A Conscious Guide to Portland, Oregon
A version of this guide appeared in Issue #01. Grab a copy here.
Nestled between ocean and mountain, Portland, with its small-town feel, has no reason to envy bigger cities. Micro-breweries, coffee shops, and cocktail bars flourish in every corner. Independent booksellers, vintage shops and gourmet restaurants attract a diverse crowd with a taste for fine living and outdoorsy adventures. And as one would assume, it is indeed a dream destination for the conscious traveler. This is thanks to a highly-developed public transportation system, water fountains scattered all around downtown, and a liking for all things local and green.
4330 SE Division St
This hotspot for Matcha and mason jars is no longer limited to North-East Portland; they have recently grown by one, bringing a second location to Division Street. If you are in need of fresh air in a peaceful, minimalist environment, look no further. Take a break at Tea Bar and order a vanilla rose boba almond milk tea.
3725 SE Division St
Field Trip is both a community and retail space - the perfect setting for local makers and crafters. Pop in and have a look at shop owner Kara Green’s selection of macramé wall hangings, “The Future is Female” t-shirts, and natural cosmetics (like S.W. Basics). My advice is to plan your visit ahead of time on Field Trip’s website and make sure it coincides with one of the numerous creative workshops offered.
3632 SE Hawthorne
Harlow’s fresh cuisine will get you just what you need. This all-organic restaurant features a gluten-free food menu with raw, vegan, and vegetarian options. They also have an extensive juice and smoothie bar, house cocktails, beer and wine. Order a Mighty Bowl and hang out for a while. It also just happens be one of the best spots in town for people-watching!
NORTHWEST PITTOCK MANSION
3229 NW Pittock Dr
How about experiencing Oregon’s nature without leaving the city? Get up early (or simply don’t go to bed the night before) and head over to the Macleay Park entrance by foot, car, or public transportation. Then hike up the Macleay Trailhead and reach the Pittock Mansion right before sunrise (around 5.30am in the summertime). You’ll witness a breathtaking view of the city waking up under the gaze of Mount Hood in the background. It’s a 5-mile round trip, a perfect way to start the day. You can also do the opposite + check it out at sunset!
632 SW Pine St
Originally located in South-East Portland, this retail and lifestyle shop moved to a new spot downtown in the beginning of July. Owner Laura Housgard didn't want to reveal the exact address just yet; wanting people to find it by asking friends or through word of mouth. The hunt was worth it. Once you go, you won’t be able to leave empty-handed. Hello, artisan ceramics and Swedish clogs!
Editor's Note: This entry was edited to reflect Johan's opening.
LAST THURSDAY ON ALBERTA
NE Alberta St
Last Thursday is the largest art event in Portland and happens year round. During the peak summer months, artists, musicians, and performers take over the streets from 15th to 30th Avenue and traffic is directed elsewhere from 6 to 9:30 PM. Galleries hold their monthly openings and restaurants and bars hang up new artwork for sale. A diverse and eclectic crowd fills the street with a buoyant atmosphere: a full Portlandia experience.