On your first day in Portland, Rose Foods should be your first stop. Open daily from 7am-2pm, this new-school deli specializes in bagels, fish, and coffee. You can usually expect a line, but the friendly staff is so efficient that you’ll reach the front before you’ve even decided which bagel sandwich you’re getting. Might as well pick up one of their excellent t-shirts, mugs, or totes while you’re at it - you’ll want a memento of this perfect meal.
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The Gelato Fiasco Old Port
There’s no shortage of ice cream shops in Portland, but Gelato Fiasco is our favorite.
Tandem Coffee + Bakery
Tandem is Portland’s best coffee shop, but the Congress location also has some of our favorite pastries.
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The Shop By Island Creek Oyster
Island Creek Oysters harvest some of the world’s best oysters and The Shop is where they offer a selection to the people of Portland.
Foundation Brewing Company
Right across the street from Allagash Brewing (and the Bite Into Maine truck), Foundation Brewing is our choice for beers in the area.
Drifter’s Wife is the kind of spot where you stop by just for a glass of natural wine at the bar, and end up staying all night.
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