7 Spots to Explore in Downtown Portland

7 Spots to Explore in Downtown Portland

One of our favorite things to do is to help provide an authentic Portland experience with travelers that visit our hometown! Over the next few weeks, we’re sharing must-see highlights from some of our favorite Portland neighborhoods for your trip to Portland!

It won't take you long to fall in love with Portland  - there is so much to do and it's easy to get around via bikes or public transportation! And keep an eye out for our many nicknames - Rose City, Bridge City, Stumptown, Rip City, PDX. 

Photo courtesy of Fida

Stumptown Coffee

1026 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205

Start the day with a cup of locally roasted coffee by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Located inside Ace Hotel this coffee shop is a favorite of Portland locals. Stumptown Coffee offers four different cafe locations.  

 Photo by Sabrina N.

Washington Park

4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

This park that has it all!  The Oregon ZooRose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Pittock Mansion are all conveniently located in the same area. Have a picnic in the garden, explore some of the best Portland city views, or take go on a hike on nearby trails!

Photo by Stephanie Cohen

Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Powell's City of Books is known as the largest used and new bookstore in the world, taking up an entire block! A true classic Portland spot you don’t want to miss. P.S. The rare book room is worth checking out.

Photo by Nathan H.

Wailua Shave Ice

1022 W Burnside St unit o, Portland, OR 97209

Wailua Shave Ice brings local Hawai’i flavors to Portland!  Order ahead for your shave ice.

Photo courtesy of Toki


580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Whether it's brunch or dinner, Toki knows how to have a good time! Discover comfort Korean food from the chefs at Han Oak! Featuring cool cocktails and popular favorites like dumplings, bao-burgers, and more! Reservations recommended.


Photo by Kelli Wong

1927 S'mores

1126 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

S'mores and hot chocolate are the perfect summer night combo. Walking into S'more 1927's brick and mortar location is like being transported to a log cabin lodge. Whether it's a classic s'more or a seasonal s'more, this is the glowup you've been waiting for. With s'mores and a cup of their gourmet hot chocolate, made from local Woodblock Chocolate, none of these can possibly go wrong.

Photo by Darius Kuzmickas

Living Room Theaters

341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Looking to catch a movie while you’re in town? Living Room Theaters is a cozyand sophisticated downtown movie theater with a full menu, lounge, and bar. With new exclusives and critically acclaimed independent films, there’s something for everyone! See what’s playing here.

Photo by London Rilatos


Aside from visiting Tender Loving Empire's flagship store on SW 10th, make sure you stop by our favorite downtown shops: Wild Fang, Woonwinkel, Crafty Wonderland, Canoe, Compound Gallery & Kiriko Made!

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