I was asked to speak on a panel at the 3rd Sustainable Fashion Forum this year in Portland, Oregon. So my husband and I decided to make a road trip out of it! We arrived in Portland 3 days before the event so we had a good amount of time to explore. One of my favorite things about all my lovely followers on instagram, is that I can ask what to do, and where to go when I travel! I had so many people share some really amazing spots (thank you if you gave me recommendations!). It would be rude if I didn’t create a guide to Portland for you, so here it is!
Keep an eye out for upcoming Seattle, WA and Vancouver, Canada guides!
- Lardo (sandwiches) Our favorite spot!
- Nostrana (Italian)
- Cadillac Cafe (good breakfast spot!_
- Nola Doughnuts (go here!)
- Pok Pok
- Fried Egg I’m in Love (breakfast food truck)
- Thai Peacock (my fav spot)
- Tusk (must go to dinner!)
- House of Vintage
- Tender Loving Empire
- Red Light Clothing Exchange
- Buffalo Exchange (multiple ones)
- Goodwill Superstore (multiple ones)
- Union Way
- Shop North of West
- West End Select Shop
Okay, so these are a few favorites that we hit. There are a dozen more vintage shops + boutiques. Portland is very small business friendly so you will not be disappointed when it comes to finding beautiful things!
The Portland Flea
If you happen to be in the area on the last Sunday of the month I highly suggest The Portland Flea! We got there right as they opened and it was already packed! It’s a small little flea market but honestly jam packed it amazing vendors. Plus its close to some good food and coffee shops!
So many coffee shops it’s insane! Here are the few we went to, we barely scratched the surface!
- Stumptown Roasters
- Case Study
- Elevator Cafe & Commons
The Japanese Garden is not to be missed! We spent about 2 hours here and really had an amazing time. There are a few different spots in the park that offer great city views so be sure to check those out! It is also close to the Test Rose Garden so make sure to save some time after.
Best Thrift Spot
So since we were planning on road tripping we got a rental car right when we arrived at the airport. Portland is a walkable city but honestly you would be walking a lot and parking is very easy here! I highly recommend getting a car if you can so you can see all the little pockets.
The thrift stores that we found in Portland that we loved the most were outside of the city. They are all located on one main road in a town called Happy Valley, and each one is huge! You could spend half your day at these particular shops.
- Deseret Industries – 10330 SE 82nd AVE, Happy Valley, OR 97086 (the husband found some amazing vintage clothes here + I got a pair of vintage wool sailor pants!)
- Salvation Army – 10174 SE 82nd AVE, Happy Valley, OR 97086
- Goodwill – 9960 SE 82nd AVE, Happy Valley, OR 97086
- Portland TC Resale & Donation Center – 505 SE 82nd AVE, Happy Valley, OR 97086
I also got to meet the lovely Brianna of @theconstantcloset and her family. So glad the internet brought us together!