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
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, back-
yard 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 over-
flowing thrift stores, head shops, and legal
marijuana dispensaries, up and down this
street. The Bagdad Theater is one of the
many historical sites, rescued and repur-
posed by McMenamins brewery. You can
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 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.