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Desire to explore the city? Our student ambassadors shared their top Portland spots! 

Food

  • St. John's Coffee Roasters 
    • We are lucky to have many coffee options near campus, but my go-to favorite for lattes and studying is at St. John's! Nice studying areas, choices of espresso, and dog-friendly peeps make it an awesome Sunday stop!
  • Besaw's
    • Brunch is amazing! Ask for the huevos rancheros.
  • Paiku
    • Delicious breakfast and lunch place. Has vegan and vegetarian options. Located in St. Johns, so it is super close to campus.
  • Salt & Straw
    • Ice cream!
  • Ruby Jewel
    • Ice cream AND ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies! So yummy!
  • Thai Ginger
    • Great thai food and close to campus!
  • Burgerville 
    • Seasonal foods are to die for!
  • The Matador 
    • Mexican food.
  • Voodoo Doughnut
    • Famously known for their donuts!
  • Jam on Hawthorne
    • American breakfast & lunches served in a big, art-filled cafe that's family & vegan friendly. So many option!
  • Slappy Cakes
    • Breakfast restaurant serving delicious pancakes!
  • Screen Door
    • Southern food.
  • Cha Cha Cha!
    • Mexican food. Show your UP student ID and you can order off the happy hour menu all day.
  • The Eisenhower Bagelhouse
    • Ugh, the best bagel sandwiches. That is all.
  • Bernstein Bagels
    • Close to campus and has amazing bagels!
  • The Rambler (21+)
    • Night out with friends at this bar on Mississippi! It's casual and has some fire pits and games. Great food and drinks!
  • Cibo
    • Italian food! Recently discovered this place on Division St. It has a lovely atmosphere and quality Italian dishes. 
  • Santa Cruz (St. John's)
    • Has the best tacos and burritos! Fits within every college student's budget.
  • Uchu Sushi and Fried Chicken
    • Great sushi place! Has happy hour every day and the prices are great!
  • Bamboo Sushi
    • The cauliflower is to die for! The best I have ever had.
  • Pastini 
    • Italian inspired food! Nice atmosphere and good portions. Everyone I went with enjoyed their food (which is rare with larger groups).
  • Presso Coffee
    • Fancy toast (avocado toast, smoked salmon toast, etc.) and good coffee. Nice environment to do homework in.
  • Carioca Bowls
    • Can choose your acai base and add all the toppings you want!
  • McMenamins St. John's Theater & Pub 
    • Fun decor, good service, and you can bring your food into the theater with you!
  • Food Trucks in St John's
    • There is a burrito truck that has the best burritos ever!

Places/Things To Do

  • General hubs: Mississippi District, Alberta St., SE Hawthorne, NW 23rd and Alphabet District
  • Hikes: Angel's Rest and Dog Mountain
  • Parks: Cathedral Park, Forest Park, Japanese Garden and Council Crest Park
  • Waterfront (go to the docks on hot summer days for a swim)
  • Sauvie's Island
  • Glowing Greens Mini Golf
  • Pittock Mansion
    • Easy hike and you can read about the history of the mansion once you go inside.
  • Portland Saturday Market
    • Big market with lots of vendors with some pretty random, but cool art.
  • Tilikum Crossing Bridge
    • A taste of the river and some exercise! The views while walking or biking over the bridge are legit, especially at sunset. 
  • St. John's Movie Theater 
    • Old theater with a lot of character. They only show a couple movies at a time, but it's close to campus! Matinee prices are only $6!
  • Portland Night Market
    • Several different vendors and food! Easy to find and parking wasn't too hard to find.
  • St. John's Farmers Market (Saturday morning)
    • Smaller market with lots of product and some fun art 
  • Powell's Books
    • If you are into reading, you could easily loose yourself here just looking at all the books all day.
  • Thicket 
    • A garden shop that has the cutest plants for great prices. It is on Alberta, hidden behind Pine State Biscuits.