The Unauthorized 'Portlandia' Lover’s Guide to Portland
Get to know Portland, Oregon by shamelessly stalking Portlandia co-star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein’s social feeds.
Most celebrities live in L.A. or Manhattan. Not Carrie Brownstein. She’s big enough to be throwing out the first pitch at a Mariners game, but in case you need a refresher: Brownstein is the co-star and co-creator of the sketch comedy series Portlandia, a founding member of the rock band Sleater-Kinney, and the author of the memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, which comes out on October 27. Since 2001, she’s also been a resident of Portland, Oregon. Naturally, we stalked her on social media to find out where Portland’s coolest It girl goes for tea, to walk her dogs, to feast on Thai, and to stock up on decidedly cool wardrobe essentials.
Pip’s Original Doughnuts and Chai
This small shop recently expanded into the space next door, but its owners still haven’t made room for bakery display cases—and they don’t need to, because all their doughnuts are made to order. These miniature, fried sweets are perfect for sampling a variety of flavors, such as cinnamon-sugar and raw honey with sea salt. Pip’s, which Brownstein recommended in this Reddit AMA, also house-blends five varieties of chai, which come hot, iced, or in Popsicle form.
Brownstein has two dogs, and according to Instagram, at least one of them got to romp around this 100-foot waterfall at the eastern base of Mt. Hood. About two hours from Portland, the falls are accessible from the well-marked Tamanawas Falls Trailhead via an easy, approximately four-mile out-and-back hike that crosses multiple footbridges.
Andy Ricker’s northern-Thai empire has eight outposts, five of which are in Portland. The James Beard Award–winning chef’s Northeast Portland location tends to have the shortest wait, but you’ll get the most menu options—including grilled boar collar meat, roasted game hen, and green papaya salad—at the original location in Southeast, which Brownstein touted on Twitter.
This boutique stocks clothes for tomboys—think: tees that say tomboy—as well as blazers, overalls, and sweatshirts, and Brownstein gave them a shout-out on Twitter. You can try on all the androgynous, casual garments in their teepee-like dressing room, then carve your name in the wall while keeping your eyes peeled for the two-year-old brand’s other celeb fans.
Okay, so Brownstein hasn’t mentioned this 101-year-old venue on any platform. But Sleater-Kinney played songs from their new album, No Cities to Love, here in May, nine years after playing their “farewell” tour at the Ballroom in 2006. Line up early to nab one of the few balcony seats, or head straight to the main room, which has a sprung, or “floating,” dance floor that absorbs shock. Downstairs, Lola’s Room regularly hosts 80s and 90s dance parties.