Downtown in detail

Planning Tips

Top Tips

Portland has a squad of green-clad 'Sidewalk Ambassadors' who stroll the downtown area Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. These street-level concierges can provide everything from directions and information about attractions to historical facts and first aid. Look for an 'i' on their green shirts or jackets.

Local Experiences

  • Hangouts For a breather between bouts of sightseeing and shopping, head to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Grab a bite from one of the food carts here and settle onto the brick steps for grade-A people-watching, or bring a chess set and play at one of the square's painted or bronze chess boards.
  • Happy hour grub There's no need to wait for dinner to experience some of Portland's best dining – most restaurants open up for happy hour before dinner service starts, and offer comprehensive menus that allow you to try house specialties in smaller portions for a fraction of the price. All bars in Portland must also serve some kind of food, according to Oregon state law, so stop anywhere for a drink and you're likely to score a deal on good eats, too. Departure Lounge with its stellar rooftop views is one to try.
  • Farmers market food carts Development has resulted in the demise of the downtown's biggest food-cart pod, but you'll still find a few scattered throughout. Portland State University is home to a wonderful farmers market on Saturday, which has plenty of on-site food carts.