Bagels, Boutiques and Bistros
Northwest Portland, also referred to as Nob Hill, was once the fashionable home of Portland’s well-heeled. It became a major area of apartment development in the first part of the 20th century. Expensive homes gave way to apartment buildings that sprang up along streetcar lines.Today, Northwest Portland is filled with vintage homes, row houses, apartment buildings, numerous parks, and quality retail strips composed of diverse cafes and boutiques. NW 23rd is a tree-lined avenue flanked by upscale and funky shops, trendy restaurants and sidewalk cafes. NW 21st, the other main retail strip in the neighborhood, features the art-house theatre, Cinema 21, as well as numerous cafes.
Portland Streetcar runs a five mile loop from Northwest to the Pearl District, Downtown and Portland State University, providing convenient transport to City highlights. Forest Park, on the flip side, allows escape from the City’s bustle. This 5000 acre park, the largest urban park of its kind in the country, presents 74 miles of hiking and biking trails. Northwest Portland truly has something for everyone.