city guide :: portland, or (part 1)

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I discovered Portland, OR through the power of blogs and it was love at first sight. At one point, Robert and I were heading down there on a bi-monthly basis, so it is no surprise that people seem to look to us for places to go. Since we received such positive feedback from the Vancouver, BC City Guides (part one, two, three), we thought we would do a round up of our favourite Portland places. This is more of a listing rather than me gushing about why I love each place. So please do visit their websites when planning your trip to see if it is for you! I will be breaking the post into three sections, so let’s start off with the Mississippi + Alberta areas.

Mississippi:
Pistils Nursery – 3811 N. Mississippi Avenue (everything you need for your garden including landscape services and chickens!) see picture above

Porch Light – 3972 N. Mississippi Avenue (well curated selection of rustic furniture and architectural salvage <- great place for display materials!)

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Flutter – 3948 N. Mississippi Avenue (an eclectic mix of ephemera, vintage clothing, jewelry, taxidermy, haberdashery, home goods and more)

The Meadow – 3731 N. Mississippi Avenue (chocolate + gourmet salts, need I say more?)

Mississippi Records – 4009 N. Mississippi Avenue (for those that love vinyl)

Lodekka – corner of N. Williams at N. Failing (a converted double decker bus filled with vintage clothing and home goods)

Tiny Meat – 3808 N. Williams #132 (visit the studio of the master of handmade wallets + other accessories!)

?Por Que No Taquiera? – 3524 N. Mississippi Avenue (tacos and margaritas – yummy!)

Flavour Spot – 2310 N. Lombard Street (this has to be one of my favourite food carts.. waffle sandwiches. That’s right. Waffle Sandwiches!)

Land – 3925 N. Mississippi Avenue (gallery upstairs, retail space downstairs – you may also recognize it from here)

Alberta:
La Bonita – 2839 NE Alberta Street (mexican deliciousness – see picture above)

Bolt – 2136 NE Alberta Street (sweet sewing shop packed full of fabrics, books and haberdashery)

Modern Domestic – 1408 NE Alberta Street (sewing lounge, sewing classes and a selection of handmade goods available for sale – see picture above)

McMenamins Kennedy School – 5736 NE 33rd Avenue (they own quite a few properties in Portland, so check out their website for details – the school is absolutely amazing – part hotel | part restaurant | part movie theater)

honourable mentions: The Grilled Cheese Grill, Pine State Biscuits, Townshend’s, Ink & Peat

Like any busy city, there may be a shop or cafe that is missing from the list or maybe you have a favourite place that you want to share! Please feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestions! Remember that I am not from Portland, OR, so if you spot any errors, please let me know and I will correct it.

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  1. spencer

    I love that you mentioned my little neighborhood first. Mississippi is such a great little area. I love it!

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