The oysters here are so good you’ll want to dine alone to take the pressure off of polite sharing. However, Jacqueline’s bar with a framed Bill Murray portrait deserves equal praise. Yes, this is a The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou themed bar and restaurant, but in a non-gimmicky, somehow beautiful way, topped off with very, very good food.
Kachka brings Moscow to Portland with authentic Russian flavors at their aesthetically kitsch digs. Reservations are a must here, with hard to find dishes like Herring Under a Fur Coat: a 7-layer-dip of herring, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, mayo, eggs and pumpernickel toast. Don’t hesitate to ask about the lengthy list of vodkathe restaurant boasts an entire menu dedicated to the Russian liquor.
Named after a beloved rabbit and tucked in the Southwest corridor of downtown Portland, Måurice is an ode to animal friendship. The handwritten menu offers seasonal dishes from oysters to Norwegian meatballs, and most notably, a pastry menu that is both inventive and simple at the same time–think lemon-soufflé pudding and bostock French toast.
Everything about Milk Glass Mrkt is just so good: the friendly service, the insanely delicious and equally as fresh menu, the quaint and relaxed seating, the curated selection of small batch products. Go here.
Milk Glass Mrkt
A vaulted ceiling and exposed kitchen set the tone for Renata’s authentic Italian fare. From fettuccine to funghi pizza, all dishes are made with the amore of a home cooked meal.
From $70 and two suitcases, to a food cart, to a food truck, to another food truck, and now a full brick and mortar restaurant, Chef Nong continues to impress and excel with one perfected classic dish–Thai chicken and rice.
Nong’s Khao Mon Gai
Ox offers an array of wood fired Argentinian-style meats: all locally sourced and served alongside vegetarian options and heirloom produce. Don’t forget to save room for the Lemon Brioche bread pudding!
Colorful, farm-to-table Mediterranean bites are aesthetically plated on speckled ceramics at Tusk’s bright and airy Kerns digs.
Nine rum-centric drinks and a three rum flight take centerstage at Portland’s Rum Club. The casual and chic bar’s colorful drinks are served beside pub classics like braised short ribs and a shrimp cocktail.
The self-professed professional drinking establishment is beloved by bartenders, sommeliers and casual bar hoppers alike for their seriously well crafted cocktails. Enjoy a cocktail or by-the-glass wine with Italian small plates at Shift Drinks’ industrial bar.
Northeast Portland’s quirky watering hole and café Victoria Bar features southern eats, a liquor wall, and a Princess Bride-themed cocktail menu.
A cocktail lounge but also so much more, Expatriate serves globally-inspired bar bites and equally well-traveled libations at their atmospheric wooden bar.
Nestled below Ace Hotel and affixed with the same aesthetic perfection, Pepe Le Moko pairs classic Jazz with reimagined classic cocktails.
Pepe le Moko
With intention in mind at every step of the process, Heart Coffee sources, roasts, and serves the highest quality coffee possible at their three industrial yet cozy Portland locations.
Serving espresso steeped in Italian tradition, Spella Coffee has been said to have the best espresso in the whole city–high praise considering Portland has been deemed the unofficial coffee capital of the country. The spot also serves dessert– as they say, with great espresso comes great affogato.
Salt & Straw serves sustainably sourced and inventive flavors like honey-lavender, avocado-strawberry, and cilantro-cheesecake at their three parlor locations.
Salt & Straw
Continuing the standard of premier Portland coffee, Never Coffee Lab offers flavorful and inventive handcrafted drinks at their colorful yet minimalist location.
Never Coffee Lab
Located in a bright red double-decker bus with pepto-pink interior, Tov pours Egyptian and Turkish coffee along with teas and espresso drinks.
Tender Loving Empire
Committed to showcasing Portland’s visual and musical artists, Tender Loving Empire’s five shops are a beautiful homage to the local creative community. Since 2006, the shop has also been releasing music on their eponymous record label and has worked with artists from Andy Shauf to Y La Bamba.
This is the store that you both love and fear, as it will empty your wallet and fill your home with all the beautiful things you’ve ever wanted and needed. Palace is a dream store, editing color-coded and well-selected vintage alongside sustainably made clothing, homegoods, and everything in between. You won’t go home empty handed.
Offering artful and eclectic homewares, art, and clothing, LOWELL’s tucked away space curates local makers’ and designers’ goods alongside vintage finds.
Some vintage, some new, some kids clothes, some women’s accessories, offered in sunny corner digs.
The Yo! Store
A paper mache whale hanging from the ceiling welcomes guests of all ages at Hello! Good Morning! The eclectic Broadway store is an emporium of colors–all woven, painted and letterpressed into beautiful objects.
Hello! Good Morning!
A labyrinth of 13,000 sq.ft. of vintage–all in good condition, clean and well-edited. It’s too easy to spend an entire day getting lost in House of Vintage.
House of Vintage
Movies in the Park
Catch a free movie in your local park! Classics like Annie, Ghostbusters, and Star Wars are played alongside new favorites like Isle of Dogs, Coco, and Black Panther. Local musicians play before movies begin at dusk.
A 9.1-acre traditional Japanese Garden showcasing views of Mount Hood, bonsai, and cascading ponds so beautiful you might think you’re just outside of Tokyo. The garden also hosts tea ceremonies, guided walks, workshops and events.
It’s so hot that clothes are not an option: head to Collins Beach on Sauvie Island for some relief.
Collins Beach at Sauvie Island
Feel the breeze and bike the loop! This newly renovated trail is perfect for relaxing Willamette River views.
The Sellwood Bridge Loop
Bike, walk, roll, or skate to one of Sunday Parkways’ free events located all around Portland and include museums, beaches, and trail loops.
Our favorite shark-loving, ghost-sculpting artist sets up a solo show at Antler from July 26–August 26.