It was a sunny, 70 degree day in the middle of May on my perfect Saturday in Portland, Oregon. Well, almost perfect – the thought of it being my last day in the city occasionally crept in and made me feel nostalgic for every passing second. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Portland.
My day began at 10 am with cups of English breakfast tea and brunch at the Veritable Quandry. I had the blackened catfish with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, and ate every single bite in minutes flat. The meal was well worth the slightly heavy price tag on it. The VQ is known for their signature bloody mary with beet infused vodka. It is a perfect morning pick-me-up and complement to brunch.
After brunch, I strolled along the Tom C. McCall waterfront park, right on the Willamette river, toward the famous Portland Saturday Market. The vast market is filled with local artisan vendors, delicious smelling food carts, and street performers.
When I was done wandering through every corner of the market, I headed to the Portland Art Museum, the 7th oldest museum in the United States. The expansive gallery showcases art from ancient times to modern day, from Asia to the Northwest U.S. Their impressive contemporary and modern art collection is what I spent most of my time exploring.
After I’d had my fill of art, I decided to visit Washington Park. The park holds two gardens: Rose and Japanese. The roses had yet to bloom, but the Japanese Garden was spectacular. It is considered to be the most authentic of its kind outside of Japan.
By this point, it was 6 pm and I was more than ready for dinner. I had heard good things about the restaurant The Observatory and made my way to the Montavilla neighborhood to try it out. Dinner started off with the unbelievably delicious cheese platter, which comes with a variety of cheeses, bread, roasted garlic, house cured bacon, fresh fruit, and red wine caramel. For my entree, I chose the grilled salmon with sundried tomato pesto. I was also able to try the cioppino with clams, mussels, oysters, and halibut, and it was fantastic. This restaurant is casual but cool, with a tattooed staff and chic interior design, and serves truly exceptional food.
I’d say I had a perfect Saturday in Portland, Oregon. This city quickly became my favorite one in the states, and I know I will be spending many more Saturdays here in the future.
Have you ever had a perfect Saturday in Portland? What are you’re favorite things to do in the city? Leave a comment and let me know!