What to Do In Portland - Rachael Ray In Season

Portland Is the Coolest Food City on the West Coast

This Pacific Coast culinary hub shows no signs of slowing. Here’s where to eat and drink and take a breather in between.

"Even 20 years ago, you could feel electricity in the air in Portland. It’s no surprise it’s become such a happening food city." —Rach 

The Pearl District


This shoppers’ paradise is packed with boutiques of every flavor. Powell’s Books, the world’s largest indie bookstore, is a must, as is the all-local Made Here PDX (below). P.S. There’s no sales tax in Oregon!

pearl district

Stumptown Coffee


Dive into the city’s caffeine culture with a free hour-long Friday afternoon tasting at Stumptown headquarters. The Portland-based brewer helped kick off America’s artisanal-coffee movement nearly 20 years ago, and it’s still the crema of the crop.

stumptown coffee

Jupiter Hotel


Housed in a renovated motor inn in the Central Eastside, this boutique hotel has a hipster vibe and easy access to live tunes: The renowned Doug Fir Lounge is right next door.

jupiter hotel

Distillery Row


You can walk and sip your way through Portland’s craft-spirits scene with eight distilleries and tasting rooms within a 20-block radius. Taste fruity vodkas (below) at Wild Roots, aquavit at House Spirits Distillery, and small-batch whiskeys at Eastside Distilling.

distillery row

Portland Japanese Garden


Don’t miss the cultural center at this Washington Park gem (below); it was designed by celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and houses a glass-walled tea café.

Bistro Agnes


Snag a table at this downtown bistro for top-rate French fare from James Beard Award winners Greg Denton (below) and his wife, Gabrielle. 

bistro agnes