Our second day in Portland was a full day, AKA more time to eat and drink.
When I travel, my diet is a total fail. I’d like to say I can travel without eating unhealthy, but it’s just not the truth. I like to indulge. When in Rome, right? I’ll get back on it when I get home.
Anywayyy… We started out at the famous Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel. The coffee was delicious and the hotel is so cool. There were tons of people hanging out there, drinking coffee and blogging. Definitely seems like a place writers would hang out. If we had more time in Portland, I’m sure Nico and I would have spent some days working at Stumptown.
Oh, plus there was a photo booth in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, we had fun with that. So entertaining.
After getting our coffee, because I seriously cannot function without coffee, Nico and I went for a walk around Portland. There’s a ton of unique street art. We found this food pyramid and had to snap a pic.
Since we had a full summer day of sightseeing ahead of us, plus dinner later that night, I wanted to wear something I wouldn’t freeze in after dark. I decided to dress girly, in this long sleeve, floral, made in USA, After Party Vintage Fiona Dress.
[See more pictures of the After Party Vintage Fiona Dress HERE]
The sleeves are flared and long. The dress is the perfect length, not too short or too long. I love the high neckline. It was ideal for frolicking around Portland, casual but still cute.
The day was seriously perfect. We bar hopped, ate a ton of food, and shopped.
We found the cutest boutique called House of Lolo! Nico was even nice enough to buy me a few things 🙂 YAY!
I got some super cute stuff here.
House of Lolo had tons of made in USA clothes and accessories. I was pretty much in heaven! The best news: they have an online store, too!
One piece of advice I have for anyone traveling: Ask bartenders for recommendations. Nico and I literally talked to every bartender we met, each one had amazing recommendations for where to go in the city. That’s how we found all of these local spots. The bartender from the Whiskey Library (see yesterdays’s post) literally gave us a list of ten rad, hidden spots to check out. We didn’t make it to all of them, so I guess we will have to go back!
One of those recommendations was the Pepe Le Moko bunker-style bar. This place is such a hidden gem. You walk inside and go straight downstairs to a dark, small bar, which serves oysters, tapas, and of course alcohol.
I ordered some rosé and oysters. Although we ended up ordering a full dozen. They were sooo good!
Teardrop was another place on our list. The bar is literally shaped like a teardrop. They use the freshest ingredients in their cocktails. Definitely a must visit.
After a full day of eating a drinking we were pretty exhausted. We made it out to Masu Sushi for dinner, but went into a full food coma by 10pm! It was truly a wonderful trip. I cannot wait to go back to Portland and explore more of this city someday. Maybe do some hiking and not be such a foodie!
Soooo, if you’re heading to Portland definitely put the places Nico and I visited on our trip’s list.
Here’s some more places you should put on your list:
Thanks for reading everyone! If you have any recommendations for cool places to eat and drink in Portland please let me know in the comments below. I can add them to the list above. Nico and I are hoping to go back soon and would love more recs!
Tomorrow I’ll be posting about what I wore to my friends Jeff and Jessica’s wedding!