Portland

I'm so fond of Portland because the first time I visited was for a childhood friend's wedding, and I traveled there with 2 of my besties. We loved everything about it and I have loved going back every time since then!

Portland is great because there are a bunch of tiny neighborhoods and streets with little shops and great food around the whole city, so you can spend a good half day-full day in each of these neighborhoods if you like eating & shopping! There's no sales tax in Portland so I have spent a lot of money there in my lifetime lol.

Grouped these by walkable neighborhoods, and a *star next to well-known Portland stops. 


23rd Ave:
*Blue Star- our fav is blueberry basil
*Salt & Straw- there are a lot in California now but this is a Portland classic 
Grassa - simple, straightforward, amazing delicious pasta
Parachute Home- I love seeing IG brands come to life. very pleasantly perched in a house-like building 
Tender Loving Empire- lots of music, candles, local wines and beers, cards, etc. 
Will Leather Goods- great leather, Emily bought shoes from them in 2012

Downtown:
Shopping:
Canoe - gorgeous home goods shop. One of those places I get stressed out bc I legit want everything.  
Frances May- Clothes for hipsters. Love to window shop here. 
Dream Cloud - Found a lot of great small batch clothing brands here!
Woonwinkel - I spend so much $$ here. A tiny shop with amazing product selection.
Adorn- cute clothing shop!
Muji - biggest Muji I've seen outside Asia; there's even a coffee bar there!

North of West - this shops is so interestingly on the apex of this great block of shops. I love their clothes; their white top is one of my staples. 
maak labs portland
Maak Lab - candles in a pretty shop, I still use one of their vases  

West End Select Shop- makes for amazing, fancy gifts 
tender loving empire portland
Tender Loving Empire- lots of music, candles, local wines and beers, cards, etc. 
MadeHere- very cool shop that rotates new handmade Portland artists- find really unique products here
*Powell's Bookstore - a must! I particularly find the layout of this bookstore and the way the floors flow really interesting

Food:
*Tasty and Alder- Jeff doesn't like brunch but he loves this place. Worth the wait! Get the pancakes and the steak. 
*Nong's Kaho Man Gai - her story is very interesting and the sauce is so good to buy and take home!
grassa portland
Grassa - simple, straightforward, amazing delicious pasta

Coffee: 
heart coffee portland

Heart Coffee 
Good Coffee
Never Coffee


*Ace Hotel Portland- pop in for the gram, and maybe pay for the photobooth memz

Richmond:
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Little Otsu
- Little stationery shop with thousands of cards/planners/pens. I was recommended from IG DM's last time I was in PDX and I loved it so much I went twice! Bought so many little notebooks and new cards from new designers I've never heard of before. 
Lauretta Jean's- Recommended by our friends in Portland, BEST pie I've ever had. Get the blueberry lemon if you can. Such a cozy place with candles and warmth. 
Adorn- cute clothing shop!
*Blue Star- our fav is blueberry basil
*Salt & Straw- there are a lot in California now but this is a Portland classic 
*Pok Pok- loved how cozy this place was, and the food was wonderful (albiet a little salty for me)

Alberta (haven't actually made it to this neighborhood yet, but on my list!):
Proud Mary Cafe
Random Order Pie
Petite Provence 
Green Bean Books
thicket (plant nursery)


Not in one area but worth going to:
afuri portland
*Afuri - Jeff and I loved this ramen so much we kind of flew back for it in 2019. Their beef tartar was also sooo good but they took it off the menu :/ Yuzu broth so light and delicious
Pip's Donuts- Their mini donut and chai flight is so fun to share!
Schoolhouse - Gorgeous, dream house furniture
Prince Coffee 
Nike Company Store - If you know anyone at Nike this is great to visit; such crazy discounts. We brought about 7 pairs of shoes back for family our first trip.

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