Discover Maine's urban mecca

Northern New England’s urban mecca, Portland was chosen as the “foodiest small city in America” by Bon Appetit and boasts a lively music scene (with local, regional, national and international acts) and a thriving working seaport. Discover amazing restaurants around every corner, as well as local clothing designers, great cocktail bars and "very Maine" shops featuring handmade goods and curated designer wares. With abundant art galleries (including a great one right onsite at Pomegranate Inn), spas, historic homes, and sightseeing, Portland is thriving.

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Pomegranate Inn


Indulge in eclectic surroundings. Colorful and curated with works of art literally everywhere, the Pomegranate Inn is truly a celebration of bold elegance and whimsy.

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Where to Dine


(207) 775-5652   View Website   90 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Opened this summer by Munjoy Hill culinary dynamos Guy and Stella Hernandez (former owners of the beloved, departed Bar Lola) and partner Neil Reiter, this “Vinoteca & Asador” has been knocking it out of the park since day one. A custom, wood-fired grill produces everything from blistered shishito peppers to clams to a massive porterhouse for three. Other items are super-original and unexpected, such as dandelions and nettles with garlic-almond puree and speck.

The Honey PawBuzz-Worthy

207-774-8538   View Website   78 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Like bees to honey, people are flocking to Honey Paw - sister to perennially popular Hugo’s - for their savory stir-fried noodles, delectable dumplings, and pillowy potato gnocchi. The large communal table running through the center of the restaurant creates a sense of community, making it even easier to share your love for the array of small plates in front of you with your neighbor.


(207) 774-8538   View Website   88 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101
When your restaurant sits perched on a pedestal boasting a shining, gleaming “sterling” reputation – well, the expectations of your guests run high. Very high. Hugo’s meets and exceeds them with inspired cuisine (in the form of inventive, multi-course tasting menus) and truly impeccable and knowledgable service.

Central ProvisionsBuzz-Worthy

(207) 805-1085   View Website   414 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Currently the hottest ticket in town, this small plates restaurant opened with a bang over the winter of 2014 and has been serving up creative meals ever since. Eclectic with arty touches, the food here is the culinary equivalent to the Pomegranate Inn! Dishes arrive quickly with a detailed description from your server. Chris, the beverage/wine manager is a brilliant sommelier and all-around great guy. Don’t miss the smoked carrots (trust us), fluke ceviche, arancini, local mushrooms, scallops. . .We could go on.

Bite Into Maine

(207) 420-0294   View Website   1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107

One of the best ways to enjoy fresh Maine lobster is in roll form, but not just any roll – the area's best. Bite Into Maine parks their food truck at Fort Williams and offers a variety of  lobster rolls from Original, Picnic, Wasabi, Curry or Chipotle. Nosh while you soak in the view.

Bao Bao Dumpling HouseBuzz-Worthy

(207) 772-8400   View Website   133 Spring St, Portland, Maine 04101

New and cute as a button, this dumpling house is perfect in the colder months. Steaming hot dumplings and Asian teas are just the ticket for snowy nights. All the dumplings are exceptional, but don't miss out on the beef and curry (get them pan fried). The greens in oyster sauce dish is truly amazing, and the chrysanthemum tea will set you to rights if you are feeling sniffly.

Where to Drink

The Maine Brew Bus

207-200-9111   View Website   79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

With stops like Cellardoor Winery, New England Distilling, Rising Tide Brewing Co., there is sure to be a "taste" for everyone aboard the bright green Maine Brew Bus! While tours vary, they're all " all inclusive" – providing transportation to and from Maine’s award-winning breweries as well as smaller, upcoming breweries, pub snacks, a brewery tour, beer trivia, fun and of course BEER (or wine and spirits)! 

The Jewel BoxBuzz-Worthy

(207) 747-5384   View Website   644 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101
Moody lighting, soul and R&B on the stereo and the town's funkiest wall mural distinguish this special new cocktail lounge. And lounge you will! Creative signature cocktails change weekly (giving you plenty of reasons to go back) Tasty finger food and super-friendly service from "the Bearded Lady" and his team make this a must-stop spot.

Tempo DuluBuzz-Worthy

(207) 879-8755   View Website   163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04102

Located at the Danforth Inn, this Asian-inspired hideaway opened in June 2015 with great anticipation. While we aren't yet sold on it for the food, we can heartily recommend the lounge. Mixologist Trevin Hutchins conjurs up truly original cocktails including the Jim Thompson, with Jasmine infused gin and rose "air" served in a vintage Chinese teacup or the Jakarta, a spicy and smoky twist on the Manhattan.

Portland Hunt + Alpine ClubBuzz-Worthy

(207) 747-4754   View Website   75 Market St, Portland, Maine 04101
This is a cocktail lounge with truly amazing finger food. Featuring creative and nordic-inspired shared plates and open-faced sandwiches, it’s a wonderful option for an early snack before or after a concert or play. Or, for a pick me up after walking the Old Port. Cocktails are inventive and stellar.

Novare ResNoteable

(207) 761-2437   View Website   4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine 04101

The ultimate beer bar, Novare Res is underground, dimly lit, smells like yeast and has one of the most impressive beer lists in the United States. More than thirty taps are always flowing with new finds as well as favorites, and the bottle list tops 300 different ales, lambics, ciders and more.

Where to Shop

Portland Trading Company

(207) 899-0228   View Website   157 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101

One-of-a-kind, well-curated, lifestyle-themed general store offering a mix of vintage and new clothes, select accessories, rare books, body care items, high-end camping gear and home goods. It's almost as eclectic as the Pomegranate Inn! Owner Kazeem Lawhal has truly impeccable taste.

Portland Trading Company

(207) 899-0228   View Website   157 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

This general store is one-of-a-kind. It's both well-curated, modernized and lifestyle-themed, offering a mix of vintage and new clothes, and home goods. 


View Website   237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

ocavore approach to clothing. Sustainable model of custom-made shirts made with handloomed Japanese prints, skirts, leather bags and more.


(207) 775-5459   View Website   26 Milk Street, Portland, ME 04101

Hip conscious trade boutique featuring local artisans, vintage collections and an exclusive Waterlily line of clothing. You'll find a variety of scarves, jewelry and more.

Portland Flea For All

(207) 370-7570   View Website   585 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Each weekend the Flea-for-All showcases a rotating cast of vendors selling the very best in vintage and handmade gifts. You're sure to find something to suit your shopping desires!

Portland Dry Goods

(207) 699-5575   View Website   237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

If you're looking to find high-end men's and women's wear, shoes and accessories, we recommend this store on Commercial Street. Brands include Gitman Vintage, 316 Denim, Gant Rugger, Redwing, Barbour, Alden, Muttonhead, Southwick, Reigning Champ and Topo.

Eco Home Studio

(207) 899-0390   View Website   334 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101

The furniture and accessories that you'll find here are not only made in Maine, but they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

Flea For AllBuzz-Worthy

(207) 370-7570   View Website   125 Kennebec St, Portland, Maine 04101

Three floors of fabulous vintage finds, handmade items and antiques fill every nook and cranny of this unique shop and gathering spot. Plan for a few hours of poking through stacks of retro vinyl, displays of classic bar ware and vignettes of unusual furniture. Summers feature food trucks in the parking lot to feed the belly as the wallet lightens. Open Friday-Sunday.

Home Remedies

(207) 899-0135   View Website   83 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

Home Remedies is a custom home decor showroom with an on-site sewing and reupholstery workroom and an on-site staff with years of experience in the design and decor industry.

Pinecone & Chickadee

(207) 772-9280   View Website   6 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101

Pinecone & Chickadee offers shoppers a curated selection of handmade crafts, paper goods, unusual gifts, and apparel.

Angela AdamsNoteable

(207) 774-3523   View Website   273 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101

Well-crafted modern home furnishings, textiles, rugs, home accessories, bags and personal items inspired by the timeless beauty of nature and the ever-changing landscape of Maine.