Our Favorite Places to Eat, Sleep, Drink, and Play in Portland
Portland Paddle’s home is at the bottom of Munjoy Hill on the East End. Check out some suggestions below for our favorite places to eat, drink, stay, shop, visit, and adventure in our neighborhood and beyond.
For information on walking, biking, and public transit in the greater Portland area, check out our Getting Around page!
- Veranda Thai
Classic Thai delivery & takeout
- Bonobo Pizza
Fun West End neighborhood joint; our favorite Portland pizza; great for dining in too
Wonderfully thick-crusted pizza with a nice outdoor patio downtown
- El Rayo
Classic Mexican joint in the Old Port
- OTTO Pizza
Solid pizza, multiple locations
Coffee / Breakfast
- Katie Made Bakery
Best breakfast sandwich in town
- Hilltop Coffee Shop
Our neighborhood coffee shop
- Tandem Coffee Roasters
Terrific coffee & pastries
- Coffee By Design
Community-focused company with multiple locations; great for working
- Forage Market
- Portland Pottery Cafe
Cozy ambience & well-rounded breakfast menu
- Belleville Bakery
Absolutely gorgeous croissants & other pastries
- Portland Museum of Art
Our customers get a discount on admission (ask us how) at this museum that has something for everyone, including works by lots of Maine-based artists.
- Maine Historical Society and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Museum, gallery, tours, and a beautiful public garden.
- SPACE Gallery
SPACE Gallery is a nonprofit contemporary art space featuring visual arts, live music and performance, film, artists lectures and more.
- First Friday Art Walk
Portland’s Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm.
- Indigo Arts
Studio spaces for artists residencies with communal work space for the production of artwork in all media across disciplines.
- Maine Jewish Museum
Through exhibits, programming, and dialogue the Museum bridges appreciation and understanding with people of all backgrounds.
Make it an Adventure
- Mackworth Island State Park
A 1.5 mile hike offering views of Casco Bay and its many islands.
- Summer Feet Cycling
Bicycle day trips and longer tours in Maine and beyond.
- Portland Trails
Portland’s non-profit, urban land trust that maintains 70 miles of hiking, walking, and biking trails throughout Greater Portland
- Maine Sailing Adventures, The Frances
Weekly 2 hour sails on Casco Bay.
- Fort Williams/Portland Headlight
Large green space with panoramic ocean views and historic Portland Headlight. Free Parking.
- The Casco Bay Ferry
Daily ferry trips from downtown Portland to the islands of Casco Bay.