This year, try giving a gift of good taste. These Portland shops feature some of the best artisanal handcrafted food and drink in the region. One-stop shopping at its best.
The granddaddy of all farmers markets, Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU, is open year-round, so you can get everything from Northwest grown cranberries at Eagle Organic to a bottle of booze from Eastside Distilling for creating your own flavorful holiday celebration. Choose from many of Portland’s food shops at once and avoid the post office lines by packing and mailing right from the market’s shipping station.
If you have out-of-town guests, they’ll love discovering new artisanal foods at the Portland Saturday Market near the waterfront, another spot to find locally made foods that has become a must visit destination when in Portland.
For people that care about where their food comes from, food co-ops provide a direct farm to consumer connection. The Peoples Food Co-op sources produce and foods from local farms and a membership makes a great gift to one of the most popular food shops in Portland.
Collections of Locally Produced Delights
The Meadow has two trendy Portland food shop locations to create gifts with salts, chocolates, bitters and other unique finishing touches to complete a gourmet meal. There are gift baskets and helpful staff to guide you toward creating a unique selection that fits your friends and family and gift cards and an online shop when all else fails.
Pastaworks has been a Portland staple since opening up on Hawthorne back in 1983 and is still a popular destination among Portland food shops. It moved last year and now has two locations: one in City Market and the other at Providore Fine Foods in NE Portland. Both spots make their own local fresh pastas and other treats that are made using Northwest sourced products like wheat and eggs. Each food center is like a small grocery store, with each section/counter devoted to Oregon’s finest from pasta to fish to meat to produce to other ready made foods. Make a meal out of it as a gift or provide some inspiration with a gift or two. and and
World Foods is a Lebanese market that sells a lot of international and local products and makes their own food, including pita, right in the store. It’s a great spot to get hard-to-find items like exotic spices to flavor international dishes. And spices always make a welcome gift.
If you’re too busy to shop for your own foodie gifts, NW Love in a Box will do it for you. Using the best artisanal foods that Portland is known for, NW Love in a Box has a variety of curated gift boxes available using signature Oregon and Washington purveyors, such Olympic Provisions, Alma Chocolates, Pinkleton’s caramel corn, and Smith Teas.
Article updated since original publish date of December 14, 2016. Sadly, longtime foodie shop favorite Foster and Dobbs closed November 2017.