OMSI, or the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is the perfect place for people of all ages to hang out. The museum has rotating exhibits, activities, and classes designed to help everyone understand how science works in our lives every single day. But don’t worry—it’s a whole lot of fun, too. You could spend days upon days here. Make sure to check out the planetarium, motion simulator, and the science playgrounds (there are several, divided by age group).
1945 SE Water Avenue
Pittock Mansion is an iconic turn-of-the-century home surrounded by 46 acres of beautiful land. It was owned by Henry Pittock, who was also the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. After being badly damaged in the 1960s, the home has been restored and is a wonderful, authentic glimpse into Portland’s past (plus, it has some breathtaking views of the city). (Don’t miss the holiday light display, which runs from right before Thanksgiving through the end of the year.)
3229 NW Pittock Drive
The Oregon Zoo is an award-winning zoo with something that will interest just about everybody. Its 64 acres is located inside Washington Park. It has an extensive collection of animals and plants and is part of a conservation and breeding program for endangered animals. No matter what type of animal you’re looking for, this is the place to go!
4001 SW Canyon Road
If you want some traditional southern cooking, get yourself over to Screen Door. This southern food is made with natural, local, and organic ingredients, and it’s as tasty as it sounds. We recommend the fried chicken and waffles, the Cajun scramble, or the shrimp and grits. Don’t forget to leave room for some Creole pecan or lemon coconut pie.
2337 East Burnside Street
Toro Bravo has been one of Portland’s favorite restaurants since it first opened in 2007. It’s classic Spanish cuisine combined with unexpected flavors and modern technique. The menu changes depending on what’s in season and what’s available from local farms. Try the squid ink pasta, the octopus, the duck liver terrine, or the paella. There is also a large selection of Pacific Northwest and Spanish wine, beer, and sherry.
120 NE Russell Street
In the mood for some unconventional Thai street food? Try Pok Pok! Pok Pok specializes in creative Thai, and you’ll be eating food you’ve never eaten anywhere else. You absolutely have to try the spicy fish sauce wings as a starter. The papaya salad is a favorite of many, Kaeng Awm Neua, a slow-cooked beef curry.
Luc Lac is legit Vietnamese food. This Vietnamese kitchen has received all kinds of local accolades. Start off with the vegetarian crispy rolls—these are a step up from your average spring roll. And if you’re like most people, you’ll want some pho (though we hear the tofu banh mi is pretty delicious, too).
835 SW 2nd Ave
Fair warning: Tasty n Alder has some pretty long wait times. But it’s worth it. This modern steakhouse (family friendly, by the way) is full of innovative dishes that originate from all over the world. Tasty n Alder is especially well-known for its out-of-this-world brunch. You’ll find things you’ve never seen on any breakfast menu, like pork schnitzel and cabbage, polenta with short ribs, and lemon ricotta pancakes if you’re looking for something on the sweet side.
580 SW 12th Ave
If you’re feeling the need for some tacos, check out Por Que No! This is the only place you need to go for great tacos (in fact, they were just voted the best tacos in Portland). This delicious, authentic, street-style Mexican food. If you like fish, you definitely have to try the fish tacos. Bryan’s Bowl filled with meat, veggies, guac, queso fresco, and crema is another favorite. If you like spicy food, we highly recommend the chorizo taco.
3524 N Mississippi Ave or 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
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