Old Portland charm lives through the repurposed Victorian homes, now boutiques and restaurants which line the streets of Portland’s Northwest/Nob Hill neighborhood, making it an ideal spot for leisurely strolls and window shopping. At the top of the hill you’ll find Forest Park, with 70 miles (113 km) of trails to explore in Portland’s west hills. Read on for our favorite things to do and see in Northwest/Nob Hill.
Where to Stay in Northwest/Nob Hill
If you want to make Northwest your home base while you visit, try electric, boutique Inn @ Northrup Station to get the neighborhood feel as you easily explore Nob Hill, the Pearl District, Slabtown, Downtown, and more.
With great views of the roses and the skyline, the Portland International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is a must-see.
High in the West Hills, the Pittock Mansion offers picture-perfect views of the city and interesting insights into Portland's history.
With 70 miles of trails within Portland city limits, 5,156-acre Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike.
Where To Eat and Drink in Northwest/Nob Hill
Stop in to Barista, as you wander NW 23rd Ave. Sip some of the best espresso Portland has to offer before you head back out to explore Nob Hill. 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 cafe serving up tradition coffeehouse fare.
If you’re looking for a nice cocktail after shopping, or before heading to the galleries, here are some bars to try. Bartini mixes any type of martini you could want and Botanist serves small plates and specialty cocktails with green decor. If a drink is your final destination, the local watering hole is Paymaster Lounge with an outdoor patio for those warm days. 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 , get a quick and healthy meal at Whole Bowl, or opt for comfort food with a fine cuisine twist at Besaw’s.
Things To Do in Northwest/Nob Hill
As more national brands move in, local makers can still be found around Northwest Portland; jewelers and Portland boutique betsy & iya, champions of Portland’s DIY-scene Tender Loving Empire, and maker of fine silk dresses for any occasion Lena Medoyeff. 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. For art house movies, look no further than Cinema 21.
For a little fun, prepare your karaoke songs for a private room with friends at Voicebox. But if taking the stage causes you stress, step into Kiva Tea Cafe and Spa for spa treatments, including facials, acupuncture, and massage.
This district contains cultural institutions and entertainment options — and borders on a huge urban wilderness laced with trails.
Explore the roots of Portland's acclaimed dining scene as well as newer favorites along bustling Northwest 23rd and 21st avenues.
In Northwest Portland, century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques stand alongside national retailers.
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