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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
2
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
4
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA thought-provoking contemporary art
5
One Longfellow Square intimate arts and music venue
6
Running with Scissors Art Studios multi-disciplinary artist studios and gallery
7
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 and community center in a restored church
10
The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
11
Tom Veilleux Gallery American paintings, sculpture, and drawings
12
Maine College of Art Portland's downtown art college
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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
Art House Picture Frames
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Kingspoke
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Mechanics Hall
18
Portland Arts Challenge
19
The Press Hotel
20
Arabica Italian roasts, American servings
21
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
22
Bard Coffee the across-the-street alternative to Starbucks
23
Coffee By Design Portland's original micro-roasted coffee, flagship location
24
Arabica roastery and coffee house in a big brick warehouse
25
Hilltop Coffee cozy, neighborhood coffeeshop in the East End
26
Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
27
Tandem Coffee Roasters roastery and beautiful bar influenced by Blue Bottle Coffee
28
Speckled Ax a coffee shop for purists, owned by an organic roaster
29
Tandem Coffee and Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
30
The Press Hotel
31
Bayside Bowl hipster bowling with a full bar and restaurant
32
Blackstone's Portland's oldest gay bar
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Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dance floor and more
34
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.
42
Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
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The Snug Irish pub known for great bartenders
44
Urban Farm Fermentory urban farming, skill sharing and fermenting, tours
45
The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box craft cocktail speakeasy on Congress Street
46
The Press Hotel
47
The Holy Donut home of the amazing Maine potato donut
48
Boda very Thai restaurant with a late-night menu
49
Hugo's Restaurant gastronomic experiences, blind tastings, bar snacks
50
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
51
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
52
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
53
Duckfat hot sandwiches, Belgian fries, adult beverages
54
Eventide Oyster Co. oyster bar array, food and spirits
55
Flatbread Pizza organic, brick-oven pizza on the water
56
Fore Street Portland's most celebrated restaurant
57
Green Elephant vegetarian, Asian-influenced cuisine
58
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
59
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
60
J's Oyster Bar Portland's original raw bar and dive bar
61
LFK full menu, full bar, full of books to buy or borrow
62
Local 188 farm to table, brunch to dinner, and bar/lounge
63
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
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Miyake extraordinary innovative sushi, organic and local ingredients
65
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream a parlor of classic and unusual ice cream
66
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
68
Pai Men Miyake redefining the Japanese noodle bar
69
Petite Jacqueline affordable French cuisine, bistro-style
70
Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
71
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
72
Sonny's Southwestern/Latin fusion, gorgeous bar/lounge
73
The Standard Baking Co. fresh bread and pastries, sister of Fore Street restaurant
74
Two Fat Cats Bakery pies, whoopie pies, cakes + cupcakes
75
OhNo Café top-notch breakfast sandwiches all day
76
Tandem Coffee and Bakery perfect coffee and baked goods in the West End
77
The Press Hotel
78
SPACE Gallery art, music, films, talks, and performances in two spaces
79
Bayside Bowl hipster bowling with a full bar and restaurant
80
Bubba's Sulky Lounge dive bar with a flashing dance floor and more
81
Geno's Rock Club bar and music venue with a tiered floor and pool tables
82
One Longfellow Square intimate arts and music venue
83
St. Lawrence Arts Center arts and community center in a restored church
84
The State Theatre beautiful building and intimate venue for national acts
85
Portland Arts Challenge
86
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
87
Angela Adams Design eponymous modern home furnishings and textiles
88
Aurora Provisions cafe, caterer, bakery, and market
89
Blanche + Mimi baby, homegoods, and accessories, new and vintage
90
Browne Trading Company supplying seafood to great restaurants in the Northeast
91
Coast City Comics/The Funbox Monster Emporium shop/homage to comic, toy, and video game culture
92
Corey & Co. women's clothing sold in a working studio/shop
93
Dean's Sweets hand-dipped chocolate truffles made on site
94
Enterprise Records a frequent stop for local vinyl lovers
95
Ferdinand letterpress cards, handmade and vintage sundries
96
Find cool clothing on consignment
97
Green Hand Bookshop large selection of used books, a refuge for readers
98
Harbor Fish Market Custom House Wharf classic, will also ship
99
Homegrown Herb and Tea organic teas, to-go or sit and sip
100
KnitWit Yarn Shop everything you need for knitting, and classes
101
Longfellow Books indie bookstore and literary gathering spot
102
Miccucci Wholesale Foods traditional Italian grocery and fresh Sicilian pizza
103
Pinecone and Chickadee handmade goods and vintage finds from clothing to cards
104
Planet Dog Company Store dog-friendly pet emporium and grooming
105
Portland Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studio fiber-loving community, classes, and supplies
106
Portland Flea-For-All artisan and vintage vendors, Saturdays and Sundays
107
Portland General Store all-natural concoctions for the face and body
108
Public Market House two floors of funky local goodness, with cafe seating upstairs
109
Portland Trading Company clothes, art, and products made in New England
110
Rosemont Market (Munjoy Hill) neighborhood grocery specializing in fine, local foods
111
Sea Bags Portland-stitched bags made from recycled sails
112
South Street Linen everything linen, including block-printed scarves
113
Red Thread
114
Portland Museum of Art Maine's oldest and largest art museum
115
Acoustic Artisans collaborative string-instrument workshop
116
Bayside Bowl hipster bowling with a full bar and restaurant
117
Casco Bay Lines the best (and cheapest) way to visit Casco Bay and the Islands
118
Eastern Promenade scenic walking trails, beach, benches, dog-friendly
119
International Cryptozoology Museum eccentricity, Yetis, and other curiosities
120
Maine Mead Works made from Maine honey, complimentary tastings
121
Portland Observatory 86-foot high landmark and museum with great views
122
Portland Schooner Co. sailing vessels steeped in history for tours and charters
123
Portland Trails 50 miles of trails, start with the loop around Back Cove
124
Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery true tattoo artists
125
The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine three floors of interactive exhibits for kids
126
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
31
The Press Hotel
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
28
Red Thread