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The Ultimate Day in Portland
Eat where the chefs eat, drinks where the brewers drink, and explore all of the hidden gems that Portland has to offer. These are the top 9 places local chefs and brewers claim as musts for locals and tourists alike.
Doughnuts at Pip’s
Locals know that Pip’s Original Doughnuts and Chai is the only place in the world you’ll be able to find a flight of chai and made to order mini-doughnuts. Local Tip: if it's your birthday, or seven business days after, they will give you a dozen free doughnuts! Their originality and kindness is what makes Pip's a Dirt Road Travels must. (The delicious doughnuts don’t hurt either).
Coffee at Kainos
Marten Boyden and Austin Roberts opened Kainos Coffee to make a difference in the lives of orphans in the Philippines. They give 21% of their profits to those children, helping to build homes and to give them better education and home care. The shop is known for their superior coffee, pastries and best of all, service.
Browse the Books at Powell's
The world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s, has been a local favorite in Portland since 1971. Powell’s employs only true bookworms that are happy to chat about any book under the sun. Go grab a good read to take with you on your trip and make sure to take a peek in the Rare Books room.
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Lunch at ¿Por Qué No?
Tyler Malek, Co-Founder of Salt & Straw, is a huge proponent of ¿Por Qué No? for lunch in Portland. It’s quick, fun, colorful and most importantly, delicious. The long line moves quickly and is indicative of how in-demand their tacos are. Grab a margarita while you wait and select a specialty salsa for your meal.
Score some Records at Music Millennium
Jay Cobb Anderson, who sings and plays guitar in the Portland based band, Fruition, raves about the legendary Music Millennium. The Mayor of Portland actually named a day after Terry, the owner of this local favorite. Go pick out a soundtrack to remember your Ultimate Day in Portland.
Afternoon Coffee at Coava
Local entrepreneur, Tyler Malek, recommends Coava Coffee Roasters, a large warehouse space with a wooden bar and plenty of room for everyone. Relax with sunlight spilling in through the large windowed garage door as you get cozy to read your book from Powell’s or catch up with some friends.
Dinner at Le Pigeon
Local chefs consider Le Pigeon as as obligatory when looking for the full food experience in Portland. This beautiful space will allow you to enjoy yourself while you watch the chefs work artfully on your meal.
Ice Cream for Dessert at Salt & Straw
Tyler Malek started cooking as a way to bring his family together. Now, with Salt & Straw he gets to bring his customers together by providing them with the best ice cream in town. Chef Gabriel from Le Pigeon takes his family there for “anything with chocolate and sprinkles.”
Drinks at The Red Fox
Ben Wuamett, lead singer from local band Ezra Bell, tells us that for a true Portland experience you have to go to The Red Fox. This local dive is great for connecting with the community as people take a load off and enjoy the extensive outdoor seating with their best friends (we mean dogs of course).