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A List of 10 Romantic Things to do in Portland

A List of 10 Romantic Things to do in Portland

Portland may be weird, but that actually works in your favor if you’re hoping to go on a date in the city. We have all the usual romantic things to do here as well as some more uncommon ones!

We created a list of romantic things to do in Portland that different types of couples can enjoy. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re the sporty couple, the artsy couple, adventurous couple, or something else!  

1. Grabbing lattes at The Dragonfly Coffee House

Grabbing lattes at The Dragonfly Coffee House
Image from The Dragonfly Coffee House
ADDRESS2387 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-224-7888
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 7 AM – 4 PM 

Asking someone you like to grab coffee with you is a fairly common date. However, we also added our own Portlander twist to it by adding a coffee shop that will make you feel like home. 

If you’re new in the city, but have been here for a couple of days now, you’ve probably already noticed that we’re a friendly bunch. The Dragonfly Coffee House shows how hospitable we can be. 

The Dragonfly Coffee House
Image from The Dragonfly Coffee House

This coffee shop is the type where the baristas remember your name. Even after just a few times of going here, you’ll already feel like you’re part of the community. 

We recommend going here for your date if you want a relaxing place where you can just chill and have a nice conversation. There’s not much noise, so you won’t get easily distracted and you’ll be able to hear yourselves very clearly. 

You can even bring a book with you if you want to have a little book date… or you can just get a cup of coffee to take with you while you walk to your next destination. 

Pro tip:
We recommend their Salted Caramel Latte if you don’t want anything over-the-top. However, if you want to try something a bit unusual, try one of their special lattes! They have 6 different ones, but our top 2 favorites are Honey Lavender and Maple Cardamom.

2. Trying out unique ice cream flavors at Salt & Straw 

ADDRESS838 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 971-271-8168
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 11 AM – 11PM 

Want something that’s at once a throwback to old-school romantic dates while also offering up something new? Well then, we recommend trying out Salt and Straw. 

It’s a pretty famous ice cream shop, so you probably heard of it already. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re really missing out, especially if you have a sweet tooth. 

Their ice cream flavors attract a lot of curious customers because there are several weird ones. And by weird we mean they combine two different flavors that just don’t seem to have any business working well together. 

Salt & Straw
Image from Salt & Straw

Surprisingly, they always do! Really – we’re often astonished by the oddities we taste here, which have included things like strawberries put together with honey balsamic vinegar and black pepper! 

Ultimately, we know it depends on your tastebuds, but we haven’t tried anything we didn’t like at this shop, so we say it’s worth trying it out. At the very least, you and your date will have an experience worth talking about afterwards!

And if you’re wondering what makes this romantic, just remember that there’s romance in trying weird or fun things together! Different people find romance in different ways – why can’t it be in sharing an ice cream cone?

Pro tips:
If your date is a fan of something really sweet, try ordering the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. If they’re adventurous, recommend them the Pear & Blue Cheese or the Honey Lavender. However, do note that their flavors change around, so be sure to check in before you go if you want to impress your date!
They also have dairy-free options. We like the Freckled Mint Chocolate Chip the most. 

3. Trying fine dining at Le Pigeon

ADDRESS738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-546-8796
OPERATING HOURSTuesday – Saturday 5 AM – 10 PM Sunday and Monday Closed

Fine dining is another date staple. Fortunately for couples, there are a lot of good fine-dining spots in our city – though for this particular recommendation, we’re singling out Le Pigeon.

The first reason to go with Le Pigeon is that it’s French, so it’s guaranteed to be a romantic dining experience. The French, after all, are experts at anything to do with love!

Portland Monthly
Image from Portland Monthly

Just be warned that the atmosphere isn’t too private, as far as dining goes. The tables are pretty close together and there are almost always plenty of people. 

Despite that, it honestly didn’t ruin the romantic feel of dining here, as far as we were concerned. Some couples would probably be busy looking into each other’s eyes anyway to even pay attention to the other diners! 

Anyway, we recommend this for couples who are celebrating something special. It could be an anniversary, a job promotion, or the simple fact that you two are very much in love! 

Pro tip:
We recommend trying out their Gnocchi de Pigeon. All of us who tried it liked the taste of cheese and spicy balsamic together. 

4. Doing something exciting at Escape Games PDX

Doing something exciting at Escape Games PDX
ADDRESS2636 NW 26th Ave #2, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-208-7353
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 11:30 AM – 10 PM 
PRICE$37.50 per player

We know what you’re thinking. Puzzle games like this are probably not the most romantic thing in the world for most people. 

But for others, they’re genuinely thrilling. If you’re the type of couple who bonds over puzzles and board games, for instance, playing escape games is most likely up your alley in terms of bonding activities. 

That’s why we recommend this the most for couples who like playing games or being competitive. They have nice variety here too, so you can easily find a theme you’ll enjoy: you can pick 6 different rooms that you have to escape from in an hour. 

Just rest assured that there are no scary consequences if you’re not able to escape. You just won’t have bragging rights, unfortunately. 

Pro tip:
Out of the 6 rooms, these were our faves: The Tales From the Attic and Prison Heist. Without spoiling too much, the consensus for our staff was that these two were the most exciting out of the bunch. They were also the right balance of challenging and enjoyable. 

5. Having fun at Oaks Amusement Park

ADDRESS7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-233-5777
OPERATING HOURSSunday 1 – 5 PM, 7 – 9:30 PMMonday ClosedTuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10 AM – 11:30 AM, 3 – 5 PM, 7 – 9:30 PM Thursday 3 – 5 PM, 7 – 9:30 PM Friday 1 – 5 PM, 7 – 10:30 PM Saturday 10 – 11:30 AM, 1 – 5 PM, 7 – 10:30 PM 
PRICERoller rink entrance: $12 per person

Oaks Amusement Park can be a pretty romantic place for a lot of people, believe it or not. That’s because it offers a lot of activities to suit different couples’ speeds.

Try the roller skating rink here if you want something easy-going and old-school, for instance. It’s pretty well-maintained, clean, and most of the people who go here are actually couples or families.

If one of you isn’t skilled at roller skating, the other one could even teach them the ropes! And if both of you are beginners, it may even be more fun and exciting. 

You get to watch each other fall and tumble and laugh at each other’s mistakes. It will definitely improve how comfortable you are with each other.  

There are also other attractions in the park such as mini golf, games, and escape rooms. And of course, they have plenty of rides to try out if you’re both the type to also seek some high-octane fun! 

Oak’s Amusement Park
Image from Oak’s Amusement Park

For the thrill seekers, we recommend these particular rides:

  • AtmosFEAR is a pendulum-like ride that’s basically people with motion sickness’ worst nightmare. However, it’s perfect for people who like extreme rides!
  • Adrenaline Peak is their roller coaster ride that would take you to three heart-dropping inversions. 
  • Tree Top Drop takes you 45 ft. above air and drops you over and over again. 
Pro tips:
If all else fails, try taking your date to the ferris wheel just before sunset. Although, do check in beforehand whether they’re scared of heights!
Every Tuesday, there’s an Adult Skate event at the rink where only people above 18 can enter the rink. Whereas every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, it’s LGBTQ+ night. 

6. Going on a dinner cruise with Portland Spirit

Going on a dinner cruise with Portland Spirit
Image from Tripadvisor
ADDRESS110 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-224-3900
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PMSaturday 9 AM – 4 PMSunday 9 AM – 2:30 PM 
PRICEAdult: From $98

Having dinner while on a cruise? That’s two romantic activities in one! 

With this dinner cruise, you and your date will see the sparkling lights of the city at night – and from one of the most intimate settings there is in Portland. 

There’s good food, live piano music, and a great atmosphere. Moreover, you and your date will sit across from each other with warm, romantic candlelight between you two.  

See why we had to recommend it? It has everything you can ever ask for on a dinner date and is probably the textbook definition of a romantic activity. 

Image from Groupon

The cruise will go on for 2 ½ hours with a three-course dinner, all while the views of Milwaukie Waterfront and downtown Portland are right outside the window for your viewing pleasure. 

This is perfect for partners who enjoy spending their downtime fancily or for couples who just want to do something extra special for the night. 

Pro tips:
If you or your date have any dietary restrictions, be sure to call in beforehand so they can accommodate you. 
The cruise is wheelchair-accessible, but you also have to inform them early if you or your date has a wheelchair. 

7. Trying something spooky with Portland Ghost Tour

Trying something spooky with Portland Ghost Tour
Image from Portland Ghost Tour
ADDRESS110 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-224-3900
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 10 AM – 10 PM 
PRICEAdults: $25

Don’t worry, this is the weirdest one of this list. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though, because this is Portland we’re talking about – a list of romantic things to do in this city isn’t complete without someone lifting an eyebrow. 

Anyway, Portland Ghost Tour is the romantic thing to do in our city if you and your date have an interest in the supernatural and night-time thrills. The tour will take you to the haunted spots in downtown Portland starting at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where you’ll meet up with your guide. 

You won’t be able to go inside the haunted spots, however. Still, some places are accessible in the morning so you and your date can decide to go there some time – which works out for us because that way, another date is ensured! 

Anyway, we found the guides to be fun and informative, so the tour isn’t really spooky. We think people who are easily afraid of the paranormal would still have a fun time on this tour. 

Moreover, you’re going to travel in groups so plenty of people equals no ghosts, right? At least that’s how it is in most movies. We do hope that’s how it is in real life! 

Pro tip:
Wear comfortable shoes. No, not because you might run away from ghosts (but we can never be too sure!) but because you will be walking for an hour. 

8. Playing classic arcade games with Ground Kontrol

ADDRESS115 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-796-9364
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 12 PM – 12 AM

Want to do something with your date that will bring on childhood nostalgia? What could be more nostalgic than playing the games you used to as a kid? 

Several games you can play here are Street Fighter, Star Wars, Dance Dance Revolution, Rambo, and Pac-man. Trust us when we say there’s a lot more! 

They even serve light food and alcoholic drinks, so expect to be here with your date for hours. Whether you and your date are still getting to know each other or have known each other for a long time, this could still be quite enjoyable. 

We especially recommend this for gamer couples for obvious reasons. But of course, other couples who just want to do a fun activity with each other would be able to enjoy this. 

Pro tip:
We find it better to go with our dates here after dinner. That way, you can end the night on a fun and high note!

9. Hiking at Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Hiking at Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Image from Oregon is For Adventure
ADDRESS11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 800-551-6949

Tryon Creek State Natural Area has a total of 8 miles of hiking trails, so you can say this is for the more active couple. 

And, since there are a lot of flora and fauna to appreciate the area, we recommend this to anyone who’s curious about nature. This could even be for the spiritual couples who like doing grounding meditations out in the wild! 

Anyway, this forest is 658 acres, so there’s a lot of room for exploration. If you’re interested in guided hikes, Tyron Creek also hosts them all throughout the year. 

By the way, if you and your date prefer to bike, the forest also has a 3-mile bicycle path that you can both try. 

Pro tip:
Some people take their kids here so you can say the trails are not too challenging. Even if you’re not experienced hikers, you will still have fun here if you like walking in nature. 

10. Signing up for a pottery class at Radius Art Studio

ADDRESS2324 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Wednesday ClosedThursday 5 PM – 9 PMFriday 4 PM – 8 PMSaturday 1 – 5 PMSunday 10 AM – 2 PM
PRICEOne time wheel session: $75 per person

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Ghost”, you know that doing crafty things with your date can be another romantic activity to consider. This is why we added signing up for a pottery class to the list. 

Not only is this a good bonding activity, but it may also become a shared hobby that you can further bond on in the future. Trust us, we were pretty astonished by how much we ourselves liked it when we tried the class!

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And if you’re worried about your pottery skills, don’t fret. You don’t have to be an expert to be able to succeed in the pottery class, as complete beginners are guided by an instructor who will teach the basics. 

After the class, you and your partner will have the option to keep the final product. Do note that you can only collect it a month after the date of your workshop. 

Plus, here’s a fun idea: how about exchanging ceramics together with your date so that you both have a souvenir of each other and the memento of a great time? 

Pro tip:
It’s important that you and your date arrive on time so you don’t miss the instructor’s demos! You’re more likely to get a great piece out of your class this way.

We hope that this list gives you ideas on romantic and fun activities you can do with your partner in our city. Do you have any suggestions on what else to add? Let us know!

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