Explore: The South Waterfront
 

The South Waterfront Comes Into Its Own

 
With eye-catching high-rises, farmers markets, niche eateries, an aerial tram and other forms of eco-friendly transportation, the South Waterfront is everything-Portland all bundled up into one green parcel nestled along the Willamette River.
 
 

The South Waterfront District At-A-Glance

While it is only one of Portland’s Willamette River access points, the South Waterfront—Portland's newest urban neighborhood—is one of the most well-developed, located just south of the RiverPlace Marina. Lovely walking trails wind along the river, native gardens sprout between beautifully modern buildings, and eateries of all ilk have popped up throughout this new neighborhood. In early winter, you can check out the Portland Winter Light Festival, which spans the Tilikum Crossing and is held at both OMSI and Zidell Yards. Doggy parks, shopping and juice companies and more abound–in other words, everything you’d expect from a thriving Portland neighborhood. Portlanders wanting to get a feel for their changing city and visitors alike will benefit from a day trip to this burgeoning community and enjoy all it offers.

 

 

South Waterfront Farmers Market

Elizabeth Caruthers Park
3508 SW Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97239
503-972-3289

It wouldn’t be a Portland neighborhood without a thriving farmers market. Held Thursday afternoons from 2 to 7 PM, the market boasts a large number of vendors selling everything from meat and cheese to granola and ice cream to flowers and Oregon’s stellar berries. The one drawback: It’s only held from June through October, but if you miss out, you can always head to PSU Farmers Market, held on Saturdays and one of the best in town.

 
 

 

Go By Tram

The South Waterfront has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the city’s transit hubs. Options include biking, ride-sharing, bus, light rail, streetcar and Portland’s transportation darling, the aerial tram, which departs South Waterfront for the Southwest Hills and docks at OHSU. Who said getting around couldn’t be fun?

 
 

 

Elizabeth Caruthers Park

3508 SW Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97239

South Waterfront Elizabeth Caruthers Park view.jpg

What do bocce ball, sunbathing, picnicking and walking all have in common? You can do them at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, opened in 2011 right along the Willamette River. Named in honor of a young pioneer woman, one of the first to settle Portland, it plays host to the farmers market when open in summer and is a perfect place to relax the rest of the time.

 
 

 

Cha Cha Cha

3135 SW Moody
Portland, OR 97239
503-224-0100

Menu

Dine-in. Take-out. Delivery. Or catered. In every case, Cha Cha Cha aims to deliver an "Authentic Mexican Taqueria experience that exempli es traditional Mexican food preparation and cooking methods done by hand." These high standards are reflected in the partnerships with local farms, wineries, breweries and organic suppliers.

 
 

 

Little Big Burger

3704 SW Bond Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
503-265-8021

Menu

Courtesy of Little Big Burger

It's no secret that some of us consider hamburgers a food group. And the renaissance of this American fare is well documented. Yet somehow, Little Big Burgers raises the culinary bar to an entirely different level with great ingredients and spot-on prep to produce mouth watering results. Yum.

 
 

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