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Top Choice Park in Portland

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces, …
Top Choice American in Portland


Opened by long-adored Portland chef Vitaly Paley (of Paley's Place), the Imperial – attached to Hotel Lucia – is huge in scale but fastidious and detail-oriented in approach. The kitchen is built around a massive wo…
Top Choice American in Portland

Laurelhurst Market

Hugely popular and vegetarian-unfriendly is this hip and meaty spot, where grass-fed steaks, pork chops and moules frites (mussels with French fries) dominate the menu. Just be prepared to wait, unless you have a re…
Top Choice Italian in Portland

Ava Gene's

This renowned trattoria-inspired eatery – owned by Duane Sorenson, who founded Stumptown Coffee – serves rustic Italian cuisine, with exquisite pasta and vegetable dishes as highlights. Exceptional ingredients, a gr…
Top Choice American in Portland

Ned Ludd

Too quintessentially Portland, this offbeat, upscale joint exudes thick artisan vibes, from its rustic-peasant decor to the prominent brick wood-fire oven where all dishes are cooked. The beautifully presented small…
Top Choice French in Portland


In 1994 chef-owner Greg Higgins opened the doors to one of Portland's groundbreaking restaurants. These days, Higgins feels more classically elegant than cutting edge, but it still features French-inspired dishes us…
Top Choice Steak in Portland


One of Portland's most popular restaurants is this upscale, Argentine-inspired steakhouse. Start with the smoked bone-marrow clam chowder, then go for the gusto: the grass-fed beef rib eye. Or, if there's two of you…
Top Choice Books in Portland

Powell's City of Books

Powell's is one of the USA's largest independent bookstores, with a whole city block of new and used titles and a well-attended series of readings. There's another branch at 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd (with a Home and G…
Top Choice Coffee in Portland


One of Portland's best coffee shops, owned by award-winning barista Billy Wilson and known for its lattes. Beans are sourced from specialty roasters. Three other locations in town.
Top Choice Landmark in Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square

The heart of downtown Portland, this brick plaza is nicknamed 'Portland's living room' and is the most-visited public space in the city. When it isn't full of Hacky Sack players, sunbathers or office workers lunchin…