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monawanna
Portland, OR1 contribution
Multnomah Village is one of those neighborhood jewels that makes Portland such a wonderful city. Just 10 minutes south of Downtown, at the location of an old Railway stop, sits Multnomah Village (affectionately shorted to "The Village"). The original town still exists with a few blocks of original buildings still standing. These historic buildings are now full of antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, book shops and a number of other interesting stores.

Multnomah Village is a good blend of independent businesses, like Annie Bloom's Books and Sip D'Vine, while also having your "staple" Starbucks. For those who love local Portland chains...Multnomah Village also boasts a Grand Central Bakery and a Lucky Lab Brewery.

If you visit Multnomah Village the Must Eats are:
Fat City Cafe, a greasy spoon with way above average food serving breakfast and lunch. Try the cinnamon rolls.
Marco's Cafe, unique Northwest cuisine. Always a big line for breakfast.
Seasons & Regions, for Seafood and other Northwest cuisine a few blocks from the village. They just added breakfast, yummy!
O'Connor's, don't let the name fool you...try the jambalaya or the hush puppies.

If you like wide-open spaces, Multnomah Village is just a few blocks from one of Portland's great parks, Gabriel Park. Gabriel Park includes a fenced off-leash dog park, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, jogging and walking trails as well as the Southwest Community center, which has its own indoor courts and swimming pool.

The true community spirit of Multnomah Village can be experienced every year during Multnomah Days, held the 3rd weekend in August. This 2-day festival includes a local parade, live music, street fair and outdoor cinema. This is also a great time to shop the art that local students have made while taking classes at the Multnomah Art Center, also located in the Village.

Overall, Multnomah Village has a little bit of everything for anyone that loves unique neighborhoods.
Written April 23, 2007
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Maconthemove
Tracy, CA956 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Multnomah Village is a cute former rainway stop that once was outside of Portland. Today it is small shops, good cafes, and excellent art galleries in the heart of the Southwest. Walk along the main street, SW Capital and take your time. Must stops are Annie Bloom's Books and Thinker Toys... and more. Leave time for a meal at one of the many excellent places to eat.
Written November 10, 2011
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jamesccasterline
Gearhart, OR396 contributions
This is a delightful little neighborhood a few miles out of downtown Portland but in the city. We lived here at one time but now mostly find our way here because there is a nice framing business which puts my wife's needlepointing into attractive frames. There are several other boutique businesses here, some nice places to eat, and a few businesses which serve the neighborhood, like a food store. Parking is almost always an issue. The trolley is long gone and much of the right of way paved over but things being as they are someone is probably planning to spend a billion dollars to recreate it.

Four reviews of this village refer to waterfalls. None here! Multnomah Falls is about 50 miles away!
Written August 12, 2012
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schoong324
Boring, OR181 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Multnomah Village and Multnomah Falls are 2 completely unrelated places that aren't near each other. Multnomah Falls is a beautiful scenic area in the Columbia Gorge on Hwy I-84. Multnomah Village is an area south of downtown Portland with shops and restaurants. They are no way related!
Written November 22, 2020
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Ms W
Paris, France2 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
I've always liked small shops, but had never been to any in Multnomah Village, so one day I wandered about the Village on foot looking into a few interesting shops. What struck me was the lack of manners and the cold eye turned upon me by the shop attendants/ proprietors of the handful of shops I explored. They seemed to stare and watch me like a hawk, even follow me around a tiny shop (uncomfortable) , or else ignore me and attend to their little clique group who were all at a table making beadwork (in the bead shop) , making remarks that led me to believe I was not welcome.... sort of, interrupting their exclusivity? even though the shop sign said Open.
So the handful of shops I visited were interesting and seemed to have good merchandise, however there was some sort of social virus plaguing the personnel that day perhaps..... I felt like an unwelcome intruder, or a fish out of water in a fishbowl (without water?) being scrutinized rudely in cramped quarters up close. They made me feel naked, uncomfortable, alien and unwelcome.
Of course, it was probably just a lack of professional expertise on their part. Being a veteran of the small shop experience in Europe and even other places in Portland, I expected a certain type of good treatment, some sort of basic greeting perhaps, or at least some positivity vibes and basic etiquette- at least refrain from discomforting your potential buyers. But that's NOT what I experienced in that brief moment in Multnomah Village, quite the opposite. They had a downright unfriendly and clueless vibe, uncomfortable, and apparently uninterested in making money. So I didn't buy anything, and decided I would never go back to those particular shops. That was a while ago, I haven't set foot in the Village at all since then.
Written May 30, 2015
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KathrynSpike
Miami45 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
We went looking for falls here after seeing that this listing was on our way back to Portland from Salem. This is a suburb of Portland not the the famous Multnomah Falls which are 50 miles to the east (and north) off I-84. Many people have posted reviews here by mistake. It’s a cute village but not a nature stop and there are no falls. You will drive around in circles looking for the sign in the photo which is a long way away from here!
Written March 21, 2018
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Forcrane
Portland, OR100 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
There is a really nice breakfast, lunch and tea restaurant called Medley; it's at the end of the village near the bridge over Multnomah Blvd. I had a delicious sandwich. There are so many nice stores: Annie Bloom's books, Indigo for Turkish towels and all kinds of great soaps, Maggie's for women's apparel as well as Jules of Morocco, Switch for very cool shoes and clothes, a great coffee place (Village) near the intersection. Little Thinker toys for kids; a fabulous yarn shop for knitters. This is a great destination for those new to Portland as well as far long time residents.
Written August 19, 2013
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PickyBaer
Portland, OR291 contributions
Oct 2019
I have no idea why that picture is used. The Multnomah Falls are 87-miles away. But the village is a cute little village with some great little shops.
Written November 13, 2019
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand2,944 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Multnomah Village is an urban community of Portland, not the Multnomah Falls that most tourists are looking for! Multnomah Village has lots of cafes, coffee shops, pubs, shops and restaurants. It's NOT where the Multnomah Falls are (which are located east of Troutdale along I-84!!).
Written November 4, 2018
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SS B
Raleigh, NC25 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We recently enjoyed a wonderful visit to Medley Tea House & Cafe located in Multnomah Village. Our main purpose was a visit to Medley which did not disappoint.
My husband enjoyed a Cobb salad which he said was really delicious. I came for traditional afternoon tea including a mixed berry warm scone with Multnomah cream and mixed berry jam. Medley comes pretty close to the great tea breaks I enjoyed in the UK. The cream is not fresh Devonshire (not possible generally in the US except bottled) but a pleasing alternative nonetheless.
Although they have many many types of tea my favorite has always been the one my UK friends first used when I was introduced to hot tea---Assam. The Assam may not have been steeped long enough by me or may not have had enough leaves for my taste but it was still good. Assam has an intense smoky flavor which beautifully balances milk, sugar and a scone with cream and jam.
Their menu is broad with great offerings beyond salads and scones for everyone, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Additionally they serve an afternoon tea menu for two. The prices are reasonable for fresh food served in a pleasing atmosphere. Their brunch and breakfast offerings look great although we knew with almost a certainty what we wanted.
I heartily recommend Medley Tea House & Cafe. I will go back when I am in the area.
Written July 26, 2016
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