Known as “the village in the heart of Portland,” historic Multnomah Village delivers small town charm mere minutes from the city center. Hop aboard TriMet Bus 44 to reach this quaint Southwest Portland suburb, where you can stroll down streets lined with charming cafés, galleries, bars and shops.
Locals rejoiced when Portland’s beloved wood-fired pizza cart Tastebud chose Multnomah Village for its first brick-and-mortar location in 2015. Visit the cozy restaurant for seasonally inspired small plates, salads and pizzas piled with fresh ingredients like arugula raab, roasted celery root and local bee pollen.
Wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh croissant at Grand Central Bakery, known for its rustic breads, made-from-scratch pastries and hearty sandwiches. Another morning favorite, the delightfully kitschy Fat City Café has been serving up massive scrambles, burgers, waffles and cinnamon rolls since the 1970s.
Slept in late? Marco’s Café & Espresso Bar offers eggy brunch specials all day long, as well as a toothsome array of home-style lunch and dinner plates. Another local standby, Renner’s Grill, has been slinging fried chicken, bacon burgers, Coney dogs and other old-school classics for nearly eight decades. (If you’re extra-extra hungry, try the “Triple Bypass,” a three-patty burger eating challenge!)
Multnomah Village offers an abundance of welcoming watering holes. When The Ship Tavern opened way back in 1944, it only served one beer on tap; today, the nautical-themed dive offers two-dozen brews, as well as tasty subs and chili dogs. Historic in its own right, O’Connor’s boasts live blues and jazz several nights a week, paired with plates of steaming crawfish or shrimp creole. For a more contemplative atmosphere, settle into the expansive patio at Journeys Wine Bar, where patrons nibble gourmet grilled cheese bites and sip draft cider, wine and microbrews.
Built in a former Masonic Temple, the Lucky Labrador Public House pairs hand-tossed barley flour pizzas with locally brewed Lucky Lab ales, like Dog Day IPA and Black Lab Stout. And speaking of four-legged friends, 91-acre (37 hectare) Gabriel Park includes an ample off-leash area, as well as play structures, picnic sites, a skate park and courts and fields for every sport imaginable.
First opened in 1978, independent bookstore Annie Bloom’s Books is rivaled locally only by Powell’s City of Books for its selection of new fiction, travel guides, cookbooks and children’s books. Kids also love visiting Thinker Toys, where they can enjoy hands-on playtime with the latest creations by Playmobil, Webkinz, Haba and Ravensburger.
If beer is on your shopping list, there’s no better spot than John’s Market. This unassuming-looking store houses more than 400 wines and 1,000 bottled beers, including rare, highly prized brews like Bridgeport Ebenezer, EKU 28 and Stone Vertical Epic.
Fashion lovers can add colorful and creative flair to their wardrobes at Switch Shoes, an independent shoe and clothing store that spotlights organic, environmentally friendly apparel by designers from Portland and Israel. If you’d rather make your own garments, visit Portland’s oldest yarn store, Northwest Wools, to find hand-dyed fibers made by regional artists.