Known as “the village in the heart of Portland,” historic Multnomah Village delivers small-town charm mere minutes from the city center. The quaint streets of this Southwest Portland suburb are lined with locally-owned businesses including charming cafés, galleries, bars and shops. Read on for our favorite things to do in Multnomah Village.
Breakfast Spots and Coffee Shops
Wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh croissant at Grand Central Bakery, known for its rustic bread, 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.
Bars and Restaurants
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.
Multnomah Village offers an abundance of things to do — especially when it comes to 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.
Located 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.
Food Carts and Fun
And speaking of four-legged friends, 91-acre (37 hectares) 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.
At The French Quarter you’ll find food carts, fresh produce, boutiques and plenty of people watching. Owner Yves Le Meitour wanted to create a spot like the village squares of his native France.
First opened in 1978, independent bookstore Annie Bloom’s Books joins the few, favorite, small independent bookstores in Portland, with a great 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 Marketplace. This unassuming-looking store houses more than 400 wines and 1,000 bottled beers, including rare and limited-edition brews. John’s also has beers on tap and serves hot and cold sandwiches.
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.
Learn More About Multnomah Village
How do I get to Multnomah Village?
Cyclists who don’t mind hills can bike to Multnomah Village from the heart of downtown Portland in under an hour. The total elevation gain is just under 700 feet (213 m).
How did Multnomah Village get its name?
The 4T trail is a self-guided tour that lets you explore the city — and see some of the best views — without a car.
When summertime heats up in Portland, cooling off is as easy as heading to one of the city's many riverfront beaches or docks for a refreshing dip or getting the gear for water sports such as kayaking, or SUP.
Spend a day walking a lush, flower-filled canyon in Oregon’s only urban state park.
Illustration by Subin Yang
Southwest and South Portland Neighborhoods
Southwest Portland extends beyond downtown to the West Hills, where you'll find attraction-packed Washington Park, and beyond, where neighborhoods like Multnomah Village offer small-town charm. South Portland, the city's newest "quadrant" as of 2020, offers river access and a growing neighborhood south of downtown.
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