Craft your own unique, handmade ice cream and cookie sandwich at Ruby Jewel.
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Downtown’s West End
Downtown's West End comes into its own.
1 min readDowntown
Portland’s historic West End has emerged as a center of creativity, fashion and nightlife. Tucked between Powell’s City of Books and the downtown retail core, the area is home to a growing number of local and international design shops, fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafés and hotels. Newest on the block is Union Way, a galleria that opened in summer 2013. Portland’s Danner Boots, Bridge & Burn and denim clothier Self Edge have high-profile spaces, and eateries include Wailua Shave Ice, a traditional Hawaiian shave ice shop, and Boxer Ramen, a noodle bar.
Dayna Pinkham, an internationally recognized couture hatmaker, has moved her Pinkham Millinery into the neighborhood. The lauded drinking chocolate of Cacao gives visitors plenty of energy for the next adventure, and to further sweeten the location, sister-owned local favorite Ruby Jewel Scoop Shop opened its second location at Southwest 12th Avenue and Stark Street, offering decadent handcrafted flavors, ice cream sandwiches and a vintage soda fountain.
Bridge & Burn specializes in classic, functional and distinctively Northwest apparel for men and women. Since 2010 they’ve been creating well-crafted clothes that can go straight from dinner to the woods.
Self Edge carries the world’s finest denim and leather accessories, all with a distinct aesthetic and details that are second to none. Selvedge lines made of metallic red silk, rivets of sterling silver, and poisonous python skin tags from Okinawa.
In 1999, Stumptown Coffee Roasters took Portland caffeine lovers by storm. What started as a single roastery on Southeast Division Street quickly expanded to the rest of Portland — and now, to the rest of the country.
Clyde Common is a lively and acclaimed European-style tavern in the Ace Hotel that offers a regional take on classic dining. The daily menu emphasizes meats butchered and cured in house, along with local produce and seafood.
A historic hotel with 51 comfortable guestrooms, each inspired by a song or performance from the past 100 years at the nearby Crystal Ballroom, the McMenamins Crystal Hotel also features an on-site cafe, bar and subterranean saltwater soaking pool.