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The Best Kept Secrets of Portland, Oregon

The Best Kept Secrets of Portland, Oregon

The city of Portland, Oregon, has the reputation of being one of the most laid-back and fun cities in America. Whether or not you’ve been to Portland before, there are plenty of fun places to see and things to do that may surprise you. So if you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway or just want to plan some new activities for your next trip, here are five awesome things to do in Portland, Oregon

Board Game Cafe

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Portland boasts a good number of comfortable board game cafes and pubs if you’re a board game fanatic. A excellent game to try out is Game Knight, which also has $5 drinks. You can also play games such as Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne in their library. It’s open from noon to midnight every day but Monday. There are plenty of tables available for use, so feel free to bring your own food and drink too. Some classic favourites include Pictionary and Connect 4. For something more interactive like Tsuro or Uno, head over to The Great Escape Games & Puzzles instead. Here, they have plenty of tables set up for each type of game that is available to play on site so it’s the perfect place for friends who want different experiences at the same time!

Visit a Brewery

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Given that Oregon’s environment is perfect for growing hops, Portland is renowned for its delicious brews. Nearly every block in Portland is home to a local brewery. Try out award-winning Bridgeport Brewing Co., Proletariat Brewing Company or Widmer Brothers Brewery, or head to one of the many breweries on the outskirts of town like Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Leisure Public House and Lucky Labrador Brew Pub. And if you want to do it all and sample beers from some of Portland’s most popular breweries like Breakside Brewery and Great Notion Brewing Company then get yourself on the Urban Beer & Wine Trail with their self-guided tour.

Go to the International Rose Test Garden

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More than 650 different types of roses can be found in this lovely park. Although the roses bloom from April to October, early summer is typically when they are at their best. Afterward, head over to Washington Park and feed the ducks on the pond before browsing through one of many antique shops. There’s also a miniature railroad ride available for kids. Finally, try out some new local cuisine like The Big Pink Taco or Pok Pok’s signature dish—the Hainanese chicken rice with oyster sauce.

Check Out a Farmers Market

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There are many seasonal farmers markets in Portland, but you may also visit the year-round Saturday market at Portland State University. With more than 180 vendors, this is one of the largest public markets west of the Mississippi. It features produce and other fresh food items as well as ready-to-eat foods like sandwiches and pizza. And don’t miss one of the most popular vendor stands: Dots Mediterranean Street Food.

Eat at a Food Truck

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Given that Portland is essentially a hipster haven, finding a tonne of food trucks offering up delectable fare won’t take long. The following are the five best places to grab some grub on wheels: Kaos Poutine Food Truck, Ole Ole Mexican Kitchen, Tastebuds Thai Cuisine, Coava Coffee Roasters, and Hot Lips Pizza. You can’t go wrong with any one of these excellent choices!

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