Perhaps the greatest travel hack is simply knowing someone who lives there—someone to give you the locals’ experience, to relieve you of the responsibility of making assumptions about a place and its idiosyncrasies. Assumptions are never safe in Portland, especially when it comes to snacks.
For example, you might not expect to find Maple Blazer Blunt donuts at 3 a.m. in Chinatown—but in fact you would. You’d never expect to find affogatos to come from a century-old haunted house in Buckman—but you’d be mistaken. You may not envision kicking your feet up, guzzling mead from a horn, and eating Viking stew on D&D night in Woodstock’s premiere meadery—bzzt, wrong again friend.
With a little help from this list, these sip and snack dreams (and more) can become your reality in a city chock-full of both surprises and secrets.