Now, there are obvious stand-out choices, and some decision-making to take into consideration: How long are you here for? What part of town are you staying in? Are you looking for brunch? Are you seeking gluten-free or raw options? Do you require a burrito? etc.Thinking about the hundreds of vegan bloggers arriving soon for the Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference who will have their hands full and may be wondering the same, we recently sat down in our downtown studio and recorded this casual podcast about our picks for dining, where to stay, where to stop, and what else to do in Portland, OR.
Overall, the two Stumptown Vegans agreed on the vast majority of suggestions, making them super Stumptown Vegans approved!
We both also strongly encourage you to visit – and stay – with friends. They’ll show you their city, and you’ll have even more greatness to share!
With that, listen as we present our Portland recommendations, condensed into a one day period, for following:
THE ULTIMATE STUMPTOWN VEGANS’ ONE DAY IN PORTLAND PICKS
Note: As always, personal taste is an opinionated matter and things change! We encourage your thoughts and suggestions below – as do out of town visitors, no doubt.
- Bluebird Guesthouse
- with friends!
- Hawthorne Hostel (a member of Hostelling International)
- Hotel deLuxe
- Hotel Modera
- Jupiter Hotel
- McMenamin’s Kennedy School
- Hungry Tiger Too – with vegan blood marys, tofu scramble, giant pancakes & more on their extensive vegan menu.
- Jam on Hawthorne (newly expanded!)
- Juniors Cafe – great Superhero scramble!
- Vita Cafe – Sloppy Biscuit Sandwich. Enough said.
- Coava Coffee Roasters
- Courier Coffee Roasters
- Spella Caffe
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters (multiple locations; also available in countless coffee shops)
- Townshend’s Teahouse
- VooDoo Doughnuts – there is an entire shelf of vegan yeasted and cake doughnuts at both locations!
- Back to Eden Bakery Boutique
- Dovetail Bakery
- Petunia’s Pastries – no storefront, but available in Whole Foods and many coffeeshops around town, including Cloud Seven Cafe in the Pearl
- Sweetpea Baking Co.
Both Stumptown Vegans strongly agree that a casual food cart lunch is where it’s at, and these are our stand out favorites:
For happy hour, check out one of Portland’s spacious bar patios, most importantly at two must-gos: the entirely vegan Bye & Bye (holy BBQ platter!) on NE Alberta or the new Sweet Hereafter (heck yes to the Steve Martin!) on SE Belmont. Did someone say cocktails (or mocktails) in mason jars? They did. We also recommend checking out Star Bar and good ‘ole Tube.
For dinnertime, the Stumptown Vegans agree, there is but one choice (so don’t go on a Sunday or Monday when they’re closed!): Portobello Vegan Trattoria. Whether you get the glorious gnocchi, or the veggie burger, or the pizza, or simply the creamy beet tartare – it’s simply that impressive.
After dinner, you may want to fit in a drink – or even another bite, around town. There’s APEX: a beer bar, across from Portobello, as well as The Victory Bar down Division St, featuring classy cocktails. If more nibbles are calling your name, even hours later, check out some of Portland’s late night options at Cartopia at SE 12th & Hawthorne: Whiffies, Potato Champion! and Pyro Pizza, or across the river to the new & intriguing UniCart or nearby VooDoo. There’s always room for a doughnut – or always time to pick up a pink box to share for the trip home.Here are some more places you should really check out while you’re in town – Shopping & Sights:
- Food Fight! Vegan Grocery
- Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
- Portland Farmers Markets
- Portland Japanese Garden
- Portland Saturday Market
- Scapegoat Tattoo You’re in Portland. Get a tattoo!