Whether you're traipsing past NW 23rd Ave.'s bohemian boutiques or ducking out of the rain into a bike shop on NW 21st Ave., you're sure to have a versatile experience while shopping in Nob Hill and Northwest Portland. A trendy mix of urban chic shopping, upscale restaurants, thrift stores, and artisan shops will entertain you for hours on shopping day.
With its tree-lined walkways and flickering lights at night, the most popular shopping area in Northwest Portland is NW 23rd Ave. It houses some big and small-named shopping venues where you can buy fashions, housewares, furniture, and beauty needs. Kitchen Kaboodle, Levis, The Gap, and Urban Outfitters are among the larger stores. Some independent names include Twist, an art gallery-influenced store selling unique household and personal items, EXIT Real World, a Pacific Northwest skateboarding and snowboarding shop, and New Renaissance Bookstore, a new age, spiritual book shop. Be sure to stop by the Northwest's own Moonstruck Chocolate Café, a chocolate shop whose remarkable, uniquely hand-crafted chocolates have won celebrity status with awards from The Rachael Ray Show and Country Living Magazine.
Though more famous for its eateries, pubs, and independent movie theater, NW 21st Ave. is also a fun shopping experience. Check out Stella's for an eclectic array of one-of-a-kind gifts, such as cards, jewelry, books, candles, and more. Try stepping into 21st Avenue Bicycles, a privately owned bike dealer and full repair shop with over 30 years experience. Downtown's Trader Joe's location is also here, as well as a handful of second-hand clothing and furniture stores in this area for the thriftier shopper.