colorful and spacious. If you’re looking for a
little yard, there are plenty of options in this
neck of the woods.
Northeast Portland might be hip, but don’t
let that intimidate you. The neighborhood is
still diverse in its pockets of smaller neighborhoods, and welcoming to newcomers.
Southeast Portland might be considered
the most “Portland” of Portland neighborhoods, fulfilling every Portlandia cliché that
you could hope for, with hipster driven style
and artisanal everything.
Three parallel corridors mark the liveliest sections of town, including Belmont
Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue and Division
Street. All of these are surrounded by residential blocks of bungalow-style homes
where lush, backyard gardens and quirky
outdoor ornaments are the style du jour.
Belmont maintains the most rustic, undevel-oped feel of the popular streets. Many bars
and restaurants, like the nondescript Nest,
a dive bar with pool tables and a patio, and
Pied Cow Coffeehouse, a hookah bar with
a leafy outdoor patio, are housed in actual
houses that can easily be overlooked as residential structures, rather than businesses.
Hawthorne is where the hippie culture of
Portland still thrives. You’ll find overflowing
thrift stores, head shops, and even the now
legal marijuana dispensaries, up and down
this street. The Bagdad Theater is one of
the many historical sites, rescued and repurposed by McMenamins brewery. You can
now catch a flick with pizza and a beer, or
try the extended menu at the adjoining bar
or restaurant. The theater first opened in
1927 and it remains a fixture of this vibrant
community with a preserved essence from
Hollywood’s Golden Era.
Division is the street for slightly higher end
shopping, mirrored by the upscale apart-ment buildings that are working their way
up and down the street.
The gastronomist will be overwhelmed
by options in this neck of town. The
famously authentic Pok Pok serves tradi-
tional Thai dishes. You’ll need one of
their cocktails to wash down the heat
from their chicken wings. Salt & Straw,
another Portland favorite, often has a
line down the block, full of families,
date-nighters, and groups of friends, all
craving the unique flavor combinations
from this local, artisanal chain.
A dormant volcano lies at the edge of
Southeast Portland, providing residents
with trails and a stunning view of the city,
especially at night when the sun is setting.
Mt. Tabor is a favorite spot for many who
jog, walk, and bike through its forests and
around its reservoirs.
Dog owners will love Laurelhurst Park,
with its wide open, off-leash area. But
those without canine counterparts will find
something to enjoy here, too. The nearly 27
acres were named the West Coast’s most
beautiful park back in 1919, and though
many have taken the title since, locals will
agree that it still ranks for peaceful escapes
amidst an otherwise busy neighborhood.
A melting pot of Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanic populations make
the Foster-Powell neighborhood one of the
more diverse. This area is easily accessible
by automobile, due to its triangular position,
bordered by three main arteries of traffic.
Sellwood is where Southeast families are
flocking for its small-town feel, with a
strong sense of community pride. It feels a
little less hipster than the rest of Southeast,
here — but still there’s a vibe that anything
goes. Just keep it kid-friendly.
Sellwood is home to Oaks Amusement
Park, which first opened in 1905, as well as
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, where 185
bird species come to play.
East of 82nd Avenue is considered East Portland — a neighborhood that once existed as
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