Just west of downtown Portland, historic Goose Hollow dates back to 1845, six years before Portland was incorporated. It was evidently named after a dispute in the 1870s regarding some neighbors’ free-ranging domestic geese. Today, this bustling yet homey neighborhood offers choice eats, drinks and entertainment, along with proximity to must-see spots, like Washington Park, Forest Park and Northwest 23rd Avenue.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Goose Hollow
Eat, drink and play your way through this historic 'hood.
By Katie Vaughan | Jan. 18, 2018
Start your visit to Goose Hollow with coffee and doughnuts from a Portland favorite. Coco Donuts favors simple and classic flavors, like maple old-fashioned and chocolate custard-filled. This locally owned chain also roasts its own coffee in-house. Pro tip: Pair your gooey jelly doughnut with a well-crafted espresso.
In the heart of Goose Hollow, Providence Park is home turf for Portland’s pro soccer teams, the Thorns and the Timbers. If your visit falls within futbol season (April–Aug. for the Thorns; March–Oct. for the Timbers), don’t pass up the chance to see these teams in action. Hardcore fan groups, the Rose City Riveters and the Timbers Army, are known for never-ending chants, songs, red-
or green-colored smoke and giant flags. Local food carts rotate in and out at the stadium, so you can watch the game while chowing down on Portland favorites. Participants in 2017 included Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Kim Jong Grillin’, Boke Dokie and 808 Grinds.
Couldn’t snag a ticket to the Thorns’ or Timbers' match? Watch on TV alongside other fans at one of the bars near the stadium, like the Leaky Roof. Open since 1947, this cozy neighborhood gastropub offers a laid-back, welcoming vibe. Also offered are locally sourced comfort food, beer, wine and an impressive whiskey list.
Another prime drinking option, Civic Taproom boasts more than 22 taps of beer, wine and cider. Grab bottles to go, or stay and sip at this fuss-free bar and bottle shop. The taproom doesn’t serve food, but you can bring your own or grab food nearby. (Boise Fry Company next door offers grass-fed bison burgers and hand-cut fries.)
This quaint bakery offers up delicious and impeccably decorated sweet treats. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop here for coffee and a fresh-baked cinnamon bun, brioche roll, croissant or signature hand-decorated sugar cookie. Cookie decorations change regularly and often feature delightful holiday options, like mustaches for Father’s Day or red, white and blue stars for the Fourth of July.
For a cozy dinner, head to much-loved local pub Goose Hollow Inn, founded by former Portland mayor Bud Clark. This venerable spot has been around since 1967 and serves up one of the city’s best Reubens alongside pizza and bar snacks. With rustic, old-Portland charm and friendly service, this family-owned neighborhood institution remains a beloved part of the community. (And seriously, don’t miss that Reuben.)
Plant eaters rejoice! You’ll find unique and flavorful Asian-inspired vegan dishes at Ichiza Kitchen. The eatery offers 100% plant-based eats inspired by traditional Chinese, Korean and Filipino recipes. A tea service based on ancient traditions features unique varieties with names you can’t ignore, like “hairy crab” and “duck shit.” The bright, minimalist restaurant is hidden behind vegan cheese shop Vtopia (which is also worth a visit).
Witness some of the city’s most inspired and provocative performances at Artists Repertory Theater (Sept.–June). This local gem has been producing homegrown creative works and hosting national sensations for more than three decades. Past works have included comedic monologues on gender, an all-female production of Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" and a one-man-show on the assault of Rodney King. Portland’s longest-running theater company, Artists Rep features a diverse group of artists in residence, along with visiting actors and playwrights.
Looking for a luxurious spot to rest your head? You’ll find Hollywood glamour-inspired respite at Hotel deLuxe. Built in 1912, the hotel maintains its historic charm while offering unique modern-day amenities. Offerings include pints of Salt and Straw ice cream, an afternoon tea service and a pillow menu for a perfect night’s sleep.
On Thursdays in August, NW Film Center hosts Top Down: Rooftop Cinema, outdoor film screenings on the roof of deLuxe’s parking garage. All summer, the 19th Hole pops up across the street from the deLuxe with mini-golf, a beer garden and a caravan of food carts.
Whether or not you stay at Hotel deLuxe, a late-night visit to its retro-cool cocktail lounge is a must. The swanky Driftwood Room continues the hotel’s golden-age-of-cinema vibe. It has been a standout cocktail spot since it opened in the 1950s. Grab a classic nightcap, like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned, or try a signature champagne cocktail. The aptly named Elizabeth Taylor features crème de violette to match the actress’ famous eyes.