The SW Capitol Highway district originally developed around an Oregon Electric Railway depot in 1909. Today the Multnomah Village Business District offers everything from books to clothing and toys to a diverse array of food and drink options all within an easily walkable core.
Only about a five minute drive from downtown Portland, Multnomah celebrated 100 years as a business district in 2009. Many of the original buildings are still intact and the compact pedestrian-friendly “downtown” retains the ambience and spirit of that earlier period. But the vibe is decidedly modern Portland that attracts a diverse and ever-growing fan base that has discovered why a decade or so ago the area was sometimes referred to as “Portland’s Best Kept Secret.”
Annual events include the Multnomah Days Parade and ensuing street fair on the 3rd Saturday in August, an afternoon Halloween in the Village and the Holiday Gala on the First Friday and Saturday of December. Parking is available on the street as well as at the Multnomah Arts Center. TriMet buses 44 and 45 serve the community, and the area is easily accessed by bicycle. So get over here and see what all the excitement is about.
Did You Know?
Thinker Toys (7784 SW Capitol Hwy), family-owned since 1994, occupies the largest single retail space in Multnomah Village.
Since 1978, Annie Bloom’s Books (7834 SW Capitol Hwy) has provided Multnomah Village with a broad range of book titles across many genres.
The Lucky Labrador Public House (7675 SW Capitol Hwy) is in the former home of the Orenomah Chapter No. 141’s Freemasons Lodge, built in 1925.
Marco's Café (7910 SW 35th Ave) is a local favorite for American dishes and cocktails while Tastebud (7783 SW Capitol Hwy) serves up wood fired pizzas, bread, lamb chops and poussins.
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