Portland, OR

What’ve been your favorite places!?”

I’m going to answer this, most frequently asked question, over a series of posts of my favorite places in North America that I’ve visited so far, and hopefully keep adding to it as I go. So stay tuned, my pretties.

Next up,

PDX, OREPortland, Oregon
(aka: PDX; Stumptown; THE Portland; Rose City; Rain City)

In less than a week, it was true love. From the weekend-long music festival in the woods, Pickathon, to specialty coffee and brunch heaven, and swimming across the Willamette River with the Mayor, to all the gorgeous outdoors an adventure-nut can handle – there was no denying it.

I lived in beautiful, weird PDX for over 1.5 years split between the Mississippi, North/NE Portland neighborhood and the Brooklyn, SE neighborhood. I took over and ran an Espresso Crawl Meetup group and have given so many tours and recommendations, I’ve found it’s best to give them broken down into the neighborhoods or quadrants of the city, rather than broken down by the type of activity. I’ll try to break it down both ways here.

One thing I don’t have on here specifically, is the stellar food cart pods – they’re everywhere, so just make sure you get to one or two of them during your visit and you’ll have done well.

 (work in progress)


  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Chinese Gardens
  • Forest Park
  • Powell Butte
  • Frog Lake
  • Mirror Lake
  • Tom, Dick, and Harry Cliff
  • Angel’s Rest hike
  • Oneonta Falls
  • Dog Mountain
  • Opal Creek/Opal Pool


  • Kiosko (SW)
  • Oracle (SW)
  • Sterling
  • Commissary
  • Good Coffee (Slabtown)
  • Pépé le Moko
  • 10 Barrel
  • Harlow
  • Tasty n Alder
  • Powell’s Bookstore
  • Planet Granite


  • St. John Bridge/Park
  • Prince Coffee


  • Sweedeedee
  • Bollywood Theater
  • Proud Mary
  • Pip’s
  • Guilder
  • Case Study
  • Skidmore Bluffs
  • Ex Novo
  • Kainos Coffee
  • The Movement Center – Free Guided Meditation – Monday


  • OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
  • Upper Left
  • Good Coffee
  • Water Ave.
  • Coava (Grand)
  • Coava cupping lab
  • Marigold Coffee
  • Heart
  • Either/Or
  • Tea Chai Te
  • Smith Tasting Room
  • PushXPull
  • Off The Waffle
  • Zell’s
  • Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels
  • Dapper & Wise
  • Fried Egg, I’m in Love
  • Pine State
  • Loyal Legion
  • Aalto Lounge – Monday $3 Happy Hour
  • Om Movement Studio – Sunday Acroyoga – $15