As some Portland workers return to the office and tourists begin to book hotel rooms, downtown Portland has slowly started to reanimate itself. Hotel restaurants are taking reservations, food carts are feeling something resembling a lunch rush once again, and some chefs have even opened new restaurants downtown in recent months. Downtown Portland is home to a wide variety of dining experiences, from street food to tasting menus, with everything from Isan Thai to Iraqi to Belizean cuisine represented.
When locals advise out-of-towners, they often dissuade them from spending much time downtown — “it’s not an accurate representation of the city” is the usual argument. However, to deny Portland’s downtown as a part of the city is to erase some of its longest-standing restaurants, some of its most interesting historic places, and some of its most beautiful buildings. Of course, if you visit Portland and only spend time downtown, you’re not seeing a full picture of Portland — this guide should give you what you need for a holistic look at the city.
This map has a stickler’s definition of downtown: nothing west of 405, and nothing north of Burnside. For restaurant options in the nearby Pearl, this map should do just fine. Per usual, this map isn’t ranked; it’s organized geographically.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More