Friday, April 15, 2016

Portland Travel Guide: Breakfast

I am so excited to start a new series on the blog and share some of my favorite things to do in our neighborhood and beyond if you're visiting Portland! Today I am excited to tell you about my favorite places to start the day. Whether you want to grab a coffee and pastry or get a full on meal, there are so many great options within walking distance of the shop.

I love grabbing a bite to eat on my way to work. One of my daily go-to's is Crema, which also happens to be right across the street from the shop. All of their baked goods are made in-house daily, they pour Stumptown and Coava coffee and there are plenty of places to sit so it's a perfect place to meet a friend. Most days I order a zucchini muffin and an Americano.

If I'm craving a classic breakfast I usually stop at City State Diner. You can sit at the counter if you're solo or slide into one of their comfy booths if you're with a group. I love their Deluxe breakfast plate but whatever you order make sure you get a side of their delicious seared grits.

When I'm on a health kick or just trying to eat clean I love to grab a juice or oatmeal at Canteen. This bare bones cafe is vegan and also a great place to grab a light lunch.  There is plenty of outdoor seating if you're visiting during the summer and you're food and drink will be perfectly Instagramable!

My very favorite breakfast in the neighborhood is sadly only available on the weekends but if you're in Portland on a Saturday or Sunday you absolutely must stop by Pambiche. This Cuban restaurant has amazing pastries, killer coffee and I can't help but order the Picadillo Cua-Cua EVERYTIME! It's a small place but there is lots of covered outdoor seating that they keep heated in the off-season.

Crema is located at 2728 SE Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97214
City State Diner is located at 128 NE 28th Ave Portland, OR 97232
Canteen is located at 2816 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214
Pambiche is located at 2811 NE Glisan Portland, OR 97232

Although it's hard to throw a rock and not find an amazing breakfast place in Portland, these places are my regular spots, all locally owned, and where you'll find Portlanders eating instead of just other tourists. I hope you'll check one of them out on your way to Wanderlust!

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