Powell's Books + Chocolate Shots + Pearl Shopping + Deschutes - W Burnside

No trip to Portland would be complete without a trip to Powell's City of Books. This daytime outing starts at Powell's, recharges your battery with liquid chocolate shots at Cacao, impresses parents with high end shopping, and ends with a square meal and a beer at Deschutes. These places are within four blocks of each other and can be easily walked to.

Tip: Park in the Brewery Blocks underground lot. You can make a purchase at Whole Foods and get 45 minutes for free if they validate your stamp. Worth it. You may want to do this step first and just grab a fizzy water for your outing.

Here's your map.

Powell's: even if your guests are not fervent readers, you'll still have a great time visiting this colorful bookstore that occupies an entire city block. Plus, if your parents are early risers, Powell's opens at 9 AM every single day (which is approximately two hours before the rest of Portland wakes up).

The fact that Powell's offers maps to navigate the store should tell you something about the size of this place, which includes nine color-coded rooms organized by subject matter. 

After you've had your fill of Powell, follow this map to Cacao where you can buy shots of "drinking chocolate." Moonstruck does something similar, but Cacao really has perfected liquid chocolate. You'll have your choice of three selections, each with unique flavor notes such as cinnamon and clove.

Feeling revived? Good, because you are now headed to do some light shopping on NW Couch. Here you will find a flagship Anthropologie, Athleta, MadeWell, Lululemon, and more. Even if these stores are not your style, they WILL impress your parents and convince them that there is more to Portland than Keno and marijuana dispensaries. 

Feeling parched? Head on over to Deschutes Brewery on NW 11th. The Deschutes Portland Public House also offers a classic NW lodge feel and tasty brewery food that is a notch above the norm.

Did you know that all parents enjoy Mirror Pond? They do. Unlike IPAs which parents' palates cannot tolerate, Mirror Pond is a simple beer that parents can get down with. You can see tanks of it through giant windows.

The Public House is great. They have 18 (eighteen) beers on tap, as well as their own brew tanks that are visible through large glass windows. Here's their happy hour menu.


theSpeak said...

I think I'd add the food carts on Alder to this one.

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