The only thing you won’t find on Alberta
Street on Last Thursday is car traffic.
At the intersection of NE Killingsworth and
30th Avenue lies a tiny micro-hood called
Fox Chase, part of the larger neighborhood
of Concordia. McMenamins Kennedy
School, an adult-friendly playground of
and swimming pool lies just on the edge.
Within Fox Chase, you’ll find an impressive
collection of restaurants, including Yakuza
with its Japanese-inspired dishes, and Amal-fi’s, a cozy spot for comforting Italian dishes.
Closer in, the commercial-based Lloyd District
has been the site of several recent high-rise
apartment buildings. A 100,000 square-foot
public plaza will soon be constructed in the
middle of an apartment development of over
1,000 units, which will likely draw more traffic
to this corner of town.
Grant Park is 20-acres of green space, enjoyed
by many residents of Northeast Portland. Set
along NE 33rd Ave and US Grant Place, it
offers a baseball field, basketball courts, an
off-leash dog area, paths, and picnic tables.
Northeast Portland has extensive residential
space, dominated largely by the traditional
Portland bungalow. The houses here are
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, undeveloped 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
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 apartment 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 traditional 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 some-
thing 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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