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Things to Do in/near Portland

CC Slaughters
http://ccslaughterspdx.com/
Gay club in Old Town. Dancing. Disco balls. Weekly screenings of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Chinese Garden
http://www.lansugarden.org/

Japanese Garden
http://japanesegarden.com/

Living Room Theatres
http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com/
Movie theatre with foreign and indie films. Recliners. Cocktail bar.

Portland Art Museum
http://portlandartmuseum.org/

Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU
http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/
Saturday mornings from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Produce, flowers, baked goods, food carts, music, and more!

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
http://pica.org/

Powell’s City of Books
http://www.powells.com/

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Where to Eat

Downtown

*Within walking/bus/streetcar/short cab ride vicinity of the hotel. Check for exact distances, as some are closer than others.

Alder Street Food Cart Pod
At Southwest 10th and Alder Street. The city’s largest pod of food carts. Perfect for lunch. Everything from Thai to Ethiopian to Mac and Cheese to Polish.

Andina
http://www.andinarestaurant.com/
Peruvian. Downtown. Very lively. Good for groups. Separate vegan and gluten-free menus. Located in the Pearl district.

Barlow
http://www.barlowpdx.com/
Fab, Gatsby-esque bar downtown not too far from the conference hotel. The cocktails are the point here. Multnomah Country.

Blue Star Donuts
http://www.bluestardonuts.com/
Portlanders are freaking out for these brioche-style donuts. Vegan options.

Clyde Common
www.clydecommon.com/
Large open Euro-style dining area with killer cocktails and good food. Adjacent to the Ace Hotel and Stumptown Coffee. Great location right downtown by Powell’s.

Dar Salam
http://downtown.darsalamportland.com/
Absolutely excellent Iraqi food. Lunch buffet. Dinner menu. Casual. Fantastic vegan and gluten-free options.

Departure
http://departureportland.com/
Bar/Restaurant atop The Nines Hotel. Blue faux Miami-esque interior. Rooftop balcony that overlooks the city with views of Mount Hood and Forest Park. Separate gluten-free and vegan menus. East Asian-inspired food. Strong cocktails.

Laughing Planet
http://laughingplanetcafe.com/
All over Portland. One is a seven-minute walk from the conference hotel. Great for a quick lunch. A local casual place with bowls, burritos, and quesadillas. Tons of gluten-free and vegan options. You can order online (especially good for groups) ahead of time.

Little Bird
http://www.littlebirdbistro.com/
French upscale bistro.

Los Gorditos
http://www.losgorditospdx.com/
Taquería with cult following. Amazing vegan options (entire separate vegan menu). Terrific rice and beans.

Luc Lac
http://luclackitchen.com/
Vietnamese. Lively. Bar/Restaurant. Pink Parasols hang from the ceiling. Vegan, gluten free options. Great happy hour.

Merriwether’s
https://www.meriwethersnw.com/
Farm-to-table restaurant. Very Portland. PNW cuisine. Vegetarian options.

Mother’s Bistro
http://www.mothersbistro.com/
American cuisine. Upscale comfort food. Big brunch.

Pepe le Moko
http://pepelemokopdx.com/
Tiny adorable underground French speakeasy-style bar with dreamy cocktails. Adore. Reservations accepted and recommended.

Petunia’s
http://petuniaspiesandpastries.com/
All vegan, all gluten-free. A sweet little bakery. With ice cream, all manner of towering cakes, weekend donuts, and savory dishes from mac n’ cheese to pizza. Get the apple cider donut.

Prasad
http://www.prasadcuisine.com/
Super casual, located in a yoga studio. Fresh juices, bowls, all gluten-free and almost entirely vegan.

Salt and Straw
http://saltandstraw.com/
Multiple locations around PDX. Ice cream. Unusual flavor combos like Garam Masala and Cinnamon Cauliflower, Chocolate Caramel Potato Chip Cupcake, Balsamic with Black Pepper, and Pear and Blue Cheese. Great vegan Petunia’s option.

St. Jack
http://stjackpdx.com/
Lyonnais-style bistro. Très French.

Stumptown Coffee
http://www.acehotel.com/portland/dining-and-drink/stumptown-coffee-roasters
Before it was in Brooklyn, it was in Portland. PDX’s original coffee.

Tasty N Alder
http://www.tastynalder.com/
John Gorham is a Portland institution, and this is his downtown restaurant, a modern steakhouse with legendary family style meals. The brunches are especially popular.

Veritable Quandary
http://www.veritablequandary.com/
Intimate restaurant with Pacific NW cuisine. Flower lined patio. Old style bar.

Virginia Café
http://virginiacafepdx.com/
Historic downtown dive bar.

Voodoo Donut
http://voodoodoughnut.com/
Cash only. Vegan and non-vegan donuts of all kinds (from chick-o-stick topped donuts to large donuts shaped like anatomical parts....) Open 24/7. Long lines. You can get married here, too. The Portland Creme donuts are a particular favorite, and the Voodoo Doll donut is legendary.

Vtopia Vegan Cheese Deli
http://vtopiancheeses.com/
Off the charts vegan cheese. At a vegan cheese deli!

Whiskey Library
http://www.multnomahwhiskeylibrary.com/whiskey/
A gorgeous whiskey library. At peak hours the lines are awful, and people with memberships get in first. But during off-peak hours it’s worth the gamble to try to get in. The whiskey selection is astonishing.

Whole Foods
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pearl
Organic grocery store.

North/Northeast

*Will need to cab/bus/drive to get there.

Beast
http://www.beastpdx.com/
Naomi Pommeroy’s award-winning intimate restaurant tucked away in NE Portland. Set menu. Six courses with pairings. Not for vegans.

Blossoming Lotus
http://blpdx.com/
All vegan. Many gluten-free options. One of the best weekend brunches for vegans or non-vegans in town. Happy hour M-F from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Bye and Bye
http://www.thebyeandbye.com/
All vegan bar. Drinks in Mason Jars. Vegan versions of favorite bar snacks.

The Grilled Cheese Grill
http://grilledcheesegrill.com/
Eat 20+ kinds of grilled cheese (served with a pickle spear and potato chips) inside an old school bus. Vegan and gluten-free options. There is a bus-less outpost at the Alder food carts downtown.

Hanoi Kitchen
http://www.hanoikitchen.com/
Stunning, authentic Vietnamese food. Ample vegan options.

Hopworks Urban Brewery
http://hopworksbeer.com/eat/bikebar/
A bicycle bar. Even the furniture is in part made from bikes. Local beer. Good pizza. Help power the pub by pedaling one of the on-site bikes that generate energy.

Ned Ludd
http://www.nedluddpdx.com/
Very Portland-style American Craft Kitchen where some of the food comes on planks of wood. Super local.

Pok Pok Noi
http://www.pokpoknoi.com/index.php?id=94 Northeast smaller branch of Andy Ricker’s famous SE PDX Pok Pok restaurant. Thai street food. A few very good vegan options. Notable cocktails.

Screen Door
http://screendoorrestaurant.com/
Local, organic Southern cuisine. Hushpuppies, breakfast corndogs, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, poboys, pulled pork. Popular for brunch.

The Secret Society
http://www.secretsociety.net/
Certainly one of Portland’s best bars. Thursday-night swing dancing, incandescent libations in the cocktail bar.

The Sudra
http://www.thesudra.com/
Casual vegan and gluten-free Indian-inspired restaurant with famed happy hour.

Tasty and Sons
http://www.tastynsons.com/
Another John Gorham restaurant with famous brunches and epic family style meals. Located on a sweet stretch of shops and cafés on N. Williams Street, and a short walk from N. Mississippi.

Toro Bravo
http://www.torobravopdx.com/
Spanish tapas. Good for groups. Part of John Gorham’s empire. Next to The Secret Society.

Southeast

*Will need to cab/bus/drive to get there.

Aalto Lounge
http://www.aaltolounge.com/
Great midcentury bar. Good things happen here. Outdoor patio. Strong drinks.

Apizza Scholls
http://apizzascholls.com/
Handcrafted thin-crust pizza. The people making the pizzas will yell at you.

Ava Gene’s
http://www.avagenes.com/
Roman-inspired rustic Italian. Family style. Highly rated.

Bamboo Sushi
http://bamboosushi.com/
The first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. Good vegan options, too.

Bar Avignon
http://www.baravignon.com/
Simple fresh French food, good bread, and good wine.

Bete Lukas
http://bete-lukas.com/
Smashing Ethiopian food. Make a reservation.

The Farm Café
http://www.thefarmcafe.com/
Farm to Table. Great food. Very Portland. In a cute converted house. Always one reliable good vegan option. Reservations recommended.

Food Fight/Sweetpea/Herbivore
http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/
The world’s only vegan mini mall. Four shops (bakery/café, clothing/goods store, grocery shop, tattoo parlor) all in a row.

Harlow
http://www.harlowpdx.com/
All gluten free. Mostly vegan. All vegetarian. Juices, smoothies, bowls, salads on Hawthorne Blvd in the middle of a great row of vintage shops, cafés, and record stores.

Jade Bistro and Patisserie
http://www.jadeportland.com/
Super casual walk up counter with some of the best food in Portland. French inspired Vietnamese. Vegan and gluten free options. In the Sellwood neighborhood.

Kachka
http://kachkapdx.com/
Russian. Lots of vodka. Meat-heavy menu.

Ken’s Artisan Pizza
http://kensartisan.com/
Famed thin crust pizza.

Langbaan
http://langbaanpdx.com/
Akkapong Earl Ninsom’s secret Thai speakeasy in SE PDX. Reservations required. Prix fixe. Not for anyone with dietary restrictions. 8 weekly seatings.

Lauretta Jean’s
http://www.laurettajeans.com/
All pie bakery.

Pok Pok
http://www.pokpokpdx.com/
Andy Ricker’s insanely popular Thai street food emporium. Go with a group of six or more and make a reservation otherwise you’ll wait in line for upwards of three hours. Order the Khao Soi. Limited, but good, vegan options.

Portland Mercado
http://www.yelp.com/biz/portland-mercado-portland-2
Over a dozen Latino/a businesses: chorizo, tortas, pupusas, candy, fruit and veggies, tamales, burritos, and more. Culinary approaches from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia, among others.

Portobello Trattoria
http://portobellopdx.com/
All vegan Italian. Consistently voted one of the best restaurants (vegan or non-vegan) in Portland. The gnocchi amazes. Kombucha on tap. Fresh, beautiful food. Reservations recommended. Gluten-free options.

Sapphire Hotel
http://thesapphirehotel.com/
Sexy cocktail bar at the base of Mount Tabor. Order the Room Service.

Stumptown
https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/locations/portland/belmont
Flagship Portland coffee roaster and café.

Sweet Hereafter
http://hereafterpdx.com/
Portland’s second vegan bar. Great drinks, rice/veggie bowls, wraps, appetizers.

Trifecta
http://trifectapdx.com/
Run by Ken from Ken’s Pizza. Close to Milagro Theatre. Great bar. Tavern food.

Woodsman Tavern
http://woodsmantavern.com/
5-7p.m. M-F oyster hour. American ham, deviled eggs, gourmet corn dogs, fried chicken, seafood hot pot.

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*For more travel tips, click here to view the video and article "36 Hours in Portland, Ore." (2015, New York Times) by Fritzie Andrade, Ava Benjamin, Andrew Hida, Will Lloyd and Sarah Brady Voll.

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