Portland, Oregon is a city like no other. It’s a mix of stunning natural landscapes with a city feel. Although COVID-19 hit the city hard, residents are working hard to get things back to normal.
You can’t mention Portland without mentioning its array of delicious restaurants & food carts. It’s definitely a foodie’s paradise and home to several thriving Black-owned businesses.
Is Portland on your list? Moved there and looking for things to do and places to support? In the words of newlywed, Issa Rae, ‘we got y’all.’ Here’s how you can spend a day in Black-owned Portland.
Start the morning with uniquely named drinks from sneaker-inspired coffee joint, Deadstock Coffee. Owner Ian Williams found a way to marry his love for fly kicks with his love for dope coffee.
try a fresh-pressed juice at Drink Mamey. Founder Cydnie Smith-McCarthy created the brand to share her love for all-things plant-based and wellness.
Head to all-in-one art collective, creative space, retail shop & barbershop, Produce PDX. Depending on when you visit, you'll catch the bi-weekly market just outside the store.
After you’ve shopped at Produce head over to My People’s Market. This specialty market allows vendors of color to showcase their products in Portland’s 10Y Building windows.
Head out to explore the city’s many Black culture-inspired murals. They can be found all over, but many are in the city’s downtown/ Chinatown neighborhoods.
If you want to pre-game for dinner, stop by Abbey Creek Wine’s tasting room, for a 90-minute hip-hop wine tasting experience. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
For those who like to partake in cannabis, make a pit stop at the city’s only Black-owned dispensary, Green Muse. The owners of this shop are very knowledgeable and offer a variety of products.
Finally, end the evening with dinner and cocktails at Amalfi’s. It’s not often that you get to experience a Black-owned Italian restaurant, so it’s definitely a must-do.