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Portland has a little bit of everything. Whether your ideal day revolves around urban hiking, garden hopping between the various green spaces, visiting a (legal) marijuana dispensary or poking around an arts and crafts market, it’s all there for the taking.

Portland Saturday and Sunday Market

If you want a ‘best of Portland’ jammed into one experience, head to the downtown waterfront at the weekend. Between March and December, this fair-like gathering sees locals mingling among artists, food traders, street performers, hot young things and anyone else seeking merriment. Get a henna tattoo or bargain for a handmade nightlight, munch on some Nepalese dal bhat or grab a craft beer and watch the world go by.

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  • 2 SouthWest Naito Parkway

Rose Test Gardens / Japanese Gardens

Within the the sprawling green space that is hilly Washington park you will find two of the best attractions in Portland. The Rose Test Gardens are free to visit and feature lovely terraced gardens which in summertime burst with thousands of lab-tested roses (think tie-dye pink roses and every shade a flower could possibly be). The Japanese Gardens directly across the road are a ticketed experience combining the zen tradition with Pacific Northwest foliage, and beautiful year round.

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  • 4033 SouthWest Canyon Road


Open-minded Oregon has led the pack on the legalisation of marijuana in the US – and Portland is a haven for all things cannabis. You could throw a stone and hit five glowing green dispensary crosses. We recommend Farma in southeast Portland, where you can browse buds, tinctures and edibles in an upscale pharmacy-like setting with long, wooden tables and a cool, clean aesthetic. Certified ‘budtenders’ will help you sort through the options, explain the science behind the greenery and send you on your merry way with a pocket full of herbal happiness…

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  • 916 SouthEast Hawthorne Boulevard

Portland Saturday + Sunday Market

Rose Test Gardens / Japanese Gardens


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