Portland, OR – Great Vegan Eats and Rooftop Bars!

We visited Portland again after 10+ years and the first time as full vegans for the annual Portland VegFest, which is a great 2-day indoor festival about all things plant-based and cruelty-free!
And after sampling and discovering the many amazing brands at VegFest, we also added a little extra time to explore the city!
If you like bars with a view, we can highly recommend the following rooftop bars:
On the east side of the Willamette River, check out Altabira City Tavern on top of the chic Eastlund Hotel, which comes with a large patio that invites you to linger no matter what weather it is, as they have fire pits and overhead heating lamps! While we didn’t eat here, we can recommend their Oregon wines by the glass!
Up on the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, you will find the amazing Departure Restaurant & Lounge, styled like an aircraft, and highly recommended not just for the 180 degree view on the city from their patio, but also the very delicious pan Asian foods! Don’t miss the fabulous Mahogany Noodles and Green Curry, or pretty much everything else on the vegan dinner menu, which will be provided on request. This place is a winner in every way!
Here are some great vegan eats that we got to explore in Portland:
Even if you don’t have time for anything else, there is ONE PLACE you cannot miss: Missionary Chocolates! Hands-down the very best vegan gourmet, artisan chocolates, truffles, and more in SO MANY fantastic flavors, also available as CBD-infused! We are basically addicts of Missionary Chocolates and every person we have introduced to it has joined us! So.. unless you eat them all right away, make room in your suitcase and take Missionary Chocolates home – it’s one of the best bribes I can think of! 😉
A must-see in Old Town, the Lan Su Chinese Garden features a charming authentic tea house, where you can enjoy traditional Chinese tea service along with some great snacks like dumplings, noodles, roasted nuts, moon cakes and more.

Ichiza Kitchen is a tiny vegan jewel in the big city and it’s worth the wait for a table to enjoy amazing pan-Asian cuisine and Gaiwan tea service! We ordered half the menu and loved everything! The small plates are dim sum style and super satisfying.

Right next door to Ichiza Kitchen is Vtopia, which comes with a great selection of creamy cashew cheeses, platters and sandwiches.
The next day we ventured over to Kati Thai, another one of the popular eateries in Portland, so an early or late dinner may be your best shot at shorter wait times. Our dinner had Bangkok-seasoned peanuts, turmeric mushrooms and a great panang curry, all washed down with sake.
A great new addition to the vegan food scene is Virtuous Pie, which woes with delightful vegan pizzas and golden milk, ice creams and more! And right across the road is Aviv, an Israeli vegan eatery serving up great combos of hummus & more!
And while we are not donut fans, we were glad to follow a friend’s recommendation to check out Blue Star Donuts, which are a big quality step up from any other donuts in town! They have some great vegan flavors… and yes, we brought a box back with us to Vegas and the receiving friend now has a new favorite donut company!
Travel Diary by Ina Mohan