Sellwood
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Neighborhood with a pleasant, small shopping area with dozens of antique shops.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sellwood: eclectic residences of old Portland surround the streets of its famous Antique Row shops, but also boasts an impressive array of restaurants, and Nature trails to walk or jog those calories off afterwards! Take it from an insider, I live there.

Long known for its bevy of antique stores, Sellwood is also a great old Portland neighborhood in which to enjoy a meal (hearty Italian with a Northwest flavor at Gino's Restaurant and Bar: 8057 SE 13th or generous portions of Salvadorean yummies at El Palenque: 8324 SE 17th), take a stroll among its many interesting homes ranging from craftsman to victoriana --many with truly awesome and huge Heritage trees, or enjoy the Cityscape skyline from Sellwood Blvd (Lovely old homes gazing down on Oaks Bottom wildlife refuge, vintage Oaks Amusement Park, Willamette River and beyond). Start in lovely Sellwood Park and walk or jog trails through Oaks Bottom (120 acres of wetland wilds) and enjoy "a birdwatcher's paradise" and the play of sun and tree shadow on the water. Or start in adjacent Moreland neighborhood and hike back from that end, Moreland having the historic Moreland theater and many wonderful restaurants to mix with your Sellwood explorations.

Next door,take the family for an old-time picnic in historic Oaks Amusement Park with everything from modern amusement rides, to bumper cars or the Rollerskating Rink. And just the other side is Sellwood's waterfront park smack dab on the Willamette.

Although technically in the adjacent neighborhood of Moreland, I highly recommend authentic Mexican cuisine, at prices we working class can afford, at San Felipe's Taqueria (6221 SE Milwaukie) --the (halibut) Fish Tacos are crisp and savory with piquant sauce, the nachos are staggeringly satisfying with indomitable tortilla chips that resist sogginess like I've never seen, and the rest of the menu taxes my superlatives too much to elaborate --so try it yourself! And for stupendous Thai, both Papaya Thai (get that full appetizer plate and then explore pleasurably from there) at 7202 SE Milwaukie --and Stickers Asian Cafe (astro-gastronomical array of stickers for the true afficionado but awesome Pad Thai and more more more) at 6808 SE Milwaukie-- make you shake your head in wonder to have so much ultradeliciosa-ness only blocks from each other.

Written 29 April 2002
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Momsdayout
Baltimore, MD25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A local sent us to this neighborhood. It's full of funky antique shops and antique malls. Also, don't miss the "Nature in the City" shop - it has an amazing collection of garden and nature related products and crafts. (It's behind another store, but you can't miss the one of a kind trellis at the entrance on Sellwood Ave., welded out of garden tools!) Stop for a cup of coffee or fresh-made lemonade at "The Ugly Mug."

For dinner we went to Tartine, a small, family owned French restaurant on Bybee. What a find! A delicious three-course prix fixe dinner with lots of choices for $26, not to mention a $28 bottle of real Pouilly Fuisse. The staff is French, and nice! Don't be afraid to ask them to turn on the air conditioning. Make a reservation - the place was packed.
Written 13 July 2004
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mrsentity
New Haven, CT60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
Cute little shops, great coffee and pastries, and a nice little park with hiking trails. I highly recommend Tea Chai Te--on 13th Ave, in the old train caboose (not handicapped accessible from the front). Good tea, many different kinds. Right next door is Grand Central Bakery, with truly amazing breads and pastries and really good coffee. Restaurants I'd recommend are Jade (Japanese food), Reverend's Barbecue (OMG--if you're there, and you eat meat, you must go--it's a real treat!), and Gino's. The food trucks are all very good, too. And for dessert, Atlas Scoops gelato and sorbet. Parking is a royal pain, as it is everywhere in Portland, but you can usually find a spot on 13th Ave at any time of day.
Written 4 September 2015
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Del G
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
If you're into serious restoration antiquing, very little in the way of antique furniture, lighting, and architectural salvage exists here anymore. Most of the remaining antique shops all sport the same stuff - flea market type junk and glassware galore - 99% of which would likely never sell. Very disappointing as this used to be a premier arch salvage area! Full of bistro's, condo's, townhomes, and trendier specialty shops now that cater to the younder crowd.
Written 29 May 2022
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ElisePortlandOR
Honolulu, HI100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
Located in Southeast Portland, this is an old established, yet trendy, area with restaurants, pubs and boutiques. We went to the Columbia Outlet (Made in Portland, you know) and found some great bargains, had lunch at Muddy Rudder Public House and stopped in for a tiramisu gelato at Staccato Gelato.
Written 15 April 2015
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KweqSmanit
Seattle, WA5,398 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Sellwood is just "okay" and not anything special really.I wasn't impressed.
Yes there are coffee shops and boutiques and antiques and thrift stores.And so ? What is different about that ?It has a library, some bars and restaurants, lots of places do.

Other neighborhood areas of Vancouver BC, Bellingham, Seattle, Olympia, Victoria have the same exact thing.There is nothing which really separates Sellwood from any other Northwest areas, there is no uniqueness about the neighborhood.

What is so special here than anywhere else ?The shops are DEFINITELY NOT "great" compared to anywhere else, and the farmers market is a farmers market just like others places I have been to.Whoopee Doopee.

I am not saying it is bad or giving a negative review, I am saying it isn't worth all the fuss that others here have given it.
Written 23 March 2014
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Marie-Claire B
Sequim, WA273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Take your time here. I recommend spending at least 4 days so that you may get to know the streets, neighborhood and local eateries. I would run the bridge and old park everyday and that allowed me to get to know the layout. The vibe here is old, grounded and secure. This by no means is to be interpreted as boring. It is consistent. And, that is just what I needed when I visited.
Written 24 July 2015
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Jonathon D
Seattle, WA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Needing to waste time I decided to go by. The actual road with all the antique shops, restaurants and old town views makes it worth the trip. The antique stores were decently priced and some will let you barter with them, within reason. It's nice to be able to take walk down the street, grab a sandwich from the bakery or some tea. A nice quite community, every place I went was very friendly, then again most of Portland is like that. I spend more than 300 days a year traveling and visiting places like Sellwood is what I truly enjoy!!
Written 10 February 2013
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Richard J
Vancouver, WA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
Ahh, Sellwood! Walkable, friendly, interesting, inviting and just plain fun! Visitors should definitely visit Sellwood to enjoy a truly charming part of Portland and the Portland experience. Sellwood offers everything experienced travelers have come to expect in one of the special cities of the country. Portland has it all, and Sellwood is one of our jewels! Don't miss it!
Written 31 May 2012
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Ruth F
Portland, OR418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
The sword neighborhood is absolutely adorable. Great little bars restaurants shops etc. If you have children Oaks Park is the most they will have a blast. Only issue is parking. Parking is definitely a headache and leave this area and most important areas anymore. If you want to go with a group of friends definitely ride together to save a headache.
Written 6 August 2018
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