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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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Aucocisco Galleries Maine-influenced, contemporary fine arts
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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
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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
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Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery true tattoo artists
10
St. Lawrence Arts Center arts + community center in a restored church
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The Children's Museum + Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
12
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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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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Crema 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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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 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
40
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery + market
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Bar Lola seasonal menus, local ingredients, small plates
42
Bresca tiny eatery, exquisite dishes
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
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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 & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
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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
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Pai Men Miyake Redefining the Japanese noodle bar
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Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
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Portland Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
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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
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SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks + performances in two spaces
69
Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dancefloor + more
70
Geno's Rock Club bar + music venue with a tiered floor + pool tables
71
One Longfellow Square intimate arts + music venue
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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
74
2 Note Botanical Perfumery all-natural artisan perfumery
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
Brook There/SEAWALL Portland-sewn clothing/concept shop for men + women
80
Browne Trading Market supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
81
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy + video game culture
82
Compositions Boutique jewelry, floral design + home accents
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Corey & Co. women's clothing sold in a working studio/shop
84
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
85
Enterprise Records a frequent stop for local vinyl lovers
86
Ferdinand letterpress cards, handmade + vintage sundries
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Find cool clothing on consignment
88
Green Hand Bookshop large selection of used books, a refuge for readers
89
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
90
Homegrown Herb & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
91
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
95
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
100
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
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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
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Portland Observatory 86-foot high landmark/museum with great views
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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
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The Children's Museum + Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
116
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
Bar Lola seasonal menus, local ingredients, small plates
6
Bresca tiny eatery, exquisite dishes
7
Browne Trading Market supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
8
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
9
Duckfat hot sandwiches, Belgian fries, adult beverages
10
Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food + spirits
11
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water, gf options
12
Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
13
Green Elephant vegetarian, asian-influenced cuisine
14
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
15
Homegrown Herb & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
16
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar + dive bar
17
LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
18
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner + bar/lounge
19
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
20
Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic + local ingredients
21
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic + unusual ice cream, froyo + sorbet
22
Otto (East End) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
23
Otto (576 Congress) hot gourmet pizza by the slice or pie + delivery
24
Pai Men Miyake Redefining the Japanese noodle bar
25
Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
26
Portland Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
27
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
28
Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
29
The Standard Baking Co. fresh bread + pastries, sister of Fore Street restaurant
30
Two Fat Cats Bakery pies, whoopie pies, cakes + cupcakes
31
OhNo Café top-notch breakfast sandwiches all day
Shop
1
2 Note Botanical Perfumery all-natural artisan perfumery
2
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
3
Angela Adams Design eponymous modern home furnishings + textiles
4
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery + market
5
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods + accessories, new + vintage
6
Brook There/SEAWALL Portland-sewn clothing/concept shop for men + women
7
Browne Trading Market supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
8
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy + video game culture
9
Compositions Boutique jewelry, floral design + home accents
10
Corey & Co. women's clothing sold in a working studio/shop
11
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
12
Enterprise Records a frequent stop for local vinyl lovers
13
Ferdinand letterpress cards, handmade + vintage sundries
14
Find cool clothing on consignment
15
Green Hand Bookshop large selection of used books, a refuge for readers
16
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
17
Homegrown Herb & Tea organic teas for wellness, to-go or sip
18
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting + classes
19
Longfellow Books indie bookstore + literary gathering spot
20
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery + fresh Sicilian pizza
21
Pinecone + Chickadee handmade goods + vintage finds from clothing to cards
22
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium + grooming
23
Portland Fiber Art Gallery + Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, + supplies
24
Portland Flea-For-All artisan + vintage vendors, Saturdays + Sundays
25
Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face + body
26
Portland Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
27
Portland Trading Company clothes, art, and products made in New England
28
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
29
Sea Bags Portland-stitched bags made from recycled sails
30
South Street Linen everything linen, including block-printed scarves