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.
Things To Do in Northwest/Nob Hill
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.
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.
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.
The weather may be cooling, but BodyMagick keeps it hot with dazzling Burlesque from past graduates, instructors and acts by two different Teasettes groups. Help create a world where all bodies and identities are honored for their unique expression and where all reside in their power, pleasure and joy through delicious Burlesque. PERFORMERS: The TeasettesVanity…
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies and the MFA in Print Media are happy to present painter and printmaker Deborah Freedman. Deborah Freedman is a painter and printmaker. Selected venues include The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists Space, A.I.R, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, Albright…
The Quality Ski Time Film Tour is back for year three, bringing you an all-new lineup of the greatest ski films of the year. With a little something for every skier: from a not-yet-released episode of The FIFTY from Cody Townsend to the action-packed, powder-fueled Blank Collective movie, with a few more healthy doses of…
Two men, long-time friends, meet for their regular pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss. They talk about their wives, kids, football teams, and the latest news and gossip. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; they are curious about the afterlife, nutrition, global…
The Tallis Scholars return to the series with a program spanning Lent and Easter, especially poignant this year as their tour takes place between the dates of Easter, March 31 on the Gregorian calendar and May 5 on the Julian. Two expansive settings of the Lamentations (White and Tallis) fill the first half, with the…
Downtown Portland boasts a wide array of shopping options, from major national and international retailers to locally owned boutiques and specialty shops.
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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