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Multnomah Village | The Official Guide to Portland

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Explore friendly local shops, bars and cafés in this charming Southwest Portland suburb.

Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock wrote and edited content for Travel Portland from 2014–2020. Read More

Known as “the village in the heart of Portland,” historic Multnomah Village delivers small-town charm mere minutes from the city center. The quaint streets of this Southwest Portland suburb are lined with locally-owned businesses including charming cafés, galleries, bars and shops. Read on for our favorite things to do in Multnomah Village.

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Breakfast Spots and Coffee Shops

Wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh croissant at Grand Central Bakery, known for its rustic bread, made-from-scratch pastries and hearty sandwiches. Another morning favorite, the delightfully kitschy Fat City Café has been serving up massive scrambles, burgers, waffles and cinnamon rolls since the 1970s.

Slept in late? Marco’s Café & Espresso Bar offers eggy brunch specials all day long, as well as a toothsome array of home-style lunch and dinner plates.

Breakfast & Brunch

Every day, faithful breakfast and brunch fans file into Portland’s mouthwatering morning meal hot spots. Follow the crowd and make the most of the most important meal of the day.

Bars and Restaurants

Locals rejoiced when Portland’s beloved wood-fired pizza cart Tastebud chose Multnomah Village for its first brick-and-mortar location in 2015. Visit the cozy restaurant for seasonally inspired small plates, salads and pizzas piled with fresh ingredients like arugula raab, roasted celery root and local bee pollen.

Multnomah Village offers an abundance of things to do — especially when it comes to welcoming watering holes. When The Ship Tavern opened way back in 1944, it only served one beer on tap; today, the nautical-themed dive offers two-dozen brews, as well as tasty subs and chili dogs.

Located in a former Masonic Temple, the Lucky Labrador Public House pairs hand-tossed barley flour pizzas with locally brewed Lucky Lab ales, like Dog Day IPA and Black Lab Stout.

Popular Food Carts

Portland has hundreds of food carts serving countless cuisines — eat your way through breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at some of Portland’s award-winning, popular food carts.

Food Carts and Fun

And speaking of four-legged friends, 91-acre (37 hectares) Gabriel Park includes an ample off-leash area, as well as play structures, picnic sites, a skate park and courts and fields for every sport imaginable.

At The French Quarter you’ll find food carts, fresh produce, boutiques and plenty of people watching. Owner Yves Le Meitour wanted to create a spot like the village squares of his native France.

Shops

First opened in 1978, independent bookstore Annie Bloom’s Books joins the few, favorite, small independent bookstores in Portland, with a great selection of new fiction, travel guides, cookbooks and children’s books. Kids also love visiting Thinker Toys, where they can enjoy hands-on playtime with the latest creations by Playmobil, Webkinz, Haba and Ravensburger.

Portland Toy Stores

Whether you’re a parent looking for an educational game or a collector on the hunt for a vintage action figure, Portland’s toy stores deliver.

If beer is on your shopping list, there’s no better spot than John’s Marketplace. This unassuming-looking store houses more than 400 wines and 1,000 bottled beers, including rare and limited-edition brews. John’s also has beers on tap and serves hot and cold sandwiches.

Fashion lovers can add colorful and creative flair to their wardrobes at Switch Shoes, an independent shoe and clothing store that spotlights organic, environmentally-friendly apparel by designers from Portland and Israel. If you’d rather make your own garments, visit Portland’s oldest yarn store, Northwest Wools, to find hand-dyed fibers made by regional artists.

Learn More About Multnomah Village

How do I get to Multnomah Village?

The neighborhood is a short drive (5-10 minutes) from downtown Portland. You can also take TriMet bus 44 or 45.

Cyclists who don’t mind hills can bike to Multnomah Village from the heart of downtown Portland in under an hour. The total elevation gain is just under 700 feet (213 m).

How did Multnomah Village get its name?

Multnomah refers to a tribe of Chinookan people who live in the area now called Portland, Oregon. In the early 1900s, Oregon Electric Railway built a train station called Multnomah where John’s Marketplace is today. The shops and community that developed around the station eventually became known as Multnomah Village.

What type of restaurants does Multnomah Village have?


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