Downtown and Chinatown
Downtown Portland has much to offer visitors. The well-regarded Portland Art Museum (portlandartmuseum.org) has a wonderful permanent collection, as well as many compelling traveling exhibitions. The adjacent Masonic temple was renovated into a new modern wing for the museum in 2005. This alone is worth the trip.
During summer and early fall, visit the downtown Portland Farmers Market (portlandfarmersmarket.org/markets/psu). Located in the beautiful South Park blocks, this extensive market has close to 200 vendors and many allergy-friendly options.
To tour downtown, hop on a bike. Pedal Bike Tours (pedalbiketours.com) offers a beginner-level, 3-hour, 9-mile historic downtown bike tour. Or get an introduction to the city through Cycle Portland’s (portlandbicycletours.com) 2-hour Essential Portland bike tour.
The Underground Portland walking tour (portlandwalkingtours.com) is described on its website as “PG-13 and not for the faint of heart.” It tours the tunnels under the city, exploring the “worst of the illicit, naughty, bawdy, corrupt and shady activities of Portland’s not-so-proud past.”
Chinatown is home to the stunning Lan Su Chinese Garden (lansugarden.org), designed by artisans from Suzhou, Portland’s sister city in China. It is said to be one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China.
Departure+ (departureportland.com) is an upscale Asian fusion restaurant located atop the Nines Hotel. The food is fabulous, staff is accommodating and the view of the city from the rooftop bar can’t be beat. The gluten-free menu lists a range of pan-Asian options.
Imperial+ (imperialpdx.com), inside historic Hotel Lucia, was opened by Vitaly Paley, one of Portland’s most acclaimed chefs. Enjoy an upscale dining experience that explores the Pacific Northwest. The food is delightful and many gluten-free options are noted on the menu.
Higgins‡ (higginsportland.com) is a classic upscale Portland restaurant that’s been a fixture in the city for 20 years. The food is exquisite and the staff is happy to accommodate requests for gluten-free and allergy-friendly options.
Dr. Samantha Brody is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist. She is owner of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon, and editor of GlutenFreePortland.org.
* Restaurant is all gluten-free or almost entirely gluten-free. May have bottled beer, packaged foods with gluten ingredients or a distinct area of the kitchen where they handle gluten items. No ambient flour.
+ Restaurant notes gluten-free items on the menu
‡ Restaurant is happy to accommodate gluten-free dietary needs. Ask your server.