North Portland, often referred to as NoPo, is one of five quadrants in Portland. It has a roughly triangular shape that stretches along the Willamette River on the southern side and meets up with the Columbia River to the North. Access to major roads, public transportation, and bikeability make North Portland a desirable up and coming neighborhood.
Once thought of as being a little rougher than many of the other “close in” neighborhoods, North Portland has transformed into a vibrant place to live. Mixed use residential, commercial, and industrial are common throughout North Portland. From St John’s to Piedmont, commercial districts have sprung up providing local residents all the amenities they need close to home.
One of the best things about North Portland is the sense of community you find amongst its residents. People don’t just live in these neighborhoods, they participate in them. New construction in both housing and commercial are helping to transform this neighborhood into a popular place to be.
North Portland Attractions
Whether dining out or spending time outdoors is your thing, there is never a shortage of something to do in NoPo. Activities for everyone can be found in every neighborhood pretty easily.
North Portland is pretty flat, so it makes biking a great way to get around or to explore the neighborhoods. Every year, the Sunday Parkways draw people from all over the city to bike and walk all over North Portland neighborhoods.
If outdoor activity is your thing, parks are plentiful in North Portland. Cathedral Park is stunning with its amazing architecture and Overlook Park has sports fields and picnic areas you can reserve for family outings or other events.
You can bike, walk or kayak though Smith and Bybee wetlands near Marine Drive. It is almost impossible to go anywhere in North Portland without running into a piece of nature.
Feeling hungry? Check out the bustling Kenton neighborhood and enjoy some southern cooking at Po’shines or cruise into St John’s for breakfast at local favorite, John Street Café. New restaurants and stores are popping up everyday offering quality and variety.
From car racing at Portland International Raceway to listening to jazz in St John’s, North Portland is not lacking for things to do. The best way to discover what North Portland has to offer is to get out there and explore it yourself!