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10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Portland

Updated: Oct 22, 2019



Two questions:


1) Are you wanting to travel to Portland, Oregon?


2) Are you looking for the most instagrammable spots in the city?


If the answer is yes, this blog post is for you! Here are 10 Most Instagrammable spots in Portland for you to see! Until the vlog is up, you can watch a video recap of the trip on our Instagram page.


Disclaimer: This post, 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Portland is sponsored. As always, all opinions are my own.





Here is everything you need to know before visiting. We talk about why you need to go and tips for each location.


Want to grab a bite to eat or drink in Portland, but don’t know where? There are 10 spots that you must check out. Get ready to pack your plate full of veggies and indulge in meatless entrees.


Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210


Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum nestled in a wooded area in Portland. Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion represents Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one its most influential families, the Pittocks.


You can opt to do the self-guided tour or a guided one. Guided tours are subject to volunteer availability. For example, when we arrived there wasn’t a guide on duty. The museum has maps and interpretive panels to lead you through the mansion. Plan on spending 1-2 hours here.


Pro Tip: Be sure to explore the grounds at the mansion. You can get great shots outside! The surrounding area has beautiful flowers for you to smell and a stunning view of the city.










Kimpton Hotel Monaco

506 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204


For our trip, we stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. We listed them in this blog post because of their eclectic, chic design. The decor is top notch! Everything from the wallpaper in your room to the lobby pops with color and lively patterns. Just look how curated our room was...so fun!


In addition to the decor, we loved staying here because of their amenities. They have loaner bikes for you to use, complimentary happy hour and live music, and in-room yoga mats.







Blue Star Donuts

115 SW Morrison St. #102, Portland, OR 97205


Blue Star Donuts is not your basic donut shop! Each donut is made with fresh fruit, herbs and spices. They are also made from scratch using a buttery brioche as their raised-yeast base. We really like eating here because they have a unique selection of vegan and non-vegan donuts for you to try and they are Instagrammable!


We got the chance to taste all 6 of their vegan donuts: Passion Fruit Cake, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange Olive Oil, Blueberry Basil Cake, Sugar and Spice, and Strawberry (special). The Passion Fruit Donut was our top pick. The vanilla cake donut is covered in bright, juicy passion fruit and topped with crunchy cacao nibs. Honestly, any donut you buy here is amazing.








Sea to Summit - Willamette Valley Wine Tour

Pick up location varies


Sea to Summit is a tour and adventure company providing fun and informative experiences. They specialize in Oregon Wine Tours & Portland Brewery Tours during all seasons of the year. You can join public tours headed out from downtown Portland or you can customize a tour.


We went on the Willamette Valley Wine Tour and visited three wineries: Rex Hill, Erath, and Stoller Estates. All wineries are breath-taking. However, Stoller Estates has the best tasting room. It won the USA Today’s “Best Tasting Room” award in 2018.








¿Por Qué No? Taqueria

3524 North Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227


¿Por Qué No? Taqueria is a small Mexican restaurant with two locations in Portland. If you want a drink and snack, head to the location off Mississippi Ave. The restaurant is so colorful and cute!


There’s both vegan and non-vegan options here. We ordered the guacamole, salsa, chips and verduras tacos without cheese (aka veggie tacos) and mezcal margarita.


Pro tip: Happy hour is from 3-6pm daily. The lines to get in the door will be down the street! Recommend visiting during off-peak hours. We went around 4pm on a Friday and had no trouble ordering in a timely fashion.





International Test Rose Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205


The International Rose Test Garden is a rose garden in Washington Park. There are over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather.


Pro Tip: The garden is free to enter and is located right across from the Portland Japanese Garden. Parking is challenging if you drive. You will either have to pay to park ($1-2) or find street parking.


Feel free to pack a picnic and eat in the garden! When you walk in turn to your left and walk down the path until you meet a big, grassy knoll. We saw several people laying out and snacking.








Tope

15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


Tope is a rooftop restaurant located in The Hoxton Hotel. It is a taqueria inspired by the street food of Mexico City. You’ll find locally sourced produce on the menu and loads of mezcal-focused cocktails. We loved this place because of the views. Whether you sit inside or outside, you can see stunning views of the city.


To eat, we ordered the potato taquitos without the cheese/aioli sauce to make it vegan. To drink, we tried the spicy margarita, sex on the beach, fist bump and mr.manager. The fist bump and spicy margarita was our favorite! Honestly, we recommend the fist bump it you want a strong drink. It has bourbon and coke in it.


Pro tip: Make a reservation ahead of time for 3pm. It gets crowded around 6pm







Lan Su Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209


Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures. Built by Chinese artisans from our sister city Suzhou (home of China's famous ancient gardens), it's among the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China.


The garden itself is modeled after Ming Dynasty. We published a picture to Instagram and several people thought I was in China!


Pro tip: Go on a public tour here or sign up for a class. They have lectures, music, Feng Shui and more. If you have time, visit the Teahouse and grab a cup of tea.







Multnomah Whiskey Library

1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205


If you had to pick one bar to visit in Portland, it should be Multnomah Whiskey Library. It is a cozy upstairs lounge with brick walls & a vintage feel features, 1,500+ spirits & small plates. The décor is unreal. It reminds me of the library of an old liberal arts or ivy league school in the best way! The tables have those vintage desk lamps with the green shades on them. What an aesthetic?!


The Multnomah Whiskey Library holds an exhaustive collection representing all major, and lesser, styles of distilled spirits known to the modern world. Their whole collection is displayed on the wall….like a library. We ordered the sundress, a couple glasses of whiskey and some bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


Pro tip: They do not accept reservations. Head in before dinner and put your name on the list. While you wait, grab a bite to eat in the area. They will call you when a table opens up.







Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205


The Portland Japanese Garden is the one out of three gardens we visited on our trip. In addition to the garden, the space has a cultural village where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations in the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard.


Pro Tip: The garden is located right across from the International Rose Test Garden. Parking is challenging if you drive. You will either have to pay to park ($1-2) or find street parking.





Thank you for reading! Which restaurants do you want to try? Let us know in the comments!


Until Next Time, 


Tay


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