Check out North Williams Avenue for quirky shops and delicious restaurants, cafés, and bars.
With 3,000 commuters pedaling it every day, North Williams Avenue is Portland’s premier bike corridor. Visitors, too, find plenty worth braking for on two blocks of this arterial, including two James Beard Award–nominated chef-owned restaurants and a slew of hip shops and cafés.
- For family-style brunch and dinner with globe-trotting flavor—think North African sausage with an egg and couscous—head to John Gorham’s Tasty n Sons. 3808 N. Williams Ave., Ste. C, (503) 621-1400, tastynsons.com.
- Jenn Louis’s dinner-only Lincoln Restaurant is known for addictive, savory dishes like baked eggs with cream, olives, and bread crumbs. 3808 N. Williams Ave., No. 127, (503) 288-6200, lincolnpdx.com.
- You can’t miss Lodekka Double Decker Dress Shop, housed in a 1965 British double-decker bus in which retro cocktail dresses, old-school strappy shoes, and vintage hats and costume jewelry have replaced the original bench seating. Corner of N. Williams Avenue and N. Failing Street, (503) 703-3605, lodekka.com.
- Hopworks Urban Brewery’s newest pub, BikeBar, pours hoppy organic brew alongside bicycle-powered fans, artful bike frames, and other two-wheeled geekiness. 3947 N. Williams Ave., (503) 232-4677, hopworksbeer.com.
- Pix Pâtisserie serves French macarons, truffles, and beautiful cakelets and tortes, plus an extensive selection of bubbly wine and cocktails. 3901-D N. Williams Ave., (503) 282-6539, pixpatisserie.com.
- Get small-batch house-roasted coffee and light bites at Ristretto Roasters. Check the house calendar for a rich lineup of arts and culture events. 3808 N. Williams Ave., Ste. 125, (503) 288-8667, ristrettoroasters.com.
Photography by Robbie McClaran
This article was first published in July 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.