February 20, 2015

Seen A-to-Z

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


B: Burnside

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. 

C: Couch

Glyph Café – A modern cafe that hosts monthly literary and arts events. 

Anthropologie - Anthropologie has inventive displays and merchandising perfect for window-shopping. 

D: Davis

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.

E: Everett

Tilt - Serving up biscuits and brews under one roof with a heap of Americana. 

Porch Light – Purveyors of wonderfully curated home goods and gifts. 

F: Flanders

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.

G: Glisan

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.

H: Hoyt

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.

I: Irving

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. 

J: Johnson 

City Market – A dreamy Euro-style market full of delicious ingredients for your next dinner. 

K: Kearney

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. 

L: Lovejoy

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.

M: Marshall

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. 

N: Northrup

BodyVox – An inventive dance company with exciting programming.

O: Overton

Boke Bowl - Serving fresh Japanese fare in a bright, open space. Perfect for lunch! 

P: Pettygrove

Swifts - Every September thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather to sleep in the Chapman School’s chimney.

Q: Quimby

Food Carts -The Q-19 cart pod on NW Quimby and 19th is a great place to go for a quick lunch. 

R: Raleigh

Sniff Dog – Our resident studio dog Porter frequents this fun dog hotel. He loves it!  

S: Savier

Pacific Pie Co. – We visit Pacific Pie when we get a craving for our favorite desert. 

T: Thurman

Olympic Provisions - The NW outpost of Olympic Provisions makes our tastebuds happy. 

Tin House - The home of Portland's best literary magazine.

U: Upshur

Lower Macleay Park trailhead - A day’s adventure awaits at MacLeay Park, which serves as a trailhead into Forest Park.

V: Vaughn

Athlete's Lounge - A perfect place to visit for any bike gear fiend.

W: Wilson

Clear Creek Distillery – Featuring small-batch spirits distilled from local fruits. Stop by for a tasting! 

X: found type


Y: York

Tropical Salvage - Reclaiming Indonesian wood and crafting it into beautiful furniture.

Z: found type



*headline image used under Creative Commons via Kris