It’s National Bike Month, so what better time to explore your city on two wheels? To celebrate, Yelp has teamed up with some of the country’s top bikeshare systems. Explore the top tourist hotspots and local favorites found near their most popular stops. This week, we hop on a BIKETOWN bicycle and pedal our way through Portland, Oregon!
Top 10 Bike Stations – Westside Portland
10: NW Flanders at 14th – Rooftop patios are rare in Portland, and 10 Barrel Brewing has one of the best. Grab a Cucumber Sour or an Apocalypse IPA and enjoy the sunshine while you can. And at Cider Bite, come for the over 30+ ciders on tap. Stick around for the massive stash of board and card games!
9: SW Yamhill at Director Park – Serving up a cheeseburger that substitutes the bun for grilled cheese sandwiches, it’s safe to say that the “Monstrosity” from Brunch Box is accurately named. Enjoy it at urban oasis Director Park, and be glad you’re touring Portland by bike so that you can burn off some calories!
8: SW 2nd at Pine – With vendors like OP Wurst, Kim Jong Smokehouse and Wiz Bang Bar, the Pine St Market is a one-stop shop for local foodies and tourists alike. Nearby, Lechon specializes in wood-fired South American cuisine. Sit at the bar for craft cocktails and a truly majestic jellyfish tank!
5: NW 13th at Marshall – Pamper yourself in this corner of The Pearl. After a pedicure from Oasis Foot Spa, grab a lavender matcha latte from Tea Bar. Then soak up some tranquility in urban oasis Tanner Springs Park.
1: SW Salmon at Waterfront Park – Check out Mill Ends Park, which the Guinness Book of World Records declares the smallest park on the planet! Find pho and coconut curry at Vietnamese hot spot Lúc Lác. Just across the street is Q Restaurant, the rebirth of late, great Portland institution Veritable Quandary.
Top 10 Bike Stations – Eastside Portland
10: SE 30th at Division – For flavorful Indian street food, Portlanders love Bollywood Theater. The kati roll and the gobi manchurian are both must-haves. On the sweeter side, Eb & Bean serves gourmet frozen yogurt. Sample ample dairy-free flavors made from fresh local ingredients!
9: SE 9th at Belmont – Between the breakfast tacos and the migas, Pepper Box Cafe cooks up serious New-Mexican cuisine. Pips & Bounce is Portland’s premiere ping-pong lounge, and just down the block Cascade Brewing Barrel House serves a staggering selection of award winning sour ales!
8: SE 34th at Division – Lauretta Jean’s bakes fantastic pies like honey hazelnut and blackberry raspberry streusel. Salt & Straw churns creative ice cream flavors like pear & blue cheese and freckled Woodblock chocolate. And Roman Candle‘s lemon currant scones and chocolate croissants have improved countless rainy Portland mornings.
7: SE Elliott at Division – Nobody does gravy better than Pine State Biscuits. Try the Reggie Deluxe: Fried chicken, egg, bacon, and cheese over a biscuit and smothered in hearty sausage gravy. Just across the street, Heart Bar serves an all-vegan menu. Pair your meal with their top-notch craft cocktails.
6: SE Clay at Water – A perfect starting point for cruising the Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade. If you’ve worked up a hunger, try the traditional and fusion-inspired ramen bowls at Noraneko. But don’t stop with the noodles, as the tori kara-age (Japanese fried chicken) is a crowd favorite.
5: N Mississippi at Beech – At Blue Star, a traditional brioche recipe is transformed into donuts like the blueberry bourbon basil or the valrhona chocolate crunch. Nearby, Oregon Deli serves farm-to-deli classics like a roasted chicken salad sandwich or an heirloom carrot salad. The whole menu pairs perfectly with the epic people-watching on Mississippi Ave.
4: SE 2nd Place at Tilikum Way – If you thought the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was just for kids, you’ve never been to OMSI After Dark. Don’t miss the tour of the USS Bluejack, a decommissioned submarine that was used in the filming of The Hunt for Red October.
3: SE Water at Taylor – Find your caffeine fix at Water Avenue Coffee before browsing the seemingly countless neighborhood antique shops. Just next door, Bunk Bar is home to both a pork belly cubano and mole tater tots. Around the corner you’ll discover Hair of the Dog Brewery. Sip barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned beers while you watch the trains slowly roll through town.
2: SE 7th at Burnside – At Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Yelpers love both the namesake Thai chicken and rice and the hospitality. You’re just a few blocks from Doug Fir Lounge, the retro-future log cabin restaurant and concert venue inside the Jupiter Hotel. Grab a beer or a cocktail and hang on the patio by the fire pits. Oh, and don’t forget to snap a selfie with Sasquatch!
1: SE Ladd at Hawthorne – Portland is known for its food carts and Cartopia is home to some of the best. Between Pyro Pizza, Chicken and Guns and Perierra Crêperie, there’s something for everyone. Across the street, former food cart Lardo is a pork and beer soaked celebration of excess. Whatever you do, make sure and try the dirty fries.
About our partner: BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, which launched in July 2016 with 1,000 bikes and 100 hubs. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around Portland – perfect for commuting, spontaneous trips or for exploring the area. BIKETOWN is available for use 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year for a year-round healthy and environmentally-friendly transportation option.