, and play area for little kids.
The Pearl District near downtown has Jamison Square with a splashpad for kids, and The Fields park with a playground and sandpit. When in downtown Portland, find a cool selection of unique gifts at Finnegans Toys.