February 20, 2015
The NW District is a neighborhood of contrasts, with artisan boutiques next door to beloved mom-n-pop diners. We rang in the New Year by featuring our favorite places in Northwest Portland on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Taking a queue from the alphabetically named east-west streets of the Historic Alphabet District, we featured a street a day as we made our way from A to Z.
The variety is why we love working here. We can stroll through a quiet side street in Nob Hill as we enjoy its historical architecture, or we can travel a few blocks East to experience the new vitality of the Pearl. This union of the historical with the modern provides us with a multifaceted experience that forms our local identity.
We love being a part of the NW Portland community with its breadth of unique places. Check out the map we created below highlighting the spots on our #seenAtoZ tour, along with an alphabetical list of the streets and locations we featured. Click on it for a downloadable PDF version. We hope it motivates you to take a walk through the neighborhood and discover it for yourself.
A: Found type
Uno Mas - The SW outpost of Uno Mas on Burnside offers tasty cantina fare.
Koi Fusion - Koi Fusion was on the vanguard of the new wave of food carts.
Powells Books - The grand city of books is our most iconic bookstore.
MadeHere PDX – This new artisan boutique showcases beautiful locally made goods.
Glyph Café – A modern cafe that hosts monthly literary and arts events.
Anthropologie - Anthropologie has inventive displays and merchandising perfect for window-shopping.
Deschutes Brewery – A great place to grab a flight of delicious local beer.
Museum of Contemporary Craft – Celebrating the art of craft through world-class exhibits and programming.
Tilt - Serving up biscuits and brews under one roof with a heap of Americana.
Porch Light – Purveyors of wonderfully curated home goods and gifts.
Fish Sauce – A tasty Vietnamese eatery featuring delicious cocktails and a great happy hour menu.
Snow Peak - The flagship US Snow Peak store is a trove of finely crafted outdoor goods.
Oblation - If you love letterpress and paper goods, Oblation is heaven on earth.
Byways Café - Byways Café is a charming brunch spot that is a Pearl District staple.
Blick - A multitude of art materials in every color can be found at Blick.
Mission Theater - The historic Mission Theater is a terrific brew theater & venue, with a new screen & sound system.
Verde Cocina – Our favorite Pearl District farm-to-table Mexican joint.
Brix Tavern – A cozy to meet friends for a pint on a cold day.
Premier Press - Our excellent neighborhood printer that always does a great job with our designs.
Lizard Lounge - A boutique with on-point NW aesthetic and a welcoming atmosphere.
Cinema 21 - Showing a wonderful selection of indie films in its newly renovated space.
Paper Source – Our go-to place for paper inspiration, cards, and gifts.
City Market – A dreamy Euro-style market full of delicious ingredients for your next dinner.
Serratto - An elegant & cozy place to get tasty Mediterranean-Italian fare.
Salt & Straw - There is a good reason it has a constant line: their ice cream is that good!
Christopher David - A store & interior design firm with a handsome design sense.
Cafe Nell - A lovely neighborhood eatery that's great for an intimate lunch.
Our office - We call the corner NW Lovejoy & 19th home, and our neighborhood continually inspires us.
Commissary - We often indulge in coffee and treats from our neighbors at Commissary.
Sammy’s Flowers – Our favorite florist in town always delivers a bounty of beauty.
Tanner Springs Park - A natural escape that balances urban and organic in a lovely way.
Sisters Coffee - The PDX outpost of Sisters Coffee is worth a visit for their excellent roasts.
Pro Photo Supply - The best camera store in town, with a large selection of equipment and supplies.
BodyVox – An inventive dance company with exciting programming.
Boke Bowl - Serving fresh Japanese fare in a bright, open space. Perfect for lunch!
Swifts - Every September thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather to sleep in the Chapman School’s chimney.
Food Carts -The Q-19 cart pod on NW Quimby and 19th is a great place to go for a quick lunch.
Sniff Dog – Our resident studio dog Porter frequents this fun dog hotel. He loves it!
Pacific Pie Co. – We visit Pacific Pie when we get a craving for our favorite desert.
Olympic Provisions - The NW outpost of Olympic Provisions makes our tastebuds happy.
Tin House - The home of Portland's best literary magazine.
Lower Macleay Park trailhead - A day’s adventure awaits at MacLeay Park, which serves as a trailhead into Forest Park.
Athlete's Lounge - A perfect place to visit for any bike gear fiend.
Clear Creek Distillery – Featuring small-batch spirits distilled from local fruits. Stop by for a tasting!
X: found type
Tropical Salvage - Reclaiming Indonesian wood and crafting it into beautiful furniture.
Z: found type
*headline image used under Creative Commons via Kris