Portland, Oregon

Vibrant and eclectic, Portland is fast becoming one of the US’ must-visit cities. From micro-breweries to art galleries, the city is a constantly-changing landscape of culture, art and nightlife. This week in The Edit we take a look at our favourite places in the city to sleep, eat and explore.

 

Stay

Hi-Lo Hotel

Photo courtesy of Hi-Lo Hotel

Opening its doors at the end of May, new addition to the hotel scene, Hi-Lo Hotel, offers an exceptional blend of contemporary design and Portland culture. Incorporating reclaimed local woods and concrete pillars into the interiors, the Hi-Lo Hotel oozes urban chic. The property is also part of The Autograph Collection, making it no stranger to luxury, with heated floors, a fitness centre, a restaurant serving up artisanal Mexican dishes and sophisticated bar.

320 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204, USA

Hotel Lucia

Photo courtesy of Hotel Lucia

In the heart of Downtown Portland lies the cool and eclectic Hotel Lucia. Characterised by its bold pops of colour and extensive photography collection, Hotel Lucia embodies Portland’s vibrant art scene and offers a unique retreat in the city. Guests can even enjoy complimentary craft beer every day between 5:30pm and 6:30pm or purchase a jar of honey from the hotel’s own beehives.

400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA

 

Eat

Han Oak  

Photo courtesy of Han Oak

One of our favourite places in the city is casual eatery Han Oak, named after traditional Korean Hanok houses. Unlike its namesake, Han Oak is nothing but contemporary. Blending Korean cuisine with American influences, the restaurant serves up a Prixe Fixe and a la carte menu, featuring items such as pork & ramp dumplings in ginger broth and smoked hanger steak. The interiors of the restaurant have an industrial feel and offer a lively, informal ambiance.

511 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, USA

Mae

Photo courtesy of Mae

Serving up a modern take on Southern Appalachian cuisine, Mae is the best of old fashioned, family cooking at an intimate supper club. The brainchild of chef Maya Lovelace, the restaurant channels the wholesome cooking and Southern hospitality of her grandmother Mae. Diners can expect to enjoy dishes like three fat skillet-fried chicken, pimento mac & cheese and white corn spoonbread.

5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218, USA

 

Do

Take a trip to Japan

Photo courtesy of The Portland Japanese Garden

Labelled as one of the most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan itself, the Portland Japanese Garden is set across twelve acres of carefully manicured gardens. With views across Portland and to Mt Hood, the Portland Japanese Garden offers more than just expertly-designed gardens to explore, but also a moment of tranquillity away from the city. The Portland Japanese Garden also plays host to a range of exhibitions in the Tanabe Gallery which aim to broaden visitors’ understanding of Japanese culture and art.

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA

Get Artsy

Head over to the Alberta Arts District for a unique taste of Portland life. One of the city’s quirkiest neighbourhoods, the streets are lined with boutiques, small cafes and bustling bars. If you’re lucky enough to be there at the end of the month, make sure you visit ‘Last Thursday’, Alberta Arts District’s monthly fair where you’ll find local artisans selling their wares, street performers and food carts to enjoy.

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