Nob Hill & Slabtown

In vogue with upper-crust Portlanders since the 1880s, Nob Hill is an upscale residential area filled with stately Victorian homes, trendy restaurants and homegrown boutiques. Slabtown – Portland's most recent up-and-coming district that was once industrial – houses modern high-rise condos and an ever-growing number of restaurants and bars. NW 21st and NW 23rd Aves are the arteries connecting the two districts.

Stats

  • Start Dragontree Spa
  • End Breakside Brewery
  • Length 2 miles; five hours

Dragontree Spa

Kick things off with an indulgent spa treatment at Dragontree in Slabtown. You'll emerge rejuvenated after a full-body massage – pick from Swedish or deep tissue, with the option of products infused with herbs, essential oils and even CBD; all massages include 30 minutes in the sauna. Body scrubs, facials, Ayurvedic therapies and acupuncture are also available.

St Honoré Boulangerie

Pop into Slabtown's French bakery St Honoré Boulangerie for a post-spa treat. Sample mini marionberry croissants, brioche toast with vanilla and rum custard and fresh apples, and lemon custard tarts with almond cream. Snag a table on the sidewalk and settle into the sweetness.

NW 23rd Ave

Take a stroll down NW 23rd Ave, the area's most buzzing street that forms the western border of Nob Hill. It's lined with loads of local businesses housed in craftsman-style storefronts, where you'll rub shoulders with Portland's elite.

Cinema 21

For a bit of avant-garde entertainment, head to this neighborhood cinema in Nob Hill. It's Portland's top pick for art-house, independent and foreign flicks – all of which you can enjoy with a beer or a glass of wine.

Paley's Place

For an upscale dinner, check out Paley's Place in Nob Hill. Run by James Beard Award–winning chef Vitaly Paley, it's been one of Portland's top picks for almost 25 years. Set in an elegant Victorian home, the menu features seasonal, Pacific Northwest ingredients prepared with French and Russian influences.

Breakside Brewery

Stop by Breakside Brewery in Slabtown for a post-dinner beer. Renowned for their innovative techniques, many of their brews are laced with exotic fruits and aromatics. The tap house pours craft brews from 16 taps, including its nationally award-winning IPA. The vast space is buzzing with locals, who also enjoy the outdoor patio on a sunny day.

Key Features

  • Indulgent eats
  • Victorian-era architecture

Getting There

Streetcar The NS Line runs from downtown and the Pearl District to NW 23rd Ave and Marshall St.

Bus Route 15 runs along NW 23rd Ave from Southeast via downtown.