Portland Design & Food Guide 2017
July 31, 2017
My talented floral friend Danielle and I decided to make a nice short trip to Portland, Oregon to celebrate our birthdays recently. I have to say I have been to Portland a few times now and every time I go I grow more fond of it.
We decided to make the trip a bit quirky and fun so we stayed in an adorable Airbnb camper that was decked out in turquoise (did I mention I happen to love this colour?). The camper itself was situated SE Portland right off Hawthorne St so we were in walking distance to funky shops, and a few of my favourite foodie stops.
WHERE TO EAT
Salt & Straw ~$ ~ there’s a reason everyone says you should go to this ice cream shop. I had the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and it was delicious! These guys use ingredients from other local vendors and they also serve some great vegan flavours too, such as Roasted Strawberry Coconut.
Blue Star Donuts ~ $~delightful artisan style donuts, need I say more? A staple stop if you have a sweet tooth. The one pictured above was creme filled with Valhrona chocolate beads. If you have yet to visit Portland you will probably be told to also check out Voo Doo Donuts, it’s good but be prepared to wait in line for a while!
Lardo Sandwiches ~ $~this trip was my first time hitting up this joint that started out as a food truck. Their specialty is house-prepared meats with a focus on noise-to-tail butchery, meaning they try to use all parts of the animal. Even though meat sandwiches are their main offering, there are vegetarian options as well. You may not be able to eat any fries by the time you’re done eating your sandwich, but they are worth getting just to have a few. My go-to was their Korean Pork Shoulder sandwich.
Andina ~$$($)~ I remember the very first time I visited Portland I claimed this was my favourite restaurant of all time, it still holds that title. Pretty much everything you eat at this traditional Peruvian restaurant is an explosion of flavour in your mouth. I wouldn’t pass this one up. Its on the pricier side but you can definitely share some plates and not break the bank. Get the “CANUTOS DE QUINOA Y MARACUYÁ” for dessert, you won’t be sorry I promise.
Screen Door ~ $$ ~another place I’ve gone multiple times on my visits to Portland. This restaurant serves South Carolina/Soul Food. You definitely will have to wait in line but its worth it. They have all your southern favourites from Biscuits & Gravy to Shrimp & Grits.
Pok Pok ~ I have gone here a couple of times. If you like Thai or Southeast Asian food this a great stop. Again, it’s quite busy so be prepared to wait in line. Their “Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings” seem to be a popular seller and I am inclined to their Thai Iced Tea.
Shout out to other great places: St. Honoré Bakery for breakfast. Clyde Common (great for cocktails and appies, in the Act Hotel) and Sweet Hereafter for Vegan options. The Commons Brewery for Beers & Bites. And best place for cheap tacos and delicious guacamole Pepinos The sweetest couple owns Courier Coffee, when we were there they were serving Japanese Shaved Ice too. 23 Hoyt great $2 Mimosas!
WHERE TO SHOP
MAAK LAB (pictured above) ~ plant scented scents, if you love nature and everything good smelling you will love this place.
Backtalk (pictured below) ~ Many of the artists in this shop are female clothing and jewelry designers from the United States. These gals know design, from their beautiful displays to their art installations this is a great stop just for inspiration.
Woonwinkel (pictured at top of post) ~ not unsurprisingly I wanted to buy everything in this shop. Many of their products are of Dutch & Scandinavian influence; modern and colourful.
Little OTSU ~ the most adorable stationary and paper goods store with a variety of wall art and an excess of stationary accessories, and patterned washi tapes.
The Yo! Store ~ we came across this cute little shop sponantiously it has funky accessories, and colourful kids clothing and home goods.
Tender Loving Empire ~ lots of funky colourful handmade products by Portland artists here, they have a great collection of enamel pins too!
Artemisia Collage with Nature ~ my friend Danielle’s jaw dropped when we went in here, if you love terrariums, or anything plant related this is a magical shop.
There are so many other wonderful places we got to stop by but overall if you go to these neighbourhoods you will find many (and more) of the places we suggested.
Alphabet District/ Pearl District / NE and SE Portland (Hawthorne St/Burnside/SE Division St)