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A Guide to a Day in Goose Hollow

A Guide to a Day in Goose Hollow

Despite its name, you won’t be able to spot any stray geese in Goose Hollow (as of writing, anyway). Instead, you’ll see hip coffee shops, historic buildings, famous diners, and more. 

It’s a beautiful mix of old and new – and that’s what put it on the map! Check out our guide to get an idea of how to spend a day in this charming neighborhood. 

1. Grab a drink at the Goose Hollow Inn

ADDRESS1927 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-228-7010
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM

Goose Hollow Inn is a historical tavern in the neighborhood. It’s one of the oldest establishments, dating back to 1967. 

It boasts a gorgeous outdoor deck surrounded by sparse trees. When we sit out here, we feel like we’re on a picnic. 

The inside of Goose Hollow Inn at night, though cozy and inviting, can get kind of loud. But of course, it still depends on the crowd. 

While we mentioned you should get a drink here, their food is also pretty good. They don’t have a generous selection of bar chow, but they have pretty decent choices of filling meals that could also be a great pair to alcoholic drinks. 

From time to time, they host events where you would see both regulars and first-timers come flocking. 

Pro tips:
Our go-to order everytime we’re in Goose Hollow Inn is their Classic Reuben Sandwich. It’s a mix of sauerkraut, natural Swiss cheese, and corned beef put together with a perfectly toasted dark rye bread. 
They have a great selection of beers, cocktails, and wine. We suggest you try something you haven’t tried before, especially the beers, because they offer a lot of local brews. 

2. Try the legendary sandwiches at Fehrenbacher Hof

ADDRESS1225 SW 19th Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-223-4493
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 7 AM – 3 PM 

Just next door to the Goose Hollow Inn is the Fehrenbacher Hof. These two establishments are actually operated by the same family. 

However, they’re nothing alike. Fehrenbacher Hof serves breakfast sandwiches, coffees, and homemade pastries. 

In fact, they’re quite famous for their breakfast sandwiches, so of course you have to try that when you’re in the area. 

People often go here to grab breakfast or brunch. However, the seats are limited so it’s possible that you need to order to-go. 

We find that the ambiance is quite cozy and inviting, so if there are any seats available when you come by, we suggest grabbing a seat indoors. 

It’s a great addition to the Goose Hollow neighborhood, adding a homey vibe with its own little community. 

Pro tip:
Aside from their famous breakfast sandwich, we also suggest their breakfast burrito. It has mini potato patties, whole baked egg, Tillamook cheddar, salsa, and sour cream.  You can choose from different filling options like, ham or corned beef, vegetarian sausage, and avocado. 

3. Try Thai Food at Kinara Thai

ADDRESS1126 SW 18th Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-227-5161
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday 11 AM – 3 PM, 4 – 8:30 PMSaturday 4 – 8:30 PMSunday Closed

We think that people should try Thai food at least once in their lives. That’s why if you’re in Goose Hollow, we recommend you swing by Kinara Thai. They serve traditional Thai dishes, which we find deliciously filling – the portions are just right!

And they can easily turn your order into vegan or vegetarian – all you have to do is ask. Additionally, if you’re not too keen on spicy flavors, they can tone it down for you. 

Kinara Thai could be considered a hidden gem because not a lot of Portlanders know about it. However, those who live or frequent Goose Hollow have probably tried it out!

Pro tips:
You can never go wrong with their Pad Thai. Out of everything we tried (and we’ve tried a lot!) the Pad Thai just really stole the show. 
We also suggest going through their curry selections. They have different kinds of curries and each one is worth the try. 

4. Enjoy a doughnut at Coco Donuts

ADDRESS814 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-505-4164
OPERATING HOURSMonday ClosedTuesday – Friday 7 AM – 2 PM Saturday & Sunday Closed

Coco Donuts is a small donut shop crafting delectable handmade goods in Goose Hollow. 

The eye-catching pink accents in their store draw you in like a kid to a candy shop. If you see a logo of the letter C enclosed in a bright pink circle, that’s how you know you’re in the right place. 

While their flavors are often experimental and unique, you can also find more classic ones like chocolate, glazed, and vanilla. 

Aside from their tasty donuts, they also offer a selection of coffee beans that they roast themselves. If you’re interested in some Portland-made coffee, you’d better run to Coco Donuts!

Having a sip of their quality coffee is truly a unique experience because their coffee choices rotate throughout the week. It’s the same case for their donut flavors. We find it fun to check in every now and then to see the new stuff they have to offer. 

Pro tip:
Don’t know what to pick from the variety of donuts they have available? Try out their cinnamon sugar raised flavor if you want a more classic taste. However, if you want something more exciting and sweet, we recommend their maple buttermilk flavor. 

5. Have a scoop at 22 Below Ice Cream

ADDRESS615 SW 19th Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-509-6434
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Thursday 4 PM – 9 PMFriday 4 PM – 10 PMSaturday 12 PM – 10 PMSunday 12 PM – 9 PM

It’s hard to resist dropping by 22 Below Ice Cream if you’re in Goose Hollow. They offer some amazing cold drinks and desserts.

Their choices of rolled ice cream and boba tea often make it hard to choose too! It’s a good thing they narrowed down the options by adding to their website the flavors handpicked by their staff. 

For the ice cream, this includes green tea and oreo, matcha and strawberry, peanut butter and banana, and such. They also have unique flavors like hot cheetos (which is surprisingly good!) and lavender and banana. 

Meanwhile their boba tea flavors include Thai tea, Honeydew, taro, oreo, and more. Their boba flavors are more on the basic side, which means it’s the same thing you will see in other similar shops in the city. 

However, this doesn’t mean it’s not worth the try! In fact, they’re actually quite good. 

Pro tips:
You have to try their banana cream pie ice cream. That’s banana, graham cracker, and condensed milk!
You should check out their weird flavors if you have adventurous taste buds. 
Be warned that there aren’t a lot of seating options available, so you may not be able to stay in the shop to eat your order at peak times and weekends. 

6. Shop at SCRAP PDX

ADDRESS1736 SW Alder St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-294-0769
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM

Dive into the creative and artsy side of Goose Hollow by giving SCRAP PDX a visit. They call themselves a creative reuse store that’s heavily donation-based.

Here, you can purchase several arts and crafts materials and party, school, and office supplies. Examples of goods you can find here are yarns, coloring materials, greeting cards, scrapbooking supplies, and many more. 

Whether you’re starting out a new hobby or you need something for your class, we find that SCRAP PDX is a great store to shop from. Since items are donated, you’ll find nothing but affordable, unique finds. 

Another thing we love about SCRAP PDX is that they also host several educational art workshops. 

Their goal is to not just provide educational art programs, but also to provide learning opportunities when it comes to waste reduction, environmental-related subjects, and more within those spectrums. 

Other than having the chance to be educated on these matters, it’s also a fun opportunity where you can meet new people with the same interests. 

Pro tip:
You can also invite SCRAP PDX to do a workshop for your workplace, school, etc – all virtually! All you need to do is fill up the form on their website. 

7. Take art workshops at the Oregon Society of Artists 

ADDRESS2185 SW Park Pl, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-228-0706
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday 1 PM – 4 PMSunday Closed

Oregon Society of Artists aims to encourage visual arts by using platforms involving exhibits and education. However, this is just a fraction of what OSA can provide. 

They also provide monthly art demonstrations, opportunities for artists to sell their products, library access, seminars, and many more! We find it so fun to network at OSA because there are a lot of opportunities to learn. 

There are classes for every age and any ability, so you can easily find something that would suit you. It’s easy to not feel intimidated because it’s a place of learning and discovery. 

The mentors are understanding of people’s backgrounds and skills, so they are respectful of everyone’s pace. 

You don’t have to enroll with hopes of being an expert. You can just do it because it seems fun! 

Some workshops and classes will require you to head on-site, while there are a few that can also be done online. Some on-site classes even have supplies provided. 

Moreover, there are also some scholarship opportunities, so be sure to check that out as well. 

Pro tip: 
There are plenty of upcoming workshops and classes, but we’ll only include those we’re most keen about. For workshops, we’re interested in Joanne Kollman: Portrait Figure Workshop – Keeping It Simple. 
It’s a 3-day, in-person workshop that focuses on being able to work with reference photos and bring them to life. This is good for all levels. 
As for the classes, we’re looking forward to Mask Making the most. It’s also an in-person class with 7 sessions to attend. You’ll get to work with different materials like wire, cardboard, and paper to make a mask – either wearable or ornamental. If you want the materials to be provided, you just have to add an extra $25. 

8. Catch a game at Providence Park

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ADDRESS1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-553-5400

Providence Park is a soccer stadium that can accommodate up to 25,000 soccer fans. This is where you will see Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers run to the field during their exhilarating games. 

The area also holds other event spaces like private suites, meeting rooms, and more. That’s why if you’re looking for either a venue for your intimate gatherings or lavish parties, you can make Providence Park the home to your event. 

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Their different venues have hosted numerous kinds of events like weddings, picnics, fundraisers, and of course, sports tournaments. If you’re interested, head over to their website to check the different venues to see what works best for you. 

Pro tip:
For the best experience, check out annual membership options at the Portland Timbers’ website. This will guarantee you the best seats and other perks like complimentary food, wi-fi, and a lot more. 
If you bring your bike with you, you can leave it at one of the bike racks at Morrison St. 

9. Relax at Equilibria Wellness

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ADDRESS909 SW St Clair Ave, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-221-2155
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday 9 AM – 8 PM 

If you had a long day, the healers at Equilibria Wellness will help you get back into tip top shape – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. They touch on these aspects, so clients come to them for being all-around healers.

The services they offer are massages, soul coaching, emotional healing, energy medicine, and even psychic readings.

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Of course, you don’t have to be a believer of the spiritual in order to avail of their services. You can just be a curious passerby who wants to give their services a go. 

You can also choose to get a massage instead where they ease your body aches using various techniques. 

There are also available add-ons to the massages for the more spiritually inclined such as sound healing, energy healing, reiki, and oracle reading. 

Pro tip:
We recommend their Somato Energy Healing for anyone. It has a lot to do with guided visualizations, so it’s a lot like meditation. The healer assigned is educated about different trauma, so you can be assured you’re in good hands. This can be done on-site or via Zoom. 

10. Get a slice of pizza at Gilda’s Italian Restaurant

ADDRESS1601 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR
CONTACT DETAILS+1 503-688-5066
OPERATING HOURSMonday ClosedTuesday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PMWednesday & Thursday  11:30 AM – 2 PM, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PMFriday  11:30 AM – 2 PM, 4:30 PM – 9 PMSaturday 4:30 PM – 9 PMSunday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gilda’s Italian Restaurant is a lovely restaurant at Goose Hollow that not only provides amazing food options, but also a fine, cozy atmosphere that patrons love. 

Most of their ingredients are locally-made, organic, and sustainable, which is why you can tell that their dishes are of high-quality as soon as you take a bite. 

They say they want to give their customers the feeling of what it’s like to eat at an Italian home. Because of this, the experience at Gilda’s is as authentic as it can get. 

For vegans or vegetarians and those on a keto diet, you’ll be glad to know that there are several options here for you as well. Just ask your server what they have available for that day. 

Pro tip:
Since the food here is good, more often than not, the place is packed and full. It’s best to reserve a table beforehand so you can be ensured a seat. You can easily do so by going to their website. 
From their dinner menu, we recommend the pappardelle alla salsiccia. It’s a mix of sausage, sage, crimini mushrooms, and marsala & cream. 
What we like best from their lunch menu is the tortellini “alla panna”. It’s ricotta and parmesan stuffed tortellini that is combined with peas & cream, and garlic. 
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