10 Things You Don’t (Might Not) Know About Portland

by gabbybates

I just got back (fresh off the train, actually) from my very first weekend trip to Portland, Oregon. So, obviously, I am now an expert, and it is my duty to inform you of 10 things you may or may not already know about Portland.

1. 75% of Portlanders dress like they’re starring in a Wes Anderson film.Image

Fur. Athletic bands. Unruly facial hair. The whole nine yards.

2. And the other 25% dress like The Capitol on a budget.



3. Places that shouldn’t serve breakfast, do so. Proudly. Bowling alleys, strip clubs, furniture stores… Doesn’t matter. You can get yo vegan pancakes on.

4. Movie Theaters only show one movie.


Well, the one we wanted to go to did. And it was such a cool theater, I didn’t even care! Also, the wine helped. McMenamins Bagdad Theater and Pub.

5. Portlanders love food trucks


Yes, even more than you do. Downtown, there is a congregation of about fifty that takes up an entire block. And they offer every kind of ethnic food available. (Every wanted to try Georgian food? As in, from the country of Georgia? Now you can!) Personal favorites include the PBJ’s Grilled cart and the Cultured Caveman.

6. It rains…


Even more than it does in Seattle (by 0.4 inches a year) AND YOU CAN TELL. Seriously, if you’re going to Portland, bring a lined windbreaking rain coat and waterproof shoes.

7. It’s weird if you’re NOT vegan.


Almost. But really, if you have any sort of food preference (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free), Portland is the place for you.

8. There is an abundance of moss.


Moss on steps. Moss on house. Moss on boots. Kate Moss. You name it.

9. There are bridges (huge fancy bridges) EVERYWHERE!


I mean, I knew there was a river running through Portland, but nobody told me how awesome the bridges were. I highly recommend walking over one if the weather isn’t too bad. Killer views.

10. People in Portland are nice.


They may have purple hair and wear metallic lip stick and own their own chickens and have tattoos of cats on their arms, but they smile, hold doors, and are genuinely happy to see you in their city.