21 Astor’s Neighborhood Favorites

Do we hear your stomach grumbling? No? Okay, maybe it’s just ours. But, just you wait — we’ll get you with this post! Portland is a foodie paradise and there’s no question as to why. Everywhere you go, from upscale restaurants down to coffee shops, you find deliciously amazing ways to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. As we at 21 Astor are already well aware of, some of Portland’s finest culinary offerings are in the Pearl District/Nob Hill area. So, we think it’s high time we share some of the neighborhood spots that we adore!

Where to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

This says it all, doesn’t it? When you eat good food and sip on tasty drinks, you just feel happy. Here are restaurants that are sure to put a smile on your face. (Side note: They’re all less than a half mile from our luxury apartments in Portland!)


Portland Food

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Located about 200 feet from our Nob Hill Apartments is Serratto. Their Italian/French/Mediterranean menu is made with TLC and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, the wine selection is fantastic!

Papa Haydn


*image from Papa Haydn’s website.

Papa Haydn can be considered American food with a bit of a French twist. The menu changes often and is always wonderful. But, what really gets the crowd going is the succulent desserts.

Laughing Planet Cafe

*Image from Laughing Planet’s Instagram

Laughing Planet Cafe gives you healthy bowls, burritos, salads, and soups with a side of quirkiness. They’ll also blend up an awesome smoothie for you. And, it’s vegan-friendly!

Ling Garden

*image from Ling Garden’s Yelp Page

No neighborhood is complete without a good Chinese restaurant. Nob Hill is lucky to have Ling Garden. Our recommendation — get the Lo Mein!

Caffe Mingo

*image from Caffe Mingo’s Facebook

Caffe Mingo boasts “simple Italian”, but don’t equate the word “simple” to “dull”. They use uncomplicated ingredients to create really delicious dishes.

Salt & Straw

*image from Salt and Straw’s website

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! It’s always nice to balance out the savory with some sweetness. Salt & Straw’s inventive ice cream flavors are certain to blow you away.



*Image from Marrakesh Portland’s Website

We’re ecstatic that 21 Astor’s Pearl District apartments are just a 3-minute walk to Marrakesh. Here, you get an unforgettable experience with mouthwatering Moroccan food and super talented belly dancers!

Cafe Nell


*image from Cafe Nell’s Facebook

Fabulous cocktails and food in an adorable bistro? Yes, please! Cafe Nell serves up American and French-inspired cuisine that you’ll fall in love with.  What we fell in love with — the homemade mac and cheese.

The Fireside


*Image from the Fireside’s website

Fireside is arguably one of the coolest Portland restaurants out there. You can enjoy American brunch, lunch, and dinner while you sit by — you guessed it — a cozy fire. Also, PDX-ers go nuts for the eggs benedict.

Where to Get Your Coffee Fix

If you’re one of those don’t-talk-to-me-until-I’ve-had-my-coffee people, we’ve got your back with coffee shop suggestions. (Even if you’re not, we’ve still got your back, and you should still check out these spots.)

Coffee Time

*image from Coffee Time’s Facebook

For over two decades, Coffee Time has been serving Portlanders locally-roasted coffee and farm-to-table fare. It’s a terrific space for connecting with loved ones over a good cup of joe.  

Sterling Coffee Roasters

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Sterling Coffee Roasters is only four minutes south of 21 Astor. It’s a neighborhood gem that regulars consider both fancy and casual. The coffee is outstanding and the pastries are phenomenal.  

World Cup Coffee & Tea

*image from World Cup Coffee & Tea’s Facebook

World Cup Coffee & Tea takes coffee brewing seriously. The beans are fresh, the water is heated perfectly, and the staff is knowledgeable. They serve weekend mimosas, too!

Java Hound Coffee Bar

*image from Java Hound’s Instagram

If you’re looking for a dog-friendly place, head over to Java Hound. You can enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee while your pup “sips” on a Puppuccino (that’s goat’s milk with dog treats).

Blue Star Donuts

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Scrumptious donuts and coffee! The perfect marriage! Enough said!

There you have it — our guide to eating and drinking in the Pearl District/Nob Hill neighborhood. We hope that you find a spot that you love!

At 21 Astor, we strive to stand out from other apartments in the Nob Hill neighborhood. We strive to provide residents with a wholesome experience both within and outside of our building. It’s why we talk about the best of Portland. It’s also why we provide top-of-the-line features and amenities such as concierge services, dry-cleaning pickup/drop-off lockers, bike storage/maintenance areas, reserved storage spaces, pet-friendly facilities, and an exterior call box for guest access. Additionally, our apartment homes showcase tasteful designs and gorgeous finishes that foster an extremely luxurious yet comfortable living experience.

Have you been searching luxury apartments in Portland but haven’t found the right fit? 21 Astor could be just what you’re looking for. Reach out to us to chat or take a tour of our luxury portland apartments.

Greetings from the Owner

Dear neighbors, friends, and family.

This project means a lot to me both personally and professionally and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce 21 Astor, Portland’s finest residential community.

In 1993, I purchased my first Apartment building in Northwest Portland. Soon thereafter, I excitedly moved into the building and the 23rd / Nob Hill neighborhood became my new home.

After moving in, it was clear to me that I loved everything about the neighborhood – the trees, restaurants, its character, and the sense of community. Nob Hill was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to grow. Within a couple years, I purchased two more buildings close by and fell in love with rehabilitating historic structures.  I also started volunteering in the Community Policing Office which, eventually led to me becoming a reserve police officer with the City of Portland.  I’m still doing that 22 years later. As my life has changed, it led to me buying a home in the neighborhood for my family. Today, this is the neighborhood where my four-year-old son attends preschool, where my dedicated employees come to work every day and where Portlanders from all walks of life come to eat, play, gather and enjoy each other’s’ company.

After completing several notable projects in the Pearl district, I couldn’t contain my excitement at coming back to work in Nob Hill and making 21 Astor a reality. I have always taken immense pride and care in my work, but the opportunity to create 21 Astor where it all started, the neighborhood that I call home, has been the greatest joy of my career.

My dedicated team at Robert Ball Companies and I couldn’t be prouder of 21 Astor. We truly believe that we have created an unparalleled living experience in a truly unparalleled neighborhood. It was our goal to pay homage to Nob Hill’s iconic architecture while blending it with a sense of contemporary living. Above all, I wanted to build a quality building that would give our new residents the same enjoyment I have personally experienced.

For me, everything started right here in this neighborhood and it’s a remarkable experience to come back full circle. There is a large part of me that wants to be in the building myself but with my family in mind, that will have to wait for a later time. I’m envious of our new residents and grateful you have chosen us for your new home.