Northwest / Nob Hill
Northwest Portland offers sophisticated shopping, dining and breath-taking views of the city.
Northwest Portland’s historic Victorian homes reimagined as boutiques, galleries, theaters and restaurants exude Old Portland charm in this walkable neighborhood that’s close to the Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown and downtown Portland —as well as Forest Park, with its 70 miles (113 km) of trails to explore in Portland’s west hills. Read about our favorite things to do and see in Northwest/Nob Hill.
Where To Eat and Drink in Northwest/Nob Hill
If you stop into Barista as you wander Northwest 23rd Ave, you’ll sip a perfectly crafted latte or espresso. If you are looking for something more than a pastry with your coffee, head to Dragonfly Coffeehouse or try Anna Bannanas, Northwest Portland’s oldest coffee café, serving up traditional coffeehouse fare.
If you’re looking for a nice cocktail after shopping or before heading to the galleries, here are some Northwest/Nob Hill bars to try. Bartini mixes any type of vodka or gin martini you want -from fresh & fruity to spicy or classic. For those warm days, the local watering hole Paymaster Lounge has an outdoor patio. For a pint and pool, check out McMenamins Tavern & Pool or for a little culture with your beer, head into the traditional Irish pub Kells Brew Pub for live music and local brews.
Though Northwest Portland is known for its fine dining, you can grab a slice at Escape from New York Pizza or get a quick and healthy meal at Whole Bowl.
Dining in Northwest/Nob Hill
Many award-winning chefs showcase their culinary skills in this cozy neighborhood.
Things To Do in Northwest/Nob Hill
See the Sights
Northwest and Nob Hill hosts Portland history and expansive green space.
High in the West Hills, the Pittock Mansion offers picture-perfect views of the city and interesting insights into Portland's history.
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.
Chapman Swift Watch
Every September, spectators gather to see the world’s largest roost of Vaux’s swifts swarm and spiral into the chimney of a Northwest Portland school.
As more national brands move in, local makers can still be found around Northwest Portland; from jewelers and Portland boutique betsy & iya to champions of Portland’s DIY scene Tender Loving Empire. For precious treats and sweets, check out The Meadow, or visit the oldest metaphysical book store in Portland, New Renaissance Bookshop.
The Pearl District isn’t the only place to find fine art. Russo Lee Gallery on NW 21st Ave features the best artists in the Pacific Northwest, and Lane Gallery features the works of Gila Lane and other local and international artists.
Nob Hill Events
Get to know the Nob Hill Neighborhood at these upcoming events.
Wes Mills and Megan Murphy
PDX Contemporary Art will feature two solo exhibitions this month by artists Wes Mills and Megan Murphy. WES MILLS | the silent twig MEGAN MURPHY | Ether
Mary Jane by Amy Herzog
“A play with unexpected grace and optimism, and one that offers faith in the power of communion.” – Chloe Shama, Vogue As Mary Jane navigates the mundane, the shattering, and the sublime realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life….
Fullerton Wine Course: Oak and Fire
Backed by popular demand, this session explores the history of oak and wine, famed oak forests, the benefits and characteristics of different types of oak, and its impact on our senses. Attendees participate in an interactive blending and tasting experience that explores the spectrum of oak’s influence on the wine.
Women's Focused Backpacking Basics Class
Learn the basics of backpacking and feel inspired to head into the backcountry. You will learn essential skills for your next backpacking adventure, focusing on women’s specific considerations. From trip planning to trail safety, an experienced Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hiker will provide tips and answer questions to prepare you for your next journey. All…
Trivia Night at the Hostel Cafe
Bring your friends and show off your master skills at solving pup trivia. No need to sign-up in advance. Just show up. The Pub Trivia Nerd’s winning team will even get a prize for their useless knowledge.
Vin Yin Yoga Class
Experience VinYin Yoga with Tessa Tovar on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The first half of class (Vinyasa) is designed to establish a steady breathing rhythm, improve blood flow and circulation, and build strength and skill. Vinyasa means to link breath with movement in a special way to achieve a particular outcome. You will…
BodyMagick Temple Summer Showcase
BodyMagick is starting Summer with a sizzling Showcase of performances from the High Priestesses, past graduates and the newest Burleskers, creating a world where all bodies and identities are honored for their unique expression and reside in their power, pleasure and joy through delicious Burlesque. Tips for performers are welcome and appreciated. Bring your raffle…
Fullerton Winemaker's Pairing Dinner
Choose between THREE MENUs: Vegan, Pescetarian, and Traditional First Course Heirloom Tomato Burrata, Summer Squash, Herb Pesto — Heirloom Tomato, Summer Squash, Herb Pesto (Vegan/Vegetarian) 2022 Three Otters Pinot Gris Willamette Valley AVA Second Course Wild Mushrooms, Ricotta, Crostini, Micro Salad, Saba — Wild Mushrooms, Crostini, Micro Salad, Saba (Vegan/Vegetarian) 2018 Lichtenwalter Vineyard Pinot Noir…
Fullerton Winemaker's Pairing Dinner
Choose Between THREE MENUs: Vegan, Pescetarian, and Traditional First Course Heirloom Tomato Burrata, Summer Squash, Herb Pesto — Heirloom Tomato, Summer Squash, Herb Pesto (Vegan/Vegetarian) 2022 Three Otters Pinot Gris Willamette Valley AVA Second Course Wild Mushrooms, Ricotta, Crostini, Micro Salad, Saba — Wild Mushrooms, Crostini, Micro Salad, Saba (Vegan/Vegetarian) 2018 Lichtenwalter Vineyard Pinot Noir…
Oregon Hikes and Where to Find Them Class
Learn about hiking in Oregon. You will learn about Oregon-specific hikes, including information on necessary passes and authorizations and how to get them. In addition, you will learn basic hiking planning and gear selection from an experienced Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hiker. This is a donation-based class with a suggested donation of $5 on-site. Proceeds…
Northwest/Nob Hill Arts
From art house movies to singing your heart out, Northwest and Nob Hill are full of artful delights.
Central City Guide
The walkable central city includes the Pearl District, Northwest/Nob Hill and downtown.
Downtown and Central City Shopping
Downtown Portland boasts a wide array of shopping options, from major national and international retailers to locally owned boutiques and specialty shops.
Central City Activities
Walk to a wide range of entertainment in central city and downtown Portland including theaters, museums and parks that play host to festivals and farmers' markets.
Downtown Portland restaurants run the gamut — you'll find everything from budget lunch options at a multitude of food carts to delicious fine dining at acclaimed dinner spots in central city.
Portland's Central City
There's a lot more to Portland's urban core than Downtown, a center for retail, restaurants and cultural attractions. Goose Hollow is home to Providence Park soccer stadium, while the Pearl District is famous for upscale bars, boutiques and galleries. Old Town Chinatown offers streetwear shops, Saturday Market and Lan Su Chinese Garden and Northwest/Nob Hill boasts shopping, dining and access to Forest Park and the historic Pittock Mansion. East of the Willamette River, the Central Eastside offers family-friendly attractions, shopping and nightlife, while Lloyd is home to the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Trail Blazers.
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