I went to Portland for my first time back in May, and it will definitely not be my last going.
Oregon was amazing, and so was their culture of sustainability. From the lush greenery that intertwined with the neighborhoods to consistent cycle of compost and recycling, it's apparent that environmentalism was top-of-mind.
There were so many places that were recommend for my friends and I to go to. And though we tried our best, we couldn't visit them all. We mainly visited shops, but next time I want to go to travel to outdoorsy spots, like the famouse Multnomah Falls.
I can't wait to eventually see even more of Portland. But here are a few places that I wouldn't mind visiting again:
1. I AM THAT
I AM THAT is a curated vintage shop with pieces that can be incorporated into a modern wardrobe, for a surprisingly reasonable price. Their brick + mortar is a clean, modern, and beautiful addition to the Hawthorn area. It was definitely my favorite vintage shop on the block.
why I like it: vintage + second-hand clothing
Hands down, the best boujie dinner in town.
Tusk is probably one of the most beautiful and freshest restaurants I've ever been to. Their menu consists of Middle Eastern cuisines that featue local and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. All of their vegetables, most their flours and grains are directly sourced from local farms that they have built relationships with over the years.
And trust me, you can taste it in each bite.
Why I like it: local + seasonal ingredients
This minimalistic shop is anything but ordinary.
Johan effortlessly combines simple design with modern concepts by incorporating curated vintage, designer clothing, and other objects that were made with care. Johan also holds community as one of their values and opens up a coffee/gallery, called No Coffee, on the weekends.
I was really bummed we had to leave Portland on a Friday, but I will definitely make my way back to be there when No Coffee is open.
Why I like it: vintage + designer clothing, crafted objects, community oriented
One of Portland's most famous landmarks is the Powell's City of Books, which is known as being the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
Not only does this allow you the opportunity to find unique books (like the case study I found about Free trade and the environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and beyond) but purchasing and selling used books keeps them out of the landfill and into your hands! It might seem minor, but seeing the amount of used books that were for sale made me wonder how many books end up being thrown away or sitting on a shelf and is never read.
Why I like it: used books
5. Maak Lab
Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, Maak Lab reinterprets local and sustainably sourced plant-based ingredients into products that can be used everyday. From soaps to candles, Maak Lab knows how to develop soothing atmospheres for homes and companies (like Tusk!).
Honestly I regret not snagging a candle and might have to order one soon...
Why I like it: Locally + sustainably sourced ingredients
Have you been to any of these places?
What are your recommendations?
Let me know below!