The neighborhood surrounding stylish Northwest 23rd Avenue offers an abundance of terrific shopping and choice eats. Tour Northwest Portland’s brightest gems with this curated guide.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Northwest Portland
Spend a perfect day exploring this historic district’s many shops and restaurants.
By Molly Woodstock | Dec. 9, 2016 (updated Dec. 21, 2016)
One of the city’s most celebrated jewelry makers, Betsy Cross and her team handcraft stunning brass statement necklaces and bridge-inspired bangles at their on-site studio, while shoppers browse bags, earrings and clothing in the adjoining lifestyle boutique.
This “freaky but true” museum and art gallery contains a fascinating collection of oddities from past and present — think vampire-killing kits, interactive alien autopsies, live magic shows and, oddly enough, an ice cream parlor.
Helmed by former "Chopped" contestant Chef Jose Chesa, this Spanish restaurant serves up exotic dishes like octopus carpaccio with sun-dried tomatoes, Spanish tortilla with aged iberico ham and black pasta with toasted noodles, calamari, squid ink and harissa aioli.
Sip a craft beer or a glass of Northwest wine as you watch a foreign, classic or arthouse film at this 1920s-era single-screen theater, known for hosting the premiere of the 2014 film “Wild” and facilitating talkbacks by many prominent indie directors.
Located two blocks from Cinema 21, this karaoke stronghold deals exclusively in bookable private suites, allowing folks with stage fright to confidently belt out “Bohemian Rhapsody” between sake Jell-O shots and bowlfuls of classic candies.
Northwest Portland / Nob Hill