September 25, 2014 Leave a comment
This is the first in a series of posts about the absolute, arbitrarily chosen best of what to do in major and mid-sized cities around the world. (Thanks for getting me to write this, Gabe.)
Best Coffee: Half Pint Cafe
These guys won’t just make you the best cuppa joe you’ll have all week; Marko, the proprietor, will make you feel like a regular from your first trip to the cafe. Pro Tip: Ask for the off-menu espresso drinks. #amaze
Best Noodles: Sen Yai Noodles
Sen Yai is affiliated with Pok Pok, which I consider to be the most overrated restaurant in Portland. But where Pok Pok strikes out – with its high prices, long waits and middling food – Sen Yai hits a home run. Their simple food is outstanding and their drinks are to die for. Order a Tamarind Whiskey Sour for me.
Best Urban Farm: Tryon Farm
Tryon is a breathtaking urban farm right outside downtown Portland. My wife almost cried when she got to hold a baby goat. Me, too. #truestory
Best Camping Gear Store: Snow Peak
People who know quality camping gear may not necessarily know about Snow Peak. This Japanese company fills kind of a quirky niche: Gear that’s expensive and impeccably crafted, but not necessarily the lightest or most extreme. Check out their Portland flagship store to see some boss kit. Sure, it may be better suited for car camping than K2, but you’ll still be happy to see all their beautifully designed stuff.
Best Obligatory Destination: Voodoo Doughnuts
Because everyone will tell you to go. Order the Ol’ Dirty Bastard with a side of insulin.
Best Bookstore: Microcosm
Unbelievable selection of zines as well as smartypants books for days. (What bookstore did you expect me to name?)
Best Portland Outdoor Store: Portland Outdoor Store
Portland may be the hipster capital of the Pacific Northwest, and therefore the universe, but it’s also on the Western edge of the American West. So it’s a mighty good place to buy some sweet western wear. That’s why no trip to Portland is complete without a stop at the creatively named Portland Outdoor Store. There’s the best selection of flannel shirts you’ll ever see, and my better half got me a beautiful belt buckle for our then-upcoming half-iversary. No place in the city is more down to earth and earnest than right here.
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