7 Portland Deals You Don't Want to Miss
Known as a “city that likes to keep it weird,” Portland is home to an endless amount of cool attractions. Here are 7 that are not only unique, but will allow you to enjoy Portland on the cheap.
Whether you’re a nature lover who longs to stroll through a beautiful garden, or a downtown enthusiast who prefers art museums and hip breweries, Portland is a place where you will never get bored. Use this list to explore the free or incredibly cheap in this eco-friendly city.
1. 5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St
Operated by Portland University students, this low-key movie house screens an eclectic selection of films, which range from camp, art-house, independent, cult, contemporary, and classics. Aiming at both entertaining the public, as well as providing further education to PSU film students, this chilled-out theater has been operating non-profit since 1989. A cool feature of 5th Avenue Cinema is the rental option, which allows students, departments, and groups to rent out the entire auditorium. The free popcorn at every show certainly doesn’t hurt either.
The theater offers events from time to time, so check out their website for upcoming socials. And don’t forget to bring cash along with you, as 5th Avenue Cinema only accepts the paper stuff.
Admission: $4 – General public
FREE- PSU students
$3 - All other students
2. Oregon Pacific Coast Passport
Those who plan to travel into Oregon by car will want to consider this pass, which allows you entry, vehicle parking, and day-use fees at all state and federal sites along the Oregon coast. Visit a range of beautiful spots, such as Heceta Head Lighthouse, which is a charming bed and breakfast perched picturesquely on a cliff. Shores Acre State Park is another top pick, and features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Just a short stroll away are secluded ocean coves, as well as a fully enclosed observation building designed for whale watching. Passports can be purchased at all Forest Service and Oregon Parks.
Annual vehicle passport: $35
5-day vehicle passport: $10
3. Mr. Green Beans
3908 N. Mississippi Ave.
Craving some coffee but short on cash to make it happen? Then head on over to the honor bar at Mr. Green Beans. Along with serving up java, they sell raw coffee beans, home coffee roasters, and brewing equipment. A true establishment for the coffee enthusiast, they even offer classes on DIY roasting. Promotions are always being offered, so be sure to check their site for ongoing deals. Passionate about responsibly grown and fair trade coffee, you’ll only find green coffee beans at this Portland-based shop.
Honor coffee bar prices:
Bring your own cup: $1
Use theirs: $2
4. Taqueria Francisco
SW 3rd Ave & SW Stark St
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a good, crunchy taco? If so, you’ll be missing out, because this downtown food stand serves delicious grub for excellent prices. Among the tasty offerings are shrimp, chicken, and fish tacos, and all at a price of just $1.50. These aren’t just run-of-the-mill tacos either, but loaded with marinated meat, perfectly seasoned with spices, and stuffed with plenty of cheese.
5. Yoga on Yamhill
24 SW Yamhill St.
Don’t let a lack of funds stop you from getting your yoga on. Instead, head on over to Yoga on Yamhill, a donation-based studio that offers classes every day. Taught by professionals, the classes range from therapeutic, to power, to yin/yang. There’s even a class for those who want to embrace and feel comfortable with their curves. Classes start as early as 9:00am, with the latest ending at 8:30pm. Show up early to secure a good spot.
6. Tea Chai Te
NW Portland: 734 NW 23rd Ave
Sellwood: 7983 SE 13th Ave
Tea drinkers will appreciate the affordable prices at Tea Chai Te, as well as the incredible variety of handcrafted blends. Enjoy free WiFi in their casual, relaxing environment, where cushy couches and chairs encourage you to cozy up. Or maybe you’d prefer to sit on the balcony, which offers a great view of NW 23rd and the West Hills. For a more historical flavor, check out the Sellwood location, where a bright red converted train is set up for people to lounge in. The private courtyard with rock fountain only adds to the inviting atmosphere, allowing you to sip and enjoy one of the delicious blends.
7. Aalto Lounge
3365 SE Belmont St.
Proclaimed by locals to have the best patio in Portland, Aalto Lounge has a mid-century design with bubble lamps and a dim interior. But their atmosphere is only part of the appeal, as a visit during happy hour will score you $2 cocktails and grilled cheese. Cool and hip with an inviting vibe, this wine and cocktail bar promises great music, food, and drinks.
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