These charming, tree-lined sidewalks buzz morning to night with shoppers, alfresco diners and bar hoppers. Once a sleepy residential neighborhood, Nob Hill has evolved into one of Portland's premier shopping and dining destinations.
Nob Hill is quickly accessible by car, bus or streetcar from downtown. Also, it's close to the International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden and World Forestry Center Discovery Museum — all in Washington Park — as well as Forest Park (to get there by car, head west on Thurman Street from N.W. 23rd to Leif Erickson Dr.).
On N.W. 23rd Avenue, it's mostly about really great shopping. Vintage jewelry, men's hats, yoga clothes, they're all for sale from a mix of both independent (Lena Medoyeff, 710 NW 23rd Ave., Twist, 30 NW 23rd Pl.) and national (Restoration Hardware, 315 NW 23rd Ave., Brooklyn Industries, 735 NW 23rd Ave.) boutiques housed in quaint shops lining this lovely street. Take pit stop at Escape from New York Pizza for an authentic slice or sit awhile for some people watching at The Fireside.
More relaxed dining and drinking takes center stage on N.W. 21st Avenue with the exception of Paley's Place (1204 NW 21st Ave.) that consistently tops the Best of lists with its fresh Northwest cuisine. Locally owned and operated, Cinema 21 has been showing art house movies for over 30 years. Hit up Liner & Elsen (2222 NW Quimby St.) for a bottle of fine Northwest wine to accompany your meal.
West from Nob Hill is the historic French Renaissance Pittock Mansion. Built from 1909 to 1914 by Henry Pittock, founder of the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper The Oregonian, this 23-room estate is surrounded by walking trails and lush gardens that overlook the entire city.