Eugene, Oregon

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Denicia Aragon

Eugene, Oregon

Merry Christmas Ben! I hope this helps the transition from New Zealand to Eugene, Oregon. I've only lived here for about 5 months, but I have found a good amount of nice places to venture to. I will keep adding to this list as I find more.

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Date Night Recommendations

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The Vintage
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Denicia:Great date night spot. It has great food, drinks, and atmosphere. 10/10 all around
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5th Street Public Market
Denicia:A nice spot to go shopping and get ice cream. There is also a farmers' market here on Tuesdays and Saturdays that is fun to walk through
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Oakshire Public House
Denicia:Great beer here for everyone. Perfect for date night or group outings. A ton of outdoor space with good heaters. TRY THE SMOOTHIE SOUR, any flavor they have. You won't regret it.
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Thinking Tree Spirits
Denicia:Super cute place with well crafted drinks. Also has outdoor patio with heaters.
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Favorite Study Stops

Coffee shops, places on campus, breweries

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Hideaway Bakery
Denicia:Great pastries and coffee. Loads of coffee choices and a ton of space so you won't have to feel guilty if you end up here for hours. The ginger molasses cookie is the best, plus they sell pasta to make at home that I hear is great too.
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Meraki Coffee Co.
Denicia:It has both cocktails and coffee!
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Vero Espresso
Denicia:Really close to campus and has great coffee. Loads of room to sit forever if you want. There is also an option to rent out space upstairs if you want to co-working space or change of scenery.
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Knight Campus
Denicia:Knight Campus is on-campus and is connected to LISB (the building our lab is in), but people ignore it completely. It's beautiful inside and out perfect for when you need a change in scenery. There is also a Starbucks/the closest coffee shop inside.

Great food when you just need it

This will include places to get you out of the house, food that is reliably good, and most have great drinks too :)

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Cornucopia Restaurant
Denicia:Best fries. and I mean the BEST FRIES. The rest of the food is okay, I go just for fries when I need a snack and cider.
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Denicia:Best crafty tacos in town and amazing margaritas. Fun place to go on the weekends. It is also on a street with a ton of other bars and restaurants for you to explore!
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North Fork Public House
Denicia:Get brunch here. All of it is good. I've taken everyone that has come to visit me here and they all loved it. Try the Eggs Benedict and a Bloody Maria
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Sweet Life Patisserie
Denicia:You will hear people talk about this place often. It's a town's favorite bakery for all of your sweet needs.
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Sweet Life Petite
Denicia:This one is right next to campus to make it easier
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Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
Denicia:When you need a reliably good sandwich. Try the Kali Mist
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The Public House
Denicia:Many options to choose from here. Public houses are popular in Eugene, they have multiple places to eat and drink in one place.
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Royal India Cuisine Restaurant
Denicia:Doesn't look like much, but best Indian food I have come across here.


Even if you don't think you are outdoorsy now, you will get there. Here's a good place to start

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Spencer Butte
Denicia:Go when it is sunny so you can get the best view. You will need good shoes as it can get slippery
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Westmoreland Disc Golf Course
Denicia:Frisbee golf or disc golf is pretty popular here in the summer and a great way to meet new people!
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Amazon Small Dog Park
Denicia: We all know how hard it is to make friends as an adult, but a friend once told me the best way to meet people is to have a dog and take them to the dog park. I have an entire friend group that met each other at the dog park so I can attest to this.
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Elevation Bouldering Gym
Denicia:Rock climbing is HUGE here. This is the gym everyone goes to if interested.

Wonderguide map

  1. The Vintage
  2. rye
  3. Marche Wine Bar and Restaurant
  4. Placido's Pasta Shop
  5. 5th Street Public Market
  6. Oakshire Public House
  7. Thinking Tree Spirits
  8. Hideaway Bakery
  9. Meraki Coffee Co.
  10. Vero Espresso
  11. Glass House Coffee Bar
  12. Knight Campus
  13. Cornucopia Restaurant
  14. Hey Neighbor Pizza House
  15. Tacovore
  16. North Fork Public House
  17. Sweet Life Patisserie
  18. Sweet Life Petite
  19. Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
  20. The Public House
  21. Beergarden
  22. Royal India Cuisine Restaurant
  23. Spencer Butte
  24. Westmoreland Disc Golf Course
  25. Amazon Small Dog Park
  26. Elevation Bouldering Gym

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