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Shop and dine off Portland's beaten path

Food, drinks, shopping, culture: Portland, Oregon, has so much to explore—and some of the greatest finds may be hiding in your own backyard.

  • Alma Chocolate's gilded figurines, nut- and fruit-studded barks, drinking chocolates and whimsical woodland creatures are (almost!) too beautiful to eat. Check out their new collaboration with Pendleton, which supports our national parks.

  • Shinola's new Portland outpost brings its coveted collection of handmade bikes, watches and leathergoods to one of the country's most biking-obsessed cities.

  • Seven small-scale spirits makers dot Portland's gritty Southeast Industrial District to make up Distillery Row. Drop in on weekends to swill local gins, vodkas and whiskies—plus more unusual brandies, tea liqueurs, aquavit and amari.

  • North Mississippi Avenue's The Meadow is a tiny jewel box of a store filled with some of the best stuff on Earth: hundreds of finishing salts, fresh flowers, chocolate, wine and an impressive array of bitters.

  • It's easy to walk by unassuming speakeasy Pépé le Moko. But do, and you'll miss out on some of the best cocktails in town. Don't fear the retro Grasshopper or Blue Hawaii—these refined versions make their comebacks welcome.

  • No need to choose between Oaxacan, Cuban or Colombian food at Portland Mercado. The one-stop-shopping, indoor/outdoor Latin American emporium boasts diverse food carts, grocers, meat shops and a spot for sipping sangria and micheladas.

  • The one-block stretch of Southwest 13th Avenue is Portland's newest shopping destination. Masu sushi, Cacao chocolatier, and Odessa clothing boutique line one side of the street; Solestruck shoes and Shinola bike and leather goods shops anchor the other.

  • Pop into Cheese Bar to see what Portland's go-to cheesemonger, Steve Jones, has behind the ever-changing counter, and chances are good you'll stay for the toasty-melty sandwiches, expert meat and cheese boards, plus local beer and wine.

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Discover some of Portland's hidden gems, from the best spots to sample local spirits and sip the city's expertly poured craft cocktails to outstanding eateries and places to pick up unique local salts, cheeses and chocolates.

You can also unearth can't-miss destinations for retail therapy, including the city's most recent addition, Shinola, maker of handcrafted watches, bicycles and leather goods and more.

Now you've got the keys to unchartered Bridge City, so get out and explore.

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