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.
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.
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.
Portland had this easy-going personality that we immediately felt at home and spent the whole afternoon wandering in the city like locals.
There are some stores we felt obliged to share with you and believe it is worth paying them a visit.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.