Saturday Market is a Portland staple and a must-see on everyone’s travel list when visiting. March 2nd marked the first day of the 40th selling season. The market is open every Saturday (and Sunday) through Christmas Eve and offers hundreds of local vendors that feature handmade items from jewelry to dog treats.
Last weekend kicked off with an opening celebration that included giveaways, music, kids’ activities, food trucks and a whole lot more. Now that the initial craze is over, come down to the market and not only find one-of-a-kind goodies for yourself and family/friends, but also enjoy this whole list of awesomeness including:
- Main Stage entertainment, featuring local entertainers, like Johnny Martin
- Kids’ activities
- Street performers
- Food carts for every palette
- Over 200 amazing artisans
You’re sure to work up an appetite with all the excitement going on. If you are looking for something more traditional, so you can sit down and give your feet a rest, make a reservation at Mother’s Bistro for brunch or lunch. Located on 2nd and Stark, it’s close enough to walk to and just far enough from the crowds (though there is always a crowd waiting for a table here) to make for a relaxing retreat from the market. If you ask anyone downtown for a good recommendation, Mother’s is surely on their list of must-eats.
You can also cap off your trip to the market with a dessert to end all desserts: a doughnut at Voodoo. Another Portland landmark, you can’t go leave unless you’ve had one, lest you be shunned by your family and friends back home.
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