Stroll through a verdant riverfront park, catch a raucous roller derby match, enjoy the revival of historic buildings, shop vintage markets, and admire flourishing flora and fauna in Sellwood-Moreland. Read on for more of our favorite things to do and see in this Southeast Portland neighborhood.
Places to Eat and Drink in Sellwood-Moreland
With several major thoroughfares -Southeast Milwaukie Avenue, Southeast 13th Avenue and Southeast Bybee Boulevard- at the edges of these quiet residential streets, the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is packed with restaurants, food cart pods, bars and cafes, with an impressive array of international fare. Here are some of the highlights:
Jade Bistro & Patisserie is an Asian-fusion teahouse with noodles, soups, salads and a case full of French-style pastry catering to all manners of dietary restrictions. This bustling cafe offers counter-service and an outdoor patio. Plan on trying a little bit of everything, from their salt and pepper squid small plate and coconut rice noodle soup to their lemongrass-infused bistro burger and Vietnamese wedding cake.
Saburo’s Sushi House is a hole-in-the-wall sushi spot serving fresh fish since 1988. You’ll notice the line around the building before you find the door, but it’s worth the wait. If you want to skip the line, Zenbu offers authentic Asian cuisine at its best. Portland’s first sushi food cart has taken its flavorful rolls, Eastern-influenced entrees and a rotating sake list inside. Don’t miss the umbrella-shaded patio with its water features and serene garden setting. The comprehensive Japanese Whisky list has just the flavor to get your chopsticks dancing.
Everyone is family at Gino’s, a neighborhood Italian joint. From their classic, checkered red and white tablecloths to family-style dining options for large groups, it’s a homey dinner experience that warms the soul, whether you order cioppino seafood stew or Grandma Jean’s pasta.
Meat-lovers also line up at Reverend’s BBQ, a neighborhood barbecue joint by the team behind legendary local steakhouse Laurelhurst Market. Southern-style plates arrive piled with tender pork ribs, crispy fried chicken and juicy smoked sausage.
A Cena delivers a sensory experience that tickles the palate with exquisite Italian fare, a comforting atmosphere and great service. House-made pasta like Maine lobster ravioli and Tuscan-braised rabbit pappardelle burst with flavor. And, of course, there’s a wine to match everything on the menu, whether you’re there for lunch, dinner or dessert.
Things to Do in Sellwood
You wouldn’t expect the stellar city views from Sellwood, but with the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the trails along the Willamette River be prepared for gorgeous sunsets. There is plenty to see and do by bike or foot in the parks in and around Sellwood-Moreland.
Just off the Sellwood Bridge and on the riverfront find Oak Amusement Park. Since 1905 this quaint amusement park has been providing rides, carnival games and food, a roller rink, and a perfect place for family fun.
Another old Portland gem in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is Moreland Theater. First opening its door in 1926, this single-screen movie house screens first-run films. During the Portland International Film Festival, films are screened throughout the city’s bounty of small and historic theaters, including the Moreland Theater.
Surrounded by parks and natural beauty, Eastmoreland Golf Course was laid out in 1917. With a driving range, 12-hole course and course-side eatery, book a tee time , a lesson, or just come for a meal with views.
Illustration by Subin Yang
Southeast Portland Neighborhoods
East of the Willamette River and south of Burnside Street, this large quadrant is home to many favorite neighborhoods and business districts, as well as the dormant volcano at Mt. Tabor Park, delectable Asian food in the Jade District and urban nature at Leach Botanical Garden and Powell Butte.
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