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Portland has so many identities that we feel attached to: art and design, eco-friendliness, healthy lifestyle, and political correctness. (To commercialize those: Nike, Kinfolk, Stumptown Coffee and Powell's Books)

 

What’s even better? Everything in Portland lives up to its reputation during our visit. We were mentally prepared for many discouraging hypes, but it all turned out unnecessary. It easily became our second favorite city in the U.S. (NYC still tops our list. (\_(ツ)_/¯)

 

Our biggest impression is how green the city is, from omnipresent bikers, to omnipresent joggers, from crosstown trolley to hybrid electric vehicle. And don’t forget this city loves coffee, beer, donut and food truck, in which Portland has blent in so much artsy spirit and creative flavor. It has brought these daily routines to a super duper indie level.

 
Crossing the Willamette River that divides Portland in two lands.

Crossing the Willamette River that divides Portland in two lands.

The Pioneer Courthouse and the adjunctive square are the common place for locals.

The Pioneer Courthouse and the adjunctive square are the common place for locals.

Portland is the most biker-friendly city in the U.S.

Portland is the most biker-friendly city in the U.S.

Not a Portland-only thing, but Apple's elegant, modern glass house really fits in Portland's style. 

Not a Portland-only thing, but Apple's elegant, modern glass house really fits in Portland's style. 

Railroad bus is omnipresent in Downtown Portland. 

Railroad bus is omnipresent in Downtown Portland. 

We shopped at Nike, taking a little advantage of the tax-free purchase.

We shopped at Nike, taking a little advantage of the tax-free purchase.

In the east side of the Willamette River, there are plenty of local breweries. The relation between east and west lands reminded me of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In the east side of the Willamette River, there are plenty of local breweries. The relation between east and west lands reminded me of Brooklyn and Manhattan.


 
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Portland has this love for rose. Maybe it's the humid, mild climate, it has the wildly blooming flowers. The contrast of delicate pedals and deep green stems drew a tranquil world. 

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Le-Sycomore_Travel_Portland_Oregon

 

We came to pay tribute to the Ace Hotel in Portland. Its lobby carries the modern rusty style and is invariably photo-ready. However, its rooms are under-furnished and look too much like aged college dorms.

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Portland had this easy-going personality that we immediately felt at home and spent the whole afternoon wandering in the city like locals. 

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Pearl District is our favorite neighborhood in Portland. Its new, clean, contemporary environment is the best urban living area we have seen in the U.S. 

Pearl District is our favorite neighborhood in Portland. Its new, clean, contemporary environment is the best urban living area we have seen in the U.S. 

Hallway of the mall between ACE Hotel and Powell's Book.

Hallway of the mall between ACE Hotel and Powell's Book.

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Frances May, a buyer fashion store, where we found many pieces we love.

Frances May, a buyer fashion store, where we found many pieces we love.

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There are some stores we felt obliged to share with you and believe it is worth paying them a visit.

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Canoe is a designer buyer store in Southwest Downtown and we just loved every piece in its store. It has the essential small items for your modern home.

S.J. got a new wallet from Alice Park. 

S.J. got a new wallet from Alice Park. 

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Blue Star Donuts has the best cream filling and some interesting (in a good way) flavors. We had chocolate ganache and peanut butter, both really good. (We each loved one of the flavors, so it's hard to judge.)

With Blue Star, no wonder only tourists go to Voodoo (see the bottom of post for what it is).

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We had our first dinner at Southpark Seafood. We were super impressed by its sustainability effort and felt like we also helped do some good deeds.

We had our first dinner at Southpark SeafoodWe were super impressed by its sustainability effort and felt like we also helped do some good deeds.

A super cute modern patisserie in Pearl District. The tray is lit up from below and the display is so desirable.

A super cute modern patisserie in Pearl District. The tray is lit up from below and the display is so desirable.

 
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Powell's Books is the largest bookstore in the U.S. In the age when everything is going digital, such survival and popularity could only happen in Portland.

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Mother's Bistro, one of the most popular brunch place in downtown Portland.

Mother's Bistro, one of the most popular brunch place in downtown Portland.

We had the tapas-style late lunch. The size is perfect to share and try many dishes.

We had the tapas-style late lunch. The size is perfect to share and try many dishes.

 
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Just like Apple, Aesop is a brand that we truly love. It never failed to impress us with its interior decor and purifying scent the moment we walked in the stores.

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We had our last dinner at Tasty n Alder. The late afternoon sun shed through the huge open windows. The casual, energetic vibe very much appealed to us. The food was amazing; we could have a dozen bowls of the tossed salad.

It's located in Southwest Downtown and across the street of Canoe, not far from Blue Star Donuts either. Southwest neighborhood is for foodie. 

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Last and indeed least, Voodoo Donut is a joke. We hit it just because it is too famous to miss. Not recommend for its taste.

 

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