St. Johns’ is a township of its own! Distinct small town feel and walkability makes it feel like a little town in a big city. Brimming with history there are a number of original buildings with a short walk through town you can identify each wave of development. , Some of the oldest buildings and businesses in all of Portland are located in St. Johns giving it a classic, aged charm.
St. Johns is located at the northwest end of the iconic St. Johns Bridge at the tip of the peninsula between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is a small neighborhood with a geography that gives it an isolated feeling. Accessing other Portland neighborhoods from here isn’t a walk in the park as the main drag through the neighborhood, N. Lombard St., connecting St. Johns to the I-5 freeway is often busy. A locally known route over the bridge and east on Highway 30 is just a short 10 minutes into downtown Portland or west is just about 15 minutes over the hills to Highway 26 in Beaverton.
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St. Johns’ downtown core has everything you need all mostly easily walkable in the core. Our favorite are all the local coffee roaster shops, brew pubs & tap rooms with a great selection of restaurants. Catch a show at the theater, find live music or warm up to an outdoor firepit almost any night of the week.
The peninsula is known more for green spaces than shopping opportunities, among them Cathedral Park, located adjacent to St. Johns. This park/neighborhood hosts exciting events such as the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival which is totally free. If you love jazz, this is one major selling point for St. John’s. It is also home to the “cathedral-like” arches of the bridge piers, a boat ramp, a dog off-leash area, and a hiking trail.
Of course, it isn’t possible to discuss St. Johns without discussing the St. Johns bridge. The bridge is stunning and the focal point of many famous photos. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge and mistakenly reported as being designed by the same person.