Portland, Maine, the way locals do it.


A town on the far reaches of the East Coast that’s well worth the trek, Portland is a treat in all seasons – but a trip to this picturesque Maine getaway in warm weather is bucket list-worthy. If you’re heading to points northeast this summer, your foodie sensibilities will be more than satisfied by the treasure trove of farm-to-table and signature New England eats on hand. Let our locals show you the way!

Blake Orchard Juicery – Old Port
“You absolutely must go to Blake Orchard Juicery to get the best juices, smoothies and (my favorite) smoothie bowls. This place is a bit hidden on Exchange Street – you won’t see a huge sign, and you have to walk down some stairs to actually enter the store. I only just recently discovered it and couldn’t believe I had been walking by it for so many years without knowing it was there. I highly recommend the berry smoothie bowl!” – as recommended by Portland localeur Grace Mallett @all_that_maine

Blake Orchard Juicery Portland Maine smoothie bowl
Blake Orchard Juicery in Portland, ME; photo courtesy of Localeur

Bard Coffee – Old Port
“Bard is always packed with people working on various creative projects and is also a good place to use to meet with friends. The staff is very friendly and they make some delicious coffee. People-watch from the barstools facing Middle Street when you visit.” – as recommended by Portland localeur Lydia Belden @portland_eeats

Bissell Brothers – Libbytown
“If you’re looking for a fun, upbeat and energetic brewery atmosphere, this is it! Bissell Brothers has great brews, my personal favorite being Substance, a common favorite in the city. The brewery space is huge, with plenty of large tables, and there’s also an area upstairs area that overlooks the brewery below. Hungry? You’re allowed to bring in food from outside. (You can also bring your dog and your kids!) And the location on Thompson’s Point is perfect, because during the summer there’s a fabulous concert venue right outside the door – and in the winter, there’s an ice skating rink and tubing hill.” – as recommended by Portland localeur Meg Stiffler @megstiffler

 The Treehouse – Deering
“A fantastic restaurant choice for Mediterranean, Greek and seafood cuisine is this place called The Treehouse. It’s located off the beaten path in that it isn’t right in downtown Portland, which makes it a little more of a special spot. With a cozy and magical atmosphere with lots of twinkling lights, make sure to sit on the back deck in the late spring, summer or early-fall seasons, which is sure to make you feel like you’re in an actual treehouse. And if you like seafood, you must order the blackened cajun salmon and wash it down with the homemade white sangria. Both are phenom!” – as recommended by Portland localeur Meg Stiffler @megstiffler

Treehouse Portland Maine drinks table
The Treehouse in Portland, ME; photo courtesy of Localeur

The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – Cape Elizabeth
“Two Lights has incredible lobster and lobster rolls. The perfect place for a nice day, Two Lights is basically a shack where you’ll order your seafood, pick wherever you want to sit outside and grab your food when your number is called. Its location, right on the ocean, is ideal as you enjoy your delicious lobster. If you’re in Portland during the summer, you can’t miss out on Two Lights!” – as recommended by Portland localeur Grace Mallett @all_that_maine

The Lobster Shack Portland Maine
The Lobster Shack in Portland, ME; photo courtesy of Localeur

Duckfat – East Bayside
“Famous for their Belgian-style fries cooked in duck fat, this a must-try for visitors to Portland. In addition to their delicious fries, the panini, soups, salads and donut holes are worth a try. Duckfat is on the outskirts of the Old Port, but there is high traffic within the cafe.” – as recommended by Portland localeur Lydia Belden @portland_eeats

Duckfat Portland Maine Fries Milkshake
Duckfat in Portland, ME; photo courtesy of Localeur

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club – Old Port
“If you’re looking for a beautiful and cozy bar to sip on cocktails, this is the place. These carefully concocted drinks really hit the spot, whether you’re feeling something refreshing, something sweet, something classic or something new. And don’t forget to get snacks! The green chili popcorn is a must.” – as recommended by Portland localeur Miekala Cangelosi @miekala

Portland Hunt Alpine Club Maine Drink
The Portland Hunt Alpine Club in Portland, ME; photo courtesy of Localeur