Portland has so much to offer. So with a short weekend on hand, you will have to know where the locals head for their day to day activities. Here we have found where the locals drink, hangout, relax, and do their shopping!
1. Portland Night Market
Portland Night Market is a great outdoor place for young people, old people, locals, and tourists alike! Come here for the best Portland has to offer in all areas - food, drinks, shopping and live music or events! Doors open at 4 pm Friday and Saturday and are keeping the small outdoor venue packed all night long until closing at 11 pm. Looking for local art, jewelry or food? You can get them all here and for the best prices. Get here early if you want to avoid the crowds and to get the best selection of goods!
Portland Night Market
Address: 100 SE Alder St, Portland, Oregon
Website: Portland Night Market
2. Floating at Float On
Ever had one of those nights, weeks or months where you can’t sleep and have trouble relaxing? Well, Portland has found the cure. One of the locals’ favorite past times here is something called floating. If you have never heard of this or never been to a ‘floating place’ as they are called, it is basically a dark, half water filled chamber, that a person sits in for a certain amount of time to allow the brain to relax, heal and come out rejuvenated.
I have experienced this once and I must say, if you can get a good deal on a floating place, it is worth the experience. Many say it allows their body to calm, their mind to wander and the darkness is great for relaxing. This company is one of the best known among Portlandites, called Float On. They offer a 90-minute float for 65 USD, and offer monthly memberships as well! You can read all about the health benefits of floating as well on their website, and then book a session!
Address: 4530 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Website: Float On
3. Roller Derby
If you have never seen Drew Barrymore’s famous directorial debut entitled ‘Whip it,’ then you are in for a surprise, because Roller Derbies are not just in the movies anymore! Portland has brought them to real life! If you want to catch a glimpse of the action you can buy tickets to watch championships or youth derbies starting at 15 USD. There are discounts for large groups, as well as season passes available if you get hooked! Don’t worry, Rose City Rollers provides options for everyone, even if you want to be a part of all the action. You can get involved with Rose City Rollers as a sponsor, volunteer, official, or even join one of their skater programs and compete yourself!
Rose City Rollers
Address: Oaks Park (& The Hangar), 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon
Website: Rose City Rollers
4. Portland Distillery
New Deal Distillery is a hot, up and coming distillery, earning 5 stars by visitors from all around the nation. What makes them so special? Their commitment to fresh ingredients, fair prices for their products, and high-quality standards were among the most mentioned comments in reviews. A great place to take a group of friends and arrange a tasting, or take a date for a special night out! They are open from noon to 6 pm most days, so it’s great for an afternoon party or tasting as well!
New Deal Distillery
Address: 900 SE Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon
Website: New Deal Distillery
5. Get lost in Powell's City of Books
If you are like me and love bookstores in general, or collect books in different languages, this is a must-visit. This is seriously one of the best bookstores I have been to in the country. Powell’s City of Books is huge and holds books of all different makes, genres, used and new titles, as well as totes, notebooks, journals, diaries and all things related to books! A great place to stop and get out of the heat in the summer, or cold in the winter. I can easily spend an hour or more here just browsing at all the options they have. Don’t worry about the prices either, as you can find tons of deals here on used books!
Powell's City of Books
Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon
Website: Powell’s City of Books
6. Ground Kontrol
A great place for adults to release their inner kid! If you are looking for some fun and alcohol, you have found your place. Think 70’s and 80’s arcade games, paired with your favorite brew or cocktail, and you get Ground Kontrol (some refer to it as a ‘barcade’). A local geek favorite hangout and bar all in one, Ground Kontrol maintains its allure with constant themed parties, events, and drink specials galore. Head over early to minimize fighting for your favorite arcade game to play!
Address: 115 NW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon
Website: Ground Kontrol
A local favorite for its ambiance, outdoor seating and exquisite cocktail menu, Teardrop has won the local hipster bar award. Here you will find professional bartenders mixing up all types of drink concoctions. They open as early as 4 pm and stay open until 1:30 am for you to get your speciality drink on! Drinks start at 7 USD and snacks at 5 USD during happy hour, so get there early to avoid the crowds and save some cash!
Address: 1015 NW Everett St, Portland, Oregon
Portland...a small city for everyone!
Portland really has it all, markets, perfected cocktails, relaxation, a live action roller derby, shopping and tons of literature! You would be hard pressed not to find something awesome here to do for the weekend!