Once a sleepy thoroughfare, Southeast Division Street is now one of Portland’s most dynamic and stylish neighborhoods. Spend a day wandering its many blocks, stopping along the way to snack, sip and shop. Read on for our favorite things to do in Division/Clinton.
Where to Eat and Drink on Division/Clinton
Begin where Division Street’s heralded food scene got its start back in 1999: Stumptown Coffee Roasters. With brewers, grinders and beans by the bag, this neighborhood café is home to more than just expertly brewed joe. This jam-packed neighborhood has an endless list of incredible restaurants.
Find foods from any cuisine, and something to suite any desire as you eat your way down Division/Clinton. Here are some highlights: La Bonita is a family owned and operated local-chain, serving up Mexican fare with the best, local ingredients. At Olympia Provisions Public House find house-cured meats, and American-style frankfurters paired with local craft drinks, beer, and wine with a large outdoor patio. A local favorite and Division Street stalwart, Bete-Lukas, try authentic Ethiopian dishes with house made injera.
If you’re in the mood for fine dining, Clinton Street has you covered with La Moule, an artsy brassiere serving up rich-Belgian-style dishes like mussels and other seafood, alongside amazing pommes frites. Find more Northwest seafood at Jacqueline, an upscale oyster bar.
For casual dining, or lunch and dinners on the go, grab a vegan slice from Virtuous Pie, and be sure to sample their non-dairy ice cream treats. For more vegan fare try DC Vegetarian, with vegan burgers and subs. Garden Monsters is a beloved food cart in Portland that caters to many food intolerances in its salad-focused menus.
Bike over to the Division Street beer garden, APEX with 50 beers on tap and cases of bottles you might just find what you’re looking for. At Bar Norman find a long list of local and natural wines and an outdoor patio. For low-key cocktails try cool-kid neighborhood bar Cat’s Paw Saloon.
Southeast Division, Portland's hottest dining corridor, has so many restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that you could plan for a week and still not hit all the must-tries.
Tucked within a dense residential enclave, the shops of Division and Clinton streets offer some of the city's most authentic souvenirs.
This colorful neighborhood is full of up-and-coming restaurants and bars, relaxation spots, gathering spaces and places to play.
What to Do on Division/Clinton
A walkable stretch in Portland, Division street’s transformation from modest homes to bustling urban streetscape, offers boutique shopping, and Portland landmarks.
Books with Pictures -as they say- is a “kid-friendly, woman-owned, aggressively inclusive” comic book store on Division Street. The staff is full of recommendations and ready to help you find the right comic. For the collectors, make your way to Clinton Street’s Cloud 9 Comics for a wide selection of vintage and rare comics.
For a little magic, step into Secret Forest Books through an unmarked storefront to another time and space. This dark, bookstore feels a little like a personal library with cozy corners and curiosities within the stacks. Filled with metaphysical and occult manuals and spiritual guides, find all the things you may need for your altar.
Landmark Saloon, an authentic country bar hosting live music nearly every night, is a great place to wet your whistle on Division Street. With a second bar outside, that includes a fire pit, corn hole courts and a food cart, this is a perfect place to spend an evening.
First opened in 1915, the Clinton Street Theater is a gathering place and a champion of Portland artists and activists. Showing cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday night since 1978, this classic theater will keep you in your seat.
Retro style doesn’t get more authentic than the vinyl stocked at Clinton Street Record and Stereo, where customers can dig through rare records and pick up high-quality audio gear — including vintage headphones.
Equal parts clay studio and curio-laden gift shop, Carter & Rose, founded by a ceramicist and a florist, sells ceramic air plant wall planters and made-in-Portland bags, jewelry and home goods.
Southeast Portland’s laidback, bohemian district is filled with local artisans and flare. Hawthorne Boulevard is a walkable street with block after block of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, and historic venues.
Criss-crossed with train tracks and lined with old industrial factories, some of Portland's favorite restaurants, microbreweries, boutiques and events call the Central Eastside home.
Located a few blocks from Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Belmont, a once sleepy residential street boasts its own mix of vintage and indie shops, coffee houses, bars and food carts.
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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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