The PNW: what to eat, see, & do.

Me and my friends drove from Portland to Vancouver, and Seattle - and it was a solid good time. Vancouver was a top contender in our books, but here’s what we did throughout the trip. enjoy!

PORTLAND

Portland’s slogan, “Keep Portland Weird” is as literal as it gets. Very interesting town.

what we ate:

Marukin Ramen

Blue Star Donuts - skip the long line at Voodoo and come here instead, trust me.

what we saw:

Powell’s Books - book wonderland. i didn’t want to leave, and that isn’t an understatement.

Cannon Beach/Ecola State Park - a place that looks straight out of Jurassic Park.

Multnomah Falls - we didn’t go here because of time, but it was highly recommended by other people!

what we did:

Portland Saturday Market - unique array of vendors but you can find some cool things, and there was a huge selection of food stands!

VANCOUVER

already planning our trip back here…..and we’re not kidding about that.

Airbnb: Euro "Tree House" Loft

what we ate:

Los Amigos - zabiha halal tacos! the chicken ones are the best.

Jinya Ramen Bar - best ramen you’ll ever have.

Basil Pasta Bar - fast-serve pasta…can i get a hell yeah?

Breka Bakery & Cafe

Passion Tearoom

The Alley

what we saw:

Sea to Sky Gondola - amazing views of the mountains and greenery in Vancouver. gondola takes you to the higher-level of the mountains where you can walk around on short hikes and take all the views in before you take a gondola back down. totally worth the price, trust me.

WHAT WE DID

Stanley Park - rent a bike and bike the park, but don’t fall like i did. still, however, a 10/10 experience.

SEATTLE

Seattle is the definition of #millennial. A good visit for a day or two - there’s not a huge variety of things to do besides the touristy places in the city area. Huge variety of vintage malls + shops. If you’re staying for longer, there’s a lot of surrounding nature to visit that we didn’t get to hit.

Airbnb: Super Spacious Stay in Seattle

WHAT WE ATE:

Portage Bay Cafe - A+ brunch food.

Boba Up - self-serve bubble tea, what more could you ask for?

There’s also a lot of smaller food spots by the University campus that people recommended to us that we didn’t get a chance to eat at, but check the area out if you’re in Seattle for longer.

WHAT WE SAW:

Pikes Place Market - may be a typical tourist spot but there’s a nice charm to it that makes me wish i had a similar market close by. tons of food/drinks, clothing, and keepsakes from a ton of vendors and little shops.

The Great Gum Wall of Seattle - even grosser in person.

what we did:

Fremont Vintage Mall - huge selection of great vintage. my wallet may have taken a dip but did not leave the place disappointed.

Yusra Siddiqui