It’s officially become an annual tradition to visit Portland in February. This year the weather was better than anticipated, no rain at the beach! In the past I’ve shared travel diaries before so I’m pleased to continue the series and add even more detail for those of you considering a trip to PDX.
This time around my sister and I hit up Cannon Beach and Astoria as well, sandwiched between a few days in Portland. I prefer and highly recommend staying in Alberta, the NE side of Portland. There you will find tons of vegan options within walking distance! If you plan on forgoing a rental car. There are also bikes to rent and most Airbnb’s include bikes, do research ahead of time to sort that out. I’ll include a list below of must-try vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants you absolutely need to try in Portland!
Always thankful for time away, especially to Oregon. I belong there. It’s my vibe and home to the greatest vegan options I’ve ever tasted. Vegan or not, the scenery alone is enough to sway anyone. But the food – do yourself a favor and make a stop in Portland some day, trust me. If the vegan options aren’t convincing enough for you, then nothing anywhere else will be.
If the city isn’t your scene, make your way to the coast. Cannon Beach is without a doubt the most peaceful place. I guess the pisces in me is drawn to water. Something about it relaxes me on a level nothing else even compares to. This time around I made sure to stock up on vegan donuts to make the journey with me. Pure bliss!
Go north to Astoria for even more coastal fun. Especially if you’re a Goonies fanatic. You’ll find the actual Goonies house (spoiler alert: you cannot walk up to it, it’s only viewable from the bottom of a hill). Regardless it’s worth the trip, bring a long lens if you want a half decent photo from afar. At the end of the street you’ll find a cute store/coffee shop with a couple of vegan drink options and loads of Goonies gear. About a mile away is the actual Oregon Film Museum where the opening scene of the film was shot. Again, another fun attraction if you’re a fan and want to spend some time in town making memories.
Highly recommend stopping by Blue Scorcer for vegan tempeh reubens! It’s right down the street from everything I’ve mentioned. Seriously the best vegan reuben I’ve ever had that I didn’t make myself. So good! They had a ton of vegan options, including a soup of the day and the most incredible rosemary lemonade.
List of vegan spots I LOVE in Portland, Oregon:
Here’s a quick list of a few places I can’t miss when visiting. I’ll be adding to it as time goes, so check back annually if you’re looking for updated recommendations!
Off The Griddle
Off The Griddle aka A.N.D. Cafe is my favorite spot for brunch. Everything is made vegan, but they do offer vegetarian items too so be sure to specify vegan with whatever you order. They’re known for their waffles, so do yourself a favor and get one! Either sweet or savory, you can’t go wrong with anything!
Homegrown Smoker is so very near and dear to my heart. As a southern girl, bbq is practically it’s own religion here in Texas. I was raised on bbq and it will always be the comfort food I crave most. It’s such a pleasure to have a place that feels like home every time I visit. Homegrown will always be my go-to stop pretty much daily when visiting Portland. So happy for their brick & mortar location + new menu. You can’t go wrong with anything, but my favorite include: the Buff Burrito, Buffalo Thwings, Mac Daddy Burger and Hush Puppies.
Doe Donuts has very quickly become my new favorite spot in Portland. I mean vegan donuts, need I say more?! Their flavors are inventive, perfectly executed and so incredibly delicious. I’m guilty of having like a dozen over the span of my trip. I actually placed a custom order with them beforehand for donut letters! Such a fun place, do yourself a favor and stock up early before they sell out!
Virtuous Pie is a new place to me. I’ve heard many recommend it, but this was my first time visiting. Everyone loved their pizzas! Will definitely be back to sample more of what they have to offer. The Stranger Wings & Superfunghi pies were incredible!
Native Bowl Food Truck
Native Bowl is located on Mississippi, right in the arts district of Portland. Tucked away in a food truck lot, you can’t miss the bright red exterior. Native Bowl is the perfect super filling, comfort meal and bursting with tons of flavor. Great price for the huge portion! I can’t get enough of the Mississippi bowl. I’m excited to say they’re opening a second location as well. Check them out at @NativeBowl on Instagram for updates.
Tea Bar is a great little shop with tons of vegan boba options. I usually ask for what they recommend and get it, always delicious! The matcha with coconut milk is a solid option but I also love the vanilla rose boba. with almond milk.
Food Fight is the must-see all vegan grocery/convience store. They have two locations, one on Stark and a second on Hasley. If you’re ever looking for the hard to find, more obscure vegan products, odds are they’ll have it. I’m blown away by their stock, you can always find something new when you’re walking around. I usually can’t leave without buying half of the store either!
Of course there are a million more places, but those are a handful I frequent and highly recommend checking out!
What I Packed!
Packing is important for Oregon this time of year. It’s pretty cold and usually raining. Don’t forget an umbrella or raincoat if you plan on walking around a bit. Also comfortable shoes, (water resistant is a bonus), I like to wear long, vegan leather boots for the super rainy days and sneakers for the less rainy/more walking around days.
Super excited to have taken my new luggage from Matt & Nat on this trip. This is the first time I’ve used a rolling bag and wow, does that make a huge difference when lugging through the airport. I’m insanely impressed and forever obsessed with this Coast luggage – many of you wanted to hear more about it after sharing a sneak peek on my Instagram. It’s without a doubt beautifully made, stunning overall but most importantly the perfect size. I was able to pack for an entire week in this alone, including shoes and a big jacket with plenty of space. I love the zip-up pocket for my laptop and garment bag to separate delicates. It also includes a handy button-snap reusable quart bag for all your carry-on friendly liquids. I truly can’t say enough about it, I’ll keep you updated as I break it in even more.
Thanks for reading along! More travel diaries are soon to come later this year. Let me know of any places you’re curious about being veg-friendly and I’ll see what I can do. You can expect to see another camping in Colorado post as well as an exciting Kroger blogger event next month!5