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Your Guide to Portland

Click around to discover superlative places that locals enjoy. You can view everything at once by selecting the all button, or sort by category to hone in on what you're after. Each location has a short description to tell you why that spot is a Portland standout.

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Portland Museum of Art Maine's oldest and largest art museum
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SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks, and performances in two spaces
3
A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts fine art and collectible objects
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Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA thought-provoking contemporary art
5
One Longfellow Square intimate arts and music venue
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Running with Scissors Art Studios multi-disciplinary artist studios and gallery
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SALT Institute of Documentary Studies gallery displays the work of documentary students
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Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery true tattoo artists
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St. Lawrence Arts Center arts and community center in a restored church
10
The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
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Tom Veilleux Gallery American paintings, sculpture, and drawings
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Maine College of Art
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A Gathering of Stitches a making space for fiber and textile craftspeople
14
Greenhut Galleries contemporary art and sculpture by Maine artists
15
Arabica Italian roasts, American servings
16
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
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Bard Coffee the across-the-street alternative to starbucks
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Coffee By Design Portland's original micro-roasted coffee, flagship location
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Arabica roastery and coffee house in a big brick warehouse
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Hilltop Coffee cozy, neighborhood coffeeshop in the East End
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Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
22
Tandem Coffee Roasters roastery and beautiful bar influenced by Blue Bottle Coffee
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Speckled Ax a coffee shop for purists, owned by an organic roaster
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Tandem Coffee and Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
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Blackstone's Portland's oldest gay bar
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Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dancefloor and more
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Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food and spirits
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Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
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Geno's Rock Club bar and music venue with a tiered floor and pool tables
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J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar and dive bar
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LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
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Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner, and bar/lounge
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Maine Mead Works made from Maine honey, complimentary tastings
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Mama's Crowbar tiny, beer only, cash only, and there's a piano.
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Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
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The Snug Irish pub known for great bartenders
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Urban Farm Fermentory urban farming, skill sharing and fermenting, tours
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The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box craft cocktail speakeasy on Congress Street
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The Holy Donut home of the amazing Maine potato donut
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Boda very Thai restaurant with a late-night menu
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Hugo's Restaurant gastronomic experiences, blind tastings, bar snacks
42
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
43
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
44
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
45
Duckfat hot sandwiches, Belgian fries, adult beverages
46
Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food and spirits
47
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water
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Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
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Green Elephant vegetarian, Asian-influenced cuisine
50
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
51
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
52
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar and dive bar
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LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
54
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner, and bar/lounge
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Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
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Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic and local ingredients
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Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic and unusual ice cream
58
Otto (East End) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie and delivery
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Otto (576 Congress) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie and delivery
60
Pai Men Miyake redefining the Japanese noodle bar
61
Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
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Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
63
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
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Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
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The Standard Baking Co. fresh bread and pastries, sister of Fore Street restaurant
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Two Fat Cats Bakery pies, whoopie pies, cakes + cupcakes
67
OhNo Café top-notch breakfast sandwiches all day
68
Tandem Coffee and Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
69
SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks, and performances in two spaces
70
Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dancefloor and more
71
Geno's Rock Club bar and music venue with a tiered floor and pool tables
72
One Longfellow Square intimate arts and music venue
73
St. Lawrence Arts Center arts and community center in a restored church
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The State Theatre beautiful building and intimate venue for national acts
75
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
76
Angela Adams Design eponymous modern home furnishings and textiles
77
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
78
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods, and accessories, new and vintage
79
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
80
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy, and video game culture
81
Corey & Co. women's clothing sold in a working studio/shop
82
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
83
Enterprise Records a frequent stop for local vinyl lovers
84
Ferdinand letterpress cards, handmade and vintage sundries
85
Find cool clothing on consignment
86
Green Hand Bookshop large selection of used books, a refuge for readers
87
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
88
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
89
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting, and classes
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Longfellow Books indie bookstore and literary gathering spot
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Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
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Pinecone and Chickadee handmade goods and vintage finds from clothing to cards
93
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium and grooming
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Portland Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, and supplies
95
Portland Flea-For-All artisan and vintage vendors, Saturdays and Sundays
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Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face and body
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Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
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Portland Trading Company clothes, art, and products made in New England
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Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
100
Sea Bags Portland-stitched bags made from recycled sails
101
South Street Linen everything linen, including block-printed scarves
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Portland Museum of Art Maine's oldest and largest art museum
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Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
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Bayside Bowl hipster bowling with a full bar and restaurant
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Casco Bay Lines the best (and cheapest) way to visit Casco Bay and the Islands
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Eastern Promenade scenic walking trails, beach, benches, dog-friendly
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International Cryptozoology Museum eccentricity, Yetis, and other curiosities
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Maine Mead Works made from Maine honey, complimentary tastings
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Portland Observatory 86-foot high landmark and museum with great views
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Portland Schooner Co. sailing vessels steeped in history for tours and charters
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Portland Trails 50 miles of trails, start with the loop around Back Cove
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Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery true tattoo artists
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The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
114
Urban Farm Fermentory urban farming, skill sharing and fermenting, tours
Food
1
The Holy Donut home of the amazing Maine potato donut
2
Boda very Thai restaurant with a late-night menu
3
Hugo's Restaurant gastronomic experiences, blind tastings, bar snacks
4
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
5
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
6
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
7
Duckfat hot sandwiches, Belgian fries, adult beverages
8
Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food and spirits
9
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water
10
Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
11
Green Elephant vegetarian, Asian-influenced cuisine
12
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
13
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
14
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar and dive bar
15
LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
16
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner, and bar/lounge
17
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
18
Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic and local ingredients
19
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic and unusual ice cream
20
Otto (East End) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie and delivery
21
Otto (576 Congress) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie and delivery
22
Pai Men Miyake redefining the Japanese noodle bar
23
Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
24
Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
25
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
26
Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
27
The Standard Baking Co. fresh bread and pastries, sister of Fore Street restaurant
28
Two Fat Cats Bakery pies, whoopie pies, cakes + cupcakes
29
OhNo Café top-notch breakfast sandwiches all day
30
Tandem Coffee and Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
Shop
1
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
2
Angela Adams Design eponymous modern home furnishings and textiles
3
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
4
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods, and accessories, new and vintage
5
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
6
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy, and video game culture
7
Corey & Co. women's clothing sold in a working studio/shop
8
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
9
Enterprise Records a frequent stop for local vinyl lovers
10
Ferdinand letterpress cards, handmade and vintage sundries
11
Find cool clothing on consignment
12
Green Hand Bookshop large selection of used books, a refuge for readers
13
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
14
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
15
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting, and classes
16
Longfellow Books indie bookstore and literary gathering spot
17
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
18
Pinecone and Chickadee handmade goods and vintage finds from clothing to cards
19
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium and grooming
20
Portland Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, and supplies
21
Portland Flea-For-All artisan and vintage vendors, Saturdays and Sundays
22
Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face and body
23
Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
24
Portland Trading Company clothes, art, and products made in New England
25
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
26
Sea Bags Portland-stitched bags made from recycled sails
27
South Street Linen everything linen, including block-printed scarves