Situated on the outskirts of the city, Portola is often overlooked. This neighborhood offers so much though as if it was a hidden paradise. Portola is a quiet community that has a very serene feel, unlike the rest of the city. You will find small diners, cafes and street art around the neighborhood.
With 313 acres to explore, McLaren Park is the second-largest park and has a variety of recreational activities to choose from. The park rises 425 feet in elevation from its lowest point to its highest, offering stunning and sweeping views of San Francisco, the East Bay, and the San Bruno Mountain.
Located on Felton Street in Portola is the Palega Playground & Recreation center, where families celebrated the restoration of this 80-year-old complex which includes a playground, a gymnasium, several multi-sport rooms, a kitchen, storage, and restrooms. They also have tennis courts, baseball, and softball fields, and a basketball court.
At the Windly Hill Open Space Preserve, one can imagine how it got it's name. This summit is covered in grass and is a great place for a hiking day trip with views for miles. Overlooking the Pacific, this is a lovely place for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, as this is a safe-haven for local fauna and animal species.
Ever wanted to have Breakfast at Tiffany's? Well, you can do that in Portola. Complete with a counter that has swivel chairs lines one side of our dining room. The other is lined with photos celebrating our diner’s long history, which dates back to 1978. For breakfast, feast on traditional diner fares, such as pancakes, omelets, and plates brimming with fried eggs, strips of bacon, and mounds of hash browns. There is also an array of tater tot skillets, riffs on the popular eggs Benedict, and much more. For lunch, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the perfect place for a sandwich, such as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a hearty salad, or a burger, which could be topped with a fried egg, bacon, or caramelized onions. Tiffany’s reopened in November 2014, and are proud to continue the long tradition of service established by prior owner, Gerald “Gerry” Adan, who presided over the griddle starting in 1978 and named the diner after his niece, Tiffany.
The Banh Mi House is a favorite for those who love Vietnamese food. Known for its BBQ pork and grilled chicken, this popular restaurant is a hidden gem in Portaola.