Last September my husband and I ended up in Portland to renew our Indian visas and go back to live in India. Almost a year later now (can’t believe how fast the year went!), we stayed in Oregon. Currently we live about 35 miles from Portland but I have gotten to know Portland a bit and I can confidently say that Portland is my favorite US city.
I think Portland’s amazingness has been kept a secret for many years and it is starting to come out.
Two of the many things Portland does right is ice cream shops and barbershops. We hit both on a summer Saturday in SE Division St right before our trip to The Dalles.
Rooks Traditional barbershop offers classic men’s haircutting and styling services, as well as hot towel straight razor shaves, buzz cuts and kid’s cuts.
All services include a complimentary shot, craft beer, or soda and hot towel neck shave.
Just a couple blocks down is Salt & Straw, Portland’s farm-to-cone ice cream shop which has been getting notable press nationwide. My first time at the NW location I wasn’t too impressed with my flavor but after coming back two more times including the SE location, I was definitely happy.
I ordered cucumber raspberry sorbet and hubby got salted caramel. Both were absolutely delicious.
We also got a couple lavender macarons to go with our ice creams.
Division St is full of amazing local businesses.
We walked by the Townshend’s Tea House. A place I would love to come try, maybe when hubby gets another haircut.
And Coffee Division, a humble coffee shop serving great coffee.
This is where I waited with a macchiato while hubby tried the barbershop for the first time.
Scoop shop at 3345 SE Division St Portland, OR | Open 11am-11pm daily | (503)208-2054
Scoop shop at 2035 NE Alberta St Portland, OR | Open 11am-11pm daily | (503)208-3867
Scoop shop & bakery at 838 NW 23rd Ave Portland, OR | Open 10am-11pm daily | (971)271-8168
3580 SE Division St Portland, OR | Open daily 10-6 | (503) 432-8569
2935 NE Broadway St Portland, OR | Open daily 9-7 | (503) 287-3399
-cash only- (ATM available at both locations)