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Elephants Delicatessen

Before everyone was doing gourmet food that was either imported from abroad, or imported from surrounding farms, there was Elephants Delicatessen. Yes, while you can find these claims across the city now, it was Elephants that was at the vanguard, doing it since 1979. Due to the hard work, and good food done by Elephants, it is now a Portland household name. Then again, its satellite locations all over the city and its surrounding area in places such as downtown, Lake... 

  • Address:115 NW 22nd Ave. Portland , OR 97210
  • Phone: (503) 299-6304
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Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Ken’s Artisan Bakery is one of the standard bearers of baked goods in Portland. In high-class restaurants across the city, you’ll often see the words “bread from Ken’s Artisan Bakery” printed proudly on menus. Sure, these restaurants could try to have their own homemade bread. They probably have cooks on staff that are talented enough to do so. Then, of course, they taste the stuff from Ken’s Artisan Bakery, and decide making their own isn’t worth it. Why... 

  • Address:338 NW 21st Ave. Portland , OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 248-2202
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Cargo

If you think about Portland as having the geography of Asia (which is certainly something you do quite often), then China is obviously Chinatown, a big red area that dominates the lower portion of Northwest Portland. However, if Chinatown is China, then Cargo has to be Taiwan. Cargo is a little piece of Chinatown that was somehow thrown into a block-sized warehouse in the Pearl District. In an area filled with top design furniture galleries, and haute cuisine restaurant,... 

  • Address:380 NW 13th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 209-8349
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Trader Joe’s

If you live in the Northwest neighborhood of Northwest Portland, there’s at least one grocery store that you go to every single week, and sometimes multiple times per week. That place is Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s fits that perfect balance that makes it fit into the neighborhood seamlessly. It’s not overwhelmingly big like most supermarkets, allowing it to not feel like it’s taking over the neighborhood. It places a heavy emphasis on organic and healthy food,... 

  • Address:2122 NW Glisan St.
    Portland , OR 97210
  • Phone: (971) 544-0788
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City Market N.W.

So, where do you go if places such as Safeway or Albertson’s don’t have the right stock of organic or local produce and meat for you? Your first thought would probably be more high-end stores such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. They’ve become major chains due to their commitment to healthy food and a large selection of that food. Well, what if those places don’t have the cut of meat you desire, or the cheese you need to complete your party? You could just... 

  • Address:735 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 221-3007
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Lollipop Rooster

There are a few treats out there that truly make you feel like a kid again. You know, the treats that not only taste great, but also taste of nostalgia, of summers spent running around outside as a child, playing with friends and not having any responsibility. Smores are certainly one of the best examples of this, combining the tastiness of chocolate and marshmallows with the irresistibility of playing with fire. One of the most iconic sweet treats, though, has to... 

  • Address:1720 NW Lovejoy St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 473-5130
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Saint Cupcake

The cupcake may be the greatest of all of the pastries and baked goods. There’s something beautiful in the way that it is self-contained. Instead of taking up space (and lots of calories) in the form of a full-sized cake, there’s something easily digestible and guilt free about the size of a common cupcake. Still, the cupcake has the light airiness that you find in common cake, a departure from heavier single serving baked goods such as brownies and donuts. The cupcakes... 

  • Address:407 NW 17th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 473-8760
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Azzurro

Portlanders often brag of being one of the most European cities in America, if not the most European city in America. After all, many Portlanders commute by public transportation and by bicycle, duplicating major cities such as Amsterdam. They appreciate and crave a midday coffee or tea, which perfectly matches Rome and London. Portland is a center for beer crafting, which matches Munich. Then, look at all the cafes and bakeries. Can you say Paris? (That was meant to... 

  • Address:1500 NW 18th Ave. #110
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 241-5272
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Smith Teaworks

No other beverage has contributed more to human innovation and exploration than tea. Think about it, every mass migration, every new discovery, every empire gained and felled has been in the pursuit of a cuppa. America was discovered when Columbus got lost trying to find a shortcut to get more tea. Great Britain ruled the world with an iron fist full of flavorful leaves. One of the moments that set off the American Revolution heavily featured tea. Yes, in a large portion... 

  • Address:1626 NW Thurman St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (800) 624-9531
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Cool Moon

Here’s an easy way to tell that a place is truly high class: it has more places to buy gelato than places to buy ice cream. When you walk around the Pearl District, it almost feels like there’s a gelateria on every corner, yet when you want a scoop of good old-fashioned American ice cream, you’re completely out of luck. Yes, the runny pistachio ice cream from gelaterias is amazing, but sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than a waffle cone stacked high... 

  • Address:1105 NW Johnson St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 224-2021
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Pearl Specialty Market and Spirits

Oregon’s liquor laws are infamous for how restrictive they are. While states like California allow the sale of bottles hard liquor (which is to say liquor with an alcohol content of over 20% by volume) at just about any store imaginable, be it Costco, a supermarket, or even a convenience store, Oregonians can only pick up their liquor at a state-sanctioned liquor store. For a while, those who lived in the Pearl District or Northwest Portland had to journey far to buy... 

  • Address:900 NW Lovejoy St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 477-8604
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Lovejoy Bakers

Sometimes, it seems that there are as many bakers and bakeries in the Pearl District as there are boutiques. The newest one of all these bakeries is Lovejoy Bakers, located right on the corner of Northwest Lovejoy Street and Tenth Avenue. Unlike many of the other bakeries that dot the Pearl District, though, Lovejoy Bakers is more than just a strict place to buy either bread or coffee. It really is a fully-fledged cafe, with a bustling interior to match. No matter if... 

  • Address:939 NW 10th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 208-3113
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