The Hippest Places in Portland: new travel video! Food Trucks, art hotels & hipsters.

carmen yuen, la carmina, goth hair

Hip, hip, hooray! My Portland travel video is out on Business Insider, in which I explore the city’s weird and wonderful subcultures. In a lot of ways, it’s my favorite episode so far.

I’m biting my nails to hear what you think… Watch the video above and on BI. Did you laugh at my “fairy dance” and pirate torture scene?

brickbat goth club portland, lovecraft bar

My travel series wouldn’t be possible without these two : Melissa Rundle and Eric Bergemann, who did all the shooting, editing and production. It’s hard to find people who you can successfully travel, work and Goth-party with!

nightmare before christmas halloween makeup

In our video, we take you inside Portland’s underground subcultures. This includes a live performance of the Nightmare Before Christmas…

goth christmas tree decorations

… complete with a spooky tree, covered with crows and brains.

tim burton halloween display

We also went to the Goth-friendly Lovecraft bar (a tribute to the horror writer) and an underground warehouse party, Steep and Thorny.

1970s vintage white fur coat

I loved Portland’s vintage clothing selection. Been searching for a disco dream-coat like this all my life.

halloween bokeh

Bokeh and ominous reflections, in the window of steampunk boutique Wells & Verne.

sexy steampunk girl art

So many things about Portland are “me” to a T. Such as this steam-girl painting, inspired by Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha.

buddha rainbow mural

Or this rainbow Buddhist mural on the wall of my room, at the Jupiter Hotel.

velvet devil wine

This hipster hotel must have been expecting me. Velvet Devil wine and green apples in the lobby…

art gallery jupiter hotel

… alongside modern art by local painters.

cat chalk drawing

Portland’s culture is all about creativity. My room at the Jupiter Hotel had a chalkboard door, and First Mate Naomi drew a cat on it.

avalon theater sign portland

I’ll leave you with some bonus shots. This is the Avalon Theater, next to our vegan brunch cafe Paradox. I could have walked around PDX all day long, simply shooting photos.

mismatched color tights

Naomi’s mis-matched tights match the autumn foliage.

orange fall leaves

The Pacific Northwest may be grey and rainy, but you get all four seasons and there is nature everywhere.

jolly roger pirate restaurant

Arr! We went to a food truck pit stop, near the Jolly Roger. We sampled Mexican tacos, crepes and pumpkin butter sandwiches.

food truck, jambalaya

My favorite was the jambalaya, cooked fresh from a Creole truck. (New Orleans is on my list of must-visit places…)

anthem brewing, apple cider beer

PDX is proud of its local craft beer breweries. I enjoyed the pear and cherry ciders by Anthem Brewing.

spooky reflection window

Now you know why Portland is now one of my favorite American cities. Intrigued by the quirky indie culture here? Then please take a few minutes to watch our Portland travel video, highlighting the hippest parts of the city. (Keep your ears peeled for the evil laugh!)

How are you liking my travel video series? For more photos and tips, here are all my posts about Portland alt travel.


  • Candice


  • Besaws

    Awesome! Come back and see us anytime!

  • meredith

    Did you see Refuge at about 0:20-23?

  • JuicE

    Love your travels =]

  • Ashley

    “Portlandia” xD Haha man i need to check this place out! Nice vid :)

  • valstion

    Not bad

  • Stephanie

    That looked like so much fun!!!

  • Lauren

    I want to go to the Lovecraft bar!

  • Joey

    Great video! sadly only been to one of the places you went to

  • Kelly

    Portland is now on my list of places to visit! Thanks for Sharing!

    • It’s a must visit! I wanna go back.

  • laine


  • Critter

    Makes me wish I lived in Portland… the area of Wisconsin that I’m from is bereft of that kind of weird charm!

    • aww I found cool things when I was in Wisconsin!

  • tara


  • TP

    Looks like you had a rollicking good time!

  • 99Balloons

    AWESOME blog post

  • Jupiter Hotel

    So glad you stayed with us!

  • jara

    hello lacarmina

  • Bill Buse

    Love this video on Portland.

  • Julie

    We love your take on Portland, La Carmina!

  • Tila

    This is a great post!!

  • manny

    Awwww! Lovely

  • Simi

    they are amazing!!!

  • Kathy

    You’re in the wrong portland! U should be in Portland MAINE!

  • Billy

    Love the pic in front of the Bagdad…

  • Ebba


  • Lhassa

    Godddd you’re so ugly but your blog is cool.
    Portland seems like a fun place to visit too.

  • Leanne

    I already wanted to visit Portland, even before this! Some great outfits there, really cool!

  • Elizabeth

    Great!!!! I wish I lived there!

  • Dave


  • Heaven

    Where has been your FAVORITE place to travel so far?!! And thanks for
    sharing. I LIVE here in Portland and never make it downtown so that was
    fun to see!

  • Lilith

    is so hot !