City of Neighborhoods
Portland, like San Francisco or Seattle and thousands of other communities across the country, is a city of neighborhoods.
We like to think of Portland as a small big city. Yes, there are 750,000 plus residents, but its walkability and public transportation shrink the town to a very human level. And its neighborhoods create its character.
As a visitor, you won’t need to memorize the neighborhoods — or for that matter — have time to visit more than one or two.
Neighborhoods of Note
- Sellwood is known for its antiques.
- Nob Hill / Alphabet District is ground zero for shopping, spirits distilleries, and beer and wine tasting.
- The Pearl District is millennial heaven with parks and pubs.
- The Alberta Arts District is known for just that — art.
- Pearl District: north of Burnside St; between I-405 and Broadway.
- Nob Hill: west of 16th; north of Burnside. Also called the Alphabet District.
- Goose Hollow: west of I-405; south of Burnside St.
- Chinatown: Broadway / Glisan / 4th / Burnside
- Downtown: south of Burnside; east of 405; north of Salmon; west of 3rd.
- University District: south of Salmon St; east and north of I-405; west of 5th St.
- Waterfront: between 3rd and Willamette River
- South Waterfront: south of I-5 along Willamette River
- Forest Park / West Hills / Forest Hills / Skyline / Cornell / Germantown
- Multnomah Village
- East Side Districts: Alberta, Lloyd; Belmont; Hawthorne; Division; Mississippi, and Sellwood-Westmoreland