People write to me regularly and ask me to recommend places for them to go when they visit Portland, Oregon. I always feel really uncomfortable with this because I want people to have a great time when they come to this beautiful city, and I am positive that I am not the right person to lead the tour, as I hardly ever know what's going on around here, honestly. I usually refer them to a book we sell in our shop called Eat. Shop. Portland. It is a great reference that showcases some of the best independently owned eating and shopping establishments in Portland. It's also great to have a few extra copies if you're a Portlander expecting visitors. It's tiny, has lots of great photos and is chatty and informative (along with containing all the reference info and maps you need) so your visitors can actually help plan their own visits. I like that idea.
Nevertheless, the book certainly doesn't cover it all. Portlanders, if you're reading this, can you suggest your favorites here, as well? I really need your help, and I know you guys are much savvier about the city than I am. I would love it if you could add some suggestions to the comments, with links for everyone if possible. Tell us not only your favorite restaurants and shops, but also parks, events, farmer's markets, movie theaters, fabric and craft stores, places to stay, gardens, galleries -- whatever it is that you love to do here and know like-minded peeps would enjoy. I don't think we need to limit it to Portland proper, either -- some of the best parts of the area are at the beach, the mountain, the gorge, and the valley, so if you have anything to add please let us know. Thank you, thank you!
These diminutive sweeties (they're only about an inch in diameter!) were from one of my favorite new bakeries, Saint Cupcake, and it's my recommendation.
What are your favorite places?