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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 + largest art museum
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SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks + performances in two spaces
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A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts fine art + collectible objects
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Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA thought-provoking contemporary art
5
One Longfellow Square intimate arts + music venue
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Running with Scissors Art Studios multi-disciplinary artist studios + gallery
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SALT Institute of Documentary Studies gallery displays the work of documentary students
8
Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery true tattoo artists
9
St. Lawrence Arts Center arts + community center in a restored church
10
The Children's Museum + Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
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Tom Veilleux Gallery American paintings, sculpture + 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
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Greenhut Galleries contemporary art and sculpture by Maine artists
15
Arabica Italian roasts, American servings
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Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery + 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 + coffee house in a big brick warehouse
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Hilltop Coffee cozy, neighborhood coffeeshop in the East End
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Portland Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
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Tandem Coffee Roasters roastery + 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 + 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 + more
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Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food + spirits
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Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
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Geno's Rock Club bar + music venue with a tiered floor + pool tables
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J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar + 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 + 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. + 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 + 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 + market
43
Browne Trading Market 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 + spirits
47
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water, gf options
48
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 & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
52
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar + dive bar
53
LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
54
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner + bar/lounge
55
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
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Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic + local ingredients
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Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic + unusual ice cream, froyo + sorbet
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Otto (East End) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
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Otto (576 Congress) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
60
Pai Men Miyake Redefining the Japanese noodle bar
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Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
62
Portland 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
65
The Standard Baking Co. fresh bread + 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 + Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
69
SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks + performances in two spaces
70
Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dancefloor + more
71
Geno's Rock Club bar + music venue with a tiered floor + pool tables
72
One Longfellow Square intimate arts + music venue
73
St. Lawrence Arts Center arts + community center in a restored church
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The State Theatre beautiful building + intimate venue for national acts
75
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
76
Angela Adams Design eponymous modern home furnishings + textiles
77
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery + market
78
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods + accessories, new + vintage
79
Browne Trading Market supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
80
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy + 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 + vintage sundries
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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 & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
89
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting + classes
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Longfellow Books indie bookstore + literary gathering spot
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Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
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Pinecone + Chickadee handmade goods + vintage finds from clothing to cards
93
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium + grooming
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Portland Fiber Art Gallery + Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, + supplies
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Portland Flea-For-All artisan + vintage vendors, Saturdays + Sundays
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Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face + body
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Portland 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
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South Street Linen everything linen, including block-printed scarves
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Portland Museum of Art Maine's oldest + 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 + 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 + other curiosities
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Maine Mead Works made from Maine honey, complimentary tastings
109
Portland Observatory 86-foot high landmark/museum with great views
110
Portland Schooner Co. sailing vessels steeped in history for tours + 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
113
The Children's Museum + Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
114
Urban Farm Fermentory urban farming, skill sharing + 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 + market
5
Browne Trading Market 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 + spirits
9
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water, gf options
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 & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
14
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar + dive bar
15
LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
16
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner + bar/lounge
17
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
18
Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic + local ingredients
19
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic + unusual ice cream, froyo + sorbet
20
Otto (East End) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
21
Otto (576 Congress) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
22
Pai Men Miyake Redefining the Japanese noodle bar
23
Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
24
Portland 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 + 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 + 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 + textiles
3
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery + market
4
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods + accessories, new + vintage
5
Browne Trading Market supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
6
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy + 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 + 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 & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
15
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting + classes
16
Longfellow Books indie bookstore + literary gathering spot
17
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
18
Pinecone + Chickadee handmade goods + vintage finds from clothing to cards
19
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium + grooming
20
Portland Fiber Art Gallery + Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, + supplies
21
Portland Flea-For-All artisan + vintage vendors, Saturdays + Sundays
22
Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face + body
23
Portland 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