Voodoo Donut & Powell’s Bookstore

For our first day in Portland, Sam and I are exploring the famous “must-see” spots. Two of the items on that list were Voodoo Donuts and Powell’s Bookstore. Both locations are always on the top 10 lists for Portland, so I knew I wanted to check them out on my first trip to this Northwest liberal hub.

One of those spots is Voodoo Donut, a famous bakery and donut shop in downtown Portland. Known for its wacky donut flavors, we knew we had to go all out and try some of the crazy ones. We split 3 different donuts, including Old Dirty Bastard, Maple Bacon and Snow Capped. The Old Dirty Bastard had Oreos, peanut butter, and fudge frosting. The snowcapped had shaved coconut, chocolate frosting on a chocolate donut.

voodoo donuts sign

Despite the crazy flavors, me and Sam loved the donuts! They were light and fluffy on the inside with yummy toppings. The vibe of the place is what really did us in though. The bright pink walls and kooky dressed cashiers dancing to punk rock really completed the atmosphere. There is small patio next to the restaurant for patrons to sit and enjoy the donuts and of course, people watch. The donuts were huge, so we didn’t quite finish them, but Voodoo certainly fulfilled my sweet tooth!


As we digested the huge breakfast, we walked our way over to Powell’s Bookstore. Known as a city of books, Powell’s did not disappoint. With four floors of books covering an entire city block, there is endless opportunities for discovery. You need a map just to find where you’re going! We wandered the towering shelves of books looking at different sections, including travel, sci-fi and DIY. The smell of books, old and new, fills your senses and brings the store to life. There are lots of nooks with vintage couches to enjoy a few pages of your newest purchase, or relax as you decide which section to visit next! We spent several hours exploring the store, finding several books to make room for in our suitcases.



Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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