Laid-back, understated Portland, Oregon is a west coast town that resonates with cool. It boasts lively indie music clubs, countless microbrew pubs, an active outdoorsy population, a farm-to-table foodie scene, and a coffee culture to rival anywhere. Many locals bike commute, and even the drizzle doesn’t get them down. It’s a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously, or try too hard to be hip – and that’s what makes it even more so. Here’s a hipster guide to Portland to help you hone in on the urban bohemian vibe.
1. Powell’s City of Books
Any avid reader will want to visit Powell’s City of Books to peruse its endless stacks. This legendary landmark is the world’s largest independent bookstore chain in the world. It’s so huge, you need a map to navigate around the floors (they provide one for you). They have great deals on all sorts of books, and host frequent literary and cultural events. Powell’s is just a great place to hang out, grab a coffee and cruise the shelves. You just might meet other hipsters with similar literary tastes.