Hip fashion, healthy brunch, home & garden books and Hollywood flicks — this bohemian boulevard has got it all. Here’s how to have a perfect day on the upper (or eastern) end of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.
Street Spotlight: Upper Hawthorne
Spend a day exploring the many colorful attractions of this Southeast Portland street, from 33rd Avenue east.
By Molly Woodstock | Oct. 12, 2016 (updated Jan. 18, 2018)
Only in Portland would a family-owned café transform an unused service window into an iconic brunch destination. Step up to the curb to order fluffy Liege sugar waffles topped with accoutrements that can be sweet (like blueberry cheesecake) or savory (think bacon cheddar jalapeno).
Squeeze in a quick morning sweat-sesh by hiking, biking or jogging to the top of Portland’s urban volcano, located 10 blocks east of Hawthorne’s eastern terminus. The dormant cinder cone is dotted with trees, playgrounds, open-air reservoirs and shady benches, perfect for admiring sweeping views of the city.
Tender Loving Empire began as a local indie record label representing the likes of Typhoon, Radiation City and Y La Bamba. These days, the quirky gift shop offers a selection of handmade cards, posters, children’s toys, apothecary goods and even s’mores kits (in addition to records and band tees).
While not quite as gigantic as the downtown’s City of Books, Powell’s Books on Hawthorne boasts more than 200,000 new and used tomes — and that’s not including the Home and Garden annex filled with guides to knitting, decorating, cooking and landscaping.
Named one of the best pizzerias in America by Food & Wine, this Portland stalwart takes pizza seriously. The ciabatta-like dough is lovingly made in house each day before being adorned with a few choice toppings (including Olympia Provisions Capicola and truffle oil) and baked to char-speckled perfection.
Founded by a family of British expats, this local cider-maker uses traditional English techniques to turn fresh-pressed Northwest apples and pears into tasty hard ciders. Craft your own flight from among 28 varieties at the company’s flagship taproom.
Built in 1927, this historic movie palace invites patrons to relax in comfy rocker seats and watch first-run flicks in true Golden Age splendor. Pick a seat in the balcony and order pizza and Hammerhead Ale delivered directly to your seat.
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