Voodoo Doughnut sign in Portland, Oregon.

If you want to stand in line for a bacon maple bar, the original Voodoo Doughnut is at 22 SW 3rd Avenue. Photo © Christopher Michel, licensed creative Commons Attribution.

A recent 12-year-old visitor said that he wanted to see two places in Portland: Voodoo Doughnut and the feminist bookstore. Like many others, his view of the Rose City had been shaped by the popular IFC series, Portlandia. Here’s a brief rundown on visiting businesses and parks used as sets in the TV show:

  • In Other Words Women’s Bookstore (14 NE Killingsworth St.): Unlike at Women and Women First, the staff here is friendly and welcoming.
  • Eastbank Esplanade: Dream of the ’90s as you dodge cyclists, runners, hot girls wearing glasses, and the occasional clown.
  • Olympic Provisions NW: Dream of the 1890s as you eat excellent artisan sausage. Good chance of seeing some finely cultivated beards here.
  • Land (3925 N. Mississippi Ave.): Put a bird on it! Gift shop and gallery with a good selection of quirky T-shirts, books, and cards.
  • Prasad (inside Yoga Pearl, 925 NW Davis St.): Vegan raw restaurant, but unfortunately, no fart patio.
  • If you want to stand in line for a bacon maple bar, the original Voodoo Doughnut is at 22 SW 3rd Avenue; there’s an eastside location at 1501 NE Davis Street.
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Excerpted from the Tenth Edition of Moon Oregon.