Portland’s motto is “keep Portland weird” but it really should be “come with loose pants since you’ll want to eat all the things”.
If you’re a foodie, there’s no lack of fun places to eat in Portland. There’s food carts, hip coffee shops, unique fusion foods, rooftop happy hours, craft breweries, and did I mention coffee? There’s like, a lot of that here. It’s hard to know where to start (but I got you covered!)
Don’t Be Afraid To Try Portland Food Carts
There are just so many dang unique restaurants in Oregon, but Portland especially. I feel like every time we visit I find a new gem that becomes my new favorite. On top of having normal restaurants and cafes, Portland is known for its thriving food cart scene.
Some of the most fun restaurants in Portland can be found on the street standing in front of a local food cart. There’s little gathering spots you can always find carts in, but sometimes they pop up randomly around the city. It’s just part of the charm.
Of course, there’s a lot of Portland food bucket list stops that are pretty expensive (many are very, very worth it in my opinion) but not everything has to break the bank. Below are all my favorite Portland eats that I’ve been to personally after many trips to Oregon over the years, or are high on my foodie list for next time.
Restaurants for the ‘gram AND your belly
While I know going out to eat is about the experience of shoving delicious food in my face, an undeniably fabulous part about finding new, fabulous restaurants is showing off my foodie expertise to the world. These fun and unique eats in Portland are just the thing you need to spice up your social media feeds.
It’s green everywhere you look in Portland, so it’s no surprise so many restaurants are able to offer farm-to-table food that’s so fresh you feel like you raised the cow and gardened the vegetables yourself.
These places are where to eat in Portland if you squint aggressively at every food label in the grocery store before huffing and putting it back because you couldn’t pronounce half the ingredients, because same.
These Restaurants are keeping Portland, well, Portland
There are so many fun places to eat in Portland– from food trucks to fine dining to interesting experiences– that create a unique community of food lovers. Some restaurants, however, have extra pizazz that keeps Portland at the top of the eccentric-albeit-fun-places-to-visit category.
Wondering where to eat when you want heavenly food while still wearing your comfy clothes? These no-frills, cool restaurants in Portland are laid-back while still bringing the A-game when it comes to food and drink.
Top Rated Chefs
If the best restaurants in Portland equal a hefty price tag and exquisite chefs in the kitchen, these spots are the answer to that equation. They’re perfect for romantic dates or ending your vacation on a celebratory, refined note.
Looking for unique restaurants in Portland? Nothing beats a Portland food truck, and they happen to be everywhere around the city. Food trucks often serve food quickly, so they’re ideal for quick lunch breaks or while you’re out shopping and need to refuel to hit up more stores. The best thing about these meals on wheels? Not having to drive while eating.
B&B (breakfast and brunch, that is)
Some of the best Portland restaurants are over here serving up breakfast and brunch, which is perfect for the girlies and the gays whose aesthetic revolves purely around avocado toast and laaarge pitchers of mimosas (hi– it’s me, I’m girly). So if you find yourself asking “where should I eat in Portland'' on a beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon, take a gander below.
If the Pacific Northwest knows how to do one thing right, it’s craft their own beer and ciders. Across the state are several breweries with their own in-house production of hoppy liquids to make you happy.
Portland is a brewery mecca, even giving Bend, Oregon a run for its money when it comes to breweries per capita. So put your chacos into sport mode because corn-hole and good times await.
Whether bar hopping on Mississippi Ave or sipping classy cocktails in hotels, Portland has an array of places to titillate any (and all) senses.
Picturesque Views & Vibes
From the downtown skyline to the Willamette River to the interior decorating that makes you whip out your phone fast AF, there are many wonderful views and vibes to enjoy at Portland bars.
Just Good Fun
It’s as simple as that– these bars are just good fun.
Whether meeting with a friend, finishing up remote work, or grabbing a coffee on the way to explore the city, Portland has many wonderful places to get your caffeine fix (or if you’re like me, your daily scone/pastry/muffin fix).
It’s okay to eat dessert first… and afterwards… and maybe a little in-between?
So if you run across any must eat places while visiting, let us know! We’re always happy to dish about our favorite dishes, just comment below. Or do you have more best restaurants Portland ideas to add to this? Drop it below so everyone can see!
And, happy eating.