Portland, Oregon Bucket List

Whether you’re within driving distance and looking for a quick weekend trip or planning to fly in for a full-on vacation, Portland is absolutely worth your time. The city has a tangible relaxed, reserved feel, yet it also has a complex style with a lot of character. Whatever part of the city you’ll be calling home for your stay, we loved the fact that everything is within a close vicinity – so criss-crossing the city to hit all the spots on your list won’t take all day. Whatever you’re into, Portland has plenty to offer.

For any destination, we usually construct our own personal “bucket list” of places we would absolutely love to check out. From cute original shops to boutique hotels, tasty restaurants to ample breweries, Portland boasts a wide array of destinations. Here we compiled a list of places that we’ve heard from local friends, seen in photos, or ones that have already made an impression on us in person. Sure, our “bucket list” is far too long to check off every place in one trip… but that’s the point! We will always have destinations and motivations to drive us to return! So keep these in mind as you plan your next adventure. Take a look and enjoy the city!


  • Proud Mary
  • Seastar Bakery
  • My Father’s Place
  • Jam on Hawthrone
  • J&M Cafe
  • Mother’s Bistro and Bar
  • Screen Door
  • Blue Star Bakery
  • ¿Por Qué No? Taquería
  • Nong’s Khao Man Gai
  • Alto Bajo & Lo Bar
  • Güero
  • Tasty n Alder
  • Pok Pok
  • Bamboo Sushi
  • Afuri
  • Andina
  • Prasad
  • Harlow
  • Pine Street Market
  • Tusk
  • The Triple Lindy
  • Back to Eden Bakery – serving up planted based soft serve ice cream
  • Luc Lac
  • Beech Street Parlor
  • BridgePort Brewpub
  • Rogue Distillery and Public House
  • Ex Novo Brewing Co.
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
  • Breakside Brewery
  • Whiskey Soda Bar
  • StormBreaker
  • Langbaan
  • TarBoush Lebanese Bistro & Bar
  • Salt & Straw Ice Cream
  • Eb & Bean
  • Wailua Shave Ice
  • Ruby Jewel
  • Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai
  • Tea Bar
  • Townshend’s Teahouse
  • Kainos Coffee
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • Good Coffee
  • Prince Coffee


  • Hi-Lo Hotel
  • Kimpton Hotel Vintage
  • The Society Hotel
  • McMenamins Kennedy School
  • Ace Hotel
  • Jupiter Hotel
  • Hotel Eastlund


  • Maak Lab
  • Pistils Nursery
  • Solabee Flowers & Botanicals
  • The Yo! Store
  • Powell’s City of Books
  • Union Way
  • North of West
  • Field Trip
  • Woonwinkel
  • Mantel


  • North Portland Yoga
  • The Yoga Space Northwest
  • The People’s Yoga
  • Forge Hot Yoga
  • Planet Granite
  • Yoga Pearl


  • Cathedral Park
  • Forest Park
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Crossing the many bridges in Portland my favorite being St. Johns Bridge
  • Mill Ends Park
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • North Mississippi Avenue
  • Alberta Arts District
  • Lovejoy Fountain
  • Ladd’s Additional Rose Gardens
  • Living Room Theatres
  • Knot Springs
  • Kennedy Soaking Pools


  • Tamanawas Falls
  • Cannon Beach
  • Bandon Beach
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Oneonta Gorge
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Mt. Hood
  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Rowena Crest Viewpoint
  • Wahcelella Falls

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