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Things to Do in/near Portland

CC Slaughters
Gay club in Old Town. Dancing. Disco balls. Weekly screenings of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Chinese Garden

Japanese Garden

Living Room Theatres
Movie theatre with foreign and indie films. Recliners. Cocktail bar.

Portland Art Museum

Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU
Saturday mornings from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Produce, flowers, baked goods, food carts, music, and more!

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

Powell’s City of Books

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Where to Eat


*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.

Peruvian. Downtown. Very lively. Good for groups. Separate vegan and gluten-free menus. Located in the Pearl district.

Fab, Gatsby-esque bar downtown not too far from the conference hotel. The cocktails are the point here. Multnomah Country.

Blue Star Donuts
Portlanders are freaking out for these brioche-style donuts. Vegan options.

Clyde Common
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
Absolutely excellent Iraqi food. Lunch buffet. Dinner menu. Casual. Fantastic vegan and gluten-free options.

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
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
French upscale bistro.

Los Gorditos
Taquería with cult following. Amazing vegan options (entire separate vegan menu). Terrific rice and beans.

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

Farm-to-table restaurant. Very Portland. PNW cuisine. Vegetarian options.

Mother’s Bistro
American cuisine. Upscale comfort food. Big brunch.

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

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.

Super casual, located in a yoga studio. Fresh juices, bowls, all gluten-free and almost entirely vegan.

Salt and Straw
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
Lyonnais-style bistro. Très French.

Stumptown Coffee
Before it was in Brooklyn, it was in Portland. PDX’s original coffee.

Tasty N Alder
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
Intimate restaurant with Pacific NW cuisine. Flower lined patio. Old style bar.

Virginia Café
Historic downtown dive bar.

Voodoo Donut
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
Off the charts vegan cheese. At a vegan cheese deli!

Whiskey Library
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
Organic grocery store.


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

Naomi Pommeroy’s award-winning intimate restaurant tucked away in NE Portland. Set menu. Six courses with pairings. Not for vegans.

Blossoming Lotus
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
All vegan bar. Drinks in Mason Jars. Vegan versions of favorite bar snacks.

The Grilled Cheese Grill
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
Stunning, authentic Vietnamese food. Ample vegan options.

Hopworks Urban Brewery
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
Very Portland-style American Craft Kitchen where some of the food comes on planks of wood. Super local.

Pok Pok Noi 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
Local, organic Southern cuisine. Hushpuppies, breakfast corndogs, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, poboys, pulled pork. Popular for brunch.

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

The Sudra
Casual vegan and gluten-free Indian-inspired restaurant with famed happy hour.

Tasty and Sons
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
Spanish tapas. Good for groups. Part of John Gorham’s empire. Next to The Secret Society.


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

Aalto Lounge
Great midcentury bar. Good things happen here. Outdoor patio. Strong drinks.

Apizza Scholls
Handcrafted thin-crust pizza. The people making the pizzas will yell at you.

Ava Gene’s
Roman-inspired rustic Italian. Family style. Highly rated.

Bamboo Sushi
The first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. Good vegan options, too.

Bar Avignon
Simple fresh French food, good bread, and good wine.

Bete Lukas
Smashing Ethiopian food. Make a reservation.

The Farm Café
Farm to Table. Great food. Very Portland. In a cute converted house. Always one reliable good vegan option. Reservations recommended.

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

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
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.

Russian. Lots of vodka. Meat-heavy menu.

Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Famed thin crust pizza.

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
All pie bakery.

Pok Pok
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
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
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
Sexy cocktail bar at the base of Mount Tabor. Order the Room Service.

Flagship Portland coffee roaster and café.

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

Run by Ken from Ken’s Pizza. Close to Milagro Theatre. Great bar. Tavern food.

Woodsman Tavern
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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