Located a few blocks north of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Belmont Street stretches from the Eastbank Esplanade to Mount Tabor Park, and boasts its own mix of vintage and indie shops, coffee shops, bars and food carts. Read on for our favorite things to do and see in Belmont.
Where to Eat and Drink on Belmont
Never Coffee pours delightful coffee drinks that highlight all of the flavors, like their Holy Grail with Bee Local honey and Jacobsen sea salt and tellicherry pepper. With their unique roasts and innovative drinks, makes this coffee shop a must-try for any adventurous lover of coffee.
Fueling up at Portland coffee-staple, Stumptown, at their corner coffee shop that’s great for a quick cup before wondering the shops of Belmont.
If you power up better with coffee, conversation and live music, TaborSpace is a great spot to get your battery charged. A community coffee house located in Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, this warm gathering spot is lit with stained glass windows and infused with the smell of Nuvrei pastries and locally brewed coffee. The site of weekly live music, art classes, workshops and more, it’s a welcoming place for all people, regardless of faith.
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Fermenter is pro-probiotic. With fermented beverages like kombucha, kefir, and ginger beer, those are just the first sip at this inspiring plant-based restaurant, that has miso-based sauces, sides of sauerkraut or kimchi, and their infamous plant-based burger. With a focus on small batch and locally grown foods, this menu is comforting and adventurous.
For the love of beer, Hose Brass Pub has you covered with lists of drafts and bottles from around the world. Serving authentic eats like scotch eggs, steak and kidney pies, this English-style pub is a great spot for catching up with friends. Pub favorites get a healthy reboot just down the street at Sweet Hereafter where the vegan buffalo sub is legendary even among meat-eaters.
For a quick, healthy meal good for the whole family, try Laughing Planet. At the Belmont Street location, similar to their restaurants scattered around town, find toy dinosaurs on every table and have some fun while you eat.
Healthy bowl pop-up turned brick-and-mortar, Feel Good, offers grain bowls with local grown food, for quick and casual, yet a beautiful dining experience.
Chef Katy Millard of Coquine draws on her experience at five Michelin-starred French restaurants to craft spectacular seasonal plates, such as Black Futsu squash or brioche shrimp toast. With the in-house sommelier, Ksendak Podbielski, you’ll be able to pair your meal with the perfect bottle of wine.
Nowhere is that more evident than Nostrana, a romantic Italian restaurant that packs them in every day but Sunday for flavorful wood-fired pizzas, rich pasta dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. James Beard Award nominee Cathy Whims’ timeless recipes — like Dungeness crab bruschetta and pancetta-wrapped goat — highlight the finest regional ingredients from local farms.
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What to Do on Belmont
In what was once the center of the City of East Portland, Belmont holds a lot of history, from the Historic Belmont Firehouse that currently serves as a museum to some of Portland’s oldest parks, like Colonel Summers Park on Southeast Belmont and Southeast 20th Street, that was created in 1921. Today is has a community garden, softball field, volleyball and tennis court, a splash pad and a restored brick picnic pavilion. Walk a few blocks north to Laurelhurst Park, acquired in 1909 from the land of early settler and former Portland mayor, William S. Ladd, and explore the paved, tree-lined trails, several ponds and the native flora.
Want to hear an amazing tale? Some of Portland’s best stories can be found at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, just north of Belmont. One of Portland’s oldest cemeteries, Lone Fir invites visitors to connect with the past through a quiet stroll or on a monthly guided tour that highlights some of the graveyard’s famous residents, like one of the city founders, Asa Lovejoy.
To understand the history of Portland, Oregon, it is critical to look back to the original inhabitants. Explore Portland’s Native history, and learn about the transformation of the region into what we see today.
Portland may seem like a young city, but you can still find plenty of history everywhere you look. Discover the historic sites of Portland from public art to public parks, and the sites nearby that bring historic value to the city of roses.
Portland is known for its rich creative community, and DIY makers. From these established museums that showcase the greatest fine artists, to the mailbox-sized galleries of passions, Portland displays all kinds of art and curiosities.
For history that’s still above ground, video rental store Movie Madness doubles as a museum of sorts (besides the fact that it’s a living, working rental shop). Devoted to rare and obscure films, they also have original costumes on display from movies such as The Godfather II, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music.
And if you want to escape to a time when video games only cost a nickel, Avalon Theatre has you covered. Their two small screens show classics and second-run movies, while their arcade buzzes with skeeball and whack-a-mole games (as well as some newfangled digital fare, to boot).
Belmont storefronts are filled with vintage stores, used books, and trinkets. Still straddling the worlds of old and new, Belmont is home to many shops that have been in the community for decades. Serving the pagan community for many moons, Moonshadow is a spiritual shop for books, crystals, and deepening your practice in the ancient arts. In true Portland fashion, you can also find small, independent bookstores filling their shelves with local authors and zines and books that are off-the-beaten-path. Belmont is no exception; try Belmont Books.
With more kitsch, PLANET X VINTAGE collects clothing from the 1970s through 1990s, pop culture and horror-themed items, and funky accessories, and ensures a little something for everyone of any gender or size. If you’re in the market for restored vintage leather goods, then stop into Mix Tape, and check out their fabulously curated vintage and restyled selections. Naked City Clothing will spruce up your wardrobe, offering retro-inspired fashion, accessories and wacky novelties at this funky shop.
Events For All Ages
One of Portland’s quintessential Christmas traditions is a trip — on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage — down Peacock Lane. For the last two weeks of December, the houses on this street just off of Belmont are decked out in true holiday spirit with thousands of little sparkling lights.
And every September, the Belmont District Street Fair attracts roughly 10,000 people with live music, food and local vendors celebrating the vibrant neighborhood.
Illustration by Subin Yang
Southeast Portland Neighborhoods
East of the Willamette River and south of Burnside Street, this large quadrant is home to many favorite neighborhoods and business districts, as well as the dormant volcano at Mt. Tabor Park, delectable Asian food in the Jade District and urban nature at Leach Botanical Garden and Powell Butte.
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