Portland, Oregon

What to Do in Portland in 2 Days – Travel Oregon

I spent two days in Portland the weekend of Thanksgiving break. I did some shopping, ate a lot, and drove to the coast to shoot Cotopaxi. So as promised, I’m sharing some places I’ve got a chance to check out when I’m there. If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out my Portland Guide and more at the end of this post.

Proud Mary was the first stop when arriving at Portland. We got there around 1 pm and were able to get a seat relatively quickly. The cafe is such a nice welcoming and vibrant place to start off the trip.

PROUD MARY CAFE

Aussie coffee & brunch – 2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Established in 2017, Proud Mary has been the leader in the hospitality industry in Melbourne, Australia since 2019. With their strong focus on quality products and service, Proud Mary is a prime successful Australian Cafe Model that really starts to gain positive attention in the PNW.

Instagram-worthy well-plated good feeling food. Great selection of specialty coffee. Big group and kid-friendly. I love the interior decor and the vibrant vibe in here! I highly recommend adding Proud Mary to your next Portland food exploration.

melting moment hotcake
seared tuna
oat latte

TUSK

Middle Eastern inspired – 2448 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Tusk’s menu rotates very often. It definitely took me a while to decide on what to order because their dishes were on a slightly higher-end, and I wanted to try everything. After a few hours of walking and shopping, I decided to keep it light and ordered 3 dishes. They were out of two things I wanted to try, but regardless, the food was amazing! I love the nuts and veggies used in each dish, well-seasoned, too! I ended up ordering a pita bread because there were not any carb or bread options.

Service was quite slow as it took the staff a good 10 minutes to seat us. The restaurant is quite small but well-lit with candles. I love the pink hues and many cute interior details. I’d definitely come back for brunch because Tusk is definitely a brunch rather than a dinner restaurant.

McFarland Springs Trout
Clams
grilled cabbage

AFURI ramen + dumpling

50 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Afuri is located at the corner in downtown Portland, very close to the famous Voodoo donut shop. It’s a chain, and their other locations are in Cupertino (CA), Singapore, Richmond (BC). Their sister restaurants are Afuri ramen + izakaya (Portland and Lisbon, Portugal) and Afuri Fine Ramen (Tokyo)

Here, you select from a menu in a kiosk, grab a number and a seat. Their service is very fast, and I think it’s a convenient and good way to quickly satisfy anyone who craves a bowl of ramen. Sizing is decent for the price, not too big or too small. I wish I got the Tonkotsu Tantanmen instead of the Tonkotsu Shio because mine was a bit too plain. I’d come back to try other Yelp-favorites: soft shell crab bun, pork bun, Yuzu Ratan, and their dumplings.

Tonkotsu Shio
karaage gohan 

BLUE STAR DONUTS

1155 SW Morrison St #102, Portland, OR 97205

Gourmet donuts from brioche dough (same base with different toppings) or Donuts Grownups!

I’ve never had these famous Portland donuts before even though I’ve been here 6 or 7 times this year. On my most recent trip, I waited for 45 minutes at Pip, and they had the mini ones. Out of everything I ordered including a flight of chai, I only enjoyed one topping. So this time, I wanted to try the regular-sized donuts that everyone could not stop talking about.

I decided to go to the most popular place (assuming this is their first location), and there was no wait at 10 am surprisingly. People were walking in and out, and I saw excited faces of the people who got their donuts in hands. That’s always a good sign! I got to try 3 flavors (matcha, eggnog Brulee, and Valrhona Chocolate Crunch) out of the 12 flavors I ordered. The rest was delivered to my bf’s family, and everyone really enjoyed them! One of them was the CBD-infused one, and that cost almost $6.

Not sure if I’m a fan of this particular brioche dough because it was pretty filling and dense since it’s very different than the airy Crispy Kreme. Definitely worth to try at least once if you’re ever in Portland! I’d love to have a bite to try out each the next time with a group.

smoked eggnog Brulee and matcha

CASE STUDY COFFEE

802 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Case Study is conveniently located near Nordstrom downtown Portland. I stopped by to grab a latte and decided to sit down to capture some photos here. My Masala latte turned out to be quite watered down and very sweet, not very impressed, but the barista was so nice to pour someone else’s coffee and let us capture that moment.

I’ve definitely had better coffee, and there are so many more hip and aesthetic specialty coffee shops in Portland. So make sure to check out my Portland Guide.

THE GOOD MOD

Mid-century furniture showroom – 1313 W Burnside St 4th Floor, Portland, OR 97209

After climbing a few sets of stairs, The Good Mod is located on the 4th floor, quite hidden and easy to miss if you don’t look carefully enough. I was determined to check out, so I was glad to make it there! Not because I wanted to buy any furniture, but I just like to browse cool local spaces for interior and architecture inspiration.

The Good Mod is a furniture showroom with an industrial cement floor and large windows, plenty of photo opportunities (so make sure to ask for permission if you plan to do so!). It’s spacious and filled with so many cool pieces of furniture, from chairs to cool unique artsy decor pieces. They refinish and reupholster vintage furniture and also make new ones in the workshops which occupy more than half of the space.

obsessed with that brown 2-piece leather sofas!!!

HUG POINT

Hug Point is the name of a cave that is about an hour and a half away from Portland, just 5 miles south of Cannon Beach. Hug Point name was given because people used to hug this particular point at low tide to get around the cave.

I couldn’t be able to find the ‘cave’ and waterfalls that made it Hug Point, did some Googleing, and found out that it could only be accessible at low tide. You’d have to go around that point (left in the photo below), and it should be on the other side. There were a couple and a photographer who made it from the other side without getting too wet, so that’s how I knew to not waste our time walking around trying to find it! We’ll be back!

ECOLA STATE PARK

We drove to Ecola State Park which is literally 18 minutes north passing Cannon Beach. It started raining hard and got quite dark, so we just stopped by the viewpoint to take some photos of me wearing my new Cotopaxi travel pack.

I think I’ve pretty much covered everything food and adventure-wise. I did do some shopping at Sephora and Nordstrom while I was in Portland, but I’ll share more of that later. Have a relaxing weekend and productive days ahead.

OUTFITS: hat: LACK OF COLOR | jeans: AGOLDE in Zephyr | boots: ITALEAU | scarf: ARITZIA | bag: new from ACNE STUDIOS (more details on the bag in a future post) | fleece-lined cardi: UNIQLO | travel pack: COTOPAXI | fleece-lined fuzzy sweater: FJALLRAVEN in Taupe | hat: FJALLRAVEN in Dark Olive/Taupe

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