Portland is known for many things: microbreweries, coffee, street and vegan food – and of course its weirdness.
There is another angle to the City of Roses though: green commuting.
In 2012, Travel + Leisure magazine rated Portland as the #1 most pedestrian and transit-friendly city in the United States.
Portland offers buses, light rail (aka MAX), streetcars, aerial tram – and lots of cycling options: The city ranks among the most bicycle-friendly in the world, with about 6% of people commuting by bicycle – that’s 10x as much as the national average!
So whether you’re walking or biking it around Portland, we’ve put together the best places for you to eat and drink along the way.
Morning Snack :: Blue Star Donuts
People will tell you to go to Voodoo donuts, but the real Portland donut experience is happening at Blue Star Donuts. They serve up a delectable range of flavours bound to delight your taste buds with everything from Lemon + Key Lime meringue; Champagne peach and Blood Orange.
The Bluestar philosophy is all about quality over quantity. Their donuts are made fresh every day using certified sustainable bread flour, Cage Free eggs, plus all of the fruits that go into their fillings and glazes are organic.
Insider Tip: Head there early in the day rather than later as they sell out fast and will close up shop if they run out!
1237 SW Washington Street
Lunch :: Food Carts
Food carts are a Portland institution. It’s hard to go past a $5 – $7 meal where you’re helping to support a small independently owned local business and it tastes amazing.
Each food cart is located in ‘pods’ around the city. Wander around the block and take your pick of cuisine .
Full listing of all food carts here.
Our pick: Wolf + Bear vegetarian grilled felafels with homemade hummus, grilled eggplant, caramelised onion and roasted peppers are delicious and brimming with flavour!
Wolf + Bear
3925 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon
Coffee :: Barista + Commissary Cafe
There’s a great selection of speciality coffee houses that serve up a delicious cuppa, but we couldn’t narrow it down to one so here are our top two picks:
Barista: Go for the slick decor complete with penny tiling floor, studded booths and marble tables. Grab a sweet treat while you’re there.
Commissary: Make sure you accompany your coffee with the Armstrong roasted beef sandwich. You won’t be disappointed.
Dinner :: Oven + Shaker
If there is one thing Portland is not short of its great places to eat with numerous cuisines to choose from but Oven + Shaker stands out for it’s incredible value for money, impeccable service; plus their take on Italian street food fanfare makes it too good to ignore.
The casual vibe is perfectly suited to the flavoursome, mouth-watering wood oven pizza options, which are complimented by an impressive cocktail menu. Sitting outside on a balmy summer evening is the perfect way to end a day of touring the city!
Tip: Go for the Maple Pig pizza – it won’t disappoint!
1134 NW Everett Street
Dessert :: Salt + Straw
For dessert there is no going past Salt + Straw in Portland’s Pearl District. All ingredients used in their ice-creams are organic and from local and sustainable Oregon producers. No need to worry about having flavour envy either as you’re able to road test any number of them before making your final decision!
Tip: Be prepared to queue after 7pm, so if you don’t want to wait then head there during the day when it’s much quieter.
Visit their website for all Portland locations.
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