Many Surprises Await in Beaverton, Oregon
Beaverton is Washington County’s second-largest city, with a population of more than 90,000. Nestled in the eastern edge of the Tualatin Valley, Beaverton is surrounded by farmlands and natural resources and boasts 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile network of bike paths.
Beaverton has the distinction of being the state’s most ethnically diverse city in the state. Several events throughout the year celebrate this diversity, including the International Celebration, Fiesta Latina and Ten Tiny Dances, a showcase of dances from across the globe.
Beaverton’s Historic Downtown District offers many surprises, including history and art and culture, where quaint antique and specialty shops dot the area, and highly acclaimed restaurants and shops attract food lovers from around the Greater Portland area.
This growing city also is home to a variety of attractions, family entertainment centers, and arts and cultural offerings. In recent years, Beaverton has gained recognition in culinary circles and has attracted many foodies to the area with the Beaverton Farmers Market—the largest “all-agricultural” market in the region—and its collection of acclaimed restaurants, specifically its variety of authentic Korean eateries.
In the agricultural region of Beaverton, visitors can visit u-pick farms and farm stores during summer harvest season. Two wineries—Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards’ Historic Estate—also are located in this lush agricultural area.
Dining in Downtown Beaverton
Downtown Beaverton is becoming the Tualatin Valley’s premier dining destination with nearly 60 restaurants within walking distance of the Beaverton Central MAX station. Newcomers like Ex Novo Pizza, Big’s Chicken, First Street Taqueria and Syndicate Wine Bar have recently opened within a single block of Watson Avenue, where a “restaurant row” is emerging. Several more restaurants are expected to open in this area in the coming year.
Signature restaurants in downtown Beaverton:
BG’s Food Cartel (food cart pod)
Big’s Chicken (American)
Du Kuh Bee (Korean)
Ev Novo (Pizza)
First Street Taqueria (Mexican)
Gloria’s Secret Cafe (Salvadoran)
Karver Sandwich Bar
Nak Won (Korean)
Westgate Bourbon Bar & Taphouse (American)
The Beaverton Farmers Market is the state's largest all-agricultural market. The market is open Saturdays from May through November, plus select Saturdays in February, March and April.
Nak Won consistently ranks as one of the best Korean restaurants in the Greater Portland region, and we tend to agree.
The unincorporated city of Aloha (pronounced a-low-uh), and its next-door neighbor Beaverton, make for great bedfellows for a Tualatin Valley weekend.
Over the last 15 years, a variety of murals, some as large as billboards, have been painted on the side of buildings bringing pops of color to the city streets.
In Tualatin Valley, we have amazing variety and some Portland favorites are even moving out to Beaverton and beyond. Not only do we have some great options, there are famous foodies among us!
Tualatin Valley is a beautiful area with farms, forests and trails to delight every outdoor enthusiast. But if the cold, rainy weather gets you down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had indoors.