24-Hour Foodie Itinerary in Greater Portland, Maine

24-Hour Foodie Itinerary in Greater Portland, Maine

Eat Your Way Through a Day in Portland, Maine

fine-dining, outdoor eats, waterfront views

In Greater Portland, Maine, culinary adventures await around every corner – from casual, waterfront eats to fine-dining prix fix. Nestled along the shores of Casco Bay, this vibrant city is a haven for foodies.

  • Holy Donut on Commercial Street Photo Credits: Capshore Photography
  • Becky's Diner Photo Credits: Capshore Photography
  • Burrata salad from Gather in Maine, Photo credit to Capshore Photography
  • Hat, sunglasses and Kombucha flight, Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
  • Fried Scallop Plate with Beer Downtown. Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
  • Meal at UNION Restaurant. Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
  • Dessert course at Gather, Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
  • Sur Lie, Photo Credit: Capshore Photography

Our rich culinary scene celebrates the best of Maine’s local ingredients and coastal heritage. Every meal across Greater Portland is a curated event by culinary experts, Chopped champions, and James Beard award-winners. Join us as we embark on a 24-hour foodie itinerary, exploring the diverse culinary landscape of this captivating city and its surrounding areas.

Breakfast | Local Diners

Breakfast With Mimosas and Bloody Marys Downtown, Photo Credit: Visit USA Parks and Tobey Schmidt
Breakfast With Mimosas and Bloody Marys Downtown, Photo Credit: Visit USA Parks and Tobey Schmidt

Begin your day in Portland, Maine on the waterfront with a quintessential breakfast experience at a beloved local diner. The smell of bacon mingling with the salty breeze of the Old Port welcomes you inside. Immerse yourself with the locals. Join in with the lively chatter of lobstermen and fishers swapping stories of the sea. Take a seat at the counter and watch as the skilled cooks work their magic behind the grill with specials and long-time favorites that keep Mainers coming back for more all year long.

Becky's Diner

The old-fashioned counter culture is lively, the coffee is strong, and the service is friendly and prompt.

Miss Portland Diner

Your taste buds will delight in breakfast any time of day or enjoy all your comfort food favorites.

Mid-Morning | Farmer’s Market + Coffee Pick Me Up

Coffee By Design Heart Design in Foam, Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
Coffee By Design Heart Design in Foam, Photo Credit: Capshore Photography

After breakfast, take a leisurely stroll through the Working Waterfront in Portland. Explore the cobblestone streets. Take a scenic drive to one of of our area towns. Visit Portland’s Farmers Market. Explore stalls brimming with seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked goods. Chat with local farmers and producers about their products. Sample farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and pick up some gourmet treats to enjoy later in the day.

Stop by a bakery or donut shop for a sweet treat when you need a sugar rush. Find delectable options like Maine potato donuts at Holy Donut or the cereal-topped mini donuts at Eighty 8. When you’re ready for a pick-me-up, get your caffeine fix with some local coffee downtown.

At Coffee By Design you’ll find hand-roasted artisanal coffee served in-house and at local shops, restaurants, and online. So, you can have a sip of Maine wherever you are.

Coffee By Design

Voted “Portland’s Best”, we hand-roast the world’s top beans at convenient locations. Visit the Coffee Bar & Craft Roastery.

Those 21+ can choose to indulge in a specialty coffee enhanced with a local cannabis extract at Higher Grounds. They even have a stock of organically-grown hemp and CBD products to check out while you’re there.

Higher Grounds of Maine

Located on Wharf St, Higher Grounds of Maine is the East Coast’s only cannabis and coffee shop.

Lunch | Local Fare/Lobsterbake

Lobster roll header Photo Courtesy of @MarriottBonvoy
Lobster roll header Photo Courtesy of @MarriottBonvoy

Head to the coast for a seaside dining experience with ocean breezes and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Indulge in fresh seafood delicacies, including succulent lobster rolls and freshly-shucked oysters, while enjoying the salty sea air and the sound of waves crashing nearby. Find more Lobster on our Restaurants page.

Experience the essence of Maine’s maritime heritage with a traditional lobsterbake on the beach. Gather around a crackling bonfire and feast on freshly-caught lobster, steamed clams, and buttery corn on the cob while enjoying the warmth of the fire and the company of friends and family. Island Lobster Company offers a daily public lobsterbake on Peaks island.

Island Lobster Company

Family and fisherman-owned waterfront restaurant, located just steps away from the ferry dock on Peaks Island.

Happy Hour | Rooftop Cocktails

Luna rooftop lounge, Photo Credit: Lauren Peters at Visit Portland
Luna rooftop lounge, Photo Credit: Lauren Peters at Visit Portland

Explore the rooftops of Greater Portland and unwind with rooftop revelry featuring skyline views and craft cocktails. Sip on refreshing beverages and sample gourmet small plates as you watch the sun set over the urban landscape, creating a memorable afternoon of sophistication and relaxation. Don’t forget to snap some photos of the breathtaking views to commemorate your visit to Greater Portland.

The Rooftop at Bayside Bowl has a taco truck, movie nights, and summer frose (frozen rose) to sip over a Maine sunset. Luna is a new rooftop in town at the Canopy Hotel featuring panoramic views from the Old Port. Top of the East at the Westin has tasty snacks + sips on the top floor; the rooftop bar is completely enclosed, so you can visit any time of year.

Bayside Bowl

20 lanes of 10-pin bowling. Excellent food, local brews & craft cocktails. Live music. Memorable spot for your event.

Luna Rooftop Bar

Savor artisan cocktails, modern shareable plates, and small bites with a birds-eye view of the working waterfront.

Top of the East at Westin Portland Harborview

Enjoy panoramic city views of Portland from our indoor, rooftop bar at the top of the Westin Portland Harborview.

Dinner | Fine-Dining / Prix Fix Menu

Burrata salad from Gather in Maine, Photo credit to Capshore Photography
Burrata salad from Gather in Maine, Photo credit to Capshore Photography

From upscale eateries nestled along the waterfront to chic restaurants in historic districts, the city’s dining scene showcases a diverse array of flavors and techniques. In our Area Towns, chefs also celebrate the bounty of Maine’s land and sea, crafting seasonal menus that highlight locally-sourced ingredients with creative flair.

Whether you’re savoring succulent seafood dishes, indulging in perfectly seared steaks, or exploring innovative vegetarian fare, each meal promises a symphony of flavors that captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression. With impeccable service, elegant ambiance, and a commitment to culinary excellence, fine dining in Portland, Maine is a truly unforgettable experience for food lovers and connoisseurs alike. Find more fine-dining and international eats on our blog.

Dessert | Nightcap + Late Night Treats

Dessert. Photo Credit: Capshore Photography
Dessert. Photo Credit: Capshore Photography

End your evening in Greater Portland with a delightful nightcap, treating yourself to a tempting dessert or nightcap. This could be a dessert martini at one of our local bars or a plated sweet treat at a fine-dining restaurant. Treat yourself to a delectable dessert with the flavors of Maine such as Maine blueberry pie or maple crème brûlée. Savor every bite as you reflect on the culinary delights and unforgettable experiences of your day in Greater Portland, Maine. Learn more on our Eat + Drink page.

From savory breakfasts to seaside lobster bakes, rooftop cocktails to waterfront fine dining, each meal has offered a taste of Maine’s diverse culinary landscape and vibrant coastal culture. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply seeking to indulge your taste buds, Greater Portland has something to satisfy every palate. So why wait? Start planning your gastronomic getaway to Greater Portland today and discover the flavors of Maine in every bite. Start Planning Your Trip today.

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