In Portland, craft beer is king, good food is anything but hard to find and even the city’s rainiest days carry a beauty of their own. Look here for tips on where to capture Portland’s good side.
Chic, stylish and design savvy, Broder Nord located just off Interstate Avenue is a brunch favorite among Portlanders, serving traditional Nordic fare alongside the largest selection of aquavit of any restaurant on the West Coast.
For stellar Vietnamese food within walking distance of your guestroom, Luc Lac serves lunch and dinner daily along with late-night bites on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s not uncommon to find a line out the door, but their tasty pho and buzzing dining room with pink umbrellas dripping from the ceiling are worth the wait.
If vibrant, casual restaurants and dishes with an abundance of spices are up your alley, Bollywood Theater is worth the short trip to SE Division Street where their eclectic menu of Indian street food, Thali meals, curies and generous selection of veggies have never let us down.
Last, but not least, you can never go wrong with a slice of New York-style pie from The Crown. With easy passage through the lobby, James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley works his magic with classic pizzas by the slice and specialty pies that draw inspiration from common ingredients called upon at other eateries of his around town including Imperial, Paley’s Place, Headwaters and Rosa Rosa.
Caffeine first. Deadstock Coffee on NW Couch Street in China Town is hot off the press with a snob-free vibe and a steadfast belief that coffee should be dope. With Nike in its backyard, Deadstock is part coffee shop, part shoe gallery, where sneakerheads and those in the city’s design scene converge.
For exceptional cocktails within walking distance of Hotel Lucia, pay a visit to the Pink Rabbit on NW 12th Avenue. Kick back and enjoy the bar’s vibey interior and a cheeky drink menu with a little nod to rock ‘n roll.
If the hotel’s complimentary craft beer hour struck a chord, head down the block to Bailey’s Taproom for a wide selection of local craft beers available on tap, in bottles or for take away if you have a growler in hand.
Across the river on SE Belmont Street, Cascade Brewing Barrel House goes all-in on sour beers while Schilling Cider House features 50 ciders on tap and gluten free comfort food directly across the street from Cascade.
Despite our fair share of rainy days, Portland is undeniably picturesque year-round with plenty of places to hone your aperture skills. Within walking distance of the hotel, Tom McCall Waterfront Park offers views of the bridges that give the city its nickname as Bridgetown including the Burnside, Hawthorne, Fremont, Morrison and Tilikum Crossing bridges (pro tip: a couple paces up the Burnside Bridge will give you a good glimpse of the notorious flashing Portland sign).
For an unconventional tour of Portland, give Forest for the Trees Northwest a follow and check out their website for a list of locations where street artists have collaborated with the organization to bring large scale contemporary murals to public spaces across the city.