Located six miles (10 km) southeast of downtown Portland, Lents is a great place to meet and eat, catch a ballgame and a beer or even pet a goat! Explore these surefire Lents bets.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Lents
The eastern reaches of the Rose City provide excellent spots for adventure, relaxation and even goats!
By Jim Kettner | Aug. 1, 2016 (updated Jan. 20, 2017)
A great first stop if you’re heading east into Lents, the Portland Mercado is home to over 40 businesses representing rich flavors from all over Latin America. Grab your morning coffee from Sandino Coffee Roasters or a fresh fruit smoothie courtesy of Fruitbox Juices, then visit the market’s nine food trucks for snacks like Yucca fries and hot tamales, with ample gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
Speaking of flavors from afar, Lents is home to Portland’s only internationally focused farmers market, featuring farm-fresh produce, global delicacies, live music and more. Local vendors provide such diverse garden treats as Mexican huauzontle, Russian heirloom tomatoes and the most diverse array of Southeast Asian vegetables in the metro area. The market is open Sundays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., June through October, and is located in the heart of Lents.
No visit to Lents would be complete without stopping to meet the goats. These 14 four-legged friends have been Portland’s “resident herd” since 2012 and relocated from Southeast Belmont Street to Lents in 2014. Visitors are welcome to pet Chester, Hickory, Duchess and the other friendly residents, but please respect the horns!
Portland’s extensive vegan and vegetarian community can’t stop raving about Yuan Su, which debuted in 2016. This entirely plant-based eatery offers modern veggie twists on Chinese American classics like General Tso’s “chicken,” “beef” and broccoli, and “ham” fried rice.
The lovely Lents Park is a perfect place to take a stroll or relax in the shade. The park includes basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic areas and even an off-leash area for dogs. A must-see spot for sports enthusiasts, Lents Park is also where you’ll find the newly renovated Walker Stadium, home of the Portland Pickles.
Speaking of the Pickles, catch a ball game hosted by Portland’s hometown baseball team while you’re in Lents. Debuting in 2016, the Pickles play in the Great West League, a summer collegiate wood-bat league. The Pickles are all about small-town fun, and with more than 30 home games each season, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer for the home team in Lents this summer.
Wind down from your day of Lents exploration with a frothy pint from Zoiglhaus, a Bavarian style brewery offering an excellent selection of house-brewed beers and hearty German eats. Knock back a “Schwarzbier” or “Kicker Kölsch” and enjoy an über-sized pretzel and a slice of Flammkuchen (tarte flambée or German pizza).
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