Food-Lover’s Guide to Portland, Oregon Markets, farms, artisans, & best shops for cooks

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City: Portland, Oregon
Population: 550,000
Local specialties: Salmon, Cherries, Peaches, Wine

Portland! It’s such a rich city for food-lovers. Here are a few of our picks from Portland’s best shops and resources for cooks. What would you add to this list?

Foods You Must Try

• Salmon
• Oysters
• Cherries
• Peaches
• Stumptown coffee
• Locally-made wine and beer

Farmers’ Markets

Portland State University Farmers Market – We don’t like to play favorites, but…this is one of the best farmers markets we’ve ever been to!
Downtown Farmers Market
Hollywood Farmers Market

Food Halls

• Portland doesn’t have any covered food halls that we know of (do you?), but definitely keep your eye out for downtown street carts!

Best Grocery Stores

New Seasons Market
People’s Food Co-op
Foster and Dobbs – especially for meats and cheeses

Specialty Shops of Note

Grand Central Baking Company – Definitely check out their rustic baguette and their raspberry scones
Kettleman’s Bagel Company
Pix Patisserie
The Meadow – Gourmet salts, as well as chocolates, wine, and other yummies!

Independent Food Artisans

Voget Meats – Their main retail store is located in Hubbard, Oregon, but we think their products are sold in various places around town. Keep your eye out!
Alma Chocolates
Stumptown Coffee
Tillamook Cheese – Their main location is in Tillamook (which is totally worth a trip if you can get there!), but their cheese is sold throughout the Northwest.

About The Kitchn’s Food-Lover’s Guides

We focus mainly on home cooking here at The Kitchn, and we know that one huge source of inspiration is travel. We want to give you ideas for things to eat and places to visit even when you’re away from your home kitchen. We want to inspire your inner chef and introduce you to the best spots for food-lovers in a dozen or so major cities.

These guides don’t deal with restaurants; there are plenty of other resources for that. These are the spots for food-lovers and cooks: the markets, specialty cookshops, and best small-batch artisans. If you’re traveling in one of these cities this summer, we hope these guides help you find something inspiring. And if you live here, maybe you’ll find a new resource to inspire your daily cooking!

We need your help, too, with these guides. Each city’s thread will have at least some recommendations, but of course they will be incomplete. So we need your insider help. Tell us where the best markets, food shops, jam-makers, brewers, butchers, independent groceries, bakery supply stores, and quirky, strange, out-of-the-way food experts are. What are your favorite places to shop, as a cook?

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