FUN Things to do in Portland, OR



FUN Things to do in Portland, OR

If you don't feel like taking one of our MEGA-FUN BIKE TOURS of PORTLAND, you should check out these great places on your own.  Portland is the safest, best city in which to ride a bike in the USA.  If you're hesitant about riding around town we'll gladly share with you our tips on safe riding, not getting your bike stolen, and safe routes to the coolest places in town.  Your pals at EVERYBODY'S BIKE RENTALS & TOURS recommend:


Travelers' House- Cool hostel in a craftsman house within walking distance at 710 N Alberta

Friendly Bike Guest House- Nice reasonably priced guest house within walking distance on N. Williams

Shift Vacation Rentals- great place to stay on Alberta or Mississippi

Tiny House Hotel- Stay in a tiny house on NE 12th and Alberta

Tiny Digs- Stay in a tiny house on NE Glisan and 26th

Viking Motel- Excellent value, clean place on Interstate north of Rosa Parks

Bluebird Guest House- Reasonably priced, beautiful guest house on SE Division and 35th

HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel-  Great place to meet other travelers in the heart of Hawthorne

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If you're interested in getting your miles in, check out: 

Portland's Best Rides

Beginner MTB SPOTS:

Leif Erickson - Very scenic wide path with no cars, goes as far as you want to. A great intro to Forest Park!

Thousand Acres - A huge and flat natural area just past Troutdale that’s also an off-leash dog park. Good for swimming in the summer!

Powell Butte - The closest actual mountain biking in Portland. Definitely some climbing, but the trails aren’t too challenging.

Gateway Green - Portland’s ONLY MTB park! It has varying levels of jump tracks and some decent trails. Good for about an hour of riding.

Deschutes River Trail - Great for bikepacking and overnight camping.

Intermediate/Advanced MTB SPOTS:

Sandy Ridge - World-class MTB trails past Sandy, OR towards Mt. Hood. Long climb up service road in the beginning.

Timberline to Town - Take a bus up to Timberline Lodge and ride down the mountain to Rhododendron.

Post Canyon - World-class MTB trail network near Hood River. Easy to shuttle.

Syncline - AKA Coyote Wall, Stunning views on the Washington side of the gorge.

Whoopdee Trail - A super-fun 10 mile loop south of Hood River. Mostly downhill with stunning views, ends with a 900ft. climb.

8 Mile Trail

Surveyor’s Ridge

Cold Creek / Tarbell Loop

Alberta Area

*Picnic at  Alberta Park (NE 19th and Alberta)

*Sip Juice Cart- Organic + awesome! (NE 22nd and Alberta)

*Alberta CO-OP Grocery- Local 'n' Organic (NE 15th and Alberta)

*Community Cycling Center- Non profit bike advocacy and used bike shop (NE 17th and Alberta)

*Psychic Sister- Get a life-changing tarot reading at this witchey gallery of vintage, mystery, and radical wares.  (NE 19th and Alberta)

*Barista on Alberta -Superb coffees (NE 17th and Alberta)

Food Carts at 15th and NE Alberta

Piedmont Station Food Carts (NE 8th and Killingsworth)

Food Carts at Killingsworth and NE 8th

*Extracto Roasters- Great coffee (30th and NE Killingsworth) or (15th and NE Prescott {get the pour over!!!})

*Tonalli's Donuts  No novelty donuts, but definitely better than VooDoo, not hip in the least. (28th and Alberta)

*La Bonita- +Better+ than average Mexican food (29th and Alberta)

*Monograph Bookwerks- Art books (NE 24th and Alberta)

*Clary Sage Herbarium- Organic herbs and more to stay healthy (NE Alberta and 29th)

*School of Traditional Western Herbalism- Apothecary/Fascinating place to learn about the cures for what ails you (27th and Alberta)

*Kennedy School- Old school converted to movie theater, bars, restaurant, family-safe soaking pool (NE 33rd, North of Killingsworth)

*Common Grounds Wellness Center- Soak, Sauna, Massage, no kids (NE 33rd and Alberta)

*Breakside Brewery- Good beer! (NE Dekum and 9th)

*P's & Q's Market- great spot for lunch and a beer (13th and NE Dekum)

*Curious Comedy- Great place to see improv and standup, usually pretty good! (MLK and NE Sumner)


Other NE

*Velocult Bike Shop, bar and museum - Good for bike nerds and beer fans(NE 41st North of Sandy)

*Rocky Butte- good views, good climb, fun descent (92nd and Fremont)

*Centaur Guitar- Lots of neat, weird guitars, amps, and effects.  (28th and NE Sandy)

The Zipper- new indoor food court, PDX-style.  Chickpeadx is our fav!  (27th and NE Sandy)

*Marine Drive Bike Path- nice views of Mt. Hood and the airport.  Goes to Troutdale. Take 33rd northwards.

*Pip's Original Donuts- (NE 48th and Fremont)

*The Waypost- Drinks, music, food (N Williams and Fargo)

*In Other Words- Feminist community center and bookstore (NE Killingsworth and Williams)

*Microcosm Publishing- Cool counterculture bookstore/zineshop and paraphernalia (NE Graham and Williams) 

*Laurelthirst Public House- Great nightly free music (NE 29th and Glisan)

*Hollywood Theater- Independent films and such (41st and NE Sandy)

*Laurelhurst Theater- Second run movies with beer and pizza! (NE 28th and Burnside)

*Ed's House of Gems- gems, fossils, guns, Ed. (NE77th and Sandy)


North Portland

*Paxton Gate- biology curioisities (N. Mississippi and Skidmore)

*Mee Sen- Very good Thai food (N. Miss. and Failing)

*Wolf and Bear's- the best falafel W. of the Mississippi (N. Mississippi and N Failing)

*Mississippi Marketplace Foodcart Pod (N. Miss. and Skidmore)

*Red E Cafe - tasty pastries, they roast their own beans. (N. Killingsworth and Michigan)

*Tardis Room – Dr. Who themed bar with fish n' chips (N. Killingsworth and I-5)

*Cherry Sprout Cool grocery store and art gallery- (N. Albina and Sumner)

*Peninsula Park Rose Garden, seriously gorgeous. (N Ainsworth and Albina)

*Sunset at the Skidmore Bluffs- Bring a picnic and hang with the locals.  West end of N Skidmore

*Hopworks Bike Bar- N Williams and Failing

*Lompoc 5th Quadrant -N Williams and Failing

*Cultured Caveman- tasty paleo lunch and dinner spot (N Denver in Kenton)


St. Johns

*Proper Eats- Excellent cafe and grocery (8638 N Lombard)

*Cathedral Park (St. Johns)

*Kelley Point Park confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, great at sunset.

*Disc Golf @ Pier Park in St. Johns- Seriously epic course, an awesome experience even for beginners.   We rent discs for $1/disc per day!

*Blue Moon Camera and Machine- New and used film cameras and curiousities (8417 North Lombard)

*Fourth Estate Coffeehouse- Great coffee and pastries (7373 N Burlington)


South East

*Stumptown Coffee -FREE Coffee cupping at 3pm (3rd and SE Salmon st.)

*Old Town Music for some vintage gear (SE 12th and Sandy)

*Mt. Tabor (SE Salmon and 60th)

*Laurelhurst Park (SE 39th and Oak)

*Por Que No great inauthentic Mexican fuud (SE Hawthorne and 48th)

*Heart Coffee Real good (NE 22nd and Burnside)

*Coava Coffee- probs the best (SE Main and Grand)

*House of Vintage Very cool vintage mall (SE 33rd and Hawthorne)

*Movie at Bagdad Theater - Gorgeous old theater with beer (SE 37th and Hawthorne)

*Movie at Laurelhurst Theater - Cheap movies, Beer and pizza! (28th and E Burnside)

*People's Coop Farmer's Mkt. Weds 2-7pm (SE 21st and Powell)

*Canteen- Wholesome vegan nourishment (SE Stark and 28th)

*Portobello- Fantastic vegan Italian food, reservations are good (SE 12th and Division)

*The Pied Cow- Neat cantina/hangout spot in a Victorian house (SE 32nd and Belmont)

*Rocking Frog Cafe- $1 donuts fried to order in a classy chillzone (SE 25th and Belmont)

*A Roadside Attraction- Great place to meet locals and drink around a fire. (SE 12th and Belmont)

*Springwater Corridor to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge + Sellwood

*Division St. (between 26th and 50th)

*Hawthorne St. (between 12th and 50th)

*SE Clinton St. and 26th

*Ladd's Edition rose gardens (South of Hawthorne, N. of Division between 20th and 12th)


West Side

*Powell’s City of Books- More books than a stick-shaking is good for (W. Burnside &10th)

*PSU Farmer's Market – Saturdays 10-2

*Washington Park

*Hoyt Arboretum

*Rose Test Garden

*Japanese Garden

*Ride across a bridge!

*VooDoo Doughut  Okay donuts, but some are in the shape of a dick so...maybe worth a visit. Also an excellent area to score some heroin. (SW 3rd and Ankeny)

*Prasad- nourishing food adjoined to a very "Pearl" yoga studio (925 NW Davis St )

*Living Room Theater (near Powells)

*Ground Kontrol video/pinball arcade with booze (NW 5th and Couch)

*Food Carts at SW 9th and Washington + 5th and Oak

*Portland Art Museum- Not bad! (1219 SW Park)

*Sauvie Island- 25 mile (min. round trip) bike ride with berry picking, nude beach, nice scenery (cross St. Johns Bridge and continue North on highway 30. 


Also check out

www.foodcartsportland.com foodcarts!

www.Portlandbeer.org - that's why you're here, right?

www.pc-pdx.com – music events calendar (bars, venues, house shows, open mics, etc.)

Shift2Bikes.org- organized rides and bike events / Pedalpalooza

Portland Farmer's Market - local 'n organic

Movies In The Park- just like it sounds