Guess what, Portland vinas? It’s your turn! Portland is a city of bridges, beer, coffee, donuts, and just about anything you could imagine. With so many options, how do you pick the perfect place for your vina-date? Don’t worry – I did all of the work for you!
GET CAFFEINATED AT NEVER COFFEE LAB
Portland is filled with coffee shops. So many that it can sometimes get overwhelming. But you know what vina? Sometimes I get a little tired of the standard hip coffee shop. I mean how many Instagram photos can you take of the standard “minimal” cafe? Never Coffee Lab offers something different. Not only do they have some of the best coffee around (trust me, I’m a connoisseur) but the cafe is also colorful and fun!
EAT ALL OF THE BRUNCH T CHERYL’S ON 12TH
Raise your hand if you’re tired of waiting a minimum of 45 minutes to get a table at brunch! Me too, vina, me too. Still want an amazing brunch, great atmosphere, and one (or three) mimosas? Cheryl’s on 12th is for you. I’ve never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a table, and they make some dang good food. I highly recommend the Portuguese fried rice. Bonus point? They also serve fresh (and free!) beignets for every table. Does it get better than that? Nope.
GO FOR A FANCY VINA-DATE AT MULTNOMAH WHISKEY LIBRARY
Look vinas, I’m gonna get real with y’all for a second. Standard cocktails are a dime a dozen. At most places they taste exactly the same. So what do you look for when you want to grab a nice, classy drink? Atmosphere. Multnomah Whiskey Library is expensive, exclusive, and really, really cool. Not only does it have the most extensive whiskey collection in Portland, it gives off a really rad old fashioned feel. Need a drink recommendation? My sources tell me it has the best old fashioned in town.
GRAB A TREAT AT PAPA HAYDN
I really hate to go cliché here, but it really doesn’t get any better than Papa Haydn. Not only do they serve up some of the most delicious dessert I’ve ever had, they also plate the dishes- meaning the things your order arrive at your table looking beautiful. Wanna make this a really killer vina date? Get dressed up and make it a “fancy” girl’s night out. Don’t forget to snap a pic for Instagram!
TAKE A STROLL ACROSS TILIKUM CROSSING
As a college student, I’m basically perpetually broke. So I’m a big fan of doing things that cost zero $$$, and I’m always looking for more activities to add to that list. So wheN Tilikum Crossing (finally) opened I was super excited. A bridge? With no cars? For walking? Add to this the fact that it’s free and perfect for an aesthetic as hell Instagram photo, and it makes for the perfect date with your vina. If walking isn’t quite your speed, rent a couple of bikes from the new Biketown stations and take a trip across the bridge and around the city!
GET SPOOKED IN THE SHANGHAI TUNNELS
According to rumor, these underground Portland tunnels have been witness to some pretty creepy things. Some even say that they’re one of the most haunted places in America! Though some super lame people claim that these are simply tourist traps, I refused to believe them. This stuff is terrifying in the best possible way. Read up on some creepy history of The Shanghai Tunnels (also known as the Portland Underground) and then go on a ghost tour with your vina! Nothing is more bonding that being absolutely terrified together. (Sorry for the lack of pictures – but they’re all super blurry or super creepy, so I thought I’d leave images out for this one. Guess you’ve have to go see the spookiness for yourself!)
TAKE IN THE VIEW AT PITTOCK MANSION
Ahhhhhhh Pittock Mansion. Beautiful view, beautiful house, perfect vina date. I know that it’s mostly a tourist spot, but sometimes tourists just get it right. But if you want to visit the mansion is true Portland style, do the Pittock Mansion hike! This way you get to experience both the outdoorsy side of the Pacific Northwest and check out an incredibly beautiful piece of the city’s history! If you’re feeling too muddy after your hike to go into the mansion the grounds are totally free to walk around- and they’re probably the most beautiful part!
Have a place you love and we haven’t included on this list? Let us know in the comments! (Feature image and major PDX #squadgoals via @tigurrliliy)