By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Updated: January 20, 2017


Once considered Nowheresville, the Portland’s West End is now a cool stopover.

Clyde Common: In this industrial restaurant beneath the Ace Hotel Portland (the undisputed heart of the neighborhood), almost everything is sourced from within a 100-mile radius, from the nettles in the cavatelli to the bacon, house-smoked over applewood. $$

Tanner Goods (pictured): Pick your preferred shade of English bridle leather and fittings (from brass to stainless steel)—and in just 10 minutes, you’ll walk out with a custom-made belt. 1308 W. Burnside St.

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Cacao: Sweet tooth? This artisanal-chocolate shop is filled with habit-forming treats, such as a dark-chocolate Virgin of Guadalupe coated in gold leaf.

Grüner: Chef Christopher Israel creates Alpine comfort food—beet-pickled deviled eggs; mustard spaetzle with guinea-hen ragù—while cocktails at the adjacent bar, Kask, have a Pacific Northwest spin. $$

Canoe: Head here for expertly curated goods from both near (sea salt harvested in Oregon’s Netarts Bay) and far (Chilean booties made of salmon skin and wool). 1136 S.W. Alder St.

Animal Traffic: Cowhand staples get an upgrade in this 21st-century version of a Wild West merchant that sells vintage and American-made clothing. Also look for one-offs like an antique gramophone retrofitted as an iPhone speaker. 429 S.W. 10th Ave.

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150