Written by Meg DeNeffe
Living Room Theater
A sophisticated yet comfortable cinema environment that has the relaxing atmosphere of a movie theatre with a fancy twist. If you want to “wine-and-dine” your date, but in a more relaxed (cheaper) setting, Portland’s living room theater is the perfect place to enjoy a film and eat delicious food on a budget at the same time.
Oaks Park Roller Rink
Bringing your date rolling skating is a great way to get to know each other better and have a good time. Roller Skating at Oaks Park is super affordable and year-round. Roller skating brings out your inner child and lets your date know you know how to have fun.
Portland Escape Room
Portland Escape Rooms are a fun, problem-solving interactive activity that allows you and your crush to put your heads together. You and your date have 60 minutes to discover hidden objects, gather clues, and solve puzzles to find the key to escape in a locked theme room. You can also choose the theme and setting of the room like American Revolution, Kidnapped, Arcade, Fortune teller, or Zombie. This real life adventure game is perfect for date night.
Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum is perfect for the artsy couple looking for a free yet still romantic, stimulating date that allows you to walk around and spend time together while also being aesthetically pleased. And if your looking to have more fun, play hide and seek and text each other clues having to do with the art nearby your hiding spot. As a memory for you and your lover, make sure to stop at the museum gift stop while your there!
Portland Japanese Garden
The Portland Japenese Garden is a beautiful spot to walk around and admire the natural beauty of the roses and greenery, and the beauty of your date! The Japanese Garden is a great photo shoot location to capture the moment and get some great shots to look back on in the future. You can also bring a picnic or some snacks to share and sit back on the benches and take in the moment.
Portland Food Trucks
Not sure what to eat? Bring your date to one of the many Portland Food Carts around the city and taste all different types of foods from different places in the world. With its prominent downtown location, the food truck pod clustered around Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street has long been Portland’s biggest food cart attraction. Pick two or three food options that sound good from different carts and try all of them and see which one you like the best!
Rimsky Coffee House
Rimsky Coffee House is an iconic spot for dessert adventures in Portland, and is one of the very few culinary establishments in Portland that offer free live music. Rimsky’s is known for its exquisite dessert menu and for offering a unique experience to guests. It operates from the former living room of a reportedly haunted Craftsman-style house in the Buckman neighborhood. Each table is named after a different composer and randomly rotate or vibrate, stay with the haunted theme of the house. The upstairs unisex bathroom has an “under-the-sea” theme and reportedly induces screams.