Amy Lam

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Christine Dong

Fueled by ‘90s R&B and noodle soups, Christine Dong is a photographer and amateur basketball player living in Portland. Read More

Foster-Powell

This bike- and pedestrian-friendly Southeast Portland neighborhood has a character all its own.

5 min read Foster-Powell

Amy Lam

Amy Lam is a writer and editor based in Portland. Read More

Christine Dong

Fueled by ‘90s R&B and noodle soups, Christine Dong is a photographer and amateur basketball player living in Portland. Read More

Created in partnership with Portland in Color

The misty land of Douglas firs and Oregon white oaks has always been home to indigenous nations of the region such as Chinook, Cowlitz and Clackamas tribes. Foster Road, a diagonal street in a city of square grids, has also long been part of Portland’s landscape and once served as a footpath for indigenous people who moved between the Willamette River and Johnson Creek.

Today, the road is at the heart of Foster-Powell, a Southeast neighborhood that’s transitioning from a hectic thoroughfare to a bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with its own character. FoPo is home to unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the city and that’s what makes it a perfect Portland neighborhood to explore.

A green building at a street corner
Southeast Foster Boulevard is home to a number of bars, restaurants and shops.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Eat

Since 2001, Chinese Vietnamese bakery An Xuyen has earned a spot as a neighborhood favorite serving banh mi, pastries, bao, sticky rice and, if you’re lucky, spring rolls. (Check the specials board!) The baguettes and pastries are all made in-house (and found across town at grocery stores and restaurants). Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival tip: An Xuyen is one of the few places in town that bake their own mooncakes for and they sell out every season, so be sure to take home a few of these delicacies when you see them on the shelves.

A man behind a bakery counter serves a customer
An Xuyen Bakery is a neighborhood favorite serving banh mi, pastries, bao and more.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Carnelian Coffee is a cozy coffee shop where you can pick up a bag of perfectly micro-roasted beans to prepare at home or grab a drink to stay and enjoy the very chill vibes for a while. Their cases are stocked with vegan pastries best paired with caffeinated drinks. The Thunderegg, named after Oregon’s state rock, is an extra creamy cortado topped with chocolate sauce, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and a dash of cocoa powder. The shop is named after a sunset red-orange stone and all kinds of rocks are displayed throughout this neighborhood gem.

Two hands serve up a shrimp noodle dish, next to a crispy piece of pork
Filipino staples at Tambayan include pancit and crispy pata (left).
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

You really can’t help but feel like you’ve sat down for a home-cooked, comfort food meal at Tambayan, with their menu of staple Filipino dishes. Diners return for their chicken or pork adobo and halo-halo, and the menu is rounded out with the classic pancit (who doesn’t love a noodle dish?) and house specialties like crispy pata. If the food doesn’t make you feel like you’re at home, wait until one of the aunties from the kitchen drops by to ask how the meal was and sweetly chide you for not eating enough.

A woman drizzles sauce over a colorful dessert
Finish your meal at Tambayan with a classic dish of halo-halo.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Even in a town brimming with breweries, Assembly Brewing is a welcome addition, with their wide-open dining and patio space, perfect for your human and dog friends alike. Since opening in the spring of 2019, they have showcased their brews alongside an impressive menu with Detroit-style pizza, a square pie on a thick focaccia-like crust, as the star. Happy hour — offering a $5 flight of four choose-your-own-brews — is a great time to visit.

A man serves a glass of beer
Visit Assembly Brewing for a pint of locally brewed beer.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Portland Breweries

Portland, home to more breweries than any other city on earth, has pioneered the craft beer movement since the early 1980s.

Do

A newer addition to FoPo, right next to An Xuyen, Thunderbird is a low-key, vegan-friendly bar with a solid food menu. Part of Portland’s Lightning Bar Collective, well-known for fully vegan bars like The Bye and Bye and Capitol, the vegan choices here go perfectly with a drink menu that includes classic cocktails with a twist and no-frills boilermakers. Thunderbird helps to fill a burger-sized hole left by Foster Burger, which used to be next door, with their own sliders and poutine. Plus, they’ve got a slushie machine churning CBD frosé!

A sign reading "Portland Mercado" in front of a brightly painted mural showing a Latin American dancer and musician
The Portland Mercado houses more than a dozen businesses including food trucks, a coffee shop and a grocery store.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Established in 2015, the Portland Mercado is a must-visit destination that already feels like a city institution. It’s home to fun and food with more than a dozen businesses including food trucks, a coffee shop, juice stand, butcher counter and grocery store. You can sample flavors from across Latin America with eateries serving dishes from Colombia, Cuba, Oaxaca, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and more. There’s no other place like this in the city. It’s the perfect space to check out live music and pop-up experiences like Fiesta Caribeña and Dia de Muertos.

Portland Mercado

With a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop, food cart pod and more, the Mercado is one of the city’s most delicious destinations.

The dog-friendly Starday Tavern has what nearly everyone would want in a neighborhood hang-out: movie and game nights, live bands and a French bulldog mascot named Ghengis. They called themselves “the most OKest bar in Portland,” which is a low-key way of saying come have a seat with all the other regulars. You can’t miss the bright yellow building as you cruise down Foster.

Two people shop sidewalk offerings in front of a bright yellow storefront with a sign reading "I've been framed"
Discount art and framing shop “I’ve Been Framed” has been a go-to since opening in 1995.
Credit: Christine Dong for Portland in Color

Shop

It may sound silly, but it’s a shame there isn’t a friendly discount art supply and custom framing shop in every neighborhood. Anchored at the northern tip of Foster Road since 1995, I’ve Been Framed is the go-to shop for all your art-making needs. Choose from bundles of barely used colored pencils, brand-new oil paints and drafting and bookbinding tools or pick out a journal to jot down all your new Portland experiences.

Vintage Shopping

Browse costume jewelry, tailored suits and racks upon racks of dresses at Portland's nearly 50 vintage shopping destinations.

Portland loves a good vintage shop, and Hut Vintage doesn’t disappoint. The little shop gathers different vendors who bring in fun finds like perfectly broken-in pairs of Levi’s and odd bric-a-bracs like dental X-rays! The shop is well-curated and has something for every vintage-lover including household goods, racks of wearables and all the weird stuff in between. Franky, the four-legged shopkeep/resident dog, is also known to show you to good finds if you ask nicely.

More FoPo Destinations

  • Tango Berretin

    This intimate dance hall captures the old-world charm of dimly lit Spanish salons. The popular Saturday-night milonga features a beginner’s lesson and live music.

  • Carts on Foster

    Peruse 17 food carts at this all-weather pod on Southeast Foster Road. Favorites include the Venezuelan cart La Arepa and the paleo-friendly Jurassic Cart. You can even get a haircut after lunch in the ‘70s-inspired vintage trailer at Salon Bucci.

  • Off the Griddle

    Off the Griddle is a funky, locally owned diner. They offer vegan and veggie burgers, sandwiches, breakfast dishes and more, plus gluten-free options and a full bar. Try the fried “chicken” sandwich or vegan mac and cheese.

  • Bar Carlo

    Peruse stacks of well-curated vinyl while waiting for a table at this prominent brunch and happy-hour spot, which is part Mexican-American restaurant, part record shop.

  • Lay Low

    From the owners of the iconic Sandy Hut comes Lay Low. This wood-paneled neighborhood bar serves hearty pub fare and features red velvet booths, an outdoor patio and weekend brunch.

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