The Six Quadrants
In our classic quirky fashion, Portland’s six main geographical sections (North, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and Southwest) are referred to by residents as the city’s “quadrants.” The city is divided into north and south by Burnside Street and into east and west by the Willamette River.
Portland actually has more than 90 formally recognized neighborhoods with distinct boundaries. Our highlighted neighborhood and street guides focus on broader neighborhood and street boundaries. They also include good places to explore as a visitor to the city, where many restaurants and retail are consolidated.
Sometimes called the “Fifth Quadrant,” North Portland encompasses a range of neighborhoods and commercial districts, including Cathedral Park, Mississippi/Williams and Kenton. Attractions include the St. Johns Bridge, Portland International Raceway and Smith & Bybee Wetlands Natural Area.
Enjoy live music, local shops, an LGBTQ+ center and popular restaurants and bar on this historic North Portland street.
Discover a lesser-known side of Portland in St. Johns, home to one of Bridgetown’s most gorgeous spans and most beloved parks.
Steps away from bustling Mississippi Avenue, this vibrant North Portland street offers stellar shopping, dining and activities.
This quadrant contains many popular neighborhoods, including Lloyd, the Alberta Arts District and Hollywood. The Moda Center and Rose Quarter play host to NBA games and major concerts in what used to be the historically Black Albina neighborhood. The Oregon Convention Center is another draw in Northeast.
Alberta Arts District
Lined with street art, galleries, restaurants and bars, this Northeast Portland neighborhood is best known for its colorful monthly street fair.
Just across the river from downtown, the Lloyd neighborhood in Northeast Portland caters to convention attendees, sports fans and shoppers.
This historic corner of Northeast Portland is home to an array of treasured Old Portland gems.
Sandy Boulevard, stretching diagonally across the east side of the city, was once a stretch of auto shops and warehouses but is now a destination for dining, drinking and entertainment on Portland's east side.
Spend a day dining, drinking and exploring along the lively restaurant row on Portland's Northeast 28th Avenue.
Urban farms and foodies define this Northeast Portland strip, once home to one of the earliest dairies in East Portland. 42nd Ave is one of the most charming areas for eating, dancing, recreation and immersing yourself in the local community.
Home to bakeries, coffee shops and yoga studios galore, Portland's largely residential Beaumont neighborhood is an excellent place to start your day.
This family-friendly Northeast Portland community brims with historic architecture and great eateries.
Home to a neighborhood that shares its name with the quadrant (Northwest Portland, also called Nob Hill), this quadrant boasts sophisticated shopping and dining, as well as Forest Park’s urban wilderness and sweeping city views from historic Pittock Mansion.
Old Portland charm lives through the repurposed Victorian homes, now boutiques and restaurants which line the streets of Portland's Northwest district with sophisticated shopping, dining, an urban forest and breathtaking views of the city.
The chic Pearl District features galleries and cultural institutions, as well as stylish shops and acclaimed eateries on loading docks with cobblestone streets, which hint at this former warehouse district’s past.
Today, Portland’s original downtown is a bustling entertainment district, home to Portland's famous Saturday Market, Chinatown Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden.
East of the Willamette River and south of Burnside Street, this large quadrant is home to many favorite neighborhoods and business districts, as well as the dormant volcano at Mount Tabor Park and delectable Asian food in the Jade District.
Southeast Portland’s laidback, bohemian district is filled with local artisans and flare. Hawthorne Boulevard is a walkable street with block after block of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, and historic venues.
Division is now one of Portland’s most dynamic and stylish neighborhoods. Spend a day wandering its many blocks, stopping along the way to snack, sip and shop at its many must see— and must-eat — destinations.
Located a few blocks from Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Belmont, a once sleepy residential street boasts its own mix of vintage and indie shops, coffee houses, bars and food carts.
This bike- and pedestrian-friendly Southeast Portland neighborhood (affectionately known as "FoPo") has a character all its own. FoPo is home to unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
Follow our guide to eat and explore the best that Montavilla has to offer, only an easy 6-mile journey from downtown Portland.
History — from a vintage amusement park to antique goods — and stunning views of the city along the river dominates this Southeast Portland area.
Downtown Portland anchors the Southwest Portland quadrant, which extends into and beyond the West Hills to include attraction-packed Washington Park and neighborhoods like Multnomah Village, with its small-town charm.
Portland’s compact, walkable downtown offers easy access to great food, green spaces, cultural offerings and tax-free shopping. Browse the city’s most diverse mix of retail brands, see a show and grab a bite at a food cart or fine restaurant.
With great eateries, Portland-style shopping and an abundance of things to do in Goose Hollow, sports fans, theater lovers and vegan foodies flock to this Southwest Portland district.
Known as “the village in the heart of Portland,” historic Multnomah Village delivers small town charm mere minutes from the city center.
Beyond picnics and verdant strolls, Washington Park offers up a zoo, two museums, a spectacular rose garden, an arboretum, one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the world, all lined by one of the largest urban forests, Forest Park.
Located near downtown Portland in Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo is home to more than 2,600 animals.
Portland International Rose Test Garden
The oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States, the Portland International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park features more than 10,000 roses, great views of the skyline and the Cascades.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the city’s “living room” hosts hundreds of events each year.
Portland Art Museum
The largest art museum in Oregon and one of the oldest in the country, the Portland Art Museum is central to the city's cultural district, housing a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks.
Oregon Historical Society
The Oregon Historical Society collection includes thousands of historic artifacts (including the “Portland Penny"), permanent and rotating exhibits and an extensive research library that shaped the land now known as Oregon.
South Portland is a slim strip of land on the west side of the Willamette River—and Portland’s newest “quadrant,” gaining official recognition in 2020. This area offers water recreation, low-key urban green spaces and dining and shopping in the South Waterfront district.
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