2519 SE Belmont St., Buckman
If ‘weed-chic’ was going to happen anywhere, it’d be here. Set up in Southeast Portland (with a new location opening Downtown), Serra is a purveyor of lab-quality cannabis from esteemed growers like Prūf Cultivar, as well as edibles like cannabis-infused chocolate bars and gummies made locally by Wyld. You can also score artisan-made paraphernalia, like Hacienda Ware’s geometric ombré pipes and Summerland’s refined ceramic bongs, in addition to innovative “toking tech” like Quill’s steel vaporizer pen (to be filled with CO2 cannabis extract). If you’re in from out of state, don’t fret: Serra is compliant with Oregon’s legal medical and recreational marijuana program—in other words, this modern druggist is totally legit.
Fleur de Lys
1001 S.E. Water Ave., Buckman
We’re suckers for a well-designed nail studio, and Fleur de Lys definitely qualifies. Blessedly free of germ-infested soaking tubs, they do their pedicures in pretty round copper bowls—which, in addition to looking beautiful, have the added benefit of being a natural heat conductor (they keep the water warm for so much longer). Order a cocktail to sip on while you have your service done.
930 S.E. Oak St., Buckman
As the name suggests, Basecamp is a popular hangout for local climbers and outdoorsmen (though in Portland, pretty much everybody qualifies for those designations). The brewery itself is high-ceilinged and open, with wooden beams cutting across the ceiling, a canoe hung over the bar, and more than one string of prayer flags. It’s exceedingly casual and welcoming, and their beers offer a good mix of bold, hoppy craft beers in addition to more traditional brews for classic palates.
738 E. Burnside St., Buckman
Le Pigeon, the sister restaurant of Little Bird, is a dinner-only French-inspired bistro opened by chef Gabe Rucker in 2006. It's become a local favorite thanks to dishes like salmon poke with curry aioli, duck breast with fava bean hummus and spicy tahini, and basil ricotta tortellini. You can also opt for the chef's five- or seven-course tasting menu.
727 S.E. Washington St., Buckman
Taqueria Nueve first opened in 2000, then shut its doors in 2008—a disappointment for many Portlanders—but it reopened in 2013 with the same great Mexican fare (the ambience is perfect, too). Although it’s perfectly family-friendly, you could also come here with a group of friends for happy hour.
1752 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Buckman
The kitchen here is run by talented Executive Chef Justin Woodward, who previously had stints at Noma in Copenhagen, San Sebastian's Mugaritz, and with pastry chef Alex Stupak at NYC's WD-50. Woodward's tasting menu, which typically highlights fresh vegetables and fish, is perfect for a special date night, as is the excellent wine list. (Next door to the restaurant is the more casual Café Castagna, which has indoor/outdoor seating, a happy hour, and an à la carte dinner menu, plus a family-style option.)
107 SE Washington St., Buckman
Deli-slash-tapas bar Olympia Provisions is also the proud proprietor of America’s first USDA-approved salumeria, meaning they take their charcuterie very seriously: co-founder and master salumist Elias Cairo prepares the cured meats on-site using techniques he picked up from masters in the Swiss Alpine region, all while abiding by stringent health standards. Charcuterie boards on offer are paired based on origin—French, Italian, Spanish—or ask for the chef’s choice for a custom-curated tasting. The modern industrial decor and dark wood furnishings in the dining room (including floor-to-ceiling shelves that hold their vast selection of wine to accompany the tapas-style menu) makes it an easy go-to whether you’re up for casual drinks or out on a date. Stop by mid-day for lunch and a selection of salamis and pickled veggies at their marketplace—you can even join their salami-of-the-month club for hand-picked recommendations straight from Elias. The Slabtown outpost has its own unique menu and is definitely worth a trip.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Headquarters
100 SE Salmon St., Buckman
It’s hard to imagine now that their coffee is in every cute coffee shop from San Francisco to Charleston, but there was a time when you could only get Stumptown in Portland. Their cheeky shops are still the best for local roasts, and Tasting Bar at their HQ makes a fun (and energizing) outing for coffee snobs. There are locations in every major neighborhood: Downtown, Sunnyside, Old Town Chinatown, and Richmond.
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