Only got a day in Portland? This itinerary covers all the best cultural, gastronomical and natural experiences – so you can really make every minute count!

7am-8.30am: Get On Your Bike

With over 500 kilometres of cycle paths, Portland is one of America’s most bike-friendly cities. Get among the 7% of locals who commute by bike, by hiring two wheels for the day. Bike Share Stations (and pay-as-you-go plans) make it the cheapest, quickest and most authentic way to get around. The 17-kilometre Sellwood Waterfront Bridge Loop offers beautiful views of the city-splitting Willamette River, as well as Downtown Portland. Pretty and practical it will also transport you from one end of town to the other without having to deal with traffic.

9am-10am: Cool Beans

Take a break from biking with a breakfast pit stop. Not surprisingly in a city known for its culinary and coffee culture you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try Dime Store (a retro “finer diner” famous for its boozy milkshakes), Besaws (a Portland icon since 1903) or Pine State Biscuits (expect to line up for The Reggie – a massive fried chicken sandwich topped with bacon, cheese, and gravy). Or if you’re in town on a Sunday make a booking at Beast. This exquisite farm-to-table restaurant owned by chef Naomi Pomeroy (winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for “Best Chef Northwest”) offers a 4-course brunch menu that changes weekly based on the fresh produce available from local farmers’ markets. If you prefer your “Joe to Go”, you’re in the right place. Portland’s coffee scene has been brewing for years, and you’re never far from an artisanal, fair-trade or organic cup. Some of the best include: Heart’s delicious drip grind, Albina Press (renowned for their latte art) and Spella Caffe – order an affogato or frothy cappuccino!

11am-1pm: On Your Mark(ets)

Passing through Portland on a weekend? Pop into one of the many markets scattered across the city. Established in 1974, the Portland Saturday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in America. Located in the historic old town it attracts over 350 vendors selling their quirky creations, every Saturday from March through Christmas Eve. Or visit the King Portland Farmers Market – where locals shop for their groceries. As well as fresh produce, some markets will also feature live musicians (Hollywood Farmers Market) or chef demonstrations and kids’ cooking classes (Portland State University Farmers Markets) so you’re certain to find one that’ll leave its mark. If the bazaars are closed for business, consider a Portland cultural crawl. Stop by The Portland Art Museum – the oldest on the West Coast, or Pioneer Courthouse Square – the public space that hosts year-round community events.

1pm-2pm: Portland Pigout

Portland’s pods (the local name given to the 500+ famed food carts that dot the city) are the tastiest way to do meals on wheels. From hand-pulled noodles with squid, Polish “golumpki” stuffed cabbage or Korean/Mexican fusion kimchi quesadillas, you’ll find grab-on-the-go grub in whatever cuisine you’re craving.

2pm-3.30pm: A Walk In The Park

One of Portland’s prettiest places is the park that shares its name with the town’s “Rose City” moniker. The International Rose Test Garden is perfect for a beautiful afternoon stroll to work off lunch, or just to stop and smell the, err roses. If you really can’t tear yourself away from Portland’s urban hub visit Mill Ends Park. The official record holder of the “World’s Smallest City Park” this two-feet wide piece of greenery (foliage varies depending on the season) is planted at the intersection where a light pole was intended to be installed and truly justifies the “Keep Portland Weird” movement.

3.30-itis: Magic Munchies

The line outside Voodoo Doughnuts is almost as long as the list of quirky flavours on the menu. If old-fashioned cinnamon baked goods are your jam, you may want to head elsewhere. Instead, the pink boxes of this Portland institution serve up creative doughnut incarnations such as: Memphis Mafia – with banana, cinnamon, chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chips; Bubble – topped with bubble gum dust and a piece of bubble gum; or The Maple Bacon Bar – which was credited with leading the worldwide craze for everything pork.

4pm-6pm: A Novel Idea

Calling Powell’s City of Books “a simple bookstore” is akin to referring to Noah’s ark as “just a boat”. Billing itself as the largest independently owned new and used bookstore in the world, this shop spans an entire block of Portland’s Pearl District, and boasts an inventory of over 4 million books (including the eclectic, rare, and out-of-print). Equal parts literary-lovers paradise and tourist-trap, this one is definitely a page turner.

6pm-8pm: Signing Off

Before you head home to freshen up for a big night out, stop at the “Keep Portland Weird Sign” for an obligatory selfie. Located on 3rd Street between Burnside and Ankeny, it is an embodiment of the city’s unofficial motto and the quirky culture that Portlanders lives up to.

8pm-10pm: Dine and Dusted

It doesn’t take much to pick a dinner winner from the myriad offerings in the city regularly named one of America’s best for food. The options are truly endless, but the following mix of old-timers and up-and-comers should whet your appetite: Yonder – The Southern restaurant by chef Maya Lovelace will also be the new location for Portland’s famed Mae dinner pop-ups; Olympia Provisions SE – Renowned for charcuterie plates from Oregon’s first USDA certified meat-curing facility; Farm Spirit – The quintessential farm-to-fork restaurant, with a multi-course vegan menu that will impress even the most committed of carnivores; Afuri – The Japanese ramen chain that was so impressed by the quality of water in Portland it chose the city as its first international location; and Jacqueline – Showcasing the Pacific Northwest’s finest seafood.

10pm-12midnight: “Wish You Were Beer!”

With more than 80 breweries (plus twice as many bars) and 20 craft distilleries, consider joining the professionals on one of Beervana’s popular pub crawls. Or build your own whistle-stop tour of Portland’s craft bars and breweries. Check out: Bailey’s Taproom, Sessionable, Culmination and Breakside Brewery. Meanwhile, spirit drinkers should head to Distillery Row, which features eight distilleries in a 1.6km stretch in the South East part of town.

Midnight onwards: Just Dance

The night is only as young as you feel! If you’re up for it, Portland is packed with amazing music venues that host live performances in a very cool atmosphere. As eclectic as the city itself, you’re sure to find a dance hall playing anything from indie rock (The Aladdin) to electro (Holocene). And if not? Well, if there was ever a city to dance to the beat of your own drum, then “Weirdly Wonderful” Portland is it!